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Title: ERDF Schemes Operational Programme I 2007-2013 ERDF e-Business Development Grant Scheme


1
ERDF Schemes Operational Programme I 2007-2013
ERDF e-Business Development Grant Scheme
2
  • Overview
  • The Malta Enterprise ERDF Schemes
  • The e-Business Development Grant Scheme Incentive
    Guideline
  • The Application Form
  • The Notes to Applicants

3
  • 1. The Malta Enterprise ERDF Schemes
  • The objectives for each scheme are outlined
    below
  • International Competitiveness to support
    enterprises in their market penetration efforts.
  • Small Start-up Grant Scheme to facilitate the
    setting up and growth of innovative knowledge
    based small start-up enterprises.
  • Innovation Actions (Innovation) to support SMEs
    develop innovative processes, products and
    services.
  • Innovation Actions (Environment) to support
    SMEs address investment in environmentally-friendl
    y technologies.
  • E-Business Development Grant Scheme to assist
    SMEs propagate the use of ICT in their daily
    business operations.
  • R D Grants to assist enterprises to invest in
    industry driven research projects to be in a
    better position to develop new products and
    processes.

4
e-Business Development Grant Scheme Incentive
Guideline
5
2. Incentive Guideline
  • Aim
  • This incentive will facilitate the realisation of
    ICT investments that will support growth through
  • a) the diversification of the enterprises
    products and services, and
  • b) significant changes to the enterprises
    production process.
  • Of special interest will be projects that adopt
    ICT solutions as business enablers to
  • i. establish processes that extend beyond the
    boundaries of the enterprise such as supply chain
    management and customer relationship management
  • ii. provide holistic ICT solutions for
    integrating the operations of an enterprise
  • iii. exploit the capabilities of broadband
    solutions, such as e-learning and e- Commerce.

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • This Incentive is open to Small and Medium
    Enterprises with the following exclusions
  • Enterprises controlled or owned by Government
    are not eligible for this incentive.
  • Assistance under this scheme will NOT be
    provided to undertakings engaged in
  • The primary production of agricultural products
  • The fisheries and aquaculture sector

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Sector Exclusions Contd
  • Retail Activities
  • Tourism Activities
  • i. Hotels and restaurants
  • ii. Travel agency activities, Tour operator
    activities, other reservation services and
    related activities
  • iii. Creative, arts and entertainment
    activities
  • iv. Libraries, archives, museums and other
    cultural activities
  • v. Sports activities, and amusement and
    recreation activities.

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Sector Exclusions Contd
  • The coal industry
  • The steel industry
  • Shipbuilding
  • The synthetic fibers sector.
  • Assistance under the scheme cannot be granted to
    undertakings in difficulty

9
2. Incentive Guideline
The Scheme Minimum Project Value
25,000 Co-finacing rates of eligible costs
Each project is capped at a Maximum Grant
Value of 100,000
40 for Medium-Sized Enterprises Minimum Grant Value 10,000
50 for Small Sized Enterprises Minimum Grant Value 12,500
30 for SMEs active in the transport Minimum Grant Value 7,500
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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Eligible Costs
  • Consultancy Services
  • ICT Hardware Costs (tangible assets)
  • ICT Software Costs (tangible and intangible
    assets)

11
2. Incentive Guideline
  • Eligible Costs
  • Consultancy Services
  • Consultancy service required for designing,
    customising, implementing and testing of the
    approved ICT solutions.

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Eligible Costs
  • ICT Hardware Costs
  • (i) Costs related to ICT hardware required for
    the optimal functioning of the ICT solution,
  • (ii) Plant and Machinery that is essential for
    the optimal functioning of the ICT
    solution, e.g. other computer equipment
    integrated to the solution.

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Eligible Costs
  • Software Costs
  • The purchase of
  • Tangible readily available generic software
    tools and licenses that are required for the ICT
    solutions example Database Management
    Solutions, ERPs, CAD, CAM, Content Management
    Solutions and CRM Systems,
  • Intangible software developed for the enterprise
    as part of the ICT solution (this may include
    technical knowledge acquired for the installation
    and operation of the ICT solution).

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2. Incentive Guideline
  • Additional Provisions
  • Investements in second hand equipment are not
    eligible,
  • All funding will be based on reimbursement of
    eligible costs,
  • All funding must be on costs incurred by the
    applicant after the aid is granted,
  • All consultancy or services must be subcontracted
    and not of a continuous or periodic nature, nor
    related to the enterprises usual operating
    expenditure, such as routine tax, consultancy
    services, regular legal services, or advertising,
  • Projects favouring activities in the processing
    and marketing of agricultural products may not be
    supported when the aid is being partly or
    entirely passed on to the primary producer.

15
  • e-Business Development Grant Scheme
  • The Application Form

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3. The Application Form
  • The Application Form structure
  • Applicant Details
  • Project Details
  • Horizontal Priorities
  • Annexes
  • Personal Data Protection
  • Decleration
  • Notes to the Application Form

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3. The Application Form
  • Section 1 Applicant Details
  • Thorough description on the applicant
    corresponding contact details,
  • Name of applicant, registered address of
    applicant, applicants telephone number/s,
    applicants e-mail, website (URL), VAT number,
  • Type of enterprise self-employed/co-operative/reg
    istered company/partnership,
  • Registration/identification number,
  • Year established,
  • Number of employees,
  • Outline of core business activities.

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3. The Application Form
  • Section 2 Project Details
  • Thorough description of the project,
  • How it will be implemented from a human resource
    financial resource perspective,
  • The expected benefits derived from the project
    such as potential future growth, cost efficiency,
    cost reductions and possibilities for networking,
  • The novelty of the project vis-à-vis the
    possibilities of developing new services/products
    and processes,
  • How the project will improve ICT usage within the
    enterprise,
  • Any potential increase in employment.

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3. The Application Form
  • Section 3 Horizontal Priorities
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Applicants would need to prove that the project
    addresses issues such as carbon neutrality and
    climate change water, waste, air quality and
    nature protection were applicable.
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Applicants would need to prove that the project
    addresses issues such as the involvement of
    disadvantaged groups in the project increased
    participation of females, ensuring accessibility
    for all and family friendly measures were
    applicable.

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3. The Application Form
Section 4 Annexes Annex 1 - Project Cost Annex
2 - Costs Breakdown Consultancy Services Annex
3 - Costs Breakdown ICT Hardware Costs Annex 4
- Costs Breakdown ICT Software Costs Annex 5 -
Disbursement Plan Annex 6 Enterprise Size
Declaration Annex 7 - Audited Financial
Statement Annex 8 Permits and Approvals Annex 9
Supporting Documentation
21
3. The Application Form - Annex 1 Project Cost
22
3. The Application Form - Annex 2 Costs
Breakdown Consultancy Services
23
3. The Application Form Annex 3 Costs Breakdown
ICT Hardware Costs
24
3. The Application Form Annex 4 Costs
Breakdown ICT Software Costs
25
3. The Application Form- Annex 5 Disbursement Plan
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3. The Application Form
  • Annex 6 Enterprise Size Declaration
  • Determines the type of enterprise applying,
    whether it is a large, medium, small, or micro
    enterprise and determines also if the enterprise
    applying is autonomous, partner or linked.
  • For further guidance on the SME declaration you
    may refer to the SME user guide on
  • http//europa.eu.int/comm/enterprise/enterprise_p
    olicy/sme_definition/sme_user_guide.pdf

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3. The Application Form
Annex 7 Audited Financial Settlements The
Financial Statements required are the latest
Audited Financial Statements (full version, not
abridged, including the detailed schedules to the
Profit Loss Account/Income Statement) or the
Management Accounts (Profit and Loss
Statements/Income Statement and Balance
Sheet/Statement of Assets and Liabilities)
certified by a certified public accountant. In
the case of a start-up not having the above
documentation a business plan (which should
include a Profit Loss Account/Income Statement,
Cash Flow Projections and a Balance Sheet/
Statement of Assets and liabilities would
suffice
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3. The Application Form
  • Annex 8 Permits and Approvals
  • (if applicable)
  • Applicants with projects in need of permits and
    approvals from relevant government entities, such
    as MEPA, should submit a copy of the application
    for the relevant permits and corresponding
    approvals with this application form. Following
    evaluation, the short listed applicants would
    need to submit such permits prior to the issuing
    of the letter of Approval.
  • In the case that the applicant already has
    permits and approvals in hand, these should be
    attached as an Annex.

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3. The Application Form
  • Annex 9 Supporting Documentation
  • (if applicable)
  • Any supporting documentation (preparatory work
    correspondence), need to be attached to this
    annex.

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  • e-Business Development Grant Scheme
  • Notes to Applicants

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Call for Applications
  • The indicative budget allocation under this call
    is 800,000
  • It is envisaged that during the 2007-2013
    Structural funds programme several calls will be
    issued

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Application Process
  • Submit one hard copy (typed not hand written)
    of application form annexes,
  • Sealed application forms, to be deposited in
    the respective tender box bearing the name of the
    call, located in the reception area of Malta
    Enterprise and,
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of application will
    be issued to all applicants.

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Eligibility Check
  • 1. Application is complete,
  • 2. The application fits with one of the focus
    areas of the aid scheme,
  • 3. The applicant has honored/rectified any past
    obligations or conditions set by Malta
    Enterprise,
  • 4. The aid being requested is in line with the
    respective State Aid rules,
  • 5. The project complies with the laws pertaining
    to the actions being proposed for funding,
  • 6. The applicant is eligible as defined in
    section 2 (eligibility) of the respective
    Incentive Guidelines and,
  • 7. The project will be completed within the
    stipulated timeframes.

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Evaluation Process Preliminary Evaluation
    (35)
  • Risk Appraisal - 20
  • Age of organisation - 5 - the longer the
    enterprise has been established, the higher the
    score,
  • Duration of project - 5 - longer projects may
    carry more risk,
  • Project investment costs vis-à-vis applicants net
    assets - 5 - level of financial risk and,
  • Commitment capacity to implement - 5 - level
    of preparatory work, internal project management
    structures financial resources

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Extent of need for support - 10 - determined
    through the size of the enterprise whether it
    forms part of a network/is a start-up (the
    smaller the undertaking, the higher the score).
  • Holistic Nature of project - 5 - number of
    eligible intervention areas implemented in the
    project.

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Strategic Evaluation (65)
  • Thematic Priorities - 55
  • project Impact - 25 - expected benefits derived
    from the project,
  • Innovation - 10 - the novelty of the project
    vis-à-vis the industry it is working in,
  • Operational Programme 1 indicators - 10 - the
    degree to which the applicant may contribute to
    improving the number and quality of start-ups in
    Malta will be assessed,
  • Employment - 10 - potential to ensure job
    retention create possible new employment in the
    future.

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Strategic Evaluation (65) contd
  • Horizontal Priorities - 10
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Equal opportunities

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  • 4. Notes to Applicants
  • Value of grant respective co-financing rate,
  • Details of project corresponding financial
    plans and,
  • Compliance with EU council regulations
  • Eligible costs,
  • Retention of all documentation in a separate file
    up to 31/12/2020,
  • Conformity to publicity obligations,
  • On the spot checks by various National EU Audit
    Authorities and,
  • The retention of equipment as per Article 57 (1)
    Durability of operations of the Cohesion Policy
    2007 2013.
  • Only fully implemented projects will be fully
    reimbursed otherwise grant will be reclaimed back
    from the beneficiary.

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