[Update] My experience: Corona immediate help for bloggers and SEOs

Error in the Corona emergency aid

Update 14.04.2020/XNUMX/XNUMX: Application approved, money is on the way

Yesterday (on Easter Monday!) I received a message from the RP Kassel that my application had been approved and that I will shortly receive the notification of approval. Here is the exact wording of the e-mail from the regional council:

Dear Mr. Kleinholz,

Your application for a grant from the guidelines of the State of Hesse for the implementation of an emergency aid program (Corona emergency aid) was granted.

The fixed grant i. H. v.

€ 3083,00

will be transferred to the specified account in the next few days.

We will provide you with the approval notification for download in a few days. You will receive a separate message for this.

With kind regards,
on behalf

Kassel Regional Council

At the old city palace 1
34117 Kassel
Web: http://www.rp-kassel.hessen.de

If the money is still trickling in in a few days, one can really only praise the government for the quick processing. Even if NRW is certainly the leader with a processing time of just one day from the application to “money on the account” (see my reader’s comment below), two weeks in Hesse are a surprisingly short processing time from my point of view. I'm used to different times from German authorities.

Update 15.04.2020: The money went into my account today ... a good two weeks after my application.

Here at the start of the actual article from April 02.04.2020nd, XNUMX ...

If you look at what politicians are saying these days, you sometimes have to scratch your head. There are statements like there is endless money available to help companies in these difficult times. The “Bazooka” should also be used to put an end to the corona virus. So, as always, there is a lot of banging on the drum and, as an entrepreneur, you should get the message that there is a crisis, but that the state will fix it.

I can't quite believe in "infinite money", but at least it's nice that there is not only a rescue package for big banks, but that small entrepreneurs are also taken care of. Whether the whole thing works in reality and whether individual companies (like me) actually see the promised money at some point remains to be seen. First of all, I would like to show you how the application works and what documents I had to submit.

The website provides information about the emergency aid program of the Hessian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and shows which documents and data are required for the application.
The website provides information about the emergency aid program of the Hessian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and shows which documents and data are required for the application.

Why I applied for immediate Corona aid for my company

As a search engine optimizer (I only maintain the Sir Apfelot Blog “on the side”) I am responsible for the online marketing of smaller companies and freelancers, the corona pandemic affects me just like many other companies. A number of my customers currently no longer have the opportunity to look after their existing business contacts or to acquire new customers and so they - like many other companies - are struggling with considerable financial losses.

And even if it is not always logical: advertising - and with it my service - is the first thing most companies save. In some cases I can even understand this, because why should a tour operator continue to rely on advertising if no one can travel.

Of course, my customers' savings also mean that I lose income, so I decided to use the Corona emergency aid to counteract the financial bottleneck. Incidentally, the correct name for this is “Emergency Aid Program of the Hessian State Ministry of Economics (Emergency Aid Corona)”. In your federal state it is then from the corresponding ministry.

The "Corona emergency aid" application is filled out online, then the application is printed out, signed and uploaded again.
You fill out the “Immediate Aid Corona” application online, then the application is printed out, signed, scanned and uploaded again.

List: Links to emergency aid programs in all federal states

Since not all of them can come from beautiful Hesse, I have put together a list with the links to all emergency aid programs here:

The process: compiling and uploading the documents

Anyone who works as a blogger, online marketing fuzzy or SEO and is on the road as a lone fighter has almost the same starting point as me. I would like to briefly explain to you here which documents I had to submit to the emergency aid site of the State of Hesse in order to fill out the "Application for a grant for commercial companies and members of the liberal professions particularly damaged by the Corona crisis 03/2020".

In detail these are:

  • ID card number
  • Name, address, date of birth
  • tax number
  • Bank
  • contrary to the fill-in aid (here as PDF) was NOT asked for my last annual turnover
  • When asked about the legal form, I selected “Other self-employed persons”.
  • in the "Information and communication technology" sector
  • a reason why you need the emergency aid (short, honest and informative, people have read enough!)
  • the amount needed to bridge the financial bottleneck for the next three months

You have to upload the following documents during the questionnaire - all as PDF:

  • Front of the identity card
  • the first two pages of the last available income tax return

Once you have entered and uploaded all of these things, you can download the finished article and still have to sign it. I then have it (with my ScanSnap iX500) scanned in and uploaded again. According to their statement, this ensures the fastest processing.

The application itself is really easy to understand and well made. Only the last page, where you have to confirm and promise 973 things with a checkmark, is a bit complex if you read through everything.

A little tip: If you have documents or a photo of your ID card as a JPG, you can open it in the "Preview" on the Mac and then "Export as PDF" in the File menu.

Problem: Network timeout due to congestion

This morning I had collected the necessary documents for the application and put them in a folder on my Mac as PDF and text files so that I had everything I needed for the campaign. Unfortunately, when the form was called up on the ekom21 server, the error message "Network timeout - The server at portal-civ-cor.ekom21.de is taking too long to send an answer" repeatedly came up.

When calling up the online application, there were connection problems for a long time.
When calling up the online application, there were connection problems for a long time.

It was therefore not possible for a long time to call up the online application for emergency aid in Hesse at all. In the late afternoon the call finally went through and I was able to fill in and upload everything. After about 10 to 15 minutes, the matter was done.

Finally I made it and the application was successfully uploaded and is now being processed. How long will this take?
Finally I made it and the application was successfully uploaded and is now being processed. How long will this take?

Corona corporate aid: is money actually flowing?

That's a question I can't answer right now. In the application, I only stated 3000 euros instead of the possible 9000 euros, as I only added up running costs that cannot be averted in the next three months. A loss of earnings or the like should not be taken into account. You also have to include benefits such as rent for the office or the like positively in the bill.

I have therefore set the desired amount for the grant low so that it does not depend on an excessively high grant amount during processing. I don't know whether the federal states treat the applications differently, or whether all the states proceed like Hesse. When I receive a notification about my application, I will add it here (is done with the update above!).

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How about you with corona-related business slumps? Do you also need emergency aid? I am happy if you tell me about your experiences.

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16 Responses to "[Update] My experience: Corona emergency help for bloggers and SEOs"

  1. Last Thursday I submitted my application in North Rhine-Westphalia to only upload online without any documents. After half an hour I had a confirmation and on Friday the money was in my account. It really doesn't get any faster or more convenient.

  2. Hi all!
    I have just received the exact same approval notice. But I'm a little skeptical whether the money will come ...
    On April 10.04th, my friend I received the same e-mail and is waiting until today for the announced notification to download and, above all, for the money. Not that we are afterwards, like the poor in North Rhine-Westphalia, with regard to fraud.
    It would be great if you can let me know if you have any news.
    Until then
    Best regards,

    1. Hello Svenja! The money actually arrived in my account yesterday (I'll add it in the post above). What do you mean by the fraud in NRW? What has happened there??? LG, Jens

      1. Hi Jens,
        I'm happy to hear from you and actually reassures me that it obviously doesn't seem to be fake after all ???? In North Rhine-Westphalia, many of those affected ended up on fake pages on the Internet and entered their data there. These in turn used the applications to exchange the account number ...

  3. Hello, on April 10.04th I also received an e-mail with the same wording and I am also waiting until today for the announced notification to download and for the money.

  4. I submitted the application on March 27.3.20, 28.3.20. Received notification of approval on March 18.4.20, XNUMX. Unfortunately today XNUMX no money received! Reply to mail, please be patient (how much longer)

  5. Hi everybody,

    I already submitted my application online on March 30.03.2020th, XNUMX, unfortunately I haven't received a notification or a transfer until today ... it will probably take a little longer here in Thuringia ...


  6. Hello, a quick update from me. I received the help today, after 17 days. To this day, I have not received the notification that was announced in the first e-mail to download. It can therefore be assumed that the decision is a processing step that is independent of the payment.

  7. I submitted the application online on March 29.03.2020th, 30.03.2020 and sent it by post on March 20.05.2020th, XNUMX, in M ​​/ V. On request by mail on May XNUMXth, XNUMX I was replied by mail that the application had been received and was being processed.
    When asked by e-mail on June 20.06.2020, 3, the answer came, we have already informed you that your application has been received and is being processed. XNUMX months, can we call that immediate help?
    I have to close the shops now, I have laid 7 employees redundant. If a decision comes in now, it will be too late.

    1. Wow, after 3 months most companies have probably "got it" when they need immediate help. I'm glad that they processed it faster in Hesse. I'll keep my fingers crossed that something else will happen.

    2. In all honesty ... I would let things escalate and make it public. The press can bring your case closer to the public, especially since, despite guarantees and promises, the state has destroyed the jobs you created and the company you built. By first ordering the lockdown and your customers breaking away through no fault of their own, the state gives you the coup de grace ... If something like this does not get into the public eye, the bureaucrats get away with it without any consequences. You shouldn't let that happen!

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