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Coronavirus – Support for Berlin's Businesses

Last updated on 26 July, 16:00

The spread of the Coronavirus currently poses not only a risk to our health, but also a great challenge to many of Berlin's businesses. In the short term, support such as bridge loans, credit guarantees, or liquidity assistance, as well as measures such as 'short-time work' (a short-term reduction in working hours and salary), may be of help.

In order for you to find quick and competent information about the current support measures available to you, we have put together an overview to help answer your general questions.

Coronavirus: Important general information

+ Senate Chancellery of Berlin: Measures against the corona virus

+ Senate Department of Finance: Entschädigungen nach dem Infektionsschutzgesetz bei Tätigkeitsverboten und Quarantäne (Compensation in accordance with the Infection Protection Act in the event of bans on activity and quarantine, in German)

Support programs at a glance

"Temporary Support III Plus" and "Restart Assistance Plus" by the Federal Government

The federal government is continuing the "Temporary Support III" program as "Temporary Support III Plus" until 30 September 2021. Applications for "Temporary Support III" can be submitted since 23 July. Further information here (in German).

The "Restart Assistance" is also extended as "Reatart Assistance Plus" until 30 September 2021. The "Restart Assistance" is addressed to solo self-employed persons and self-employed members of the liberal professions in their main occupation without employees, who cannot claim fixed costs within the framework of the "Temporary Support III" as well as to multi-person corporations (for example limited liability companies) that have only low fixed operating costs. Applications can only be submitted directly. Applications can be submitted since 13 July. Further information in the FAQ (in German).

Further information is available on the websites of the Federal Government (in German).

On the website of the Berlin Chamber of Tax Consultants there is a list of law firms that support companies in applying for "Temporary Support III" (in German).

Emergency Aid IV 5.0

Emergency Aid IV 5.0 is aimed at companies in Berlin's cultural and media sector with at least two employees that have been hit particularly hard by the Corona crisis. Emergency Aid IV 5.0 can only be applied for subsequently via the federal government's Temporary Support III Plus.

Further information on the IBB website (in German).

Restart Assistance Berlin

Solo self-employed persons and microenterprises in Berlin with a maximum of five employees can apply for "Neustarthilfe Berlin" (Restart Assistance Berlin). Under this program, the subsidies granted by the federal government as part of the "Überbrückungshilfe III" (Temporary Support III) or "Neustarthilfe" (Restart Assistance) will be increased by a further 25 percent to a maximum of EUR 7,500 in total for solo self-employed persons. Microenterprises can receive up to EUR 6,000 in additional subsidies. 

Investitionsbank Berlin contacts those eligible to apply if they have received funds from the federal government's "Restart Assistance" or "Temporary Support III".

The programme ends on 30 September 2021.

Further information on the IBB website (in German).

Hardship assistance

Companies and self-employed persons in Berlin who have been affected by the consequences of the Corona pandemic and have not yet received support from other aid programmes can apply for hardship assistance. Applications can only be submitted through tax advisors, lawyers and auditors. 

The programme ends on 30 September 2021.

Further information here (in German).

Kfw-Schnellkredit 2020 (Kfw Quick Loan 2020)

For purchases (investments) and running costs (working capital), self-employed persons and companies, regardless of the number of employees, can apply for the "KfW Quick Loan 2020" from their house bank until 31 December 2021. The conditions are that they have been on the market at least since 2019 and have made a profit in the sum of the years 2017 to 2019 or in 2019. Further information on the KfW website (in German).

Further support programs

Further support programs at a glance

Digital bonus Berlin (Digitalprämie Berlin)

With the "Digitalprämie Berlin", the State of Berlin is supporting the digital transformation of solo self-employed persons as well as small and medium-sized companies with a grant of up to 17,000 euros.

Applications for the "Digitalprämie Berlin" can be submitted until 31 October 2021 on the IBB website (in German).


"Restart culture" (Neustart Kultur)

"Neustart Kultur" is a comprehensive aid program of the Federal Government for the culture and media sector. The support focuses on cultural institutions that are particularly privately financed.

Further information is available here (in German).

Further general information can be found here: