Apply for funding for youth hostels

If you want to modernize, renovate or create accommodation facilities for trainees in a youth residence, you can receive funding from the Federal Employment Agency.



You can receive funding for a youth hostel from the Federal Employment Agency if you want to build, convert or modernize a hostel for trainees undergoing in-company vocational training. The following requirements apply:

  • You must operate the youth hostel yourself.
  • You may only operate the facility on a cost-covering basis.
  • Commercial operation aimed at making a profit is not permitted.
  • They accept trainees of any branch and everyone on an equal basis.
  • They give trainees a 10 percent discount in the dormitory if they receive vocational training subsidies.
  • You are eligible for a subsidy if you, as the sponsor of the residence, are
    • a legal entity or
    • a voluntary welfare association or
    • a non-profit association.
  • Your total costs comprise at least EUR 100,000.
  • You must not have started the construction or conversion work yet, unless the employment agency has allowed an exception in your case.
  • There is a long-term need for your youth hostel places for trainees.
  • You contribute an appropriate share of your own funds.
  • Your overall financing is secured.
  • If you want to offer new equipment, this must be related to a construction measure in order to be eligible for funding.


  • The application for funding for your youth residence will be sent to you by the Bochum Employment Agency. Please contact (by telephone or electronically) the Operative Service of the Bochum Employment Agency for this purpose. The Agentur für Arbeit Bochum is your competent contact for all questions regarding subsidies.
  • You can submit your application, even informally, to any other employment agency in Germany. They will then forward your application to your contact person.
  • As soon as all documents have been submitted and a decision has been made on your application, you will receive notification by mail that the grant has been approved or rejected.

Processing time

The time it takes for a decision to be issued depends on your application documents and the individual circumstances on site. (3 bis 12 Stunden)

Required documents

  • Required Documents

    • Declaration to the application
    • Proof of occupancy

    Other necessary documents will be agreed upon individually.


  • Gebühr: keine


  • Widerspruch
  • Klage vor einem Verwaltungsgericht


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