The economic effects of the Corona crisis are endangering the existence of small businesses in particular. The Republic of Austria is reacting quickly and is setting up a hardship fund for one-person enterprises (EPU), micro-enterprises, the newly self-employed, freelancers and non-profit organisations, which will be endowed with 1 billion euros. The aim of the hardship fund is to help the affected businesses and organisations through the crisis.
The WKÖ handles this funding on behalf of the federal government without charging any costs and will do everything in its power to ensure that funding applicants receive support services quickly and unbureaucratically. The corresponding funding guidelines are currently being developed together with the Vice Chancellery, the Ministry of Economics and the Ministry of Finance.