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Apply for funding for youth hostels


For conversion, modernization, expansion, new construction and equipment of a youth hostel, you can receive funding from the Federal Employment Agency. It can support your project either as a pro rata interest subsidy or as a pro rata one-off grant.

You can receive funding for the following measures:

  • Conversions and modernization works such as:
    • Thermal insulation and other energy-saving measures
      • Note: Excluded are measures that can also generate revenue (for example, solar systems or combined heat and power plants that also feed the electricity into the public grid)
    • Elimination of structural defects
    • Improvement of the layout and functional sequences of the apartments
    • Noise protection measures
    • improvement of water supply and disposal,
    • Improvement of the power supply
    • Accessibility measures
    • Internet access
    • Fire protection measures
    • Implementation of safety standards
  • new building
  • Extension of a dormitory
  • new equipment

Special features for the respective grant form:

Interest subsidy

You can receive an interest subsidy to reduce the cost of a loan. The specific calculation of the grant amount will be explained to you by the responsible operational service at the Bochum Employment Agency.

One-off grant

The amount of the grant is 35 percent and in special cases a maximum of 40 percent. The funding is limited in time.

If you want to modernize, renovate or create accommodation opportunities for trainees in a youth hostel, you can be supported by the Federal Employment Agency.

  • The application for funding for your youth hostel will be sent to you by the Bochum Employment Agency. Please contact (by phone or electronically) the Operational Service of the Employment Agency Bochum. The Employment Agency Bochum is your competent partner for all questions about funding.
  • You can submit the application, even informally, to any other employment agency in Germany. This will then forward your application to your contact person.
  • As soon as all documents are available and all ambiguities have been removed, you will receive a notification by post about a grant or rejection of a grant.

Team of youth hostel promotion in the operational service of the Employment Agency Bochum.

You can receive funding for a youth hostel from the Federal Employment Agency if you want to build, convert or modernise a dormitory for trainees in company-based vocational training. The following requirements apply:

  • You have to run the youth hostel yourself.
  • They may only operate the facility to cover costs.
  • A commercial operation aimed at a profit is not permitted.
  • They accept trainees from every industry and everyone equally.
  • They grant trainees a discount of 10 percent in the dormitory if they receive vocational training allowance.
  • You are eligible for funding if you are the sponsor of the dormitory
    • a legal person, or
    • an association of free welfare care, or
    • are a non-profit association.
  • Their total cost is at least EUR 100,000.
  • You may not have started the construction or conversion measure yet, unless the Employment Agency has allowed an exception in your case.
  • There is a long-term need for your youth hostel places for trainees.
  • At the hometown of the trainees who are to live in your dormitory, there is a lack of suitable training places for them.
  • Prospective trainees cannot start their training without their youth hostel.
  • Companies/enterprises in the vicinity of the (planned) youth hostel lack trainees to fill training places.
  • You contribute an appropriate own contribution.
  • Your overall financing is secured.
  • If you want to offer new equipment, this must be related to a construction project in order to be funded.
  • Statement on the application
  • Proof of occupancy

Further necessary documents are individually coordinated.

You must have submitted the application for a one-time grant by December 31, 2021.

If you want to apply for an interest subsidy, you do not need to meet any deadlines.

The processing of your application usually takes between 3 months and 3 years according to the scope of your submitted documents. The duration until the decision is issued is based on your application documents and the individual conditions on site.

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

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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