UPDATE — 11.05.2020: A new corona grant package, Soforthilfe IV, is now available for culture and media companies with more than 10 employees. Such businesses that have been particularly hard hit by the Corona crisis can now apply for grants of up to EUR 25,000 via IBB.

UPDATE – 06.04.2020: Applications for corona emergency grants have reopened via IBB. It is possible for freelancers and small businesses to apply for federal aid to cover professional/business expenses (material and financial, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees). The compensation of loss of turnover and fees for personal living expenses, health insurance premiums, etc. are not included.

The grant program of the state of Berlin, which could be applied to by freelancers and small businesses with up to 5 employees to compensate for income and be used towards living expenses, ended on 1 April 2020.

Now that applications for corona emergency grants have opened via IBB, we’ve compiled this guide to understanding the basics.

What is available?

UPDATE – As of 6 April 2020, only federal emergency aid can be applied for. This can be applied for by freelancers and small businesses to cover professional/business expenses (material and financial, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees). The compensation of loss of turnover and fees for personal living expenses, health insurance premiums etc. are not included.

From the state of Berlin

Emergency aid was being provided by the state of Berlin in grants of up to 5000 EUR. This could be applied for by individual freelancers and micro enterprises with 0 to 5 employees. This program ended on 1 April 2020. 

From the German federal government

Federal emergency aid can be used to cover professional expenses (material and financial costs, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees). There are two levels: 

  • up to 9000 Euro can be applied for by applicants with up to 5 employees.
  • up to 15000 Euro can be applied for by applicants with up to 10 employees.

Note that the number of employees refers to full-time employees. All part-time employees must be calculated together to be counted as a full-time employee(s). 

Who can apply?

Solo self-employed individuals (without employees), freelancers and micro-enterprises with up to 10 employees, who have been impacted by the corona crisis.

Permanent establishment or registered office in Berlin is required. As well as a Steuer-ID number.

What is being funded?

UPDATE – As of 6 April 2020, only federal emergency aid can be applied for. This can be applied for by freelancers and small businesses to cover professional/business expenses (material and financial, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, personnel costs for employees). The compensation of loss of turnover and fees for personal living expenses, health insurance premiums, etc. are not included.

The state grant of up to 5000 EURO was available to apply for in order to compensate for loss of income and go towards living expenses — for a period of up to 6 months for self-employed individuals, and 3 months for freelancers and small businesses with up to 5 employees. This program ended on 1 April 2020. 

Federal emergency aid can be used for the 3 months following the application to cover professional expenses (material and financial costs, e.g., commercial rents or leases, leasing expenses, or personnel costs for employees — insofar as these are not covered by short-time working compensation).

What do you need to apply?

Basic information needed to fill out the application includes the following:

  • Identification number (e.g., passport number)
  • IBAN & name of bank account holder
  • Handelsregisternummer (if a small business)
  • Tax ID number (Steueridentifikationsnummer — this is your main tax number, which doesn’t change, and can be found on your tax return or on any correspondence from the Finanzamt)
  • Berlin address
  • Legal form of business (e.g., GmbH, GbR, or ‘Einzelunternehmen’ – if an individual freelancer)
  • Website address
  • Date the company was founded

This information has been compiled to the best of our knowledge and ability. For more information about the corona emergency grants, also see our guide to applying. As the situation develops, we’re providing regular updates for Berliners, as well.

If you have any information that you think could help the creative community of Berlin, contact us at hello@artconnect.com and we will be happy to share it.