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Investment grants are financial resources (subsidies) that companies receive to promote their investments in certain areas or projects. These are provided by government agencies or regional economic development agencies to support companies in implementing their investment plans and to promote economic development in certain regions.

Who is supported?

  • Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) often receive higher subsidies: The exact definition of an SME depends, among other things, on the number of employees, annual turnover or balance sheet total. But subsidies are also often available for large companies (GU). 
  • Start-ups and innovative companies: Aimed at companies that develop innovative products or services. These funding programmes are intended to support the establishment and growth of innovative companies and promote technology transfer.
  • Regional subsidies: They are intended to promote the economic development of certain regions. This can help to create jobs, diversify the product portfolio, improve the infrastructure and strengthen the region’s competitiveness.

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What is funded?

Numerous projects can be supported financially. Companies can benefit from these grants if, for example, they want to set up new production facilities, purchase machinery and equipment or modernize existing facilities to increase their energy or resource efficiency or improve their processes. The introduction or modernization of IT systems, software solutions and other digital technologies can be supported by investment grants, as can the use of renewable energies or environmental protection measures. Companies wishing to develop innovative products or technologies can also benefit from investment grants. These grants can help to cover the costs of research and development and reduce the risk of new projects. More on this topic in our R&D section.

Examples of investment grants

  • European Regional Development Fund (ERDF): The ERDF supports investment projects in the areas of innovation, research and development, business start-ups, environmental protection, energy efficiency and infrastructure.
  • Horizon Europe: This is the EU research and innovation programme that supports companies in financing research and development projects.
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  • Energy and resource efficiency in the economy
  • Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM): ZIM supports innovative projects by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in various sectors to strengthen their competitiveness.
  • ERP digitization and innovation loan: This loan from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy supports companies in the digitalization and innovation of products, processes and business models.
  • Investment grants from the federal states: The individual federal states in Germany offer various investment grants to support companies in their region. Examples of this are the business development programme in Bavaria or the NRW investment promotion programme in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • Regional and structural funds (e.g. GRW): The regional and structural funds of the individual federal states promote investment projects in disadvantaged regions to support economic development and structural change. They originally came from the ERDF fund.
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Where are the subsidies available?

Germany has various business development agencies and institutions that provide investment subsidies for companies. These subsidies can be used to promote investment in certain regions and drive economic development.

Germany has a national development bank at the federal level. This is the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW ), but in addition, ministries usually use what are known as project sponsors to evaluate and technically assess projects. They can be organizations such as Projektträger Jülich or VDI/VDE innovation + technik GmbH. At state level, state banks, state ministries and economic development agencies support companies with investments and location development. Examples include NRW.Bank, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the “Projektträger Bayern” in Bavaria. Funding is also available at the EU level from institutions such as the European Investment Bank (EIB) or the European Commission. If you would like up-to-date information, visit our EU Grants page to find out more.

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1st Stage: Brief project description (sketch)

  • Project idea development: Our expertise supports you in developing innovative project ideas that meet the criteria of investment support programmes.
  • Sketch creation: Our team will help you formulate a clear and convincing brief project description that will attract the attention of funding providers.
  • Communication with funding institutions: We manage the dialogue with the funding institutions for you, clarify any questions that arise and provide additional information if required.

2nd Stage: Detailed funding application

  • Following a positive initial assessment, selected applicants are asked to submit a comprehensive funding application. This highlights the investment project in all its facets – from objectives and milestones to the budget and expected results. Our experts ensure that your application is complete and correct and that all documents and annexes comply with the guidelines. Experts examine and evaluate your application and the funding institution makes its decision based on this assessment.

After approval: Implementation & reporting

  • Interim reporting & communication with funding institutions: Interim reporting can be time-consuming. We prepare regular interim reports that document progress, milestones achieved and any challenges in detail. We keep funders informed by submitting interim reports in their requested format and schedule. This ensures that you continue to enjoy the funding bodies’ trust.
  • Project completion: We support you in creating a comprehensive final report that summarizes all aspects of the project, including the results, findings and use of the funding.
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