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The de minimis regulation covers aid amounts the European Commission (EC) regards as too small to effect competition - below €200,000 over a 3 year period (the current and last 2 fiscal years).

The de minimis regulation can be used to provide state aid cover for a variety of activities and to organisations of any size in most sectors.

Giving de minimis aid

Your de minimis aid must not put the recipient over the €200,000 limit. You must ask them how much de minimis aid they have received in the current and previous 2 fiscal years. You must not give a part award aid, eg. if a company asks for £10,000 but this takes them over the €200,000 threshold by £1,000 you can’t simply reduce the amount you give them to £9,000.

The EC has a dedicated currency convertor (external link) that must be used to calculate de minimis aid. The exchange rate applicable is the rate at the time of award. You will also need to write to tell the recipient the value of the de minimis aid you’re giving them.

Receiving de minimis aid

Keep a careful count of the total, if you are awarded more than €200,000 over this 3 year period you would be breaching the rules and the EC could demand you pay it back.

You must declare the amount of de minimis aid you have received to any public or granting authority that asks. This will usually be because you have requested money from another scheme or public authority that is classed as de minimis aid.

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