Minister Dodds said:
"The Hardship Fund will provide much-needed support to micro-businesses which have so far been unable to access other regional and national coronavirus support measures.
“This new fund should mean that over 40,000 businesses in Northern Ireland will have been eligible to apply for support under the Northern Ireland Covid-19 grant schemes."
The funding is available to businesses unable to access the £10,000, £25,000 and Covid-19 Childcare Support grant schemes.
The eligibility checker, further information and some Frequently Asked Questions are available at@ nibusinessinfo Coronavirus: NI Micro-Business Hardship Fund page