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Factsheet for case GR-2021-23/1994 – measures in Greece

Subsidy to Existing Businesses of Gyms, Playgrounds

Epihorigisi ifistamenon epihirisevn, gymnastirion kai paidotopon

Country Greece , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 31 May 2021 – 10 August 2021
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Direct subsidies (full or partial)
Author Penny Georgiadou (INE GSEE)
Case created 05 August 2021 (updated 09 August 2021)

Background information

The Ministry of Development & Investment on 28 May 2021 announced a new programme for subsidizing Existing Businesses of Gyms, Playgrounds.

The Action supports in the form of subsidy, the companies operating in the provision of services of gyms and playgrounds, which were affected by the pandemic of COVID-19 disease, as their operation has been suspended throughout the validity of the general restrictive measures in the country.

The aim of the Action is to cover, in the form of supporting future operating expenses (including employment costs, but also depreciation of fixed assets), part of the liquidity required for the restarting of these activities, as well as to provide an incentive for maintaining the supported activities in the near future, thus indirectly supporting the retention of jobs. Τhe projected budget is €16 million.

The deadline for applications is from 31 May 2021 to 10 September 2021.

Content of measure

According to the requirements of the programme for the provision of the services of gyms and playgrounds:

  • Beneficiaries of the financial support are Very Small, Small and Medium Businesses providing services of gyms and playgrounds that maintain a licensed professional business location (not at home), regardless of their legal form.
  • The amount of the financial aid can correspond to 25% on the annual turnover of the year 2019.
  • The paid public subsidy is a lump sum, which will cover future eligible operating expenses for a period of six months from the date of joining the programme.
  • The maximum grant amount is €18,000.
  • The Action is co-financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union and from national resources.
  • Indicative operating costs that are eligible for the Action, in the context of a simplified cost selection application and a lump sum calculation, may be the following: Business space rentals, costs of energy, fixed and mobile business telephony, water supply, expenses for third party fees, promotion and networking expenses, expenditure for the supply of consumables, depreciation of fixed equipment, salary costs of the company's staff.

Use of measure

There is no information.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers Sector specific set of companies
One person or microenterprises
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
Company / Companies
European Funds
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: N/A


There is no involvement of social partners.

Views and reactions

There is no social partner's reactions to the measure.

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.


  • 27 May 2021: Subsidy to Existing Businesses of Gyms, Playgrounds (Epihorigisi ifistamenon epihiriseon gimnastirion paidotopon) (


Eurofound (2021), Subsidy to Existing Businesses of Gyms, Playgrounds, case GR-2021-23/1994 (measures in Greece), COVID-19 EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,

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