covid-19 relief fund for south african tourism businesses
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COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund for South African Enterprises

The South African Department of Tourism has officially opened applications for the R200 million COVID-19 Tourism Relief Fund. The fund established as an intervention to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism sector, the Tourism Relief Fund provides once-off capped grant assistance to Small Micro and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMMEs) to ensure sustainability during and post the implementation of government measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in South Africa.

Capped at R50 000 per entity, the grant funding can be utilised to subsidise expenses toward fixed and operational costs, supplies, and other pressure cost items. 

Businesses which fall within these categories are eligible to apply for the Tourism Relief Fund: 

Accommodation Establishments:

  • Hotels; 
  • Resort Properties; 
  • Bed and Breakfast; 
  • Guest Houses; 
  • Lodges
  • Backpacker Hostels

Hospitality and related services: 

  • Restaurants (not attached to hotels); 
  • Conference venues (not attached to hotels); 
  • Professional catering; and 
  • Attractions.

Travel and related services: 

  • Tour operators; 
  • Travel Agents; 
  • Tourist Guiding; 
  • Car-rental companies; and 
  • Coach operators.

Business who fall within these categories are not eligible for the Tourism Relief Fund: 

  • Fast food and take away restaurants, 
  • Nightclubs, 
  • Bars, 
  • Gaming and gambling venues
  • Franchised restaurants and those attached to tourism facilities
  • Establishments wholly or partially owned by Government

For businesses to qualify for funding they need to meet the following criteria: 

  1. Proof of valid registration with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC)
  2. Must be an Exempted Micro Enterprise (EME) defined in terms of the Amended Tourism B-BBEE Sector Code, 2015.
  3. Must have a valid tax clearance certificate or PIN.
  4. Proof of compliance with the minimum wage requirements.
  5. Must provide proof of UIF registration for employees employed by the business.
  6. Be an existing tourism-specific establishment as outlined in the scope of application (suppliers and intermediaries are not eligible).
  7. Must be in existence for at least one business financial year.
  8. Proof that the relief is required as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
  9. Must submit the latest statements of financial position, financial performance, and cash flows.
  10. Must submit six months’ bank statements.
  11. Grading certificate or proof of application to be graded for accommodation establishments

Applications for funding are open from 31 May 2020 

To find more information about the fund click here

To apply for funding click here