Coronavirus Strategic Capacity Scheme (Tourist Accommodation)

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Coronavirus Strategic Capacity Scheme (Tourist Accommodation)

Thank you for your interest in the Coronavirus Strategic Capacity Scheme. This Scheme was formed in March 2020 to support Tourist Accommodation businesses through the Round 1 Funding period, which covered April to June 2020. The Scheme has now been extended to introduce Round 2 Funding, which covers the period July to September 2020.

In addition, operators of 2* and below (including rating pending) properties are now eligible to apply for both Round 1 Funding retrospectively and also for Round 2 Funding. This is in line with the new policy principle of providing fair and equitable support across the sector.

The purpose of the Scheme is to provide financial assistance to Tourist Accommodation businesses. This is to ensure the Island retains its strategic tourist accommodation capacity during the COVID19 crisis. The Scheme is intended to assist a more rapid recovery as the situation improves.

Full scheme guidelines can be found here

Eligible Premises

The following types of Tourist Accommodation are eligible for financial support under Round 1 Funding provided they were registered with the Department before 28th February 2020 in accordance with the regulations made under the Tourist Act 1975.

Tourist Accommodation applying for support under Round 2 Funding must have been registered with the Department before the 30th June 2020.

2 Star properties and below (previously excluded) are now eligible to apply retrospectively for Round 1 Funding.

 The accommodation types below are eligible for both Round 1 and Round 2 Funding regardless of their quality rating. This means those accommodations that are ‘rating pending’ or are in receipt of a 1,2,3,4,5 Star, accredited and highly accredited rating are all eligible for support under Round 1 and Round 2 funding:

  • Hotels
  • Guest Houses
  • Guest Accommodation
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Serviced Apartments
  • Inns
  • Farmhouses
  • Self-Catering properties
  • Permanent Glamping Sites (Permanent Campsites offering a majority or wholly of Glamping Accommodation)
Ineligible Premises

The following types of Tourist Accommodation are currently not eligible for financial support under this Scheme:

  • Temporary and permanent camping sites
  • Temporary Glamping sites (temporary campsites offerings Glamping Accommodation)
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Premises on the Tourist Accommodation Register that are demonstrably operating as Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs) – The Department reserves the right to inspect premises in this regard and
  • Properties that have de-registered since the 28th February 2020 are not eligible for Round 2 Funding.
Round 1 Funding covering the period April, May and June 2020

The level of financial assistance available will vary depending on the accommodation type and quality rating. The payment will be made on a per room, per day basis covering a period of 91 days for the period from 1st April 2020 to 30th June 2020. The rates of funding are set out in Table 1 below:

 Table 1

For example a 4* hotel has 25 rooms, therefore the support would be calculated as follows: 25 rooms x £21.25 day funding rate x 91 days = £48,343.75.

Round 2 Funding covering the period July, August and September 2020

The level of financial assistance available will vary depending on the accommodation type and quality rating. The payment will be made on a per room, per day basis covering a period of 92 days for the period from 1st July 2020 to 30th September 2020. The rates of funding are set out in Table 2 below:

 

Table2

For example a 4* hotel has 25 rooms, therefore the support would be calculated as follows: 25 rooms x £21.25 day funding rate x 92 days = £48,875.00

The total number of rooms/units for each eligible business will be taken from the 2020-2021 accommodation registration form.

How to access the scheme

We strongly suggest you read the guidelines before submitting an application to the Department.

If you have any queries please email them to this email address accommodation.dfe@gov.im.

Other Available Support

The Strategic Capacity Scheme only provides support to visitor accommodation providers however financial assistance is available to tourism/travel businesses with staff and sole traders/self-employed individuals operating within the tourism and travel sector.

If you're a tourism/travel business with staff, click here.

If you're a tourism/travel sole trader/self-employed individual, click here.

 

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