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The government awards entrepreneurs in a number of specific sectors who have been affected by the corona measures a one-time, set reimbursement of €4,000. This is called the Reimbursement for Entrepreneurs in Affected Sectors COVID-19 (Tegemoetkoming Ondernemers Getroffen Sectoren COVID-19, TOGS).
Who qualifies for the €4,000 reimbursement?
The reimbursement is for those SME's, with or without staff, that suffer loss because of:
- necessary closing of their enterprise
- restriction of meetings and/or
- curtailment of travel.
You qualify if your company complies with the conditions and your main activity is registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK) under a required SBI code (in Dutch). You can enter your KVK number in RVO's search tool (in Dutch) to check if your SBI code is on the list.
Notifying SBI codes
If you find that your SBI code is not up to date or is incorrect, you can notify RVO (in Dutch). You cannot retroactively change the SBI code, nor your home or business address, to qualify for this compensation scheme.
Eligible sectors are, for instance:
- food and beverage
- hair, nail and beauty care
- travel agent or tour operator
- driving school
- sauna, solarium, swimming pool, fitness centre, sports clubs and sporting events
- certain private cultural organisations such as musea, circuses, theatres and music schools
- event locations and organisers
TOGS extended: non-food and tattoo shops can apply
On 7 April, it was announced that more types of business can apply for TOGS, for instance retailers in the non-food sector.
From 15 April onwards at the latest, TOGS is also open for entrepreneurs such as:
- tattoo shops
- smaller SME food businesses
- service providers like taxis
- paramedical professions, that provide non-contractual care (like physical therapists and dentists)
- suppliers for food and drink establishments and events
View the pdf Extension of the SBI codes (in Dutch) on the Netherlands Enterprise Agency website. The list of selected SBI codes will be updated by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency as soon as possible.
Conditions for the compensation
To be eligible for this reimbursement scheme you must comply with the following conditions:
- Your company has been established and registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce (KVK) before 16 March 2020.
- Your company has at most 250 employees.
- Your company's main activity is registered with the KVK under a required SBI code (in Dutch). You can enter your KVK number in RVO's search tool (in Dutch) to check if your SBI code is on the list.
- Your company has a physical establishment in the Netherlands and this physical location is registered with the KVK.
- Companies not in the hospitality sector have at least 1 branch that is not the home address of the owner(s). Hospitality establishments with SBI codes 56.10.1, 56.10.2 and 56.30 are exempt from this rule, but they must at least lease, rent or own 1 location.
- The compensation is €4,000 per company, not per branch.
- With your application you must supply the bank account number in the name of your company.
- Your company has not filed for bankruptcy.
- Your company has not filed for suspension of payment with the court.
- You expect a loss of turnover of at least €4,000 in the period 16 March through 15 June 2020.
- You expect fixed costs of at least €4,000 in the period 16 March through 15 June 2020, even taking into consideration other government support measures.
- You have not received more than €200,000 government support during the current and previous 2 fiscal years (de-minimis decree).
- Your company is not a public company.
How to apply for the €4,000 compensation?
You can apply for the Compensation for affected sectors measure (Tegemoetkoming Ondernemers Getroffen Sectoren COVID-19) with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). You have 3 months to apply for this compensation: from Friday 27 March 16:30 until Friday 26 June 17:00 hours. You can only apply online with eHerkenning level 1 or Digid. Check RVO's website for more information on eLoket. You can find information on the application procedure on the RVO's website (in Dutch).
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency strives to handle all applications within two to three weeks. Payment will take a further couple of days.
Why only an amount of € 4,000 per company?
The emergency package firstly consists of generic measures with regard to labour costs and liquidity support. In addition to this, there is this emergency package for entrepreneurs in a number of specific sectors, affected by government measures to combat the corona crisis. Speed is of the utmost importance, which is why a simple design with a fixed amount has been chosen.