Investment grants are awarded per project and beneficiary and have a value between 50,000 euros and 200,000 euros, depending on the financing needs of the submitted investment projects.

Eligible beneficiaries

Verification of the classification of beneficiaries in the SME category is done on a sample basis, during the implementation of the projects, after the submission of the financing application and the conclusion of the financing contracts, under the condition of recovering the support from non-reimbursable external funds if the beneficiary does not .

Investment grants within the meaning of this emergency ordinance means support from external non-reimbursable funds intended for beneficiaries whose source of financing is non-reimbursable external funds, co-financing from the state budget, as well as own co-financing of beneficiaries under the 2014-2020 POC. SMEs implementing investments needed to:

a) the extension of the existing production capacities, as well as for the extension of the service provision capacities;

b) the realization of new units of the existing production capacities, as well as for the realization of new units for the provision of services;

c) rehabilitation / modernization of existing production units as well as for the rehabilitation / modernization of new service units.

The investment grants provided for in paragraph (1) shall not include the beneficiaries’ own co-financing set at a minimum of 15% of the value of the grant requested by the beneficiaries from the less developed regions and 30% of the value of the grant requested by the beneficiaries from the Bucharest-Ilfov region. .

The total funds allocated for investment grants amount to 550,000,000 euros, of which 415,870,000 euros are allocated from the 2014-2020 POC budget and 62,380,500 co-financed from the state budget and 71,749,500 euros own contribution.

The value of the contracts concluded for the support scheme for investment grants is subject to the rules on outsourcing provided by Government Emergency Ordinance 40/2015 on the financial management of European funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.

Investment areas

Areas of investment supported by non-reimbursable external funds and state budget co-financing include:

a) Food industry, bakery, pastry and other similar activities, including processing, processing, distribution and packaging;

b) Automotive industry and specific automotive services, including repair services and car washes and the like;

c) Energy and equipment / technologies / machines for energy efficiency;

d) Constructions, construction materials, equipment, means of transport

specific, machinery, construction technologies;

e) Transport services, including international transport services;

f) Body care and maintenance services;

g) Repair and maintenance services;

h) Tourism, tourist pensions, hotels, restaurants and leisure services including specific leisure infrastructure;

i) Metal / wood / furniture;

j) Textile / leather garments;

k) Pharmaceutical industry and medical equipment, including medical warehouses for emergency interventions;

l) Creative industries, including in the field of culture and creative services;

m) Education services: nurseries and kindergartens;

n) Health services: medical offices, medical equipment, medical devices and the like;

o) Constructions, land acquisitions within the limit of 10% of the project value, equipment, independent endowments for organizing events;

p) Information technology and artificial intelligence;

q) Nanotechnologies and cutting-edge technologies, advanced materials, advanced production technologies;

r) Equipment, machinery, technologies intended for production in other fields of activity than those mentioned above.

The list of eligible fields of activity is provided in annex no. 3.

The investments included in the financing in the areas referred to in paragraph 1 may be complementary to the investments financed by the European Fund for Agriculture and Rural Development.

Investment grants are awarded on the basis of a contract for the granting of state aid to SMEs.

The investment grants provided for in art. 17 of this emergency ordinance are granted to beneficiaries who cumulatively meet the following conditions:

a) have had current / operational activity carried out for at least one year before submitting the financing application;

b) have registered an operating profit from the current activity (operating activity) in one of the financial years of the last two years before the submission of the financing application;

c) undertakes to ensure the sustainability of the project, respectively to ensure the development of the operational / current activity for a period of at least three years after the expiration of the project implementation period;

d) achieves at least 50% of the value of the revenues planned within the business plan annexed to the financing application in the first two years of sustainability, and the difference until the end of the sustainability period (third year);

e) have their own co-financing of the project in a percentage of at least 15% of the value of the investment project requested for financing for the less developed regions, and for the Bucharest – Ilfov region, of at least 30% of the value of the project requested for financing;

f) undertakes to present evidence of the reasonableness of prices for investments for which State aid is requested.

The financing selection criteria of the investment projects are established by the care of the MA POC 2014-2020 within the MFE, are provided in annex no. 4 and include:

a) Criteria for evaluating the profitability of investment projects (RIR);

b) Criteria for co-financing investment projects;

c) The ratio between the operating profit and the requested grant;

d) The belonging of the field of activity on the CANE code to the negative balance of the trade balance, respectively the imports are higher than the exports according to the data provided by INS;

The investment projects are selected for financing in the descending order of the scores and within the budget approved according to the state aid scheme at the level of each development region of Romania.

The total budget for investment grants, without the co-financing of the beneficiaries, is distributed by development regions of Romania as follows:

a) 15% of the value of the budget allocated from non-reimbursable external funds for the BI region as a more developed region;

b) 85% of the value of the budget allocated from non-reimbursable external funds for the other 7 less developed regions by using the allocation formula within the Regional Operational Program 2014-2020.

Following the evaluation of the submitted funding applications, MEEMA in partnership with AIMMAIPE will conclude state aid contracts with the selected beneficiaries

The contracts for granting state aid can be concluded at the level of the allocated budget, taking into account the percentage of over-contracting at the level of the 2014-2020 POC provided by the Government Emergency Ordinance no. 40/2015.

Types of financial aid

Recipients of investment grants under this Emergency Ordinance may use investment grants allocated from non-reimbursable external funds, on the basis of a State aid contract, to finance the following categories of expenditure:

a) expenses with the realization / acquisition of constructions, acquisition of equipment including IT equipment, machinery, technologies, independent endowments, office furniture and specific furniture, acquisition of lands within 10% of the eligible value of the project, consultancy and design expenses, project management, technical assistance, site management, systematization and land use planning costs, environmental costs, utility connection costs, accessibility costs, promotion costs, participation in fairs, events, conferences, study costs, intellectual property rights expenses, as well as any other categories of expenses that are related to the investment project that is the subject of the financing agreement;

b) expenses for the realization of warehouses of medical equipment, medicines, sanitary materials destined for the intervention for emergency situations;

c) expenses with equipment including IT equipment, technologies, equipment, independent endowments, office furniture and specific furniture, inventory items of the nature of fixed assets for the existing production units / services.

For the establishment, extension, modernization / rehabilitation of new and / or existing production / service units, the categories of expenses provided in paragraph (1) letter are eligible. a) and c).

If an investment project submitted by the beneficiaries includes both the rehabilitation / modernization of the existing production / service units and the extension of the production / service units, the categories of eligible expenses are provided in paragraph (1) let. a) and c).

Beneficiaries of investment grants in the field of transport services provided for in this emergency ordinance may also use non-reimbursable external funds to finance the following categories of expenditure:

a) expenses with the rehabilitation / modernization / extension and / or realization of some depots for the means of transport from the endowment or for those to be purchased;

b) expenses with the acquisition of means of transport for the transport of persons and goods necessary for carrying out transport activities except for means of transport by taxi or those intended for the administrative activities of the economic operator or transport activities in their own interest;

c) expenses regarding the endowment of the existing means of transport with equipment and technologies that lead to the improvement of the comfort / quality of the passenger and goods transport services provided.

Investment grants do not finance:

a) applications for financing which have as object the realization of consultancy services, studies or other activities assimilated to them;

b) applications for financing concerning office premises or other activities intended for real estate investments for office rental / concession or any other form of capitalization thereof;

c) any other financing requests that are not related to the fields of activity mentioned in art. 19 paragraphs (1) and (2) of this emergency ordinance.

The expenses generated after the commissioning of the investment project of the nature: expenses with salaries, expenses with the purchase of raw materials, consumables, repairs and maintenance and other such categories of expenses are borne by the beneficiary of the financing.

The legal provisions in force regarding the mechanism of payment applications and / or, as the case may be, the mechanism of pre-financing applications or reimbursement applications in compliance with the specific legal provisions in force are applicable to state aid contracts concluded with the beneficiaries of investment grants.

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