Updates on Covid-19 aids – April 2022

Covid, Info - 08/01/2021 - Xenia Kopf

It is to be expected that most of the measures will expire or be exhausted soon.

WKO emergency/hardship fund

Applications open until 2 May 2022 for the last observation period in phase 4 (1-31 March 2022).

  • Prerequisite: at least 40 % drop in sales, or the running costs can no longer be covered
  • Replacement rate: 80 % plus 100 euros of the net loss of income
  • Period: November 2021 to March 2022
  • Maximum amount: 2,000 euros, minimum amount: 600 euros
  • ATTENTION: It is only possible to apply EITHER for WKO emergency fund OR SVS bridge financing! Evaluate carefully before switching systems.

WKO Emergency Fund for Self-Employed Persons (in German)

Overview Chamber of Commerce (WKO) business relief measures: https://www.wko.at/site/corona-unterstuetzungen/start.html (in German)

SVS bridge financing for artists

Applications open until 30 April 2022, provided the budget is not yet exhausted.

  • Period: November and December 2021 and 1st quarter 2022
  • Payment still analogous to hardship fund (600 euros)
  • In lockdown months instead: 1,000 euros
  • ATTENTION: It is only possible to apply EITHER for WKO emergency fund OR SVS bridge financing! Evaluate carefully before switching systems.

https://www.svs.at/cdscontent/?contentid=10007.859358 (in German)

KSVF Covid-19 fund

Applications for phase 5 open until 30 June 2022.

  • Extension until 1st quarter 2022
  • Note KSVF: The cut-off date for SVS bridge financing has changed, it may be possible and reasonable for previous KSVF Covid-19 Fund beneficiaries to apply for SVS bridge financing now!

The goal of the KSVF Covid-19 fund is to ease the special emergency and difficult cases of artists and cultural workers who are not eligible for asssistance according to the regulations of the WKO emergency fund or the gap bridging measues of the SVS. The KSVF can now give aid to artists and cultural workers who at the time of application:

A. are neither eligible for the WKO emergency fund

B. nor the bridge the gap assistance of the SVS,

C. have not yet received aid from either institution,

AND

  1. have their main residence in Austria since at least 1 January 2021
  2. are significantly economically threatened as a result of COVID-19 , for instance, at the time of submission are unable to meet costs of living or costs of doing business because of official ordinances in the fight against COVID- 19 temporarily or permanently limiting or forbidding the practice of their artistic/cultural profession and source of income.
  3. receive no assistance or compensation from private or professional insurance services to cover losses entailed through COVID-19 privaten bzw. beruflichen
  4. have a loss of income from artistic, art-related and cultural mediating activities due to the official measures to combat Covid-19
  5. have no entitlement to benefits from private or professional insurance to cover COVID-19 effects.

Furthermore, the expected total domestic and foreign income (for definition, see grant ceiling) in calendar year 2021 must not exceed 65 times the ASVG low-income limit (€ 30,930.90) and for phase 5 in calendar year 2022 must not exceed 65 times the ASVG low-income limit (€ 31,580.25). These must therefore be estimated in advance by the applicant.

KSVF Covid-19 fund (in German)

AMS short-time work (“KUA”)

Stricter rules come into effect from April 2022, including:

  • Application must be submitted BEFORE the start of the KUA
  • until 31 May or 30 June 2022 at the latest, depending on conditions
  • subsidies have generally been reduced by 15%
  • minimum working time 50% (except in special cases, where it needs to be justified)
  • There is no longer a distinction between “particularly affected” and other companies

AMS information on short-time work (in German): https://www.ams.at/unternehmen/personalsicherung-und-fruehwarnsystem/kurzarbeit

WKO information on short-time work (in German): https://www.wko.at/service/corona-kurzarbeit.html

New: Longterm-Short-time-work-Bonus

One-off subsidy of 500 euros for employees who were on short-time work:

  • for at least 10 months between March 2020 and November 2021, AND
  • in Dec 2021, and additionally
  • whose social security contribution base in December 2021 was a maximum of 2,775 euros.

Information and application: https://www.bma.gv.at/Services/News/Coronavirus/FAQ-Langzeit-Kurzarbeits-Bonus.html

Protective shield fund for events

  • Extension of applications until 30 June 2022 for events until 30 June 2023.
  • Applications for Protective shield I (events between 1 March 2021 and 30 June 2023) until 1 June 2022
  • Applications for Protective shield II (events between 12 July 2021 and 30 June 2023) until 30 April 2022

Protective shield fund for events (in German)

Reduced VAT rate expired

To support businesses in hospitality, the hotel sector and the arts and culture sector, which were hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, the VAT rate was reduced to 5%. This measure expired by 31.12.2021 and the regular rate applies again since 1 Jan 2022 (13% for turnover in the cultural sector).

Infos of BMF on the reduced VAT rate (in German)

Covid-19 info service by BMKÖS for artists and cultural professionals

The Ministry of Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport has set up an info service for artists and cultural professionals regarding Covid-19 issues. Hotline: +43 1 71 606 851185 (Mon–Fri 9am–3pm), email: kunstkultur@bmkoes.gv.at. FAQs, further contacts, regulations, conditions for live events etc. at:

https://www.bmkoes.gv.at/Themen/Corona/Corona-Kunst-und-Kultur.html (in German)