The program was established based on a needs analysis that was rapidly conducted in connection with an online survey in which nearly four hundred businesses participated.
The first group of projects that can apply for financial support comprises those involving expansion of capacities or the introduction of manufacturing of new protective equipment solutions such as respirators and ventilators.
In the second and third groups, it is possible to support the rapid introduction of both medical and non-medical solutions that can help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Solutions include measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the further spread of the disease and subsequently addressing the impacts of this situation.
Business entities are eligible to receive support. Aid is provided in the de minimis form, i.e. the maximum amount is the CZK equivalent of EUR 200,000. The maximum aid intensity, i.e. the share of state funding in the eligible costs of a given project, is in the range of 50% to 90% depending on the activity.
Eligible costs may include non-investment costs of projects, particularly:
- Wage costs (jobs in the scope necessary for the purposes of the given project)
- Material, water and energy costs
- Costs of necessary services
The total allocation is anticipated to be CZK 200 million. The aid provider will continuously accept and evaluate submitted applications until funding has been exhausted or until the reasons for launching the program cease to exist.
All information for submitting applications can be found on the website of the Ministry of Industry and Trade at https://www.mpo.cz/cz/podnikani/dotace-a-podpora-podnikani/program-czech-rise-up/default.htm (In Czech only).
Please address any questions that you may have to CzechRiseUp@mpo.cz.