NI flooding: £100K grant scheme opens for applications

A financial support scheme for businesses affected by severe flooding in Northern Ireland last year has now opened for applications.

The widespread flooding in late October and early November devastated homes and businesses in many areas, including Downpatrick and Newry.

Applications for the enhanced flood support scheme opened at midday on Tuesday, with financial support of up to £100,000 now available to impacted business.

The £10m scheme is being administered by local councils and funded by Stormont’s Department for the Economy. Economy Minister Conor Murphy said “This will provide up to £100,000 to flooded small and medium sized businesses in Newry, Downpatrick, Portadown and other affected areas to cover costs associated with the refitting of the flooded premises and the replacement of damaged equipment and stock.”

The minister said any business who believes they are eligible should make an application. An application portal is now open for the enhanced flood scheme on the Newry Mourne and Down council website.

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