Education provider; application for funding for offers for young people in difficult life situations.

As a certified training provider, do you want to provide individual support to young people in difficult circumstances? You can receive funding from the Jobcenter for this.


The target group of a support for hard-to-reach young people are young people between 15 and 25 years of age who are not reached or temporarily not reached by the offers of the social benefit systems. These young people are socially disadvantaged or individually impaired and are therefore unable to find a job or training position or to apply for basic social security benefits.

Within the framework of the sponsorship, you can support these young people in difficult life situations by providing them with an additional opportunity for accompaniment, initiating educational processes and helping them to learn about and apply for basic social security benefits.

The individual problem situations of the young people and their causes are very complex.

Examples can be

  • lack of a school-leaving certificate
  • no job/training place
  • deficits in social skills, motivation, resilience and key qualifications
  • (imminent) homelessness
  • family conflicts
  • difficult biographical trajectories (growing up in foster care/residential group or in families with entrenched long-term unemployment)
  • financial problems/debt
  • health or addiction problems

In order to reach these young people, possible support services must also be individually targeted, for example:
to stabilize the financial situation

  • to support them in applying for social benefits, such as unemployment benefit II
  • support in the search for housing or stabilization of the housing situation
  • to accompany them when they go to the authorities
  • to introduce them to therapeutic treatments
  • help to build up social networks
  • to support the development of work and social behavior or readiness for learning and education
  • to prepare for catching up on school-leaving qualifications and for taking up a job or apprenticeship.

In principle, offers of this kind are primarily provided by other social service providers (for example, youth welfare). As a certified educational institution, you can therefore only receive funding if similar programs offered by these other social service providers do not exist locally and do not have to be provided as a priority.

The support can be put out to public tender by the Jobcenter or be provided as project support in accordance with the law on grants. Project funding must be limited in terms of time and content; institutional funding is not possible.

You have no legal claim to the funding.


In order for you as a provider to be allowed to provide services to support hard-to-reach young people, you must be certified according to the Accreditation and Licensing Regulation (AZAV).

In order for young people to be eligible for the support service, they must:

  • be between 15 and under 25 years old, and
  • be sufficiently likely to be entitled to unemployment benefit II, and
  • they must have the basic goal of,
    • start and complete an apprenticeship or vocational qualification, or
    • find a job or
    • Apply for or accept social benefits.


There are two ways to obtain funding from the Hard-to-Reach Youth Grant.

  1. Procurement procedure (public contract).
    • Go to the website of the Federal Office of Administration or to the e-procurement platform of the Procurement Office of the Federal Ministry.
    • Use the search on the sites to find suitable tenders.
    • Draw up a bid based on the general conditions specified in the tender documents.
    • You will learn all further steps from your contact person in the application process.
  2. Project funding
    • Develop a concept for your project. Here, you should also explain how much of your own funds and, if applicable, municipal state funds will be included in the financing.
    • Find out from the relevant job center how you can apply for project funding.
    • Then submit an application for financial support.
    • Your contact person at the relevant job center will tell you all the next steps.

Processing time

  • Procurement procedure: Here you can see the deadlines in the tender. The contract will be awarded approximately 2 months after the end of the bidding period.
  • Project funding: If you are interested in funding a specific project, contact your local job center. They can also tell you what lead time you should allow.

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    Varies for award measure and project funding


  • With project funding, you as the project sponsor are required to contribute your own funds to the project.

    There are no costs for the participants.


  • Objection
  • administrative court action


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