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FAQ on Covid-19 aid

2. Eligibility criteria 


2.1. Which criteria determine whether someone receives support?  

The aid is intended to compensate for loss of income from artistic, art-related and cultural mediation activities (in part) that have arisen as a result of official measures to combat COVID-19, and to avert the resulting economically significant threats. The advisory board uses a current curriculum vitae as an important basis for decision-making with information on performances, exhibitions, purchases, etc. up to the time of the application and the income / projects lost due to Covid-19. If you have not yet had contact with the KSVF, it is in your own interest to include additional, more meaningful documents (such as portfolio including dating and description of the activity, links to audio samples, etc.) with the documentation when submitting the application.

Use the application form to confirm that there is an economically significant threat from Covid-19 and that the current living and operating costs can no longer be covered by the current income.

Important note: Any existing assets and / or account balances are not used to assess the economic situation.

2.2. Income is often made up of various fields of activity (self-employed and / or employed), artistic, art-related and non-art activities. Does this have an impact on which funding agency is responsible?

No, not anymore. Multiple insurance or ancillary income are neither an exclusion criterion in the hardship fund of the WKO nor in the bridging financing of the SVS.

2.3. I am self-employed, but not insured with SVS. Is that a reason for exclusion for receiving grants from the hardship fund of the WKO?

Not necessarily, compulsory insurance does not necessarily have to be based on self-employment. If there is no compulsory insurance due to self-employment with the SVS, funding is possible under certain conditions: At the time of application, a valid compulsory insurance due to own activity (e.g. due to an employment relationship) or a voluntary insurance in the statutory social insurance due to own activity (e.g. a voluntary Opting-in for marginal part-time employment). If there is only co-insurance as a relative, this is not sufficient and does not entitle you to submit an application.
Pension insurance is also sufficient if you are drawing your own pension based on your own activity (e.g. old-age pension, early old-age pension, disability pension, disability pension, disability pension, etc.) or a widow's / widower's pension. Insurances from corresponding institutions of the liberal professions also meet this requirement.

Funding from the WKO is also possible if, in addition to your marginal self-employed activity, you are, for example,

  • receive a termination allowance or holiday compensation,
  • Receive sick pay or maternity allowance on the basis of an employment relationship,
  • are voluntarily insured in health and / or pension insurance (e.g. as a student),
  • receive income-related childcare allowance,
  • receive lump-sum childcare allowance and were previously gainfully employed (not unemployed, not insured).

2.4. I am self-employed, but not insured with SVS. Is that a reason for exclusion from receiving the subsidy from the SVS bridging fund?

Yes, that could be a reason for exclusion.

In principle, one must have been compulsorily insured under the Commercial Social Insurance Act (GSVG) on March 13, 2020 due to artistic activity in order to receive the subsidy from the SVS. An "opting in" insurance (only health insurance) on request is sufficient.

However, if the registration for compulsory insurance or the "opting in" application has been received by the SVS by June 13, 2020 at the latest, an allowance can also be granted.

Also entitled are people who were compulsorily insured in 2018 and / or 2019 and who were artistically active as of March 13, 2020.

If you do not meet any of these requirements, but are compulsorily insured under the GSVG on November 1, 2020 due to an artistic activity, you can only apply for the year 2021. In this case too, opting-in health insurance would be sufficient. If there is no compulsory insurance on November 1, 2020, at least the registration for compulsory insurance must have been submitted to the SVS on this day. You can also submit an application for 2021 if you had compulsory insurance in 2018 and / or 2019 and worked as an artist on November 1, 2020.


3. Amount of funding  


3.1. How much money can I get from the Covid-19 fund in phase 2?

The one-off grant amounted to a maximum of € 3,500.00 (grant of € 3,000.00 plus lockdown grant of € 500.00) and could be applied for by March 31, 2021. If you have already received emergency aid from the Covid-19 fund, this has been taken into account. You then received a one-off payment of € 2,500.

3.2. How much money can I get from the Covid-19 fund in phase 3?

Until March 31, 2021, the one-time grant amounted to € 1,500 and was on April 1, 2021 on unique € 3,000 increased. Applications that have already been positively approved and paid out will automatically receive the top-up of € 1,500 - if no express objection is made (e.g. because aid from the WKO's hardship fund has meanwhile been received). A separate application is therefore Not required. From May 1st, 2021 the increased allowance for phase 3 can be applied for again.

3.3. How much is the aid for hardship funds (WKO) or the SVS bridging aid fund?

Please inform yourself about this on the respective homepages. However, both aid are higher than the aid from the Covid-19 fund.

Hardship Fund WKO:

Bridging financing SVS:

3.4. Are subsidies from the Covid-19 fund in the KSVF exempt from income tax?

Yes! All KSVF services are exempt from income tax.

3.5. Does the KSVF subsidy have to be stated in the application for phase 2 of the hardship fund?

Yes, the KSVF subsidy from the Covid-19 fund must be stated in the hardship fund and is offset against the total funding amount in the same way as the hardship fund.

3.6. Can artists * who do not receive a contribution subsidy from the KSVF because they exceed or fall below the statutory income limits, apply to the KSVF's COVID-19 fund?

Yes! A subsidy for the SVS contributions is not a prerequisite for the application. However, please note the maximum limit of 29,942.90 euros for 2020 and 30,930.90 euros for 2021.

3.7. Does the amount of sales affect the responsibility?

No! Not in the relationship between KSVF, hardship fund (WKO) and SVS.

3.8. Are people with income below the tax limit, without a tax number or people who only started their work in 2020, included?

In phase 2 of the hardship fund (WKO), people whose independent income is below the insurance limit of EUR 5,527.92 and companies founded between January 1 and October 31, 2020 are also eligible. People without a tax number can submit their application to the Covid-19 fund of the KSVF or the bridging aid fund of the SVS.


4. Preparation of the application  


4.1. I have already received a grant from the Covid-19 fund. Do I get the subsidy for phase 3 paid out automatically?

The KSVF can only grant an aid if you are neither entitled to the hardship fund (WKO) nor the bridging fund (SVS) or if you have not received any support therea main residence in Austria for 6 months These prerequisites must be confirmed. Therefore, a renewed application for the aid of phase 3 at the KSVF is necessary. You will find the online form from May 1, 2021hereIt was not possible to submit an application in the period from April 1 to April 30, 2021.

4.2. Can I submit an application for phase 3 more than once?

Only one application can be submitted for each phase. Applications that have been submitted more than once will automatically be counted as irrelevant. So there is no benefit in submitting multiple applications for the same phase. No application is required to top up phase 3! To do this, please check your e-mail account.

4.3. Do I first have to submit an application to the hardship fund in the WKO or the SVS bridging aid fund and wait for a rejection until I can submit an application to the Covid-19 fund in the KSVF?

No!However, please check first whether you meet the criteria for the hardship fund (WKO) or the SVS bridging aid fund before you submit an application to the KSVF. The current criteria can be found here: and

You must also expressly confirm in the application form that you are not eligible for either the hardship fund or the bridging fund. All information must be correct and complete to the best of our knowledge and belief. Deliberately incorrect or incomplete information is a criminal offense.

4.4. Does it make more sense to apply for support at a later point in time?

This assessment is your responsibility as the applicant, as only you know your individual situation.

4.5. Can I submit my application at a later date? Is there still support money available?

In principle, the application - subject to budgetary funds - for phase 3 is possible until June 30, 2021. Phases 1 and 2 can no longer be applied for.

4.6. Which documents are required and in what form do they have to be submitted?

All information for the hardship fund of the WKO and the bridging fund of the SVS can be found online on their homepages.

The documents required for the Covid-19 fund are listed in the online form. If we need any further documents, we will contact you.

In any case, a complete and signed affidavit must be attached to the application. Applications that are received without a valid affidavit are void and will not be processed.

4.7. To what extent does the partner's income influence the funding?

Only the data given in the application are relevant for the aid from the Covid-19 Fund (KSVF).

4.8. I have been accepted for a work grant from the City of Vienna. Do I have to inform the KSVF about this? Does this affect the support from the Covid-19 Fund (KSVF)?

The acceptance of a work grant has no influence on the granting of the KSVF grant.

4.9. Do I have to enclose documents on artistic activity with the application if I have already been assessed as an artist by the KSVF?

A curriculum vitae must be enclosed with the online application. Further documents are only required if an assessment as an artist or activity as a cultural mediator has not yet been carried out.

If you have already received the emergency aid or the allowance for phase 2, an update of your curriculum vitae is sufficient. In any case, information on canceled projects or lost income is advantageous.

4.10. I received immediate aid from the KSVF. Can I still contact the WKO for phase 2 or the SVS?

Of course. The hardship fund (WKO) and the bridging financing fund (SVS) are even the first point of contact (see point 1.6).


5. Payout  


5.1. I have heard from colleagues that applications to the KSVF are very time-consuming and take a long time to process. Is that correct?

A simplified decision-making process has been established for applications to the Covid-19 fund. The documents required for an application for aid (phase 3) are greatly reduced. The KSVF requests that you fill out the application form in full and only submit the documents that are absolutely necessary. The aim is to provide rapid support. The KSVF publishes weekly updated figures on the processing status -

5.2. How soon will I get the benefit?

Applications for aid are usually decided at the KSVF within 1-2 weeks. Processing takes a little longer only when artists or cultural mediators contact the KSVF for the first time. In this case, the artist's status or activity as a cultural mediator must be checked beforehand.

Immediately after the decision, you will receive a written answer; the transfer is usually ordered two working days later at the latest.

6. Further support  


6.1. I am an artist, but do not meet the criteria for support from the hardship fund in the WKO. Whom can I ask?

Artists and cultural mediators who do not meet the eligibility criteria can contact the bridging fund at the SVS, which has been accepting applications since July 3, 2020.

If you are also not eligible there, you can submit an application to the Covid-19 Fund.

There is also support for artists from collecting societies in some federal states directly from the state. Other bodies are the AMS, the bodies responsible for minimum income or private insurances. A final list is unfortunately not possible, as this always depends on the individual case.

6.2. Should I submit an application for support to several offices at the same time? Could that be a disadvantage?

Yes, that could be a disadvantage. You should therefore carefully read the information available online from the hardship fund (WKO) and the bridging fund (SVS) as well as the KSVF before you submit an application.

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