Co-financed grants for technological development for discovery of solutions from KOVID-19

 

Objectives

The purpose of this Instrument is to provide financial support for the technological development of enterprises and private healthcare institutions (hereinafter: “PHI”), for overcoming the consequences of COVID-19, that meet the requirements of this Rulebook  for the support instrument - Co-financed grants for technological development to overcome the consequences of KOVID-19.

If the enterprises affected by COVID-19 introduce new methods and technologies in their work operations and measures for the protection of health of employees and clients, they can maintain a satisfactory level of productivity, generate income through new sales channels, to introduce new products and services which will respond to the changes in the demand.

The supported enterprises are expected to return to pre-crisis level of income, within 6 months of completion of the project, as a result of the adaptations made to their operating model.

Under this Instrument, the Fund shall provide financial support of up to 70% (seventy percent) of the total budget of the project, but not more than 3,000,000.00 (three million) Denars per applicant, and:

  • for enterprises and PHI whose average number of employees is up to 10 employees and whose annual income in the last two years is less than 50.000,00 (fifty thousand) EUR according to the financial statements for the last two fiscal years, financing up to a maximum amount of 750.000,00 (seven hundred and fifty thousand) Denars,
  • for enterprises and PHI whose average number of employees is from 10 to 50 employees and whose annual income in the last two years is greater than 50.000,00 (fifty thousand) EUR and less than 2.000.000,00 (two million) EUR, according to the financial statements for the last two fiscal years, financing up to a maximum amount of 1.500.000,00 (one million and five hundred thousand) Denars and
  • for enterprises and PHI whose average number of employees is from 50 to 250 employees and whose annual income in the last two years is greater than 2.000.000,00 (two million) EUR and less than 10.000.000,00 EUR, according to the financial statements for the last two fiscal years, financing up to a maximum amount of 3.000.000,00 (three million) Denars.

Eligibility criteria 

The eligibility criteria to be fulfilled by an individual applicant are:

  • to be a trade company established in accordance with the Law on Trade Companies and registered in the Central Registry of the Republic of North Macedonia or to be a private healthcare institution (PHI) founded in accordance with the Law on Institutions and the Law on Healthcare Protection registered in the Central Registry of the Republic of North Macedonia;
  • to be an enterprise or PHI with a maximum 250 employees;
  • the annual income of the applicant does not exceed 10.000.000,00 (ten million) EUR according to the financial statements for the last two fiscal years,
  • not affiliated with another enterprise or PHI whose total annual revenues exceed 10,000,000.00 (ten million) EUR and the total number of employees does not exceed 250 in the last two fiscal years, except in the case of affiliation with a higher education or a scientific and research institution;
  • no bankruptcy procedure or a liquidation procedure has been initiated against it;
  • to have settled due liabilities on the basis of public duties and contributions;
  • not to have initiated enforcement procedures for collection of due monetary claims against it;
  • applicants with over 3 (three) years of existence from the moment of applying not to have generated loss in the last two fiscal years in accordance with the official Income statement for those years;
  • to meet the requirements of the Law on State Aid Control and the Regulation on the conditions and procedure for granting aid of minor importance (de minimis), i.e:
  • to not have accumulated more than 200,000 (two hundred thousand) EUR state aid of small importance for a period of three fiscal years, including the requested amount of funds from the Fund in accordance with the Law on State Aid Control and the Regulation on the conditions and the procedure for granting aid of minor importance (de minimis),
  • to not have accumulated more than 100,000 (one hundred thousand) EUR state aid of small importance for a period of three fiscal years, including the requested amount of funds from the Fund, if the enterprise is active in the road traffic sector, in accordance with the Law on State Aid Control and the Regulation on the conditions and the procedure for granting aid of minor importance (de minimis),
  • to not be in difficulty (an enterprise in difficulty is an enterprise that is unable to meet its obligations from its own resources or funds that it can obtain from its owner / shareholders or creditors, to stop losses that without external intervention by the aid providers will certainly lead to short-term and long-term cessation of operations), and
  • not to be engaged in production of coal.