Funding from the federal government
Nationwide

Name of programme:

Funding for light and heavy-duty commercial vehicles with alternative, eco-friendly drive systems and corresponding refuelling/charging infrastructure

Type of funding:

Partial funding. The funding is provided in the form of a non-repayable subsidy and the maximum amount is capped at the point it is granted.

Aim/purpose of funding:

  • Assistance with the implementation of the Climate Action Programme 2030 passed by the German federal government in autumn 2019
  • Reduction of extra cost of acquiring vehicles with alternative drive systems

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Companies under private law
  • Municipal enterprises and statutory corporations
  • Public law entities and registered associations
  • In the case of unincorporated owner-operated municipal enterprises, a relevant local authority may file the application
  • Hire and leasing entities may also receive funding (in this case the hire or leasing entity is responsible for ensuring fulfilment of any requirements related to the funding.)
  • Feasibility studies

Funding conditions, funding level

  • Any projects for which a funding application is submitted must not already be under way prior to approval of funding
  • A condition of funding for refuelling/charging infrastructure is that the applicant has acquired or will acquire at least one commercial vehicle of EU vehicle categories N1 to N3 with drive systems numbered 2.1 to 2.3 (see funding guidelines)
  • Any refuelling/charging infrastructure that is funded must be state of the art and conform to laws on measuring and gauging as well as any applicable legal requirements
  • Funding for refuelling/charging infrastructure can only be granted where the applicant specifies a location prior to and at the point of applying
  • Applications are assessed on their specific additional investment costs, with the subsidy capped at 80% of these additional costs
  • The level of additional investment costs depends on the type of vehicle drive system

Duration of programme:

2 August 2021 to 31 December 2024

Name of programme:

Ladestationen für Elektrofahrzeuge [Charging infrastructure for electric vehicles]

What does it fund?

The goal is to accelerate the construction of charging stations at appealing everyday destinations: supermarkets, hotels, restaurants, and municipal facilities such as swimming pools. The funding amounts to EUR 300 million and covers up to 80 percent of the investment costs. It is based on the new “Ladeinfrastruktur vor Ort” (“On-Site Charging Infrastructure”) funding guideline issued by the BMVI. This small-scale (“de minimis”) funding will be allocated to applications in the order in which they are received (first come, first served approach).

  • The funding will be granted as de minimis assistance.
  • Funding is offered for the purchase of standard charging infrastructure (AC and DC, 11 kW to 22 kW), to cover up to 80% of the total costs, max. EUR 4,000 per charging point (including connection to low voltage, incl. installation and assembly costs amounting to 80% of the total costs, max. EUR 10,000 funding per site).
  • Funding is offered for the purchase of rapid charging infrastructure (DC) up to a maximum of 50 kW, to cover up to 80% of the total costs, max. EUR 16,000 per charging point (including connection to medium voltage amounting to 80% of the total costs, max. EUR 100,000 funding per site).
  • Funding is also available for pairing with buffer storage (maximum funding amount corresponds to the grid connection in question, see no. 6.2.5 in the funding guideline).
  • If the charging point is not fully accessible, the amount of funding is reduced by 50%.
  • The charging points receiving funding need to provide contract-based charging, roaming and ad-hoc charging.
  • Mandatory green electricity charge The charging infrastructure must be implemented by 31 December 2022

Who can receive funding?

Only SMEs (including municipal enterprises) as defined by the EU which have not exceeded the total funding amount of EUR 200,000 within the current calendar year and the two years prior.

How much funding is available?

Up to 80% of total expenditure, a maximum of EUR 100,000 in the event of connection to the medium-voltage grid

What are the requirements?

For information about the requirements, see the following document:
Förderrichtlinie „Öffentlich zugängliche Ladeinfrastruktur für Elektrofahrzeuge in Deutschland“

Duration of programme:

Ongoing until 31 December 2022

Name of programme:

Erneuerbare Energien – Standard [Renewable energies – standard]

Aim/purpose of funding:

  • Constructing, expanding and purchasing facilities for the use of renewable energies, such as battery storage systems, including the associated costs for planning, project development and installation. The facilities need to meet statutory requirements for the development of renewable energies.
  • Increasing the flexibility of electricity supply and demand, digitalising the energy transition with the goal of integrating renewable energies into the energy system in a manner that is compatible with this system, such as energy storage systems (power-to-x technologies), load management, measurement and control systems, whether as a stand-alone step or retrofit

Type of funding:

Loan with repayment bonus

Who can receive funding?

  • Domestic and overseas private and public companies, regardless of size
  • Cooperatives, foundations and associations
  • Freelancers
  • Farmers
  • Municipalities, municipal public authorities and municipalities’ dependent enterprises

Funding conditions, amount of funding:

Up to EUR 50 million per project Up to 100% of your investment costs 100% payment Withdrawable within 12 months of confirmation, either in a single sum or in partial payments Commitment fee of 0.15% per month, starting 6 months and 2 working days after confirmation

Duration of programme, budget:

No time limit at present

Further information

Name of programme:

Bundesförderung für Energieeffizienz in der Wirtschaft [Federal funding for energy efficiency in the economy]

Aim/purpose of funding:

Measures that substantially increase electricity or heating efficiency, thereby contributing to the reduction of energy consumption. In module 3, KfW or BAFA will fund the construction or usage of an energy management system.

Type of funding:

Loan with repayment bonus (KfW) or investment subsidy (BAFA)

Who can receive funding?

  • Domestic and overseas commercial enterprises and contractors
  • Municipal enterprises
  • Freelancers

Farmers are not eligible to receive funding for module 3 (energy management systems).

Funding conditions, amount of funding:

  • Training costs are included
  • The investment must be operational for a minimum of 3 years.

Loan

  • Up to EUR 25 million per project
  • Up to 100% of the investment costs eligible for funding.
  • Duration of a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 20 years

Investment subsidy

  • The maximum funding amount is EUR 10 million per investment project, with a funding rate of up to 40 percent of the investment costs eligible for funding

Duration of programme, budget:

No time limit at present

Further information: KfW

Further information: BAFA

Name of programme:

Federal funding for efficient buildings – residential buildings (FFEB RB loan 261)

Type of funding:

Loan with repayment bonus

Aim/purpose of funding:

Energy-efficient construction and renovation of houses and apartments to save energy costs in the long term and thereby protect the climate.

Who does it fund?

  • Private individuals such as owners and owners’ associations, tenants and landlords
  • Companies, municipal enterprises and freelancers
  • All legal persons under private law, such as building associations
  • Public law entities and institutions, such as chambers or charitable associations
  • Municipalities, social organisations and associations
  • Contractors

Funding conditions, amount of funding:

Choice between two forms of financing:

1. Annuity loan: with an annuity loan you pay only the interest for the first few years (initial repayment-free period) – then monthly annuities, which are always the same.

2. Bullet loan: with a bullet loan you pay only the interest over the entire loan period. At the end you pay the total loan amount back as a lump sum.

Construction and purchase of a new “Efficiency House”:

  • Maximum loan amount for Efficiency House 40 with sustainability standard EUR 120,000 per residential unit, of which you receive 5% as a repayment bonus, corresponding to a maximum of EUR 6,000
  • The repayment bonus reduces the loan amount for you to repay and shortens the loan period
  • Repayment bonus is credited on completion of the project (cash payment or bank transfer is not possible)
  • Construction support for an Efficiency House 40 with sustainability standard is funded with an additional loan sum and repayment bonus
  • Prerequisite: The building application or notification of the residential building is at least five years before the time of application

Renovation of existing property to become an “Efficiency House”:

  • Loan amount dependent on the energy efficiency of the renovated property and amount of costs eligible for funding
  • For achieving Efficiency House 85 or better, loan amount of up to EUR 120,000 per residential unit
  • Maximum loan amount of EUR 150,000 per residential unit on achieving renewable energy standard
  • The repayment bonus reduces the loan and shortens the loan period
  • Maximum repayment bonus EUR 37,500 per residential unit
  • The better the Efficiency House level of the property after renovation, the higher the repayment bonus

Conversion of non-residential space into residential space:

  • Funding as for renovation or new construction – depending on the type of non-residential space

Duration of programme:

Ongoing

Name of programme:

Federal funding for efficient buildings – non-residential buildings (FFEB NRB loan 263)

Type of funding:

Loan with repayment bonus

Aim/purpose of funding:

Implementation of one part of the Federal funding for efficient buildings programme of the BMWK and support for measures to save energy and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Germany.

Who does it fund?

  • Private individuals and sole traders
  • Freelancers
  • Domestic and foreign companies in trade and industry that are majority private-owned
  • Municipal enterprises
  • Non-profit organisations and churches
  • Commercial banks, cooperative banks and savings banks
  • Contractors providing energy services to non-residential buildings

Funding conditions, amount of funding:

Construction and purchase of a new efficiency building

  • Costs eligible for funding/maximum loan amount are based on the net floor space of the building
  • EUR 2,000 per square metre of net floor space
  • Maximum EUR 10 million per project (when achieving efficiency building 40 with sustainability standard)
  • Of which 5% as repayment bonus, corresponding to a maximum of EUR 500,000
  • Repayment bonus is credited on completion of the project

Construction support:

  • Funding for construction support with additional loan amount and repayment bonus
  • Loan amount can be increased by up to EUR 10 per square metre of net floor space
  • Maximum EUR 40,000 per project, when achieving efficiency building 40 with sustainability standard
  • Of which 50% as repayment bonus, corresponding to a maximum of EUR 20,000

Sustainability certification:

  • Funding of sustainability certification for efficiency building 40 with an additional loan amount
  • Maximum amounts as for construction support, of which likewise 50% as repayment bonus

Renovation of existing property to become an efficiency building

  • Costs eligible for funding/maximum loan amount are based on the net floor space of the building
  • EUR 2,000 per square metre of net floor space, to a maximum of EUR 10 million
  • Prerequisite: Achievement of an efficiency building level
  • Repayment bonus dependent on the efficiency building level

Construction support:

  • Is funded with an additional loan amount and repayment bonus
  • Increase of the loan amount by up to EUR 10 per square metre of net floor space
  • Maximum EUR 40,000 per project
  • Of which 50% as repayment bonus, corresponding to up to EUR 20,000
  • Prerequisite: Achievement of a new efficiency building level

Sustainability certification:

  • Is funded with an additional loan amount on achieving an efficiency building level with sustainability standard
  • Same maximum amounts as for construction support, of which likewise 50% as repayment bonus

Duration of programme:

Ongoing

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