Family allowance; application

Parents can apply for family allowance for each child in the second and third year of life.


The Bavarian family allowance bundled and topped up the former Bavarian childcare allowance and the Bavarian state childcare allowance.

The family allowance is paid regardless of income, employment or type of care. Parents of young children are thus to receive a tangible appreciation for their child-rearing efforts and at the same time greater economic freedom to ensure that their child is cared for in an early childhood environment that is conducive to development.

The family allowance amounts to 250 euros per month for the first and second child and 300 euros for the third and each additional child. It is paid from the 13th to the end of the 36th month of the child's life, regardless of whether the child receives parental allowance.

The payment date is based on the child's birthday and regularly takes place within the first five working days of the respective month of life.


Parents of one- and two-year-old children receive the benefit if they

  • have their main residence or habitual abode in Bavaria,
  • live in a household with their child and
  • and raise this child themselves.


If you have applied for and been granted parental allowance in Bavaria, you do not have to apply for family allowance. The application for parental allowance also counts as an application for family allowance.

If, on the other hand, you do not receive parental allowance in Bavaria, you must submit an application to the Bavarian Family and Social Affairs Center (ZBFS). You can submit the application either in writing using the forms provided or online (see under "Forms" and "Online procedure").

Special notes

You must notify the responsible office of any changes to personal data (see under "Forms").


The application can be submitted at the earliest 3 months before the intended start of benefits. Applications submitted too early cannot be considered. The application must then be submitted again.

If the application is submitted late, the family allowance will be paid retroactively for a maximum of 3 months from the date of application.

Processing time

approx. 4 - 6 weeks


  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Änderungsmitteilung Elterngeld/Familiengeld
    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.

    Für Änderungen von persönlichen Daten (Adresse, Bankverbindung etc.) verwenden Sie bitte dieses Formular.

Online procedures

  • Bayerisches Familiengeld - Onlineantrag

    You can apply for family allowance online. An application for family allowance is not required if parental allowance has been approved in Bavaria for this child or will be approved in the future. The application for parental allowance in Bavaria is simultaneously considered an application for family allowance in the event that parental allowance is granted.


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Status: 27.10.2022

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

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