Soft loans to provide liquidity in the most affected sectors

Lithuania
Phase: Anticipation
Type:
  • Access to finance
  • response to COVID-19
  • Support of SMEs
Last modified: 03 August, 2021
Native name:

Lengvatinės paskolos likvidumui palaikyti labiausiai paveiktiems

English name:

Soft loans to provide liquidity to SMEs affected by the COVID-19 crisis

Coverage/Eligibility

The instrument aims to sustain companies' liquidity, providing them with soft loans, through financial institutions.

The measure is targeted at small and medium-sized businesses operating in sectors in which the activities are completely banned, or that have registered a decrease as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. The eligibility criteria for the support are the following: the monthly turnover of the company decreased by 30% as compared to the average monthly turnover in 2019 (i.e. the monthly turnover of the borrower after 16 March 2020 is compared with the average monthly turnover in 2019), the company has retained at least 50% of the employees compared to the number of employees on 1 March 2020.

The criterion of decrease in turnover of business entities established between 1 January 2020 and 1 March 2020 is not assessed.

Main characteristics

The size of the loan provided by the instrument is limited to the amount needed to cover the company's necessary expenses. The financial institution calculates how much money the company needs (for instance, for salaries, rent, etc.) in the period from 16 March 2020 to 31 July 2020 and pays that amount to the company.

The maximum amount of the loan is €100,000 and the beneficiaries will start repaying it 6 months after having received the sum. The company will pay a fixed interest rate depending on the duration of the loan:

  • 0.1% for the loans shorter than 12 months
  • 0.19% for the loans that will be repaid in 13-36 months
  • 0.69% for the loans that will be repaid in 37-72 months.

 

Funding

  • National funds
  • European funds
  • European Funds

Involved actors

National government
Legal framework implemented by the National Development Agency (INVEGA).
Regional/local government
No information available.
Public employment services
No information available.
Employer or employee organisations
No information available.
Other
No information available.

Effectiveness

No information available.

Strengths

It is a good measure to sustain companies' liquidity and ensure business continuity in most affected economic sectors in Lithuania; companies can borrow at low interest rates.

Weaknesses

Not all companies are eligible for support - only small and medium-sized businesses operating in sectors in which the activities are completely banned, or which have registered a decrease as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Examples

No information available.
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