The Government published today, in Diário da República, the regulation on the support of the Guarantee Culture program for business entities, in the amount of 30 million euros, which comes into force on Thursday.
According to the regulation, which appears more than two months after the announcement of the support and about a month after the regulation on support for Culture, in the context of the response to the covid-19 pandemic, the system of incentives for cultural business fabric, known as the “Guarantee Culture Program (business fabric)”, aimed at “micro, small and medium-sized companies” and “individual entrepreneurs with organized accounting” in the sector.
On March 12, the Minister of Culture, Graça Fonseca (in the photo), had already specified that, of the 42 million euros announced in January, within the scope of the Guarantee Culture program – which adds to the other sectorial support -, 30 million euros allocate “only and exclusively” to the business sector, with maximum financing limits fixed at 50 thousand euros for micro-enterprises, 75 thousand for small companies and 100 thousand euros for medium-sized companies.
This appropriation, according to the regulation, “is part of the Thematic Operational Program for Competitiveness and Internationalization”.
The remaining 12 million euros, according to the notice published on the 22nd, are intended for non-business artistic entities, which have a maximum financing limit of 10,000 euros for individuals, 20,000 euros for informal groups and 40,000 euros for informal groups. legal persons.
According to the regulation published today, candidates, companies or entrepreneurs, must be legally constituted on January 1, 2020, have codes of economic activity (CAE) in the area of Culture, have not been subject to insolvency proceedings, have capital positive on December 31, 2019 and have a regularized situation in Finance and Social Security.
Applications must relate to cultural creation or programming activities directed at the public, “which may include physical or digital presentations and formats” and include activities that “have been suspended and whose execution may be resumed”.
Projects must be framed in the performing arts, visual arts, disciplinary crossing, cinema, museology and books, have a maximum execution period of nine months, from the date of notification of the favorable decision, and a minimum expense of 5,000 euros per application. .
Among others, expenses incurred as of January 1 of this year are eligible, related to production costs and personnel costs, with editing, translation and printing costs, with logistics and accessibility, inclusion and training of audiences, with the creation of content, promotion and media campaigns, with creation and maintenance of digital platforms, with technical material and with the circulation of artistic projects.
Applications must be submitted within the scope of the notice published by the Management Authority of the Thematic Operational Program Competitiveness and Internationalization, which will select them, and submitted using the form available at the 2020 Desk.
“The incentive [será] calculated based on the value of the expenses considered eligible “, and” the proposal for a reasoned decision on the funding to be allocated is made by the Managing Authority within 20 working days, counting from the date of submission of the application “, notified to the beneficiary” within 3 working days from the date of issue “.
“The intermediate body responsible for analyzing applications, payments and monitoring the execution of projects is the Instituto de Turismo de Portugal (…) which can request a specialized opinion from the General Inspection of Cultural Activities”.
The acceptance of the decision to grant support must be confirmed in the Simplified Access Platform.
The list of eligible PPAs is published as an annex to the regulation, which provides for retail sale of books, discs, CDs and DVDs, “cassettes and the like”, in specialized stores, in book publishing, production, distribution and film projection, videos and television programs, technical activities of audiovisual post-production, sound recording and music editing, architecture, design, performing arts activities and supporting the performing arts, artistic and literary creation, exploration of concert halls, libraries and archives, museum activities, historic sites and monuments, and bullfighting activities.
In the case of “retail trade of other products”, the candidate must have as main object the trade of works of art (art galleries).
The diploma, dated March 30, and published today in a supplement to Series I of the Diário da República, comes into force on Thursday, April 1.