Co-financing from PARP, i.e. what you can get funds for

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In the absence of funds for starting a business or developing a current company, future and current entrepreneurs can count on state support. Every year, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development supports companies in their natural growth and maintaining their position on the market through various types of funding. What kind of support are we talking about and what funding from PARP can be counted on, more about it in the article!

What is PARP?

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, abbreviated as PARP, is a state agency whose goal is to implement national and foreign programs related to the development of the economy. In this regard, PARP each year allocates money from EU funds, structural funds and the state budget to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and to develop human resources. The agency's goals are realized through the created aid programs, according to which the subsidy from PARP is directed to new or existing companies on the market. Every year, PARP provides financial support to thousands of companies under EU operational programs, as well as co-financing training for employers and their employees.

What funding from PARP can be obtained?

As part of its activities, PARP offers a number of various forms of financial aid for entrepreneurs, which can be divided into 3 main areas:

  • co-financing provided for setting up a business,

  • co-financing for competence training,

  • co-financing for innovation and development under the operational programs.

Within a given area, entrepreneurs can obtain, for example, funds to cover the costs related to the implementation of innovative technologies in the company, as well as for setting up a business. They are awarded on the basis of submitted applications. The amount of funds offered by PARP differs depending on the voivodeship.

Co-financing from PARP for starting a business

Each entrepreneur planning to set up his own business may benefit from co-financing granted by PARP. As part of regional programs, PARP transfers funds for this purpose to labor market institutions (eg employment offices, etc.) and employment agencies, which announce calls for applications. Typically, one participant of an aid program accounts for about 20 thousand. zloty. The funds received as part of the grant can be allocated, inter alia, to for the purchase of equipment necessary to conduct business, furnishing or renting a room in which this activity will be carried out. Detailed requirements are defined by the institution accepting applications, which is responsible for the implementation of the program by PARP. Most often, funding from PARP for starting a business is directed mainly to the unemployed, disabled and having low professional qualifications. Detailed information on the regional subsidies implemented can be found on the PARP website.

Competency training provided by PARP

Among the funds transferred under the Regional Operational Programs (ROP), PARP offers co-financing for competence training in all voivodships, except for the Pomorskie and Mazowieckie voivodships. Both micro, small and medium-sized enterprises can benefit from this type of funding. The list of available training courses is available in the Development Services Database, the so-called BUR. It is an online platform containing a list of consultancy and educational training offers. BUR aims to present training offers for both employees and employers, thanks to which companies are able to choose courses and trainings appropriate to their needs. Access and use of BUR is free of charge. The database includes both co-financed and paid services. Among the offered are.

  • training services - thematic and e-learning trainings, postgraduate studies and vocational courses,

  • consulting services - consulting, mentoring and coaching.

The amount of co-financing may differ depending on the size of the entity using a given training service and may not exceed 80%. The basic rates are:

  • 50% - for medium-sized enterprises with fewer than 250 employees, whose annual turnover does not exceed EUR 50 million or the annual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 43 million,

  • 70% - for small enterprises with fewer than 50 employees, whose annual turnover and / or annual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 10 million,

  • 80% - for micro-enterprises with less than 10 employees, whose annual turnover and / or annual balance sheet total does not exceed EUR 2 million.

In addition, after meeting additional conditions, both small and medium-sized enterprises may also receive a grant of no more than 80%, if:

  • the company's industry is crucial for the development of the region,

  • trainings are used by people over 50 with low professional qualifications,

  • trainings ensure the improvement of qualifications.

Trainings required by law, i.e. health and safety training or first aid training, are not covered by co-financing.

If the entrepreneur does not find a training service that meets his needs in BUR, he may post his own advertisement for the training service on the platform provided by PARP. Due to the fact that service providers also have access to the database, the probability of receiving the service in line with their expectations will increase.

Co-financing from PARP as part of operational programs

As part of the many subsidies offered by PARP, the operational programs carried out deserve special attention. Funds are awarded to entities that submit the best project under the competitions. Co-financing amounts may even exceed PLN 1 million. According to the adopted action plan, in the years 2014-2020 PARP runs three main operational programs:

Intelligent Development Operational Program

As part of the program, funds are allocated to activities increasing the innovation of the economy and cooperation between companies and the sphere of science. Main areas of program support:

  • investments in innovation: the main goal of this area is the development of companies in the field of research and development, which are to contribute to the creation of innovative industrial and technological solutions and new products;

  • design: this area of ​​activity focuses on increasing the competitiveness of Polish companies by developing a new brand or improving the current one;

  • start-up market: the main goal of this area is to support start-ups in their further development and survival on the market;

  • services for enterprises: the aim of the area is to support existing companies in the field of their development and increasing their competitiveness, incl. through cooperation with the science sector;

  • internationalization: the aim of this area is the development of Polish enterprises not only in Poland, but also abroad.

Operational Program Knowledge Education Development

As part of the program, competitions are organized for companies organizing training for entrepreneurs, offered, among others, at the Development Services Office. In order to take part in the competition, receive support and be in the BUR, a potential candidate should offer training in:

  • public procurement for small and medium-sized enterprises;

  • public-private partnerships for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises;

  • strategic management of enterprises.

Eastern Poland Operational Program

This program is addressed to companies from the Podlaskie, Lubelskie and Podkarpackie voivodeships. Funds are awarded through a competition depending on the so-called sub-measures:

  • Measure 1.2 - Internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises - funds are allocated to activities aimed at entering foreign markets. The total budget is 550,000. PLN (co-financing in the amount of 80%);

  • Sub-measure 1.3.1 - Implementation of innovations by small and medium-sized enterprises - funds allocated to the creation of innovative products through the implementation of R&D. The total budget is PLN 7 million;

  • Sub-measure 1.3.2. - Creating network products by small and medium-sized enterprises - funds are intended for the creation of innovative products that use the values ​​and potential of the macroregion. The total budget is PLN 10 million;

  • Measure 1.4 - Formula for competition - funds allocated to rebranding. The total budget is PLN 3 million.

As you can see, it is worth applying for funding from PARP. The opportunities offered by the obtained funds may significantly affect not only innovation and economic development, but most of all the development of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The development will also translate into an increase in the qualifications of the staff as part of the ongoing competence training.