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Relief Funding

To make the process easier for small business during this unprecedented time, we have compiled a ‘funding directory’ to assist in making your search simpler.

Industry and purpose:

All businesses which are negatively affected, directly or indirectly, due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Application Process:

Funding amount:

R500 million made available

Qualifying criteria:

The business must have been registered with CIPC by at least February 28, 2020
The company must be 100% owned by South African citizens
70% of employees must be South African
Priority will be given to businesses owned by women, youth and people with disabilities
Business must be registered and compliant with Sars and UIF
Seda will assist micro-enterprises to comply; requests for assistance must be emailed to debtrelief@seda.org.za
Small and medium enterprises must ensure their own compliance
Must be proof that the business is negatively affected by the Covid-19 pandemic
The online application must be complete
Company statutory documents
Fica documents (e.g. municipal accounts, a letter from traditional authority)
Certified ID copies of directors
Three-months bank statements
Latest annual financial statements or latest management accounts not older than three months from date of application – where applicable
Business profile
Six months cash flow projections – where applicable
Copy of lease agreement or proof of ownership if applying for rental relief
If applying for payroll relief, details of employees – as registered with UIF and including banking details – will be required as payroll payments will be made directly to employees
SMME employers who are not compliant with UIF must register before applying for relief
Facility statements of other funders
Detail breakdown on the application of funds including salaries, rent etc.

Industry and purpose:

An initiative aimed at supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that are financially impacted by Covid-19

Funding amount:

Businesses will qualify for R750 per permanent employee per week for 15 weeks. The money is not available to directors

Application process:

Qualifying criteria:

Operating for 12 months
The assistance will be a loan at prime -5%, repayment terms will be decided on an individual basis based on the cashflow projections
The directors and the business must have a good credit score
The maximum amount that businesses can apply for is R15 million, but it’s willing to look at working capital requirements of less than R200 000
Business trading for 12 months plus
Annual turnover of less than R25 million
Must have been a sustainable business on February 29, 2020
Adversely affected by Covid-19
Company registration documents
A valid PAYE number registered with Sars (if applicable)
A valid income tax number registered with Sars
Confirmation of permanent employment status of staff

Industry and purpose:

Accommodation establishments such hotels, resort properties, bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), guest houses, lodges and backpackers.
Hospitality and related services which are restaurants (not attached to hotels), conference venues (not attached to hotels), professional catering, and attractions. Travel and related services such as tour operators, travel agents, tour guiding, car rental companies, and coach operators.

Funding amount:

R200 million is available; the grant is capped at R50 000

Qualifying criteria:

Turnover of less than R5 million
Businesses in accommodation, hospitality, services within tourism
Financial statements
Negatively impacted by Covid-19
Operating for at least one year or more

Industry and purpose:

Intended to assist large retail tenants hardest hit by the Covid-19 lockdown

Funding amount:

The value of the relief package is estimated between R2 billion and R3 billion

Application process:

Apply via landlord

Qualifying criteria:

Retail tenants in good standing at February 29, 2020
Retailers in office or industrial parks qualify
No funding will be given funding for rates and taxes, utilities and insurance
The relief is offered in the form of a rental discount or deferral for April and May
Annual turnover of less than R80 million
Aims to avoid retrenching staff during the relief period

Industry and purpose:

Funding for black entrepreneurs to manufacture medical products to help SA flatten the curve of the virus.

Funding amount:

R200 million is available. You may apply from R500 000 to R10 million
The loans are offered at 0% interest for the first year and thereafter at 2.5% per year, repayable over a maximum term of 60 months

Application process:

Qualifying criteria:

Be a registered legal entity in South Africa in terms of the Companies Act, 2008 (as amended); the Close Corporations Act, 1984 or the Co-operatives Act, 2005
Be a taxpayer in good standing with a valid tax clearance certificate at assessment and before the loan is disbursed
Be a current and registered supplier with retailers and other institutions in good standing or have a purchase order/contract/letter of intent
Require working capital or funds to purchase machinery and equipment
The fund will not service any debt or help settle monies owed
Have greater than 50% black shareholding and management control. Must be directly involved in the day-to-day running of the operation and must have the requisite expertise in the sector
In line with the NEF’s transformation mandate, preference will be given to applications that demonstrate meaningful black women ownership, management and control
Have a project with a minimum requirement of R500 000 in working capital, machinery and equipment
Must result in retaining or increasing direct jobs
Submit all relevant documents for commercially viable applications

Industry and purpose:

It is only applicable to employers who are registered with UIF and make monthly contributions as required by the Contributions Act of 2002

Funding amount:

The benefits an employee may receive from the C-19 Ters range from R3 500, being the national minimum wage, to a cap of R6 730.56 – the maximum of 38% of the R17 712 salary cap (as provided for in the Unemployment Insurance Act)

Application process:

covid19ters@labour.gov.za
https://uifecc.labour.gov.za/covid19/

Qualifying criteria:

Where a company shuts down for a certain period or implements reduced or short time
Benefits payable is the difference between what the employer pays and normal UIF benefits payable should an employee lose employment
Fill in the details of the business
Fill in UI19 and UI2.7 (completed by employer)
Fill in UI 2.1 (application)
Get your bank to complete a UI 2.8
A letter from the employer confirming reduced work time is due to Covid-19 virus
Copy of ID document

Industry and purpose:

To address the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and ensure sustainable food production

Funding amount:

R1.2 billion is available

Qualifying criteria:

Small-scale or communal farmer, with an annual turnover of between R50 000 and R1 million
South African citizen
Operate for a year or more
In production season
Be registered on the Producer/Farmer Register and commodity or provincial databases
Priority will be given to businesses owned by women, youth and people with disabilities
South African certified ID copy not older than three months
Already farming
Valid confirmation of land tenure/ownership (title deeds, tribal resolution, permission to occupy, minimum five years lease agreement)
Application form completed
Farming operation able to create permanent and/or seasonal jobs
In cases where the environmental impact assessment (EIA) certificate is necessary for the operations, evidence of such to be provided
Proof of access to water for irrigation in case of fruits, vegetables and winter crops (i.e. water licence/rights or proof that it had been applied for, borehole or other sources)

Industry and purpose:

Business in need of a loan

Funding amount:

Not specified

Qualifying criteria:

Business must be based in and registered in South Africa
The company must be VAT registered
Needs to make R500 000 in revenue a year