Gaeltacht companies share over €7.4m in COVID-19 Údarás supports


Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over €7.4m in vital COVID-19 supports to assist Gaeltacht businesses still dealing with the challenges created by the pandemic.

To date over 435 Gaeltacht companies have benefited from the various schemes to ensure that they have the appropriate advice and plan in place to address difficulties, to ensure cash flow and to assist them in accessing global sales markets online.

Údarás na Gaeltachta, in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland, has approved €6.4m in support funding to businesses located in the Gaeltacht to assist them with sustaining business, training, research and financial planning.

While over €1m in financial supports has been approved for 413 Gaeltacht businesses in recent months through Údarás na Gaeltachta’s Online Trading Scheme and the COVID-19 Business Continuity Voucher.

These schemes were financed by funding from Údarás na Gaeltachta (€525,000), the Department of Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media (€75,000) and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (€400,000).

In the Donegal Gaeltacht just over €266,000 was approved for 113 businesses, 74 applications were approved for the Online Trading Scheme, while 39 Business Continuity Vouchers were approved.

The majority of applications approved in Donegal were for businesses in the Services, Food & Drink, Tourism and Manufacturing sectors.