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Factsheet for measure CZ-2020-46/1381 Updated – measures in Czechia

COVID SPORT II: Support for business entities in the field of sports

COVID - SPORT II: podpora podnikatelským subjektům v oblasti sportu

Country Czechia , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 12 November 2020 – 07 December 2020
Context COVID-19
Type Legislations or other statutory regulations
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial) or damage compensation
Author Renata Kyzlinková (RILSA)
Measure added 31 October 2020 (updated 15 October 2021)

Background information

On 15 October 2020 the government decided to support professional sports and sports event organisers, as the sector has suffered hard due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sports clubs from the main professional (league) competitions (football, ice hockey, basketball, volleyball and handball) in the Czech Republic and organisers of sports events that could not take place due to the pandemic or had to be postponed will be entitled to apply for the subsidy.

Content of measure

By Resolution No. 1038, the Government approved the establishment of the COVID - Sport II. The budget available for the program is CZK 500,000,000 (€18,274,854). The managers and administrators of the programme are the the National Sports Agency Národní sportovní agentura, NSA   together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Ministerstvo průmyslu a obchodu České republiky, MPO .

The subsidy consists of two parts:

  • PART A: Support of business entities that take part in professional leagues of the highest or the second highest level, or participate in  European and national cup competitions or in the collective sports included in the Olympic program (up to now 10 league competitions have been selected - more info available at Clubs from the highest leagues selected by NSA will be entitled to apply for the highest amount of CZK 12,500,000 (€456,871).
  • PART B: Support for business entities organising or co-organising sports events that had to be cancelled due to consequences related to COVID-19 pandemic. Sports events may be of both a competitive and recreational character. The sports events must take place in the Czech Republic and must be officially announced in the 2020 schedule and intended for athletes from more than two sports clubs or the general public. The condition of the second year of the event is compulsory.

The organisers of sports events will be reimbursed a maximum of 50% of eligible costs up to a maximum of  CZK 10,000,000 (€365,497). The minimum amount of total eligible costs per application is set at CZK 1,000,000 (€36,550). The subsidy can be requested for cancelled sports events, which were to take place in the period from 12 March 2020 to 31 July 2020.


The following updates to this measure have been made after it came into effect.

06 November 2020

The final duration of the call was form 12 November to 7 December 2020.

Use of measure

  • Programme A (PART A) provided support to 74 beneficiaries in the amount of CZK 459,068,424 (€18,144,997)
  • Programme B (PART B) provided support to 11 beneficiaries in the amount of CZK 18,160,542 (€717,808)

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
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 Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

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

  • No involvement
  • Main level of involvement: Unknown


No involvement.

Views and reactions

Information not available.

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.



Eurofound (2020), COVID SPORT II: Support for business entities in the field of sports, measure CZ-2020-46/1381 (measures in Czechia), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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