The Official State Gazette has published the details of how to apply for the first phase of the "Digital Kit" Program. The initiative contemplates the subsidization of the digitalization of Spanish SMEs within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan of the European Union.
Provision 21873 of the BOE of December 30 publishes the regulatory bases of the Digital Kit for SMEs in the first call that will be effective at the beginning of 2022 and will be aimed at companies with between 10 and 49 employees and the self-employed. In this first phase, a budget of 500 million euros will be allocated to benefit one million SMEs and self-employed people in the country. The "Digital Kit" program will allocate 3,067 million euros in the period 2021-2023 so that SMEs and the self-employed can adopt digital solutions in different areas of their activity.
Deadlines and application processes for the calls for proposals
SMEs and self-employed applicants will have 3 months from the publication of the call for aid to apply. Or, if applicable, until the credit is exhausted.
The application will be made through Acelera Pyme, the governmental instrument for the management of these aids. SMEs and freelancers will have to complete a digital maturity st and carry out the process with a digitalizing agent such as Goom Spain. The digitalizing agents are companies specialized in digital transformation that have the experience and governmental technical requirements to implement the digital solutions adopted.
Rules and regulations for the Digital Kit for SMEs and the self-employed
The requirements of the beneficiaries published in the BOE are as follows:
- Have small business status as defined in Annex I of Commission Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014 of 17 June 2014.
- To have a valid registration in the Census of businessmen, professionals and withholders of the State Agency of Tax Administration or, if applicable, in the equivalent of the Foral Tax Administration.
- That there is no consideration of a company in crisis.
- Be up to date with tax and Social Security obligations, and not be subject to a pending recovery order from the European Commission for illegality or incompatibility.