Businesses throughout Germany that have been closed since 2 November 2020 have access to the Extraordinary Economic Assistance Programme (also referred to as the November and December Assistance Programmes). These programmes provide grants covering up to 75% of the revenue earned in the same month of the previous year. The grants do not have to be paid back. The assistance is targeted in particular towards restaurants, hotels, bars, theatres and event venues.

Now the German government has added a new Temporary Aid Programme III. The new programme was made available for the month of December to businesses forced to close due to the stricter lockdown that took effect on 16 December 2020. As of January 2021, this programme covers all businesses affected by government closure orders – in other words, both those businesses that were newly closed in December as well as those businesses that received assistance in November and/or December under the November and December Assistance Programmes. The Temporary Aid Programme III provides grants to cover fixed operating costs. It is a follow-up to the Temporary Aid Programme II.

To find out more about the scope and eligibility criteria of the assistance programmes, and to file an application, please visit (available in German only).