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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 or municipality. This allows you to reduce your ongoing operating costs.
You can receive funding of up to EUR 10,000 for the following measure:

  • expert energy advice to
    • Building
    • Plants and
    • Behavior

in your company or municipality and to 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 person receiving the advice is an undertaking whose assets have been the subject of insolvency proceedings,
  • the receiving advisor is a company that has received de minimis aid totalling at least EUR 200,000 (EUR 100,000 in the case of road transport companies) in the current year and in the previous 2 tax years, including support under this Directive,
  • the person receiving advice is an undertaking which is otherwise excluded under Article 1 of the de minimis Regulation.

The amount of the grant is calculated as follows:

Module 1 (energy audit according to DIN EN 16247):

  • If the annual energy costs exceed EUR 10,000 (net), the funding amounts to 80 percent of the eligible consulting fee, but a maximum of EUR 6,000.
  • For annual energy costs of no more than EUR 10,000 (net), the funding amounts to 80 percent of the eligible consulting fee, but a maximum of EUR 1,200.

Module 2 (energy consulting according to DIN V 18599):
The funding amount is 80 percent of the eligible consulting fee, but a maximum of EUR 8,000. The exact height depends on the net floor area of the building in question:

  • Net floor area less than 200 m2: grant maximum EUR 1,700;
  • Net floor area between 200 m2 and 500 m2: grant maximum EUR 5,000;
  • Net floor area more than 500 m2: Grant maximum EUR 8,000.

Module 3 (Contracting Orientation Consulting):

  • For annual energy costs of no more than EUR 300,000 (net), the funding amounts to 80 percent of the eligible consulting fee, but a maximum of EUR 7,000.
  • If the annual energy costs of the building or building pool under consideration exceed EUR 300,000 (net), the funding amounts to 80 percent of the eligible consulting fee, but a maximum of EUR 10,000.

Eligible costs are:

  • Costs for energy consulting if it is carried out by an energy expert approved by the Federal Office of Economics and Export Control (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 BAFA.
You are not entitled to receive funding.

The funding is subject to the availability of the estimated budget.
They are also obliged to provide information to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the Federal Court of Auditors at any time for monitoring and control purposes.
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.

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 expert in energy efficiency. Please use the website of the German Energy Agency (dena). Ask this expert to give you a cost estimate for the energy consultation.
  • Go to the BAFA website and open the online form.
    • Fill out the form,
    • submit the required documents electronically and
    • send it off.
  • 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 authorised by you will receive a notification of donation by post.
  • 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.

Applications can be submitted:

  • local authorities (municipalities, cities, counties);
  • municipal special-purpose associations in accordance with the respective special-purpose association law.
  • non-profit organisations, religious communities with corporate status as well as their institutions and foundations within the meaning of § 5 paragraph 1 number 9 of the Corporation Tax Act;
  • SMEs based and operating in Germany;
  • Non-SMEs with headquarters and business operations in Germany whose total energy consumption in accordance with § 8 paragraph 4 EDL-G exceeds 500,000 kilowatt hours per year across all energy sources;
  • freelancers with registered office and business operations in Germany;

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 programme for Non-Residential Buildings, Plants and Systems (EBN) for the respective module.
  • If your measure is funded in accordance with this guideline, you may not use public funds from other federal funding programmes for similar measures, such as corresponding advisory programmes.

When applying, you must submit:

  • Completed application form
  • Offer or cost estimate of the consultant (the amount of the planned consultant fee must be clearly stated)
  • 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
  • Document: Declarations after implementation
  • Copy of the invoice issued by the energy consultant or his/her employer in the name of the company/municipality being advised
  • Energy Consulting Report
  • Proof of payment documenting the non-cash full payment of consulting costs

• Application:

  • until 31.12.2024
  • 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

Forms available: No

Written form required: Yes

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

Online services available: Yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK)

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