Wednesday 18th August 2021 – PRESS RELEASE with Mike Smith
The regional tourism secretary, Francesc Colomer, has reported that more than 1,000 nightlife venues in the Comunidad Valenciana have benefited from direct aid from his department, financial support aimed at alleviating the negative effects of COVID-19.
He added that 90% of the 1,134 applications received by the regional government to access COVID.19 aid aimed at the region’s nightlife sector have been accepted and more than a thousand grants have been paid out, representing 95.13% of the 12.8 million euros allocated to the initiative.
Broken down, more than 5.4 million euros has been awarded to pubs and live music venues (772 grants) whilst more than 6.77 million euros were awarded to discos, nightclubs and dance halls (239).
By province, 450 nightlife venues in Alicante benefited from aid totalling some 5.42 million euros, whilst those in Castellón (123) benefited from 1.48 million euros. In the province of València, 438 premises were awarded at total of 5.26 million euros between them. The amount of funding paid out ranged from 7,000 euros to 28,500 euros, depending on the type of business.
This initiative complemented other aid programmes developed by the Generalitat Valenciana and are also compatible with other grants and resources from any national or private administration or entity, the European Union and other international organizations.
The head of regional tourism emphasized the speed in the management and payment of these grants, praising the work and effort of department’s personnel for resolving the applications in record time.
This funding initiative, which was published in the DOGV on February 24th, was initially endowed with 8 million euros before an additional 4.8 million euros was put aside, taking the total amount of aid available to 12.8 million euros.