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Coronavirus – Support for Berlin's Businesses

Last updated on 26 November, 12:00

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.

Current Corona Regulation for Berlin at a glance

Support programs at a glance

"Extraordinary economic aid" by the Federal Government

The German government provides financial support for the companies, businesses, independent associations and institutions affected by the shutdowns in November. Further information about the extraordinary economic aid and the procedure of the payment on account here and in the FAQ (in German).

Applications for November support can be submitted until 31 January 2021.

"Temporary support" by the Federal Government

The "temporary support II" of the Federal Government is aimed at solo self-employed persons, self-employed members of the liberal professions in their main occupation as well as small and medium-sized companies. Applications for the second phase can be submitted only via tax consultants, lawyers and auditors. Applications can be submitted until 31 December 2020. 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 (in German).

"Temporary support III", beginning 2021: The Federal Ministry of Economics and the Federal Ministry of Finance have announced an extension of the "temporary support". The "temporary support III" is expected to run from January to June 2021.

The "temporary support III" will be introduced with the so-called "restart aid". This one-off grant is aimed at solo self-employed persons, e.g. in the field of culture and events, who have so far only been able to participate in the support measures to a limited extent, although they have suffered a sharp decline in income due to the restrictions imposed by Corona. For more information, see the FAQ of the Federal Ministry of Finance (in German).

Corona aid for the public house sector (Soforthilfe VII)

The Berlin Senate supports the companies in the public house sector with code 56.3 "Serving of beverages" (WZ 2008) as well as late sales outlets (Spätis) affected by the closures in November with a subsidy of up to 3,000 euros per rental property. Further information here (in German).

Applications can be submitted from 23 November to 6 December 2020 only on the IBB website (in German).

Kfw-Schnellkredit 2020 (Kfw Quick Loan 2020) and repayment subsidies (Soforthilfe V)

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. 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).

Small and medium-sized Berlin companies with more than 10 and up to 100 employees can apply for repayment subsidies for the KfW Quick Loan 2020 or a loan from the KfW Special Program 2020. Information on the IBB website (in German).

Further support programs

  • Further support programs at a glance

    Corona aid for start-ups (venture and subordinated capital)

    The Corona aid is aimed at start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises in Berlin. The funds of a maximum of EUR 800,000 per company or group of companies are granted by IBB Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH or by private venture capitalists.

    Further information on corona aid for start-ups can be found on the IBB website (in German).


    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 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: