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Apply for funding for energy consulting in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)


An energy consultation can help you to uncover untapped savings potential in your company. This allows you to reduce your ongoing operating costs.
You can receive funding of up to EUR 6,000 for the following measure:

  • expert, independent energy advice in order to:
    • Building
    • Plants and
    • Behavior

in your company and find out concrete energy saving potentials.

You will not receive any funding:

  • for measures required by law,
  • if you have already concluded the contract with the energy consultant before you have submitted the application and the contract does not contain a reservation clause,
  • if the energy consultation is to be carried out in buildings that are mainly used for living,
  • if the results of the consultation have no direct impact on energy consumption,
  • if you carry out the consultation yourself in your own company or have it carried out by a partner company.

The amount of the grant depends on the annual energy costs in your company:

  • for companies with annual energy costs above EUR 10,000: You will receive 80 percent of the eligible consulting costs, but a maximum of EUR 6,000,
  • for companies with annual energy costs of up to EUR 10,000: You will receive 80 percent of the eligible consulting costs, but a maximum of EUR 1,200.

Eligible costs are:

  • Costs for energy consulting if it is carried out by an energy expert approved by the BAFA.

The funding is a grant that covers part of the costs. You do not have to repay this subsidy.
You will not receive the subsidy until you have completed your energy consultation. To do this, you must prove that

  • that you have paid for the energy consultation and
  • submit an energy advisory report.

You must keep all invoices and receipts related to the eligible costs.

Applications for funding are processed by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).
You are not entitled to receive funding.

The funding is subject to the availability of the estimated budget.
You are also obliged to contact us at any time for accompanying and controlling purposes.
the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and
the Federal Court of Auditors
To provide information.
In the case of a review by the aforementioned institutions, you must be able to prove the content and cost differentiation from any other funding measures.

If you make use of professional energy advice for your company, you can apply for funding under certain conditions.

You, or energy consultants authorised by you, must submit the application for funding directly online to the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA).

  • Find a BAFA-approved energy efficiency expert. Please use the website of the German Energy Agency (dena). Let this expert give you a cost estimate for the energy consultation.
  • Go to the BAFA website and open the online form. Fill out the form and submit the required documents electronically and submit them.
  • After submitting the application form, you have the option of saving the application as a PDF document.
  • After submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation of receipt by e-mail within a few minutes with your transaction number and the link to the upload portal.
  • Now, at your own risk, you can sign the contract with your energy expert and start consulting.
  • The BAFA examines their application. In the positive case, you or the energy consultant authorized by you will receive a notification of donation by post by e-mail.
  • When the energy consultation is completed, you must prove the use of your subsidy. To do this, fill out the where-used form online. You also upload the documents required for the proof of use.
  • When the BAFA has checked your proof of use, the BAFA will transfer your subsidy to your account.
Online application for funding for an energy consultancy

Applications can be submitted:

  • small and medium-sized commercial enterprises (SMEs) and freelancers with
    • Registered office and business operations in Germany,
    • fewer than 250 employees and
    • up to EUR 50 million turnover per year
    • an annual balance sheet total not exceeding EUR 43 million

Further requirements:

  • You need to plan your action with an energy efficiency expert. This expert must be approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (BAFA) for federal funding in the Energy Consulting in SMEs programme.
  • If your measure is funded in accordance with this guideline, you may not use public funds from other federal funding programmes for similar measures (e.g. corresponding advisory programmes).

When applying, you must submit:

  • Offer or cost estimate of the consultant (the amount of the planned consultant fee must be clearly stated therefrom)
  • Self-commitment or self-declaration of the energy consultant

Once you have completed your consultation, you must submit the following documents:

  • Electronic declaration of use
  • written declaration of the grantee
  • Copy of the invoice issued by the energy consultant or his employer in the name of the advised company
  • Energy Consulting Report
  • Proof of payment documenting the non-cash full payment of consulting costs
Forms on the BAFA website (under Forms)
  • not applicable
  • Application:
    • until 31.12.2022
    • before the start of the action
  • Implementation of the consultation: within 12 months after receipt of the grant notification
  • Proof of implementation of the consultation: within 3 months after the end of the approval period
  • for the processing of the application: 1 to 2 weeks

Once you have submitted your application, you can start the measure at your own financial risk.

  • Forms: no
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: yes
  • Personal appearance required: no

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

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