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Apply for funding from the ESF Plus program "KOMPASS - Compact help for solo self-employed"

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)

Service Description

If you would like to continue your education as a solo self-employed person, you can receive a subsidy under certain conditions.

The Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS) uses the European Social Fund Plus (ESF Plus) to support solo self-employed people with further training and qualifications. As part of the ESF Plus federal program "KOMPASS (compact help for solo self-employed persons)", you can apply for a grant of up to 4,500 euros for qualifications as a solo self-employed person.

In order to receive the grant, you as a solo self-employed person must first have a free initial consultation with a contact point. You will then receive a qualification voucher for the qualification measure. Once the qualification cheque has been issued, you have 6 months to carry out and complete your qualification.

Participation requirements

You will receive funding as a solo self-employed person if you

  • work with a maximum of one full-time equivalent employee,
  • work as your main source of income (generate at least 51 percent of your income) and
  • have been on the market for at least 2 years.

Type and scope

You can receive a grant of up to 4,500 euros for further training. The further training must comprise at least 20 hours and meet certain quality requirements. You can receive 1 qualification voucher within 12 months.

Contact points

Contact points will be set up to provide comprehensive and low-threshold access to the "KOMPASS" program for solo self-employed persons. There is an initial invitation to tender for the establishment of contact points that regulate access to the program.

You are eligible to apply for the sponsorship of a contact point as a

  • a legal entity under private or public law or a partnership with legal capacity
  • a partnership with legal capacity that can prove its suitability in accordance with the criteria specified in the funding guidelines

The German Pension Insurance Knappschaft-Bahn-See (DRV KBS) approves the applications of the sponsors.


Process flow

For solo self-employed persons:

  • Contact one of the cooperating contact points for a free initial consultation on the program content and funding conditions.
    • Explain your qualification requirements.
    • You must prove that you are not already receiving similar support under the German Social Code.
  • The contact point will check your basic eligibility and work with you to determine your vocational training needs. If the contact point comes to a positive conclusion, it will issue you with a qualification voucher.
  • You now have 6 months to carry out and complete your training. You must submit the required documents to the Z-EU-S funding portal within the 6 months.
  • Once you have completed the qualification, the DRV KBS will check the formal requirements and your proof of completion. If the review is positive, you will receive a pro rata reimbursement of the qualification measure.
Requirements

For solo self-employed persons:

  • You work in the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You have been self-employed on the market for at least 2 years.
  • You are commercially or freelance solo self-employed.
  • You have a maximum of one full-time equivalent employee
    • When calculating the number of employees, trainees are not taken into account, part-time employees and mini-jobbers are to be taken into account on a pro rata basis.
    • The total number of employees may not exceed one full-time equivalent.
  • You operate your business model as your main source of income, i.e. the majority of your total income (at least 51%) comes from your solo self-employed activity

The following are excluded from funding

  • Further training measures for employees of solo self-employed persons
Which documents are required?

When checking eligibility for funding, the consultation and application for funding for solo self-employed persons:

  • Proof of two years of existence on the market (e.g. extract from the commercial register)
  • Proof of a maximum of one full-time equivalent employee
  • Proof that at least 51% of income comes from solo self-employment (e.g. through a tax return)
  • Deminimis declaration
  • Declaration that you, as a solo self-employed person, have not applied for similar funding under the German Social Code
  • Proof that the selected further training measure meets the quality requirements of the funding guideline

In the case of billing for solo self-employed persons:

  • Proof of successful participation in the training measure (certificate of participation)
  • Submission of the invoice
  • Proof of payment
What are the fees?

The solo self-employed must first pay the costs of the training and receive a 90 percent refund after the training. A maximum of 4,500 euros can be paid out.
No costs are incurred for the application itself.

Legal basis
Appeal
  • You can lodge an appeal against decisions made as part of the approval process (funding decision, final decision) via the ZEU-S funding portal.
  • A direct appeal procedure is also permitted against decisions made as part of the expression of interest procedure - provided these were issued by a supreme federal authority.
Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

What else should I know?

You can replace the written form with the electronic form of the qualified electronic signature (qeS) or electronic proof of identity (eID) approved in the Z-EU-S funding portal.

Please give priority to the electronic form.

Only in exceptional cases can you apply to submit the signature by post.

In such exceptional cases, you must download the electronically recorded forms submitted in Z-EU-S after electronic submission. You must then sign the forms by hand and submit them by post. Please note the applicable deadlines.

Author
Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal
VIGruEF4

at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

01.12.2022

Teaser

If you would like to continue your education as a solo self-employed person, you can receive a subsidy under certain conditions.

Process flow

For solo self-employed persons:

  • Contact one of the cooperating contact points for a free initial consultation on the program content and funding conditions.
    • Explain your qualification requirements.
    • You must prove that you are not already receiving similar support under the German Social Code.
  • The contact point will check your basic eligibility and work with you to determine your vocational training needs. If the contact point comes to a positive conclusion, it will issue you with a qualification voucher.
  • You now have 6 months to carry out and complete your training. You must submit the required documents to the Z-EU-S funding portal within the 6 months.
  • Once you have completed the qualification, the DRV KBS will check the formal requirements and your proof of completion. If the review is positive, you will receive a pro rata reimbursement of the qualification measure.

Requirements

For solo self-employed persons:

  • You work in the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You have been self-employed on the market for at least 2 years.
  • You are commercially or freelance solo self-employed.
  • You have a maximum of one full-time equivalent employee
    • When calculating the number of employees, trainees are not taken into account, part-time employees and mini-jobbers are to be taken into account on a pro rata basis.
    • The total number of employees may not exceed one full-time equivalent.
  • You operate your business model as your main source of income, i.e. the majority of your total income (at least 51%) comes from your solo self-employed activity

The following are excluded from funding

  • Further training measures for employees of solo self-employed persons

Which documents are required?

When checking eligibility for funding, the consultation and application for funding for solo self-employed persons:

  • Proof of two years of existence on the market (e.g. extract from the commercial register)
  • Proof of a maximum of one full-time equivalent employee
  • Proof that at least 51% of income comes from solo self-employment (e.g. through a tax return)
  • Deminimis declaration
  • Declaration that you, as a solo self-employed person, have not applied for similar funding under the German Social Code
  • Proof that the selected further training measure meets the quality requirements of the funding guideline

In the case of billing for solo self-employed persons:

  • Proof of successful participation in the training measure (certificate of participation)
  • Submission of the invoice
  • Proof of payment

What are the fees?

The solo self-employed must first pay the costs of the training and receive a 90 percent refund after the training. A maximum of 4,500 euros can be paid out.
No costs are incurred for the application itself.

Legal basis

Appeal

  • You can lodge an appeal against decisions made as part of the approval process (funding decision, final decision) via the ZEU-S funding portal.
  • A direct appeal procedure is also permitted against decisions made as part of the expression of interest procedure - provided these were issued by a supreme federal authority.

Applications / forms

Forms available: No

Written form required: No

Informal application possible: No

Personal appearance necessary: No

What else should I know?

You can replace the written form with the electronic form of the qualified electronic signature (qeS) or electronic proof of identity (eID) approved in the Z-EU-S funding portal.

Please give priority to the electronic form.

Only in exceptional cases can you apply to submit the signature by post.

In such exceptional cases, you must download the electronically recorded forms submitted in Z-EU-S after electronic submission. You must then sign the forms by hand and submit them by post. Please note the applicable deadlines.

Author

Forwarding service: Deep link to the original portal
VIGruEF4

at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (BMAS)

Professionally released on

01.12.2022

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