Commercial economy; application for funding.

The Free State of Bavaria promotes investments of commercial projects of regional economic importance in the fields of industry, handicraft, trade, tourism and other services.



Within the framework of regional commercial promotion, investments by individual companies are promoted in order to support the consistent and continuous strengthening of the competitiveness of companies. More than any other funding instrument, investment support for individual companies also aims to create and secure jobs "on site", strengthen overall economic growth and, above all, counteract demographic change and the migration of workers.


Support is provided for investments in tangible and intangible fixed assets in individual companies.


Small and medium-sized enterprises in the commercial sector, including tourism, as well as large companies in the C-assisted area under the joint task "Improvement of the Economic Structure" (GRW) are eligible to apply.

Eligible costs

Eligible costs are the costs for the acquisition or production of the tangible assets included in the investment project and, under certain conditions, the costs for the acquisition of intangible, leased, rented or leased assets.

Type and amount

The subsidy can be granted as an investment grant or as an interest subsidy to reduce the cost of a loan to be granted by the LfA Förderbank.

In the Bavarian Regional Funding (BRF), the subsidy rate is up to 20% for small and 10% for medium-sized companies. In addition, higher subsidy rates can be granted in the C-subsidy areas of the Joint Task "Improvement of the Regional Economic Structure" (GRW).


Funding is possible in particular

  • for investments that are significant for the regional economy,
  • in the case of a small or medium-sized (commercial) enterprise (SME definition of the European Commission).
  • if the minimum investment limits are observed,
  • if there is no violation of the early start rule (i.e. the investment project has not already been started)
  • if the primary effect (supra-regional sales) is fulfilled or if significant regional economic effects are triggered,
  • if the Afa criterion or the job criterion is fulfilled,
  • if there is no duplication of funding (subsidiarity with other programs).
  • if the minimum investment sum is usually 500,000 euros (in areas with special need for action (RmbH) 200,000 euros) or in the C and D support areas of the joint task "Improvement of the regional economic structure" (GRW) 200,000 euros.



Applications must be submitted to the relevant government before the project begins.

Applications for Bavarian regional funding (commercial economy, tourism industry and all special programs,) can also be submitted online as part of a pilot project if the user and investor of the measure are identical.

Within the framework of GRW, funding applications can be submitted online to the government of Upper Franconia, Upper Palatinate and Lower Bavaria.

In the case of an online application and authentication via the Elster business account, a paper application and signature is not required

Before submitting the application, a consultation with the responsible district government is recommended.


The governments are responsible for approval.


Applications must be submitted before the start of the project.



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