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Apply for grants for advice to promote entrepreneurial know-how


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

Small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and members of the liberal professions may receive grants for expert management consultancy.

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 young companies, the stability of the foundation should be ensured. Companies in difficulty receive a grant 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 consultations can also be promoted, such as:

  • in companies run by female entrepreneurs,
  • in companies run by migrants,
  • in companies run by entrepreneurs with recognised disabilities,
  • for better operational integration of employees with a migration background,
  • to design work for employees with disabilities,
  • to attract and secure skilled workers,
  • for equality and a better reconciliation of family and career,
  • for the age-appropriate design of work,
  • on sustainability and environmental protection.

The amount of the grant depends on the age and location of the company that wishes to take advantage of 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 consulting fee of EUR 3,000.

Not eligible are, for example, consultations,

  • which are financed in whole or in part from other public funds,
  • the purpose of which is directed to 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 yourself are active in business consulting or want to become active,
  • you seek advice for a company in which religious communities, legal entities under public law or their own businesses hold a majority stake,
  • insolvency proceedings have been applied for or opened against the assets of your company or if the conditions for this are met,
  • Your company is non-profit.

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 information meeting 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 website www.bafa.de/unb.
  • 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 so, follow the instructions in 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 invoice, the bank statement about the payment of the consulting costs and the confirmation letter from the regional contact person (only young companies and companies in difficulty).
  • After submission of the complete documents, the competent authority will transfer the subsidy to the account you have specified.
  • You are the owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the commercial sector (according to the EU definition) 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 before the start of the consultation and have either achieved an annual turnover of no more than EUR 50 million or an annual balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43 million,
  • the consulting is carried out by an independent consultant or a consulting company, more than 50 percent of whose turnover is achieved with paid management consulting. The consultants must provide proof of their competence as part of the funding programme.
  • You have paid the consulting invoice at least in the amount of your own contribution. The own contribution is calculated from the aforementioned maximum consulting costs minus the expected subsidy.
  • Consulting 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 interview (for start-ups and companies in difficulty)
  • Presentation of the proof of use: no later than 6 months after receipt of the prospect

Before submitting an application, young companies and companies in difficulty must conduct an information meeting with a regional contact person. Consultation may not be started before the application is submitted. A consulting contract may also not be concluded before the application is submitted.

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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