Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme for nursing homes (COVID-19)

The Minister for Health announced a Temporary Assistance Scheme to support private and voluntary nursing homes with additional costs due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The scheme has been extended by the Minister until 30 June 2021.

The HSE administers the Scheme and makes payments to the Nursing Homes. the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) will administer the application process and provides support and advice to the HSE.

Guide to the further extended COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme (PDF, 108 KB, 7 pages)

Apply for the scheme

Sign and complete an application form to apply for the scheme. The application form must be signed by an authorised person on behalf of the nursing home and sent to covid19support@ntpf.ie.

Further extended temporary assistance payment scheme for nursing homes Application Form (PDF, 132 KB, 9 pages) 

About the scheme

The Further Extended COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme consists of a Standard Assistance Payment and an Outbreak Assistance Payment.

The Standard Assistance Payment is a retrospective payment, based on actual costs incurred, for which there is a monthly cap.

The maximum level of financial support under the Scheme is calculated by reference to the average number of residents in the Nursing Home in the month preceding the month to which the claim relates.

To qualify for the Outbreak Assistance Payment, the Nursing Home outbreak must be confirmed by HSE Public Health and notified to the Health Protection and Surveillance Centre (HPSC).

There is an overall cap on the maximum amount that can be paid to each Nursing Home under the scheme (combined total of Standard Assistance Payment and Outbreak Assistance Payment).

Since 1 January 2021, the outbreak threshold under TAPS was amended to increase the limit to whichever of these is less:

  •  either three times the Standard Assistance Payment cap for the month or the maximum amount of €60,000 per month.

This change will ensure that no Nursing Home is negatively affected by the change and that there is a proportionate increase in the level of assistance available to smaller Nursing Homes.

Applicants should read and understand the Application Form, Scheme Procedures document (a guide to the scheme) and relevant claim forms carefully prior to submitting an application for funding.

TAPS Support for Winter Visiting

The Minister for Health has approved for any eligible Nursing Home to make a once-off claim through TAPS for a contribution towards the enhancement or creation of additional safe spaces for visiting.  The support is being made available for claims relating to works and purchases made between October and December 2020.  

Nursing Homes will be required to provide statements supporting the nature of the works carried out and the alignment with public health guidance. The below Frequently Asked Questions document provides further instruction on eligibility requirements and how to claim this once-off grant. 

Nursing Homes should submit this claim separately to their December TAPS claim using the below Claim Form.  Claims under this once-off funding may be submitted to the NTPF immediately but must be submitted by Wednesday, 13 January at the latest.

TAPS Visiting Infrastructure Grant FAQ

TAPS Visiting Grant Claim Form

Types of assistance available

To make a claim download and complete the Application Form and complete the relevant form, below.

Further extended Standard assistance payment claim form (Excel, 30.8 KB, 1 page)

Further extended Outbreak assistance payment claim form (Excel, 21 KB, 1 page)

Certification Report to accompany Form C (PDF, 39.6 MB, 3 pages)

The certification report must be fully completed and submitted as part of a claim for Outbreak Assistance Payment.

It is an independent report on costs declared under the Outbreak Assistance Payment Form C.

Closing dates for submission of claims (extended scheme)

Standard Assistance Payment Form in respect of December 2020 – Friday 16th April 2021.

Outbreak Assistance Payment Form in respect of December 2020 – Friday 23rd April 2021.