Current information and support


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Official information portal of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on all topics concerning the COVIT-19 virus. 

Hamburg Corona emergency aid

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg offers a grant for affected solo self-employed persons, freelancers and small and medium-sized enterprises in Hamburg. The grant is part of the Hamburg protection shield for companies and institutions that are corona-damaged and is financially supported by the federal government. The grant is non-repayable. Applications can be submitted until 31 May 2020 and are to be submitted exclusively digital.

Assistance in filling out the application for the Hamburg Corona Emergency Aid: 


Hamburg Corona emergency aid - Module innovative startups (HCS InnoStartup) (End: 30 June 2020)

For startups that have already received the HCS grant from IFB HH, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is offering an additional, conditionally repayable subsidy for innovative, growth-oriented startups from Hamburg, which, as a result of the corona crisis since 11 March 2020, have got into an economic situation that threatens their existence.

Overview & help for creative sector

The Kreativgesellschaft offers a condensed overview of the current situation, programs of the federal government, city and collecting societies as well as current information regarding the economic effects of COVID-19 on the creative industry.

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Summary of support for start-ups in times of Corona, such as financial assistance and tax relief measures.

Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA)

Corona-affected small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), including freelancers, can apply for a grant of up to 4000 euros for an external consultancy without own financial contribution: Apply for a grant (only in german)


Overview of KfW loans for companies, self-employed or freelancers


Further points of contacts

Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
Hotline for startups: 040 36138-128
Service-Center: 040 36138138

IFB Hamburg
Funding programmes partly applicable for liquidity shortfalls: 040 248 46 533

Bürgergemeinschaft Hamburg
Guarantees: 040 611 700 100

Business loans: 0800 539 9001

Federal Labour Office
Short-time allowance/ Kurzarbeitergeld: 0800 45555 20

BWI Ministry of Economy and Innovation
Hotline: 040 115

Chamber of Crafts
Contact: 040 359050

Hamburg Kreativ Gesellschaft:
Hours: Tue-Thur: 14-17 , Fri 10-13: 040 879798628

Firmenhilfe – Consultation service for self-employed persons
Tel: 040 43216949