Amended municipal guideline from the federal government in force – funding rate drops in 2024
Since November 1, 2022, municipalities in Germany have benefited from improved financial support for municipal heating planning. The municipal guideline of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) now provides up to 100 percent funding for this path to a municipal heat turnaround. But not for long.
Heat planning in municipalities is intended to create the basis for a greenhouse gas-neutral municipal heat supply and initiate the process for this. The preparation of municipal heating plans by expert external service providers is therefore now being financially subsidized with particularly attractive funding rates: municipalities can receive 90 percent funding until December 31, 2023. Financially weak municipalities and applicants from lignite mining regions even benefit from 100 percent funding.
If an application is submitted after January 1, 2024, the subsidy drops to 60 percent of the total eligible expenditure; for financially weak municipalities and applicants from lignite regions, the subsidy is then 80 percent. The condition is that no focus or climate protection sub-concept is yet available for the field of action of heat and cold utilization.
Federal funding for municipal heating planning has also been possible up to now. Municipalities were able to obtain subsidies for a partial climate protection concept with integrated heat planning within the framework of the municipal guidelines. However, the funding was significantly too low; there were only grants in the low to mid five-digit euro range. This has now improved significantly by the end of next year.