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


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

Small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and members of the liberal professions can receive grants for expert business advice.

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 sustainability of the foundation is to be ensured. Companies in difficulty receive a grant to restore their efficiency and competitiveness.

In principle, general advice on all economic, financial, personnel and organisational problems of corporate management is supported.
In addition, special consultations may also be funded, such as:

  • in companies run by women entrepreneurs,
  • in companies run by migrants,
  • in companies run by entrepreneurs with recognised disabilities,
  • for better operational integration of employees with a migration background,
  • on the organisation of work for employees with disabilities,
  • to attract and secure skilled workers,
  • equality and a better reconciliation of work and family life,
  • 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 wishing to receive the advice:

  • Young companies (maximum 2 years on the market): up to EUR 4,000,
  • Existing company (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:

  • financed wholly or partly from 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 yourself are or want to become active in business consulting,
  • you make use of advice for a company in which religious communities, legal entities under public law or their own companies hold a majority share,
  • 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 a non-profit organization.

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

  • If you are applying for a start-up or a company in difficulty, you must have an information 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 from 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 advertisement, you must have submitted the proof of use of the completed consultation. To do so, follow the instructions on the online form and submit the where-used list online at www.bafa.unb. To do this, fill out the where-used 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 grant to you after submitting the complete documents to the account you have specified.
  • You are the owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME) in the commercial economy (according to the EU definition) or
  • Freelancer
  • Your company has its registered office and business operations or a branch office in Germany,
  • In the last financial year prior to the start of the consultation, you employed fewer than 250 people and achieved 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 consulting is carried out by an independent consultant or a consulting company, more than 50 percent of whose turnover is generated with paid management consulting. The consultants must provide proof of their competence within the framework 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.
  • 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 interview (for start-ups and companies in difficulty)
  • Submission of proof of use: no later than 6 months after receipt of the notification

Before submitting an application, start-ups and companies in difficulty must hold an information meeting with a regional contact person. The 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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