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While our offices are closed at present, we are doing our best to ensure that our employees, clients and communities remain safe and well.

On this page we will post up-to-date information and links as we receive them to help deal with the current situation.

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The Government has announced that the COVID-19 Stability Fund for Charities has been opened to applications from Unincorporated Organisations from today Friday, 24 July, 2020 with a closing date of Monday, 10 August, 2020 at 3pm.

Who is eligible to apply?
The Scheme is now open to community and voluntary organisations, charitable organisations, and social enterprises (not CLGs) which meet the following criteria:

1. Are registered with the Charities Regulator in Ireland.
2. Are unincorporated i.e. not setup as a company and are not registered with Companies Registration Office.
3. Are providing supports and services to vulnerable individuals in Ireland on or before 1 January 2019.
4. Have a projected loss in traded income or fundraising income of at least 25% for 2020.

You can access the webpage directly via this link:
https://cvsstabilityfund.pobal.ie/

Opening date for applications is Friday, 24 July 2020 and closing date for applications is Monday, 10 August 2020 at 3:00 pm

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The COVID Tracker App is now available for download here.  This app helps to improve contact tracing for Covid-19 and can help to reduce the spread of the virus. More information on the app is available here.

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Phase 3 of the Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business will commence on Monday 29 June.  Details of changes are available here

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Fáilte Ireland has just published the operational guidelines for the tourism industry to ensure the safe re-opening of tourism businesses on June 29th.

Sector specific guidelines are available for:

  • Hotels & Guesthouses
  • Self-Catering businesses
  • Caravan & Camping businesses
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Activity Providers
  • Restaurants & Cafes
  • B&B

Further information is available here:

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Mayo County Council is now accepting applications for the government's €250 million Restart Fund for small businesses.

The fund provides support of between €2,000 and €10,000 for micro and small businesses to help them with the costs associated with reopening and re-employing workers following COVID-19 closures.

The Restart Fund will be available for qualifying businesses which were closed or impacted by at least a 25% reduction in turnover out to June 30, 2020.

Further details on how to apply are available here

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Some good news for community and voluntary groups at this difficult time.  Minister Michael Ring and Minister Sean Canney have announced a €40 million COVID 19 support package for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises.

The fund is made up of €35 million Stability fund and €5 million Philanthropy fund.

Applications for the fund is open from today, Monday 11th May until 5pm on Wednesday 20th May.

The fund will be administered by Pobal.  More information and copy of the application form is available on their website here.

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The government has now published their Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business.  You can download it here

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Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme

Enterprise Ireland will launch a call for funding on April 20 to support retail companies to enhance their digital capability. This is a competitive fund which will be administered by Enterprise Ireland on behalf of DBEI with a total fund size of €2million.

Applicants must be an Irish-owned retail enterprise that had 10 or more employees on or before 29 February 2020, have a retail outlet and have an existing online presence.

The Covid-19 Online Retail Scheme is complimentary to the Online Trading Voucher provided by Local Enterprise Offices for companies with less than 10 employees.

The maximum grant available is €40,000. Successful applicants will be awarded funding to support a maximum of 80% of the project costs. The minimum grant amount payable is €10,000.

Costs which successful companies will be eligible to claim for include: salary costs and consultancy fees to develop a digital strategy, enhance the company's website or to provide training.

The final date for companies to submit an application is 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 20th May 2020. Full details of application process and eligibility rules will be published on the EI website shortly:

https://enterprise-ireland.com/en/funding-supports/online-retail/online-retail-scheme/online-retail-scheme.html

To fully appraise companies of the application process and the key issues to be addressed in an application, we are hosting a Webinar this Friday April 17th at 11.00 a.m. The Webinar will be for no more that 45 minutes and I would encourage all interested parties to participate. As we are limited to participant numbers, attendance is on a first come, first served basis.  The Webinar will be recorded and available on our website afterwards. Please see the link to share and to register prior to the event :   https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8504048846458333451

Companies can also contact directly if they have any queries on the application process: retail@enterprise-ireland.com

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The Department of Health and the HSE, in collaboration with key cross-Government and cross-sectoral partners, have developed a mental wellbeing campaign aimed at offering support and resources to help deal with the stress, anxiety and isolation currently experienced by many people during this time which was launched on Saturday.

The 'Together' campaign is hosted on gov.ie, points people to the HSE's Your Mental Health supports and resources which include many online and telephone services, as well as providing tips and advice from cross-Government and Healthy Ireland partners on topics such as physical activity, parenting, coping with daily routines, supporting the 'cocooned' and getting involved in the community solidarity efforts.

HSE, Health & Wellbeing are offering a Stress Control Online programme, commencing 13th April 2020, via Stresscontrol.org.  This three week programme is free of charge to the public and delivered by Dr. Jim White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Stress Control Ltd. It has never been more important for the public to have evidenced based supports from a trusted source, to help them manage and deal with the range of emotions individuals and families are experiencing at the moment.

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The Department of Rural and Community Development has made available to download the Government Action Plan for the Community Response to COVID-19, which contains clear commitments on the part of the State to enabling the community and voluntary sector as a vital part of the national COVID-19 response effort and recovery afterwards.

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TEAGASC are setting up a regional farm  labour database that would link farm families where a farmer or a farm  worker becomes ill with Covid-19 with an available relief worker.

It's being done in collaboration with  the Farm Relief Services (FRS) and with the support of the farm  organisations, including the IFA and ICMSA.

Any farm worker available to work on  farms to assist fellow farmers during this period is asked to ring the  designated Teagasc regional number or their local Teagasc office.

You will then be registered on the Teagasc regional labour database.

With your permission, your details will be passed to FRS and they will contact you in the event of a farmer needing assistance.

Said Teagasc director Professor Gerry  Boyle: "We are encouraging farmers, rural dwellers and students with  capacity and skills to help out with farm tasks such as milking, calf  rearing, grassland management, silage and meal feeding and general farm  duties to contact Teagasc advisory and register on a locally held  database."
The contact number for Teagasc in Mayo is Ballina (087) 6951432.

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Mayo County Council dedicated community support helpline is in effect from today, Monday March 30th. Phone: (094) 9064660
Email: covidsupport@mayococo.ie

Updates will continue to be provided on our social media platforms and on our website: https://www.mayo.ie/news/mayo-county-council-covid-19-update-march-18th-2020/

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Updates available from the Department of Health here: https://www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/c36c85-covid-19-coronavirus/ An information booklet on Covid-19 is available to download here.

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It's up to all of us to slow the spread of COVID-19. Everyone, including young and healthy people, should avoid large gatherings during this time. Stay up to date with public health guidelines from www2.hse.ie

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