Call 3 as part of the COVID Programme - Rent

Feb. 12, 2021 Czech Republic

Applications can be submitted from 9:00 am 5th February 2021 until 11:59 pm 8th April 2021 via the Agenda Information System.

As part of Call No. 3 of the COVID Programme - Rent, applications can be submitted from 9:00 am 5th February 2021 until 11:59 pm 8th April 2021 via the Agenda Information System of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (same as for previous calls of this programme).

State aid as part of this Call applies to commercial rent for the 4th quarter of 2020 (rent from 1st October 2020 to 31st December 2020) and the amount of aid is 50% of the determined rent for the period; a discount from the landlord is not a condition.

The maximum amount of support is CZK 10 million for all establishments of one applicant, as was the case for Call 1 and Call 2 (aid provided in the previous individual calls of the COVID Programme - Rent are not added together).

At the same time, the applicant may not exceed the limit of the Temporary Framework of the European Commission under which direct grants (subsidies) can be provided up to the amount of EUR 1,800,000. In such a case, aid granted in the individual COVID programmes approved by the European Commission are added together.

Aid in Call No. 3 is intended for those entrepreneurs who operate retail activities or provide services in establishments they use under a valid and effective lease made before 1st October 2020. And for those whose operations were banned or significantly restricted by the crisis measures adopted by Government Resolution No. 1332 of 14th December 2020, and for those whose provision of services or sales to customers was prohibited or significantly restricted by Government Resolution No. 1376 of 23rd December 2020.

Entrepreneurs who did not have to shut down operations due to the government crisis measures and who fall under the exceptions expressly stated in I. 1. (a) to I. 1. (af) of Resolution No. 1376 of 23rd December 2020 may, as of now, also apply for the support. These entrepreneurs must prove that their revenue from sales of goods or provision of services for the determined period decreased by at least 50% compared to the same period in 2019 as a result of the extraordinary and crisis measures taken. If the business activity in such an establishment was started after 1st October 2019, the decrease in revenue from sales at that establishment is proven in comparison to the 3rd quarter of 2020.

Contrary to the previous calls under Covid - Rent, a significant change is that the Ministry of Industry and Trade will not assess whether there are the so-called related-parties, next of kin, entities controlling and controlled, concerted practices, significant influence, or whether both persons form a consolidation unit in the tenant-landlord relationship.

As for this, the only condition is that the natural person of the tenant and the landlord must not be the same.

Other conditions include:

  • the applicant has to pay at least 50% of the determined rent to the landlord before submitting the application,
  • the applicant is not in arrears with the payment of any of its obligations to the selected institutions (financial office, CSSA, health insurance companies, etc.) and to providers of support from projects co-funded from the European Union budget due by 30th September 2020. When the applicant has entered into an instalment agreement with the selected institutions, this does not mean 'not being in arrears'.
Klára Janovská
Klára Janovská Corporate Services Manager
ASB Czech Republic