Veterans and their families will have a chance to obtain grants to start their own business in any field told Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
At its session on March 30 the Cabinet of Ministers has endorsed a resolution to expand the eRobota program of non-refundable grants, which will include separate areas specifically for veteran businesses:
“More than 3,500 new businesses have already been established thanks to the eRobota program. We expect that in the coming years, the government's non-refundable grants will allow thousands of new veteran-owned businesses to be created in various industries and locations across our country,” emphasized Denys Shmyhal.
First direction envisages a grant for a veteran to the tune of UAH 250,000 for his or her own business, provided that at least one job is created in this business.
Second direction is when a family member of a combat veteran receives a UAH 500,000 grant, provided that the new business creates at least two jobs. Co-financing under this program envisages that the state contributes 70%, and the new entrepreneur must contribute 30%.
Third direction is when a combat veteran receives a UAH 1 million grant if he or she has been an entrepreneur before and has been registered as an individual entrepreneur for at least 3 years. According to the Prime Minister, the main condition for this grant is to create at least 4 jobs, of which at least two are for veterans or people with disabilities as a result of war. Here, same as in the second program, the co-financing will be 70% to 30%.
“All grant applications will be accepted through the Diia. Everything will be simple, clear and convenient,” stressed the Head of Government.
Denys Shmyhal accentuated that economic opportunities for veterans are included into the list of main framework objectives of the Government in the veteran’s policy. Apart from grant ptograms, this block also includes retraining and education of veterans.
“A program of special vouchers for learning a new profession. Training in IT specialties. Benefits for obtaining another education. All of this is on the agenda, and some of the programs are already in place,” told the Prime Minister.