Municipalities can apply for central government funding to be able to offer support to sole entrepreneurs in the coronavirus situation. Municipalities will make this support available to sole entrepreneurs as soon as possible. Municipalities will inform local entrepreneurs when the application period for support begins. Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2020.
The support available to sole entrepreneurs is a lump-sum payment of EUR 2,000, which is intended to cover costs arising from the entrepreneur's business activities. These include, for example, the costs of premises and equipment purchased for business purposes, as well as accounting and office expenses. Eligible costs are those incurred between 16 March and 31 August 2020.
To be eligible for support, the entrepreneur is required to prove that their financial situation and turnover have deteriorated after 16 March 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, and that they have the potential for profitable business. A sole entrepreneur means a full-time entrepreneur who is engaged in economic activity in Finland alone and has no employees on payroll. .
More detailed instructions and application forms have been provided to municipalities for launching the application process.