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Grant for own business

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Since the beginning of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation, grant programs have become one of the important sources of business financing in Ukraine. This is due to the fact that in such a difficult period of life for Ukrainians, it becomes increasingly difficult to attract funds for the development of their own enterprise or business.

Therefore, grant programs are an excellent opportunity for additional financing of the needs of private entrepreneurs. This shows the relevance of this topic today.

In this article, we will consider in detail how you can get a grant for "Own business" under the government program of Ukraine in 2023.

What is the main purpose of the "Own Business" grant program?

Just as during the military operations in the country, a large number of people were forced to leave their jobs and move to other regions for permanent residence, unemployment increased. Therefore, the main goal of the grant program is the creation of new jobs.

Thus, our state simultaneously provides assistance to businesses affected by military operations and struggling with unemployment.

In addition, the "Own Business" grant provides that the return of the funds provided within the framework of the program will be made through taxes and fees from successful private enterprises, which guarantees that the budget will be filled in the future.

Who is the "Own Business" grant program for? 

This program was created for those citizens who have long dreamed of creating a small but own business from a small service station, dry cleaners, coffee shops, grocery stores, bakeries, hairdressers, etc. At the same time, it will not be necessary to return funds to the state for receiving a grant if you have created at least one workplace. 

What are the criteria for applying for a grant? 

The terms of the program establish that future entrepreneurs, or already operating FOPs or legal entities that meet the following criteria can apply for a grant:

  • the actual location of the enterprise and the implementation of economic activity do not take place in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine;
  • the organization does not conduct its economic activity on the territory of the Russian Federation;
  • absence of any sanctions;
  • bankruptcy proceedings have not been initiated against the organization;
  • there is no debt to the budget of Ukraine;
  • the absence of a court decision on prosecution for corruption crimes.

What amount of money can be received?

The size of the grant is from UAH 50,000 to UAH 250,000. The grant program provides for the receipt of funds of up to UAH 150,000 under the condition of creating one workplace and hiring an employee, up to UAH 250,000 - it is necessary to create at least two new workplaces.

What can grant funds be spent on under the program? 

The program provides that the grant funds have a specific purpose, namely the purchase of various types of business equipment, raw materials or materials, as well as rent expenses (should not exceed 25% of the grant amount).

What are the obligations in the case of receiving grant funds? 

  • Creation of at least one workplace;
  • Conduct business activity for at least 3 years;
  • Timely payment of taxes to the budget for the future employment of the company's workers. 

How to apply for a grant?

You can apply in two ways: both online and offline.

For online submission you need:

  1. Register in "Diya" and create your own account. If you were already registered there, then you need to log in;
  2. Fill out the online application in accordance with the requirements indicated on the gov.ua portal ;
  3. Attach the created business plan to the application;
  4. Sign the application with an electronic signature and send it for consideration.         

For offline submission you need:

Contact the nearest branch of the Savings Bank to clarify the conditions for submitting an application and a business plan.

Advice! If you have not dealt with applying for a grant remotely or face-to-face, the lawyers of "Prikhodko and Partners" can advise you on this issue.

Who decides to grant a grant?

 The State Employment Center makes the final decision on issuing grant funds while carrying out:

  • a thorough check of the business reputation of the recipient of grant funds, which is performed by an authorized bank;
  • study and assessment of the business plan;
  • conducting an interview with the future recipient of grant funds.

How long does it take to consider a grant application?

The State Employment Center considers the application within 10 working days after the end of the submission deadline.

If you want to receive a grant for your own business from the state, then in this case you cannot do without professional legal assistance from the Prikhodko and Partners law firm.

Our team understands the nuances of applying for a grant, as well as creating a successful business plan, as we have many years of experience working with grants. So don't delay and contact us for advice!

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Head of grants and investment attraction department

Specialist in finding and receiving grants, developing business plans and attracting investments for businesses and public organizations

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