Contact Unit: Welfare Improvement Sector
Contact Person: Mr. Chen
Contact Number: 22289111 ext. 35431
Entrepreneurial Empowerment Program for the Physically & Mentally Challenged
I. Purpose: In order to assist the physically and mentally challenged who have the ability to work to operate their own business, a rent subsidy for their business premises is provided to relieve their pressure and burden while securing their stable business operations during the initial stage of their entrepreneurships.
II. Organizing Unit: Labor Affairs Bureau of Taichung City (hereinafter referred to as the bureau).
(I) Application Period: staring from today till the end of November 30
(II) By holding a meeting, the bureau is able to set the priority sequencing for the rent subsidy. Once the budget is running out, no rent subsidy application of the year shall be accepted.
IV. Applicant who meet the following criteria are qualified as a recipient of the rent subsidy:
(I) Any applicant who has a household registration in Taichung City (the city) for more than 1 year.
(II) Any applicant who is above the age of 20 but below the age of 65 and holds a disabled ID card or a disabled ID certificate issued by the government.
(III) Any applicant whose average household income for each person each month is no more than 2.5 times of the minimum living expense (NT$15,472) publically announced by the city after dividing the total household income by the number of household member. To be more specific, the household members may include the breadwinner, spouse, and minors for those who are married; and the breadwinner, parents, (and minors) for those who are single.
(IV) Any applicant who has the ability to work and is willing to start a business on himself/herself.
(V) Any applicant whose business address and tax status of the entrepreneurship are registered in the city whereas the registration of business, company, or person in charge of the change is no more than 1 year.
(VI) Any applicant who does not engage in a public welfare lottery (computer type) or sports lottery.
(VII) Any applicant who has not applied for government agencies’ rent subsidies for his/her entrepreneurial business premises, entrepreneurial loans, interest subsidies for entrepreneurial loans, or entrepreneurial subsidies for the city’s star-raising program.
V. Subsidy Limitation:
(I) During the rent subsidy period, the recipient may not be employed by others or as the head of other profit-seeking enterprises.
(II) For co-founders, the person in charge of the business shall file out an application.
(III) Based on the first clause and the fifth clause of the preceding article, the registration period for household, residence, business, company or person in charge of the change shall be dated back from the date of application.
(IV) All houses on the business premise of the applicant shall not be owned by the applicant, his/her spouse, and lineal relative(s) or direct relative(s) within second degree of kinship for both parties.
(V) Rent subsidy of this program may only be provided to each person once in a lifetime.
VI. Standard criteria for rent subsidy to the business premise are provided as follows:
Based on the rent subsidy period specified in the bureau's letter of approval, the longest rent subsidy period is 2 years. The amount of the subsidy is divided into three phases, each of which lasts for 8 months. The amount of subsidy for the first phase is 60% of the actual monthly rent, and the maximum monthly subsidy amount shall be no higher than NT$10,000. The amount of subsidy for the second phase is 60% of the first phase, and the maximum monthly amount shall be no higher than NT$6,000. The amount of subsidy for the third phase is 20% of the first phase, and the maximum monthly amount shall be no higher than NT$2,000.
VII. Applicant shall attach the following documents before filing out an application to the bureau:
(I) Application form (including a business plan, affidavit, and other professional certificates related to the entrepreneurship);
(II) A photocopy of new household certificate or an electronic file of household registration transcript (both of which are provided in full details) of the applicant, his/her spouse, and lineal relative(s) or direct relative(s) within second degree of kinship for both parties and a list of all kinds of individual income tax of the applicant's family in the previous year.
(III) A photocopy of constructional improvement ownership certificate or a photocopy of building registration transcript within 3 months regarding the business premise of the applicant.
(IV) A photocopy of the business registration certificate or company registration certificate for the sole proprietorship and an additional attachment of partnership agreement or articles of association (including shareholder register) for the joint venture.
(V) A photocopy of the notarized lease contract for the business premise to which the rent subsidy applies.
(VI) Other supporting documents required by the bureau.
An applicant for a new venture shall attach the documents required by the first to the third clauses to the bureau for review and approval and supplement the application documents required by the fourth to the sixth clauses within 3 months after secondary review to complete the application procedure. Those who past overdue shall file a new application.
VIII. Review Procedure:
(I) Initial Review
1. An applicant shall attach all documents required by the preceding clauses before applying to the bureau.
2. After receiving an application for rent subsidy, the bureau shall check to see if the documents are provided in full before paying a visit to the business premise of the applicant to understand the actual business operation and house usage conditions so that a visit record can be kept. As necessary, an entrepreneurial consultant may be required to pay a visit to the business premise of the applicant to provide tips for improvement and evaluate business operation as a reference for review
3. In order to understand whether the applicant's current condition is sufficient enough to operate the new business, experts in the field of disability employment service, assistive technology in the workplace, and physical medicine and rehabilitation are invited over to provide their advice as a reference for review.
(II) Secondary Review: Experts and scholars are invited to convene a review meeting.
IX. Principles for review are as follows:
(I) Legality and feasibility of the business plan.
(II) Self-funding, risk assessment and expected return of the business plan.
(III) Priority is given to applicants who have received professional certification, vocational training program, and entrepreneurial counseling service from the government.
X. If the rent subsidy is approved, the applicant shall attach the following documents to apply for the rent subsidy of the previous quarter within 30 days from January, April, July, and October of each year:
(I) A photocopy of letter of approval for rent subsidy;
(II) A photocopy of disabled identification card;
(III) The latest tax payment certificate or business tax registration;
(IV) A photocopy of the lease contract and rent payment certificate of business premise to which the rent subsidy applies.
(V) A photocopy of the passbook cover and receipt of the applicant or his/her financial institution.
XI. In order to understand the business operation of the applicant who receives rent subsidy, the bureau may assign an investigator to pay occasional visits to which the applicant may not object, avoid, or interfere with.
XII. If the applicant meets any one of the following descriptions, the bureau shall revoke original rent subsidy, stop issuing rent subsidy, and recover rent subsidy that has already been issued:
(I) Any applicant who does not implement the business plan originally approved by the bureau.
(II) Any applicant who does not run the business on his/her own or lease or provide the subsidized business premise to others.
(III) Any applicant who is declared guardianship by the court.
(IV) Any applicant whose household registration, business address, or tax status is remove from the city.
(V) Any applicant who has lost his/her identity for physical or mental disability or work ability.
(VI) Any applicant who is employed by others during the subsidizing period.
(VII) Any applicant whose document attachments are concealed or untrue.
(VIII) Any applicant who avoid, refuse, or interfere with the investigator.
(IX) Any applicant who is unable to engage in business operation for 3 consecutive months.
(X) Any applicant who fails to make improvement on the defects of business operation on time.