Russia: grants to go to staff of social CSOs hit by the pandemic

CSOs and small businesses to receive grants of 38.5 billion roubles

25 October 2021

The government plans to issue a one-time grant in the form of a month’s minimum wage payment to each employee of social CSOs which have suffered as a result of the pandemic.

This was announced on 25 October by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

The first ruling has already been prepared. According to Mishustin, the measure will partly cover the drop in revenue for these organisations and support around three million people.

Meanwhile the government must “help not only to save jobs, but to enable organisations to quickly recover lost turnover after this new wave has subsided,” added the Prime Minister.

Applications for the grant may be submitted remotely over the course of one and a half months, beginning from 1November. Submissions will be accepted and reviewed by the Federal Tax Service, and payments will start to be issued from 15 November.

Earlier, when announcing a set of public holidays in October and November, the President had instructed the government to consider financial support measures for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as for social CSOs.

On 22 October the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation addressed Prime Minister Mishustin and Economic Development Minister Maksim Reshetnikov requesting not to omit CSOs from support measures to mitigate the effect of new Covid-19 restrictions. Source:

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