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Apply for grants to advise on the promotion of entrepreneurial know-how

Description

If you would like to receive advice for your company, you can receive a subsidy under certain conditions.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and professionals may receive grants for expert management consultancy.

The grant for expert advice is intended to help strengthen the performance and competitiveness of your company and to facilitate the adaptation to changing economic conditions. In the case of start-ups, the aim is to ensure the strength of the foundation. Firms in difficulty will receive a grant to restore their performance and competitiveness.

In principle, general consultations on all economic, financial, personnel and organisational problems of corporate management are supported.
In addition, specific consultations can also be encouraged, 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 migrant background,
  • to design the work for employees with disabilities,
  • for the acquisition and safeguarding of skilled workers,
  • equality and a better work-life balance,
  • for the age-appropriate design of the work,
  • sustainability and environmental protection.

The amount of the grant depends on the age and location of the company wishing to receive 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 länder: 80 percent,
  • Lüneburg region: 60 percent,
  • old federal states, Berlin, Leipzig region: 50 percent,
  • Companies in difficulty regardless of age and location: 90 percent grant to a maximum consultant's fee of 3,000 euros.

Ineligible are, for example, consultations,

  • which are financed in whole or in part from other public funds,
  • whose purpose is aimed at the distribution of certain goods or services by the consultant,
  • which are mainly related to legal and insurance issues, tax advisory activities or expert opinions.

In principle, the funding is excluded if:

  • you yourself are employed in a business advisory capacity or wish to become a
  • you seek advice for a company in which religious communities, legal persons governed by public law or own undertakings of such a majority are involved,
  • insolvency proceedings have been filed or opened against the assets of your company, or if the conditions are met for that purpose,
  • your company is a non-profit organisation.

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

  • If you are applying for a start-up or a company in difficulty, you must have a briefing with a regional contact person. You will then receive a letter of confirmation, which you will have to submit together with your application. Existing companies do not have to have such a conversation.
  • Submit your application for support for a management consultancy via the website www.bafa.de/unb.
  • If your application is approved, you will receive a notice 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 this, follow the instructions on the online form. You can also submit the proof of use online at www.bafa.unb. To do this, fill in the proof of use form online, print it out, sign it and upload the signed form together with the consulting report, the consultant's invoice, the bank statement on the payment of the consulting costs and the confirmation letter from the regional contact person (only start-ups and companies in difficulty).
  • The grant will be transferred to the account you have provided by the competent authority after submitting the complete documentation.
Information and online forms on the BAFA website
  • You are the owner of a small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) in the commercial economy (as defined by the EU) or
  • freelancer
  • Your company has its registered office and business or a branch in Germany,
  • In the last financial year prior to the start of the consultation, you employed fewer than 250 employees and either had an annual turnover of no more than EUR 50 million or an annual balance sheet total of not more than EUR 43 million,
  • the advice is provided by an independent consultant or a consulting company, whose turnover is generated by more than 50 percent with paid management consulting. Advisers must provide evidence of their competence under the support programme.
  • You have paid the consulting invoice at least in the amount of your own share. The own share is calculated from the above-mentioned maximum consulting costs less the expected grant.
  • Advice report
  • Consultant's account
  • Proof of payment (account statement)
  • Confirmation letter from a regional contact person (only for start-ups and firms in difficulty)
  • Application: No later than 3 months after a briefing (for start-ups and firms in difficulty)
  • Proof of use: no later than 6 months after receipt of the prospect

Before submitting an application, start-ups and companies in difficulty must hold 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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