The third call for grants of the Digital Kit program for SMEs is underway. These aids are aimed at the digitalization of companies with between 0 and 3 employees. Taking into account that this workforce is calculated by the average number of workers in the general regime. However, corresponding to the last 12 months prior to the date of application for the aid.
The deadline for submitting applications begins on 20/10/2022 at the electronic headquarters of Red.es. And it will be open for 12 months or until the funds run out.
Digital Kit for SMEs third call
The digital vouchers for the digitalization of these SMEs will have an amount of 2.000€. With it, SMEs will be able to acquire digitalization solutions for key areas such as:
- website and internet presence
- social network management
- customer management
- virtual office services and tools
- business intelligence and analytics
- process management
- electronic invoicing
- secure communications and cybersecurity
The subsidies will be monetary provisions destined to finance the adoption of digitalization solutions available in the market whose references are included in the Program’s Digitalization Solutions Catalog with the following limits per solution.
It is clarified that the vouchers may finance the replacement of existing digitization solutions as long as they imply a functional improvement. Because it is a totally new solution and meets the minimum requirements stipulated for the category to which it belongs. But also when the solution being replaced does not meet any of the minimum requirements of the digitization solution category to which it belongs.
Solutions that involve a development, progress, increase or enrichment of the services and functionalities of the existing solution will not be considered as functional improvement. Neither will the updating of software versions or version upgrades be considered a functional improvement.
The new basic order includes the possibility of subsidizing hardware, when it is essential for the provision of the contracted solution. These are the devices included in the pay-per-use modality, as part of a digitization solution, which cannot be used for purposes other than the provision of the solution.
It is necessary to choose a digitizing agent adhered to the program. They are the only ones authorized to sign the “digitization solution provision agreements” with the beneficiaries of the subsidies, available at www.acelerapyme.es .
What are the digitizing agents?
The digitizing agents are the entities authorized to sign “agreements for the provision of digitization solutions” with the companies that are beneficiaries of the Digital Kit program and holders of the digital voucher. Their function is to collaborate and help SMEs in the process of applying for aid. They will also be voluntary representatives and in the control actions derived from them.
The agents will be the ones to present all the supporting documentation. And once the service has been provided and its justification has been approved, they will receive the payment of the digital voucher.
In order to facilitate as much as possible the access to the subsidies, the figure of the voluntary representative has been enabled. This means that any third party, whether an individual or a legal entity, duly authorized, can apply for the aid on behalf of the SME. At Arrabe Integra we offer our services to its clients as Voluntary Representative in the processing of the aid and coordination with the Digitalizing Agents.
The beneficiary, whether or not represented by a voluntary representative, and the Digitization Agent must sign a proposal for a Digitization Solutions Provision Agreement. The maximum term to formalize the Service Agreement associated to the voucher will be 6 months, counted from the notification of the aid.
What is the next step?
Once the Agreement has been formalized and validated by the collaborating entity, the implementation of the activity will be carried out in two phases:
The first phase. In 3 months, the installation and development of the digitalization solution, if applicable, as well as the issuance of the invoice by the Digitalizing Adherent Agent must be carried out.
The second phase. In 12 months, starting from the date of issuance of the invoice, the maintenance of the digitization solution must be performed. As well as the provision of a support service and the provision to the beneficiary of the necessary training to enable the acquisition of basic knowledge for its management.
The Justification of the aid to be made by the Adhered Digitizing Agents on behalf of the beneficiary, will consist of the presentation of a simplified supporting account with the provision of proof of expenditure. The maximum term for the presentation of the justification will be six months for the first phase. And of three months for the second phase from the end of this one.
The aids will be granted directly, under the sole criterion of order of presentation of applications and availability of sufficient credit, once the verification of the fulfillment of the requirements demanded has been carried out.
Exclusions to the aids of the Digital Kit for SMEs
The following are not eligible for these grants
- Individuals or legal entities that are Adhering Digitalizing Agents.
- Self-employed persons who are considered to be corporate self-employed or self-employed collaborators.
- Temporary Joint Ventures (UTE)
- Individuals or legal entities that have obtained the status of beneficiary in any of the Digital Kit calls for proposals.
- Public companies
- Professional associations, civil societies, communities of goods, communities of owners or other types of economic or patrimonial units that lack legal personality.
How to apply for the Digital Kit for SMEs third call
To apply for the Digital Kit for SMEs in its third call, there are three steps to follow.
First, register in the private area of www.acelerapyme.es and complete the self-diagnosis test, which takes no more than 10 minutes.
Next, consult the information available on the digitalization solutions of the Kit Digital program. Here you can choose one or more of those offered by the digitization agents.
Finally, apply for the aid in the electronic headquarters of Red.es.
Once the aid is granted, there are two things to do finally.
Access the catalog of digitalizing agents adhered to www.acelerapyme.es and select the agent with which you want to develop digital solutions.
Finally, contact the digitizing agents and sign the “agreement for the provision of digitization solutions”.