Benidorm City Council has announced the deadline to request new aid aimed at local retail trade to minimise the impact of Covid-19


October 29, 2020
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Benidorm City Council has announced the deadline to request new aid aimed at local retail trade to minimise the impact of Covid-19, which are financed through a grant of €196,960 granted by the Provincial Council of Alicante. The Councilor for Employment and Local Development, Mónica Gómez, said that "SMEs, micro-SMEs and freelancers who carry out their commercial activity in Benidorm can apply for these grants until 11.59pm next Sunday, 2nd November".

The application and processing of the aid is carried out electronically through the Electronic Office https://sede.benidorm.org/catalogo-de-servicios/DIPCOV/ ). Initially, the aid provides for a maximum amount per establishment of €400. However, if the anticipated €196,690 are not exhausted with the approved applications, the aid per establishment will increase depending on the number of beneficiaries.  

Gómez has encouraged to participate in this call "to commercial retail establishments in Benidorm that as a result of the state of alarm had to temporarily close or saw their billing significantly reduced". The head of Employment and Local Development has recalled that "SMEs and self-employed persons registered on 14th March in group 65 of the Economic Activities Tax can apply for these aids - except for groups 652 and 655, and headings 6532, 6534, 6535 and 6592-, which suspended their activity due to the entry into force of the alarm state or, failing that, which saw the establishment's billing for the months of April and May reduced by at least 50% compared to the calendar semester previous".

Expenses such as "the monthly rental of the business or commercial vehicles 100% affected by the business activity affected by the pandemic" are understood as "eligible items" of these aid. Also, eligible items will be "consulting and advisory expenses incurred as a result of the state of alarm or those corresponding to the supply of energy, water, telephone or internet for the business."