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Coronavirus - Grants for Autonomos in Valencia

The Generalitat has established a subsidy for Autonomos who have seen their business closed as a result of the containment measures as from the start of the State of Alarm, or have seen their income decreased drastically (at least 75%) as a result of those.

The subsidy amounts to 1.500 euros for those in the first situation (e.g. owners of shops that had to close as of the start of the State of Alarm as not selling essential goods) and 750 euros for those in the second category. The total sum available is limited, so it’s ‘first come, first get’.

Requisites are similar to those for the national special ‘paro’ for ‘cese de actividad’ with some significant differences, as outlined below. You need to have been registered as Autonomo from the 31st of December 2019 till at least the 14th of March. Once you can resume your activities, you need to remain registered as Autonomo for at least 3 more months.

The window to apply is from the 8th of April 9.00 hrs till the 4th of May 09.00 hrs.

The application takes place in 3 stages:
Stage 1: apply for a date and a timeslot during which you can present your application. If you do not have a digital signature, you can ask anyone who does, to represent you and present the application in your name.
Stage 2: prepare documentation.
Stage 3: present the application.

If you complete the registration during the timeslot given, that day and time will be registered with regards to the ‘first come, first get’ regulation. If you complete at a later stage, that date will be registered instead.



Translation of some of the FAQs.

Can freelancers from all sectors of activity access the grant?
As they are subject to the ‘minimis’ regime, the self-employed workers of the fisheries, aquaculture and primary production of agricultural products sectors cannot apply for this grant.

Can grants from another administration be accessed for the same purpose?
The subsidy from the Generalitat is only compatible with the bonus of Social Security contributions and with the extraordinary benefit for self-employed workers affected by the crisis caused by COVID19, called by the State. However, subsidies from municipalities or other entities with this same object are incompatible.

Is the grant compatible with ICO or IVF credits?
They are compatible for having a different object.

How can I apply for the grant if I don’t have an advanced electronic signature?
The request can be submitted on your behalf by any natural or legal person who has an advanced electronic signature. To do this, you must attach Annex II to the application regarding representation. In any case, this form must be signed by hand by the self-employed worker and may be attached, preferably in pdf format; if it was not possible, it would also be admitted in image.

What help can I get if I exercise several activities but I am only obliged to suspend one of them?
To qualify for the maximum grant, it is sufficient to have been forced to suspend one of the activities that were carried out.

Are only activities related to Royal Decree 463/2020, of 14 of March covered, or also those that were suspended later?
All activities related to Royal Decree 463/2020, of March 14, are included, as well as any other that had been suspended by the development regulations issued up to the date of publication of the Autonomous Decree.

How do I credit the decrease in income greater than 75% as a result of the declaration of the alarm status? What if I pay for the module system and am not required to keep accounts?
At the initial moment of the request, it is enough with a responsible declaration where it is stated that circumstance. This and any other requirement will be verified after the resolution of granting of aid, the applicant may be required to provide the corresponding documentation.

What dates should I take into account to determine the decrease in income?
The comparison must be made between the month prior to the presentation of the application (for example, if presented on April 8, the period between March 8 and April 7) and the calendar semester prior to the alarm declaration, that is, between September 14, 2019 and March 2020.

Please note: The information provided is based upon our understanding of current legislation. It is not legal advice but is provided freely to enable you to be properly informed. We recommend that if you are considering taking action, you should seek professional advice.

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