Applying for a start-up grant

Service Description

A start-up grant, or "Gründungszuschuss", is intended to help you with your living costs and guarantee social security benefits if you set up your own business. You are only entitled to a start-up grant if there are no other suitable job openings for you and if you want to be self-employed as your main occupation.

Before applying for a start-up grant, you must be registered as unemployed. You are not eligible for the grant if you are entering self-employment straight from a job. There are two start-up grant phases:

  • Phase 1: a 6-month start-up grant equal to the last unemployment benefit received for living costs plus a monthly lump sum of EUR 300 for social security
  • Phase 2: a 9-month grant of EUR 300 a month

After phase 1, you may be able to receive a start-up grant for a further 9 months. This will be decided on an individual basis.

The start-up grant will not be subject to income tax however much you earn on top of it.

You cannot apply for funding if you are eligible for a state pension.

You can apply for the grant in addition to other funding for self-employment. There is no legal entitlement to the start-up grant.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

Competent Authority

Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)

Regensburger Straße 104
90478 Nürnberg
0800 45555-00
Remark: Service hotline of the Federal Employment Agency (toll-free)