Covid has been a tough time for businesses. Here are 10 Funding Essentials For SA Entrepreneurs During This Lockdown.
Businesses across the globe have been impacted by the recent pandemic, and many entrepreneurs are looking for funding or financial relief to assist them to survive or thrive. This is a brief funding guide specifically for registered, tax compliant businesses in South Africa.
Sector Relief Funding – Tourism, Sports, Arts & Culture, Agriculture.
Many government departments are providing sector specific funding. Hospitality & Tourism: R200 million fund for tourism and hospitality sector businesses with annual turnover of < R2.5 million. Preference will be given to applicants in rural areas, townships, women, young people & people with disabilities. www.tourism.gov.za
Sports, Arts & Culture: R150 million fund for cancelled events, digital solutions and a wide array of projects. More details & applications available the website www.dac.gov.za
Agriculture: R1.2 billion fund for agricultural support & relief. More information available via www.daff.gov.za
SME Debt Relief Fund
Department of Small Business Development
Working capital, stock, bridging finance, order finance & equipment finance.
Amount based on business needs, interest rate of prime -5%, Preference will be given to women and youth applicants.
Register on www.smmesa.gov.za
Sukuma Relief Fund – Business Partners
Available for all industries but must have evidence of financial viability prior to Covid-19 as well as be tax & regulatory compliant. Close corps, companies and trusts: must be registered, unsecured interest-bearing loan of R250, 000 – R1 million coupled with a non- repayable grant of R25,000. 60-month max loan term. No repayment obligations in yr 1, no interest for yr 1, interest at prime and repayment commence from yr 2
Sole proprietors: Non-repayable grant of R25,000. Must be registered and compliant, and employing 2 or more people.
Online application process only, payouts in 7 days.
Apply at https://finance.businesspartners.co.za/welcome-to-the- sukuma-relief-programme/
IDC Working Capital Support
Provision of short-term working capital for the Mining & Minerals, Agriculture & Agro-processing, and Automotive sectors.
More information is available at www.idc.co.za
IS YOUR BUSINESS WELL POSITIONED TO PROVIDE ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES OR SERVICES?
SME Growth & Resilience Fund
Working capital (only direct costs), stock, bridging finance, purchase order finance and capital equipment finance for SMMEs (gov definition per sector) that manufacture locally or supply items which are in demand due to the pandemic.
Loan facilities provided at Prime – 5% pa.
Priority will be given to businesses owned by Women, Youth and People with Disabilities
More information and applications available at www.smmesa.gov.za
IDC COVID-19 Essential Supplies Intervention
Soft loan for companies for the acquisition and/or the manufacturing of essential supplies on an urgent basis to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.
Short-term (3 month) loans available for once off- contract or import funding.
Must have contract orders in place or proof of demand. More information is available at www.idc.co.za
NEF Covid-19 Fund
Funding for working capital, machinery and equipment to manufacture and supply a range of medical products.
R500 000 to R10 million concessionary loan for black-owned businesses with existing retail supplier relationships.
Up to 60 months repayment, 0% interest in first year. Applications open through NEF website www.nefcorp.co.za
STRUGGLING TO PAY YOUR TEAM’S SALARIES DUE TO LOCKDOWN?
UIF Covid-19 Temporary Relief Benefit
Temporary UIF relief fund for businesses that suffer distress directly due to Covid-19 – claims for 3 months or less.
You need to be up-to-date with all UIF payments
Employee will be paid in terms of the income replacement rate sliding scale (38% -60%) as provided in the UI Act, max R17 712 per month. Businesses to apply on behalf of employees.
Email applying documents to email@example.com.
SA Future Trust (SAFT)
Salary support for SMEs < R25 million annual revenue.
Must be under stress directly due to Covid-19 outbreak and in strong financial position prior to crisis.
Interest-free loan with 5-year term, paid directly to employees from banks. R750 per qualifying employee per week, over a max period of 15 weeks, or R11 250 per permanent employee
Standard Bank, Nedbank, FNB and Absa to manage applications and weekly payment.
More information available at https://opp-gen.com/saft/