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

The Minister for Health announced in April 2020 a Temporary Assistance Scheme to support private and voluntary nursing homes with additional costs due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Standard Assistance Payment element of the Scheme was ceased from 1st July 2021. The final date for receipt of all Standard and Outbreak Assistance Payment claims in respect of all periods prior to and including June 2021 is the 30th July 2021. The NTPF will not be in a position to accept claims after that date. 

The Outbreak Assistance Payment element of the Scheme will be extended to 31st December 2021, or until sanctioned funding for 2021 is exhausted, whichever is sooner.

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)

About the scheme

The COVID-19 Temporary Assistance Payment Scheme consists of an Outbreak Assistance Payment.

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).

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.

The maximum amount that can be paid to a Nursing Home experiencing a verified outbreak is €1,800 per resident, subject to a maximum of €60,000. These amounts apply for Outbreak Assistance Payments from 1st July 2021.

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.

Types of assistance available

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

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)

The closing date for submission of July and August 2021 claims is 30th September 2021.