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Apply for funding for youth hostels


For conversion, modernization, expansion, new construction and equipment of a youth dormitory, you can receive funding from the Federal Employment Agency. It can support your project either as a pro rata interest subsidy or as a pro rata one-off grant.

You can receive funding for the following measures:

  • Conversions and modernization work such as:
    • Thermal insulation and other energy-saving measures
      • Note: Excluded are measures that can also generate income (for example, solar systems or combined heat and power plants that also feed the electricity into the public grid)
    • Elimination of structural defects
    • Improvement of the layout and functional processes of the apartments
    • Noise abatement measures
    • improvement of water supply and sanitation,
    • Improvement of the power supply
    • Accessibility measures
    • Internet access
    • Fire protection measures
    • Implementation of safety standards
  • New building
  • Extension of a dormitory
  • new equipment

Special features for the respective form of grant:

Interest subsidy

You can receive an interest subsidy to reduce the cost of a loan. The specific calculation of the subsidy amount will be explained to you by the responsible Operational Service at the Bochum Employment Agency.

One-time grant

The amount of the subsidy is 35 percent and in special cases a maximum of 40 percent. The funding is limited in time.

You can receive funding for a youth hostel from the Federal Employment Agency if you want to build, convert or modernise a hostel for trainees in in-company vocational training. The following requirements apply:

  • You have to run the youth hostel yourself.
  • They are only allowed to operate the facility on a cost-covering basis.
  • A commercial operation aimed at making a profit is not permitted.
  • They accept trainees from every industry and everyone on an equal footing.
  • They grant trainees a 10 percent discount in the dormitory if they receive vocational training allowance.
  • You are eligible for funding if you, as the sponsor of the dormitory,
    • a legal person, or
    • an association of independent welfare services, or
    • are a non-profit association.
  • Their total cost is at least EUR 100,000.
  • You must not have started the construction or conversion measure yet, unless the Employment Agency has allowed an exception in your case.
  • There is a long-term need for your youth hostel places for trainees.
  • You contribute an appropriate share of your own.
  • Your overall financing is secured.
  • If you want to offer new equipment, this must be related to a construction project in order to be funded.
  • Statement on the application
  • Proof of occupancy

Other necessary documents will be individually coordinated.

You must have submitted the application for a one-time grant by 30.06.2023.

If you want to apply for an interest subsidy, you do not need to meet any deadlines.

  • Contradiction
  • Action before an administrative court

Team of the youth dormitory promotion in the operational service of the Bochum Employment Agency.

Forms available: Yes
Written form required: Yes
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No
Online services available: No

  • The application for funding for your youth hostel will be sent to you by the Bochum Employment Agency. Please contact (by telephone or electronically) the Operational Service of the Bochum Employment Agency. The Bochum Employment Agency is your competent partner for all questions regarding funding.
  • You can submit the application within the deadline, even informally, to any other employment agency in Germany. They will then forward your application to your contact person.
  • As soon as all documents have been received and a decision has been made on your application, you will receive a notification of approval or rejection of a grant by post.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (BMAS)

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