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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.
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,
Kassel Regional Council
At the old city palace 1
If the money comes in in a few days, the government can only really be praised for the speed with which it was processed. Even if NRW is definitely the leader with a processing time of just one day from the application to "money in the account" (see my reader's comment below), from my point of view two weeks in Hesse are a surprisingly short processing time. I'm used to different times from the 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 ...
When you look at the statements made by politicians these days, you sometimes have to grasp your head. There are statements like that there is an infinite amount of money available to help companies in these difficult times. The "Bazooka" should also be used to put the coronavirus off. So it is - as always - really banged on the drum and you as an entrepreneur should get the message that there is a crisis, but the state will sort it out.
I cannot really believe in "infinite money", but at least it is nice that there is not only a rescue package for big banks, but also that small entrepreneurs are taken care of. Whether the whole thing will work in reality and whether sole proprietorships (like me) will 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 which documents I had to submit for it.
As a search engine optimizer (I only look after 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. Many of my customers currently no longer have the opportunity to look after their existing business contacts or to win 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.
Due to the cost-cutting measures of my customers, of course, I also lose income, so I decided to use the Corona emergency aid to counter the financial bottleneck. By the way, the correct name for it is "Emergency aid program of the Hessian State Ministry for Economic Affairs (emergency aid Corona)". In your state it is then from the relevant ministry.
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:
Anyone who works as a blogger, online marketing fuzzy or SEO and is on the move as a lone warrior has basically the same starting point as me. I would like to briefly explain to you which documents I had to submit to the emergency aid page of the State of Hesse in order to fill out the "Application for granting a subsidy for commercial companies and members of the liberal professions particularly damaged by the corona crisis 03/2020".
In detail these are:
You have to upload the following documents during the questionnaire - all as PDF:
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 on the side: If you have documents or a photo of your ID card as JPG, you can open them on your Mac in the "Preview" and then "Export as PDF" in the File menu.
This morning I had collected the necessary documents for the application and packed it as a PDF and text file in a folder on my Mac so that I had everything together for the action. Unfortunately, when the form was called up on the ekom21 server, the error message "Network timeout - the server at portal-civ-cor.ekom21.de takes too long to send an answer" kept coming back.
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.
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!).
How about you with corona-related business slumps? Do you also need emergency aid? I am happy if you tell me about your experiences.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.