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Apply for individual funding for participation in working life


You can apply for supplementary support benefits in individual cases if it is necessary to take up an apprenticeship or job due to the nature or severity of your disability. Individual case funding is, for example:

  • Motor vehicle assistance
  • Work assistance
  • Technical work aids
  • Aid
  • Loss of earnings
  • Housing assistance

If the Employment Agency is your responsible rehabilitation provider and you meet the requirements for funding, it will cover the costs.

Information on the respective individual case funding:

Motor vehicle assistance

There are different benefits that you can apply for:

  • Subsidy for the procurement of a motor vehicle
  • Assumption of the costs for disability-related additional equipment and repairs of the additional equipment
  • Cost subsidy for the acquisition of a driving licence
  • Benefits in cases of hardship, such as subsidies for transport costs, such as those arising from transport services

The subsidies for the purchase of a motor vehicle and for the driver's license depend on the amount of your income. The costs for additional equipment required due to disability are borne in full by the Employment Agency.

When buying a motor vehicle, you will receive a maximum of EUR 9,500 of the purchase price. An exception exists if you absolutely need a motor vehicle with a higher purchase price due to the nature and severity of the disability.

Alternatively, you can also receive subsidies for transport costs as part of the hardship regulation. As a rule, an own contribution is incurred.

Work assistance

You can basically participate in working life, but need support in the exercise of your employment due to your disability? Then the work assistant will help you to fulfill your professional duties.

Work assistance goes beyond occasional handouts. It is a regularly recurring support for severely disabled people in terms of time and activity. You have to do the actual work yourself. Short-term and irregular aid is not covered.

The aim of the benefit is to ensure that you get a job subject to social security contributions. The costs of work assistance are covered by the responsible rehabilitation provider for a period of up to 3 years. You also have this overall claim in the case of changing jobs. If you still need a work assistant after the maximum funding period has expired, the Integration Office is responsible for accompanying assistance in working life.

However, in order to simplify the administrative process, the integration offices take over the execution of the service from the outset.

Technical work aids

Technical work aids are devices and devices that equip a workplace for the disabled. They are intended to compensate you for disability-related disadvantages.

Examples of technical aids:

  • Screen Reader
  • One-handed keyboard
  • orthopedic office chair

Technical assistance is tailored to your individual needs in the workplace. Since the subsidized items become your property, you can take them with you when you change jobs.


Support in the context of participation in working life is about aids that are necessary because of the nature and severity of your disability

  • for training or professional practice,
  • to participate in a benefit for participation in working life, or
  • to increase safety on the way to work or in the workplace.

The aids include, for example, orthopaedic safety shoes or orthopaedic foot protection if they are required exclusively for activities in a specific profession or vocational training.  

Loss of earnings

You or a person required to accompany you must travel to an educational measure or to an introduction to a new job. And this is only possible during normal working hours? Then you or your companion will be compensated for a possible loss of earnings.

Housing assistance

The benefits of housing assistance include financial assistance for

  • the cost of procurement,
  • the equipment as well as
  • the maintenance of a handicapped accessible apartment.

You should be able to reach the place of your vocational training or your workplace as barrier-free and independently as possible. The specific services depend on your personal situation and needs.

In order to receive individual funding, you must contact your Employment Agency:

  • Make an appointment with the Vocational Rehabilitation and Participation team of your Employment Agency.
  • If you do not yet have a personal contact person, make an appointment via the service hotline.
  • In a personal conversation, they will clarify together whether individual support is suitable for you.
  • If your counselor determines that the promotion helps you to participate in working life, this person will discuss the next steps with you.
  • Your consultant will also discuss with you the forms you need to fill out.
  • If the Federal Employment Agency is not responsible in your case, it will forward your application to the appropriate rehabilitation provider.

In order for you to be eligible for individual support for professional participation, the following general requirements must be met:

  • You have a disability and the Federal Employment Agency is your responsible rehabilitation provider.
  • Your prospects of participating or re-participating in working life are permanently reduced due to the nature or severity of your disability. Or you are threatened with a disability with the same professional consequences.
  • You must contact your Employment Agency for reimbursement or granting of grants before any expenses or expenses are incurred.

In addition, you may have to observe special requirements for the respective funding:

Motor vehicle assistance:

  • You are dependent on a motor vehicle for the daily journey between your home and the place of work or training or education because you cannot travel this distance on foot, by public transport or otherwise because of your disability.

Work assistance:

  • You must be severely disabled. That means you have a degree of disability of at least 50.
  • The support is necessary to obtain a job or training place.
  • The need for assistance from a personal assistant must go beyond occasional handouts.
  • In addition, it must be a regularly recurring support in terms of time as well as in relation to the activity.

Technical work aids:

  • You need the technical work assistance because of the nature and severity of your disability for professional practice or training and
  • the technical work aid serves exclusively for participation in working life.


  • You need the tool to compensate for a disability for a specific job or for a special form of professional practice or training. You do not need it for other professional activities.
  • Your employer or a medical rehabilitation provider is not primarily obliged to provide this benefit.

Loss of earnings

  • Your loss of earnings or the loss of earnings of a required accompanying person is unavoidable. The trip can therefore only take place during normal working hours.

Housing assistance:

  • A promotion of housing assistance services presupposes that you have a job-related need.

Please ask your consultant which documents you need in detail.

Processing usually takes several weeks.

Forms: none
Online procedure possible: no
Written form required: no
Personal appearance necessary: yes

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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