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Apply for consultancy grants for the promotion of entrepreneurial know-how


If you would like to take advantage of consulting for your company, you can receive funding for this under certain conditions.

Small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) as well as members of the liberal professions can receive subsidies for expert management consulting.

The subsidy for expert advice is intended to help strengthen the performance and competitiveness of your company and to facilitate its adaptation to changing economic conditions. In the case of start-ups, the stability of the start-up should be ensured. Companies in difficulty receive a subsidy to restore their performance and competitiveness.

In principle, general consultations on all economic, financial, personnel and organizational problems of corporate management are funded.
In addition, special counselling can also be funded, such as:

  • in companies run by women entrepreneurs,
  • in companies run by migrants,
  • in companies run by entrepreneurs with a recognised disability,
  • for better integration of employees with a migration background into the workplace,
  • for the design of work for employees with disabilities,
  • to attract and secure skilled workers,
  • equality and a better work-life balance,
  • for the age-appropriate design of work,
  • for sustainability and environmental protection.

The amount of the subsidy depends on the age and location of the company wishing to receive the advice:

  • Start-ups (maximum 2 years on the market): up to EUR 4,000,
  • Existing companies (more than 2 years on the market): up to EUR 3,000.

The funding rates are:

  • new federal states: 80 percent,
  • Lüneburg region: 60 percent,
  • old federal states, Berlin, Leipzig region: 50 percent,
  • Companies in difficulty regardless of age and location: 90 percent subsidy on a maximum consultant fee of EUR 3,000.

For example, consultations are not eligible:

  • which are wholly or partly financed by other public funds;
  • the purpose of which is the distribution of certain goods or services by the consultant,
  • which mainly deal with legal and insurance issues, tax advisory activities or expert opinions.

In principle, funding is excluded if:

  • you are working or want to become a business consultant yourself,
  • you are seeking advice on behalf of a company in which religious communities, legal entities under public law or the company's own enterprises hold a majority stake,
  • insolvency proceedings have been filed for or opened against the assets of your company or if the conditions for this are met,
  • Your business is a non-profit.
  • You are the owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the commercial sector (as defined by the EU) or
  • Freelancer
  • Your company has its registered office and business operations or a branch office in Germany,
  • You have employed fewer than 250 people in the last financial year prior to the start of the consultation and have either an annual turnover of no more than EUR 50 million or an annual balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43 million,
  • the consultation is carried out by an independent consultant or a consulting company, more than 50 percent of whose turnover is generated with paid management consulting. Advisors must provide evidence of their competence as part of the funding programme.
  • You have paid the consulting bill at least in the amount of your own contribution. The co-payment is calculated from the aforementioned maximum consulting costs minus the expected subsidy.
  • Advisory report
  • Consultant Invoice
  • Proof of payment (bank statement)
  • Confirmation letter from a regional contact person (only for start-ups and companies in difficulty)
  • Application: No later than 3 months after the information meeting (for start-ups and companies in difficulty)
  • Submission of proof of use: no later than 6 months after receipt of the prospect

You can apply for a subsidy for the costs of a planned management consultancy online:

  • If you are applying for a start-up or a company in difficulty, you will need to have an informational interview with a regional contact person. You will then receive a confirmation letter, which you must submit together with your application. Existing companies do not have to have such a conversation.
  • Submit your application for funding for a management consultancy via the www.bafa.de/unb website.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a notification by post ("Prospect").
  • You can now sign a contract with the consulting firm and start consulting.
  • No later than 6 months after you have received the prospect, you must have submitted the proof of use of the completed consultation. To do this, follow the instructions on the online form and submit the proof of use online at www.bafa.unb. To do this, fill out the proof of use form online, print it out, sign it and upload the signed form together with the consulting report, the consultant's invoice, the bank statement for the payment of the consulting costs and the confirmation letter from the regional contact person (only start-ups and companies in difficulty).
  • The competent authority will transfer the subsidy to the account specified by you after submitting the complete documents.

Before applying, start-ups and companies in difficulty must have an information meeting with a regional contact person. Counselling may not be started before the application is submitted. A consulting contract may also not be concluded before the application is submitted.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

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