Coronavirus Walloon Region: npa, ask for your premium

Author: Anne Ghysels (Legal Expert)
Date:

At the end of 2020, the Walloon Government introduced a specific aid for non-profit associations in sectors that had to close down on 19 October or 2 November 2020. Other sectors did not have to close, but were still heavily impacted financially.

This aid is now accessible to you via the online platform of the Walloon Region. You must request it before 23 March 2021.

Are you entitled to this aid?

You must:

  • Bb referred to in Book 9 of the Companies and Associations Code;
  • Be subject to VAT;
  • Employ at least 1 person under an employment contract and employ less than 250 persons (in FTE);
  • Carry out an economic activity, i.e. an activity consisting of offering goods or services on a given market;
  • Have a social purpose of an economic nature;
  • Have a public funding which does not exceed 50% outside the employment aid on the basis of the approved 2019 accounts;
  • Not have benefited from COVID aid granted by another region in the context of the Covid 19 crisis for an amount equal to or greater than the minimum intervention amount.

What is the amount of the aid?

The amount of your aid depends on your sector of activity (based on your NACE code) and the number of employee (expressed in full-time equivalents).

This number corresponds to the average number of employees in 2019 employed under an employment contract in all the operating offices of your npa corresponding to the number of work units (WU), calculated on the basis of your DmfA declarations for 2019.

Npa carrying out an economic activity in sectors affected by the crisis

You must:

  • have an establishment unit in the Walloon Region before 1 July 2020;
  • justify on the basis of your VAT return that your turnover relating to commercial activities in the 3rd quarter of 2020 is less than or equal to 40% of the turnover of the 3rd quarter of 2019;
  • arry out an activity falling under one of the following NACE codes:

NACE code

Description of the activity

47.810

Food retailing on stalls and markets

47.820

Retail sale of textiles, clothing and footwear on stalls and markets

47.890

Other retail sale on stalls and markets

49.310

Urban and suburban passenger transport

49.320

Passenger transport by taxis

49.390

Other passenger transport

56.210

Catering services

56.302

Discotheques, dance halls and the like

59.140

Film projection

74.109

Other specialized design activities

74.201

Photographic production, except activities of press photographers

74.209

Other photographic activities

77.293

Rental and leasing of crockery, cutlery, glassware, kitchenware, electrical and household appliances

77.294

Rental and leasing of textiles, clothing, jewellery and shoes

77.296

Rental and leasing of flowers and plants

77.392

Rental and leasing of tents

79.110

Activities of travel agencies

79.120

Tour operator activities

79.901

Tourist information services

79.909

Other booking services

82.300

Organisation of trade fairs and congresses

90.011

Performances by self-employed artists

90.012

Performances by artistic ensembles

90.021

Promotion and organization of live performances

90.022

Design and production of sets

90.023

Specialized sound, image and lighting services

90.029

Other activities in support of the performing arts

90.031

Artistic creation, except support activities

90.032

Activities in support of artistic creation

90.041

Management of theatres, concert halls and the like

90.042

Management of cultural centres and multifunctional cultural halls

93.211

Fair activities

93.299

Other recreational and leisure activities

The financial aid is calculated at 30% of the turnover for your commercial activities carried out during the 3rd quarter of 2019 or the 4th quarter of 2019, based on the VAT return of the 3rd quarter (or failing that, the 4th).

If your commercial activity is usually carried out in the 4th quarter due to a seasonal activity - i.e. your npa is subject to variations in turnover linked to the period of the year during which it is carried out - the turnover is calculated on the basis of the VAT return of the 4th quarter of 2020 compared to the turnover for the 4th quarter of 2019.

The size of your npa determines the maximum amount of your aid:

Minimum intervention

Ceiling 1

(˂ 1 FTE)

Ceiling 2

 (1 to 9 FTEs)

Ceiling 3

(10 to 49 FTEs)

Ceiling 4

(50 FTEs and more)

€3,000

€5,000

€10,000

€20,000

€40,000

If your non-profit association was created between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020, your premium will be a lump sum of €3,000 but may be replaced by the above amount if it is more advantageous to you.

Npa carrying out an economic activity in sectors closed down completely

Sectors closed since 19 October 2020

You must:

  • have an establishment unit in the Walloon Region before 19 October 2020;
  • carry out an activity falling under one of the following NACE codes:

NACE code

Description of the activity

56.101

Full service catering

56.102

Restricted service catering

56.301

Cafés and bars

56.309

Other drinking-shops

93.110

Management of sports facilities

93.121

Activities of football clubs

93.122

Activities of tennis clubs

93.123

Activities of other ball sports clubs

93.124

Activities of cycling clubs

93.125

Activities of combat sports clubs

93.126

Activities of water sports clubs

93.127

Activities of equestrian sports clubs

93.128

Activities of athletics clubs

93.129

Activities of other sports clubs

93.130

Fitness clubs

93.191

Activities of sports leagues and federations

93.192

Activities of independent sportsmen and women

93.199

Other sports activities

93.212

Activities of amusement parks and theme parks

The amount of your premium is:

Category (FTE)

< 1

1 to 4

5 to 9

10 and more

€3,000

€5,000

€7,000

€9,000

Sectors closed since 2 November 2020

You must:

  • have an establishment unit in the Walloon Region before 2 November 2020;
  • have been obliged to stop your activities on 2 November 2020;
  • Carry out an activity falling under one of the NACE codes listed on www.indemnitecovid.wallonie.be (“indemnity 9”).

The amount of your premium is:

Category (FTE)

< 1

1 to 4

5 to 9

10 and more

€2,250

€3,750

€5,250

€6,750

 

What must you do?

You must complete the application form on the website www.indemnitecovid.wallonie.be. It is available since 23 February 2021.

You must complete it before 23 March 2021.

 

Sources: Special Powers Decree No. 66 of the Walloon Government of 11 December 2020 on the granting of a compensation to non-profit associations (npa’s) carrying out economic activity in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, Belgian Official Gazette of 18.12.2020; Ministerial Decree of 22 February 2021 implementing the Special Powers Decree No. 66 of the Walloon Government of 11 December 2020 on the granting of a compensation to non-profit associations (npa’s) carrying out economic activity in the context of the COVID-19 crisis, Belgian Official Gazette of 01.03.2021

 

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