Start-up grant approval

Service Description

The start-up subsidy is intended to support you in securing your livelihood and social security after starting your own business. You can only receive a start-up grant if there are no suitable job offers for you and you want to pursue your self-employment on a full-time basis.

Before you apply for the start-up grant, you must be registered as unemployed; an immediate transition from employment to subsidized self-employment is not possible. The start-up grant can be paid in 2 phases:

  • Phase 1: 6 months start-up subsidy in the amount of the last unemployment benefit received to secure your livelihood plus a monthly lump sum of EUR 300.00 for social security.
  • Phase 2: 9 months subsidy in the amount of EUR 300.00 per month.

The start-up grant can be continued for 9 months after phase 1. The extent to which a renewed subsidy is possible must be decided on an individual basis.

You can earn as much as you want in addition to the start-up grant. However, you must carry out the self-employed activity as your main occupation. The start-up grant is not subject to income tax.

If you have fulfilled the requirements for the standard retirement pension, you can no longer receive the subsidy.

You can apply for the subsidy in addition to other subsidies for starting a business. There is no legal entitlement to the start-up subsidy.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Bundesagentur für Arbeit