Labor market fund; application for subsidies for qualification and further training for the unemployed and persons threatened with unemployment

The Labor Market Fund supports qualification and employment promotion measures. The target groups of the Labor Market Fund are the unemployed and those threatened with unemployment (in particular, better opportunities for the long-term unemployed, older people, youth and young adults with placement barriers, people with disabilities, women with interrupted employment histories, and migrants and refugees).

Description

Purpose and object

The Labor Market Fund is used to support, upon application, measures for qualification and job promotion that require "start-up financing" or a limited, ever decreasing subsidy of usually up to 3 years (exception: training canvassers). Funding is not granted to individual persons.

The target groups of the Labor Market Fund are unemployed persons and persons threatened by unemployment (employee-related approach). Eligible measures are primarily those that fall under one of the following four funding priorities:

1) Development and testing of innovative instruments - Regional labor market initiatives (experimental pot).

This includes, in particular, (innovative) projects for the (re-)integration of the unemployed or people who have become unemployed as a result of the Corona pandemic. However, it also includes measures that focus on securing regional skilled labor needs and/or coping with the consequences of demographic change, as well as projects with regard to the effects of the digitalization of the world of work.

2) Projects to support young people and young adults on their way to vocational training and vocational qualification.

Young people who have difficulties in obtaining a training place due to their life situation and/or the situation on the regional training place market are to be supported. Within the framework of this funding priority, innovative measures can be supported

  • to promote training activities,
  • to overcome difficulties in the transition from school to vocational training or vocational school (school leaver classes), in the transition from vocational school (classes for young people without a training place, so-called JoA classes) to vocational training, and
  • for the integration of young adults into the vocational training system, insofar as no other support, in particular statutory support, is provided.

3) Training acquisition officers (AQs) for lower-performing young people with and without an immigrant background.

AQs support underperforming young people with or without a migration background as well as apprentices - regardless of their level of performance and school-leaving qualifications - insofar as their training companies are affected by insolvency or are threatened with insolvency.

  • The AQs provide information about the opportunities and possibilities of the dual training system.
  • Thanks to their large network, the AQs are able to provide targeted support to apprenticeship seekers in the transition from school to work and to companies in their search for suitable young people.

Likewise, the large network offers the opportunity to bring young people whose training companies are affected by insolvency into contact with companies where it is possible to complete their training.

4) Measures to improve opportunities for women in the labor market

The measures are designed to reach women who want to use and develop their potential to improve their chances in the labor market. Gender-specific disadvantages or disadvantages in the labor market caused by family-related interruptions in employment are to be compensated.

5) Measures to support people with disabilities on their way to vocational training (vocational orientation) and jobs in the general labor market.

The measures are intended to support people with disabilities who, due to their living situation and/or the situation on the regional labor market, have difficulties in obtaining an apprenticeship or job.

Recipients of funding

Any legally responsible organization that implements appropriate qualification and employment promotion measures is eligible to apply; this may also include municipalities. Job centers under § 6a SGB II and § 44b SGB II are excluded from funding.

Eligible costs

Only project-related personnel and material expenses are eligible for funding.

Type and amount

Temporary, pro rata, degressive (up to 90% in the first year, up to 80% in the second year, up to 70% in the third year) funding of the planned or established project-related expenditure (pro rata funding in accordance with ANBest-P/ ANBest-K).
In the case of funding priority 3, temporary, pro rata (up to 90%) funding of personnel and material expenditure. Non-personnel expenses may not exceed 15% of personnel expenses.

Prerequisites

  • The decisive factor is whether the application is selected (by the Labor Market Fund Working Group) for funding.
  • The measures are intended to promote the transition of participants into the primary labor market (e.g. through qualification measures, internships).
  • However, the projects must be outside the activities of the Federal Employment Agency, the job centers as well as outside the activities of the European Social Fund or other European programs and the measures of the federal government or the state.
  • As a rule, projects that have been subsidized in the past by other funding sources cannot be supported by the Labor Market Fund. The measures should be new and novel.
  • The local employment agency and job center are to be involved with the request for a professional assessment of the project and appropriate support.
  • Local stakeholders (companies, works councils, municipalities, chambers of commerce, etc.) must also be involved; this also serves to avoid distortions of competition. If, in a corresponding case, a so-called "clearance certificate" from the chambers cannot be presented, funding cannot be provided.
  • An appropriate own contribution of the project executing agency is to be taken into account for the project implementation. The project sponsor's own contribution must be at least 10 percent.
  • The overall financing of the project must be secured.
  • With regard to additional funding from third parties, corresponding confirmations must be submitted by the respective agencies (so-called co-financing confirmations).
  • The Labor Market Fund may not contribute to the financing of transfer companies or projects involving job opportunities under Section 16d of the Second Book of the German Social Code (SGB II).

Procedure

The contact persons at the Bavarian State Ministry for Family Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs named in the funding guide will be happy to answer questions about the individual funding priorities at any time.

During the application period, the application must be sent exclusively in electronic form by e-mail to arbeitsmarktfonds@stmas.bayern.de (e-mail inbox of the Bavarian State Ministry for Family Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs). The application for funding priority 3 can be sent at any time.

The application must be submitted as a pdf file. It is recommended that applications for project funding also be sent to the contact persons at the respective governments at the same time.

The respective application deadline is a cut-off deadline, i.e. applications that are received late or for which essential documents and information are missing by this date can no longer be considered in the selection of projects by the Labor Market Fund Working Group.

The selection and monitoring of projects is carried out by the Labor Market Fund Working Group, which is made up of representatives of the Bavarian State Government, business organizations, trade unions and the labor administration.

If your application is selected for funding, you may have to further specify the application (concept, cost and financing plan) so that the government responsible at that time can take further steps (such as issuing the notice of approval).

The governments are then responsible for the administrative processing of the projects.

Special notes

  • In particular, support is provided for measures in regions where - in relation to the target groups of the respective funding priority - the unemployment rate is at or above the Bavarian average as a whole in at least one of the annual averages of the last three years (so-called priority regions).
  • As a rule, the Labor Market Fund cannot provide funding for more than three years to finance a project. As long as the funding is for a smaller period, applications for extensions can be submitted.
  • The goal should be to continue the project on the basis of other funding after the funding expires.
  • The funded measures will be assessed for their labor market effectiveness and long-term establishment. By applying for funding, you agree to assist in the necessary surveys.
  • A project start is realistic from October of the same year if the project is selected for funding.

Deadlines

Application deadline: The application deadline for the 32nd selection round 2022 (excluding measures from funding priority 3) is April 29, 2022.

Processing time

The application phase is followed by the evaluation phase, which is expected to end in July 2022 with the selection of eligible and eligible projects by the Labor Market Fund Working Group.

Subsequently, you as the applicant will receive notification of the outcome.

If your application is selected for funding, you may need to further specify the application (concept, cost and financing plan) so that the governments responsible at that time can take further steps (such as issuing the notice of approval).

There is no statutory processing deadline. All parties involved strive to make the process as swift and smooth as possible.

Required documents

  • Submission of the form application (see under "Forms") including the necessary documents:

    • Concept description (max. 6 pages),
    • Cost and financing plan
    • Statement from the local employment agency according to the specified template (see under "Forms"),
    • Declaration regarding the basic data protection regulation.

    Information on the funding requirements, the application procedure and the main areas of focus can be found in the AMF funding guidelines and the supplementary information on the AMF funding guidelines. These are available on the website of the Bavarian State Ministry for Family Affairs, Labor and Social Affairs: www.stmas.bayern.de/arbeit/fonds.

Forms

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Arbeitsmarktliche Stellungnahme
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Formblattantrag - Antrag auf Bewilligung einer Zuwendung aus dem Arbeitsmarktfonds (AMF)
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

Fees

  • There are no costs or fees for you as the applicant as part of the application process.

Remedy

No legal remedy is possible against the selection decision of the working group, as there is no legal entitlement to the funding. It is a voluntary benefit of the Free State of Bavaria.

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Status: 21.03.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales

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