European Foundation
for the Improvement of
Living and Working Conditions

The tripartite EU agency providing knowledge to assist
in the development of better social, employment and
work-related policies

COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch

Database of national-level responses

Eurofound's COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch collates information on the responses of government and social partners to the crisis, as well as gathering examples of company practices aimed at mitigating the social and economic impacts.

Factsheet for case CZ-2020-25/1379 – measures in Czechia

COVID-SPORT: Financial support for sports institutions

COVID-SPORT - program podpory sportovních organizací

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 15 June 2020 – 31 August 2020
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Renata Kyzlinková (Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs)
Case created 31 October 2020 (updated 19 November 2020)

Background information

The financial support for sports institutions (sports events, sports clubs and organisations) affected by the global pandemic COVID-19 "COVID-SPORT", was approved by the government resolution No. 590 on 1 June 2020.

The goal of the call was to mitigate the negative impacts of the global pandemic COVID-19 on the activities of sports organisations, which were affected after the declaration of a state of emergency in the Czech Republic (on 12 March 2020 to 17 May 2020) and emergency measures that followed. Based on the government's decision ( June 1, 2020), the COVID-SPORT subsidy program will have CZK 1,000,000,000 (€36,549,700 approx.)

The main purpose of this program is to provide financial aid to organisers of sporting events, sports facility operators and sports organisations that have to pay rent for the sports facilities they use. The subsidy program is administered by the National Sports Agency Národní sportovní agentura .

Content of measure

The support was planned to be divided into three categories:

  • Subsidies to cover fixed costs associated with the operation of sports facilities that have been forced to close or restrict their operations. (the amount of support is 50% of eligible costs up to CZK 10,000,000 (€ 365,497 approx.))
  • Compensation of costs for sports organizations that were forced to cancel, postpone or reduce the planned sports events during March - July 2020. (the amount of support is 50% of eligible costs up to CZK 10,000,000 (€ 365,497 approx.))
  • This support is intended for sports organizations that had to pay rent for the use of sports facilities during the period when it was not possible to use the sports equipment in whole or in part for sports activities due to the declaration of a state of emergency and emergency measures.

(the amount of support is 50% of eligible costs up to CZK 10,000,000 (€ 365,497 approx.))

A special program to support sports entities was necessary also due to the fact that these entities are mostly NGOs and will not reach other types of support.

Use of measure

Not available yet.

Contents

  • Other topics

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Other businesses
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
Public support service providers
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role No involvement No involvement
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown

Involvement

No involvement.

Views and reactions

N/A

Sectors and occupations

    • Economic area Sector (NACE level 2)
      R - Arts, Entertainment And Recreation R93 Sports activities and amusement and recreation activities

This case is not occupation-specific.

Sources

  • 02 June 2020: Vláda schválila miliardu pro program COVID-Sport (www.vlada.cz)
  • 15 June 2020: Program podpory sportovních organizací postižených celosvětovou pandemií COVID-19 „COVID-SPORT“ 15.6.2020 (www.agenturasport.cz)

Citation

Eurofound (2020), COVID-SPORT: Financial support for sports institutions , case CZ-2020-25/1379 (measures in Czechia), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin, http://eurofound.link/covid19eupolicywatch

Disclaimer: This information has not been subject to the full Eurofound evaluation, editorial and publication process. All information is preliminary and subject to change.