Emergency Humanitarian Flooding Assistance

Government Scheme to provide emergency humanitarian support to small businesses affected by flooding.

The Government has announced details of a scheme to provide emergency humanitarian support to small businesses that have been unable to secure flood insurance and have been flooded arising from the impact of Storm Desmond. At the request of the Government, the Irish Red Cross Society has agreed to administer the scheme.

The scheme is a humanitarian support contribution towards the costs of returning business premises to their pre-flood condition including the replacement of flooring, fixtures and fittings and damaged stock. The scheme will not provide a contribution to loss of earnings or loss of business good-will.

Download the support application form here.

Email us atemergencyflooding2015@redcross.ie  or call us on 01-6424600 for more details.

The scheme is targeted at small businesses (up to 20 employees) and will have two stages:
1. The first stage will commence immediately and will provide a contribution of up to €5,000, depending on the scale of damage incurred.

2. In the event that businesses have incurred significant damages above €5,000, the second stage will provide a means to seek further support. However, this will be a more lengthy process requiring a detailed assessment, information regarding this process will be available at a later stage.

The total level of support available for both stages combined will be capped at €20,000.


(i) Only those small businesses that could not secure flood insurance are eligible.
(ii) For the purpose of this scheme a small business will be defined as one with up to 20 employees.
(iii) The business premises must have been flooded during the period 4th December 2015 and 17th December 2015 and this fact verified by the relevant Local Authority.
(iv) Any location within the State that was flooded during the period in question is encompassed by the scheme.
(v) At the time of the flood, the business must have been trading and in a rateable premises.

Application forms can be downloadedhere.Completed application forms and supporting documentation can be scanned and submitted electronically toemergencyflooding2015@redcross.ie.

Alternatively, completed application forms and supporting documentation can be sent by post marking it “Private and Confidential” to: The Irish Red Cross Society, Emergency Flooding 2015, 16 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Friday 15 January 2016.

In parallel, the Department of Social Protection’s Humanitarian Assistance Scheme provides emergency financial assistance to households who are not able to meet costs for essential needs immediately following flooding.Details of the scheme are available athttp://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/Humanitarian-Assistance-Scheme.aspx.

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