Two new calls for the Rinascimento Bergamo program are launched which will make € 8 million available in the form of impact loans to finance activities related to economic recovery. These are the Giotto and Lavinia tenders, strongly supported by the Municipality of Bergamo, in agreement with Intesa Sanpaolo together with the Cesvi Foundation, to give a tangible signal of a restart of the local fabric.
The first call, Giotto, provides 7.5 million euros in impact loans, disbursed by Intesa Sanpaolo within a minimum of 50 thousand and a maximum of 400 thousand euros, and concerns the financing of medium and long-term development and innovation projects, impacting, significantly expanding, modifying and / or rethinking its business model, to bring about a significant change, even in the local area. Applications can be submitted starting from 12.00 on 4 June 2021 and until 15 September 2021 and will be subjected to two evaluation periods. The first evaluation will concern the projects presented between June 4th and July 15th and a second evaluation will concern the projects presented between July 16th and September 15th.
The minimum requirements to access the Giotto call are:
– be companies employing fewer than 50 employees
– have a total annual turnover between 2 and 10 million euros.
– have an operational headquarters in the Municipality of Bergamo,
– be registered in the Business Register of the Chambers of Commerce
– not have already benefited from the contributions provided for the previous Bergamo Renaissance calls (Michelangelo, Raffaello, Artemisia and Anguissola).
The Lavinia call, on the other hand, provides 500 thousand euros in impact loans (granted within a minimum amount of € 2,000 and a maximum of € 10,000), again disbursed by Intesa Sanpaolo in favor of those micro-enterprises that carry out supply of food and beverages and food craftsman with consumption on the spot, who are holders of a concession for the occupation of public land issued by the competent municipal offices, or with dehors located on private areas that are available. To benefit from these contributions, applications can be submitted starting from 12.00 on June 4th 2021 and until 12.00 on September 15th 2021. The evaluation of applications will take place according to the chronological order of presentation.
The minimum requirements to access the Lavinia call are:
– be micro-enterprises in accordance with EU legislation
– have its operational headquarters in the municipality of Bergamo
– be registered in the Business Register of the Chambers of Commerce.
– not having benefited from the grants foreseen for the Michelangelo, Raffaello, Artemisia and Anguissola calls.
For more information and to access the calls: www.rinascimentobergamo.it.
“Through the Renaissance Program – comments the mayor of Bergamo Giorgio Gori – the merchants and small businesses of our city have been able to access non-repayable loans for the extraordinary sum of 10 million euros, over 500 projects have been approved and have benefited from another 5 million in impact loans, at very favorable conditions. The Program, together with the solidity of the commercial fabric of the city, has made it possible to keep the numbers of trade and craftsmanship activities in the city unchanged as of 31 December 2020 and, from what emerges from a recent survey carried out by the Politecnico di Milano for the Municipality of Bergamo, the share of vacant or closed shops is considered physiological as regards the centers of our country. But we know that the most delicate phase is not yet over, even if this restart phase bodes well for our city: for this reason we have decided to continue the work of supporting small and very small businesses in our city, activating the two new ones. calls that are online from this morning on the site rinascimentobergamo.it ».
“I would like to reiterate that we have never stopped working on the Program – explains the deputy mayor of Bergamo Sergio Gandi – and we continued to find great interest in the proposals of our calls from the companies of the city. The same companies continue to demonstrate, in this phase even more, great dynamism, the desire to invest in their business and to bet on a restart. The climate of trust that is generated bodes well, an optimism that we want to support with the new initiatives we are launching today to strengthen Bergamo’s rebirth process after the crisis linked to the Covid19 pandemic ».
Tito Nocentini, Regional Director Lombardy North Intesa Sanpaolo declares: “Two new calls for the Renaissance Program are starting, the initiative launched in May 2020 by Intesa Sanpaolo together with the Municipality of Bergamo and the collaboration of CESVI to support the Bergamo area in full pandemic crisis. With “Giotto” and “Lavinia”, our Group makes available eight million euros in impact loans that are added to the previous ones in order to concretely support the micro and small companies of Bergamo in this particular phase of revival and restart of the economy “.
«These two further calls – declares Gloria Zavatta, president of the Cesvi Foundation – which arrive at a time of great hope and desire for normality, represent a concrete response to support the future planning necessary for a real restart. To respond to the changed scenario conditions after the pandemic, even the small businesses in the Bergamo area must be able to provide a resilient response and with greater attention to more sustainable practices and technologies in favor of a safe resumption of their activities. We are happy and proud to be still next to them, in what we hope will be the last step, towards a definitive relaunch ».
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