Certified Bed and Breakfast, Guest House and Guest Accommodation Support Scheme - Extended to include Hostels and Bunk Houses

The Certified Bed & Breakfast, Guest House, and Guest Accommodation Support Scheme is a £4.1 million support initiative administered by Tourism NI on behalf of the Department for the Economy.

About the scheme

The overall scheme aim is to support Certified Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Guest Accommodation businesses by providing a direct financial contribution to support their business continuity plans and keep the business operational.

The scheme has now been extended to include Hostels and Bunk Houses.

Please note the scheme closed on the 11th February 2021 for applications from those categorised as Bed & Breakfast, Guest House and Guest Accommodation. The extension is for those businesses categorised as Hostel or Bunkhouse

These businesses - which were successful and sustainable in the past - are now in a vulnerable position resulting from a loss in revenue and a sharp decline in consumer demand, with uncertainty over when previous demand levels will return.

The core consumer markets have changed significantly for many of these businesses who now need to adapt their offer to appeal to closer-to-home markets and changing consumer demand. Many businesses do not currently have the cash flow to invest in recovery planning or adaptation of the businesses.

Previously viable tourism businesses, critical to supporting recovery, will need this support to position themselves strongly for what will be a very competitive marketplace over the next three-year period.

This scheme is intended to support business continuity plans, keep the business operational and start to prepare for re-opening. Support awarded can be used for the following:

  • The cost of re-opening or keeping a business operational
  • Adapting physical areas of the business and service processes
  • The cost of re-connecting with employees and customers
  • Adapting customer marketing
  • Financial planning

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Please note, if you have previously used Tourism NI’s online financial assistance portal, you should use your existing username and password to apply. If you are a new user, please register to gain access to the form.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 9th March 2021.
Application forms will not be accepted after this time.

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