The money is intended to support businesses and organisations during and after the outbreak
Translated by Thomas Ansell
The Province of Friesland will provide an extra 5 million euros in emergency funding for businesses and organisations in the province affected by the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak. This is in addition to existing programmes, and the extra money is intended to provide support, but also to inspire new ideas to help with reconstruction after the outbreak, according to a news release from the Province.
More detailed proposals will be presented in the next few weeks. Deputy Sander de Rouwe said: “in the last few years we have saved money to help in unforeseen circumstances, such as those we find ourselves in at the moment. We want to supplement the work of the national government: it is a national crisis that requires a national response. We will soon be speaking with our partners to see what we need to do to support general wellbeing in Friesland.”
The Province hoped to act quickly during the outbreak, which was reflected in the various regulations brought in to help stop the spread of the virus. These regulations were initially supported by money from existing budgets, but that won’t always be possible.
Therefore, during the first Provincial Council report of 2020, it was suggested that a ‘Coronavirus budget’ be brought in with around 5 million euros to support it. The budget can be used for various initiatives, including mid to long-term attempts to support economic and social structures in the future.