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Support for businesses providing visitor accommodation

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme provides business support funding to registered visitor accommodation businesses, with valid boarding permits, who have been impacted by the covid restrictions.

Support payments under phase 1 of this scheme started in October 2020 and continues until March 2021. The Policy and Resources Committee have now agreed to phase 2 of this scheme, which will provide support for a further 12 months to March 2022, should there be no meaningful resumption of visitor activity during the period.

This scheme is distinct from the payroll co-funding scheme and the small business grant, neither of which apply to businesses in the visitor accommodation sector.

Applications for phase 1 of the Visitor Accommodation Support scheme were originally invited from 1st August until 31st August 2020. However, following the new restrictions announced in January 2021, this scheme has been made available for  applications from those businesses that did not apply in 2020. The closing date for applications to the phase 1 scheme is 15th March.

Those businesses that successfully applied for support in phase 1 of this scheme will automatically be enrolled in phase 2 of the scheme. Businesses that did not apply for phase 1 will be able to apply for phase 2 from 16th March.

The guidance provided here outlines the support available and the application process.

The Visitor Accommodation Support Scheme

Businesses that provide visitor accommodation, and who have successfully applied for support under this scheme, will be eligible for payments in the form of a fixed monthly grant per bedroom or self-catering unit (“the grant”) or a form of payroll co-funding. Those businesses are asked to select which of these support options they wish to receive. The same eligibility criteria apply in both cases.

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