Background Image


in times of Corona

In order to accompany the economy safely through the corona crisis, the federal government and the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have launched various support programmes. We offer quick and uncomplicated help to self-employed individuals, tradespeople and companies. We provide you with a general overview and information on the current funding opportunities.


WiFöG keeps you up to date, because we constantly inform you about changes. If you have specific questions, you are welcome to contact us via our Corona hotline +49 3871 7225678. This project is supported by funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).

Service offers

around the topic Corona

Important information on the corona virus for companies

The district supports businesses with economic problems as a result of the spread of the coronavirus with a business hotline, which is managed by the Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Südwestmecklenburg mbH. 

The number of the hotline is: +49 3871-7225678


The Ministry of Economic Affairs supports businesses with economic problems due to the spread of the coronavirus with a business hotline, which is managed by the Gesellschaft für Struktur- und Arbeitsmarktentwicklung mbH (GSA) in Schwerin.

The number of the hotline is: +49 385-588 5588.

It can be reached at the following times:
Monday to Friday | 08:00 to 20:00 hrs

Your online shop window without stand fees. A few short details from you as a trader are enough to make you and your shop better known in your city and region. Have you recently started offering a delivery or pick-up service? Then this is the place to make that known nationwide.

Your business will benefit on our digital marketplace MV from: 

  • free registration
  • our state-wide public relations work 
  • the overview of trader initiatives in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

(Source: Digitales MV)

Let's go to the digital marketplace MV. This way!

The Corona pandemic leads to increased demand for e.g. personal protective equipment. The "Corona Cooperation Exchange Mecklenburg-Vorpommern" offers a free platform where these companies can network directly with each other to develop, produce or distribute the products they currently need.

On behalf of the state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the portal is managed by BioCon Valley® GmbH, the health industry network for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. (Source:


  • To communicate needs and offers directly and quickly
  • to find cooperation partners
  • to establish value chains in an optimal way
  • to exchange expertise and experience
  • to implement joint research projects to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus
  • to learn from and with each other

Cooperation Exchange MV: This way!

The municipal economic development agencies of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern have created this information and service portal so that you can obtain an up-to-date overview and quickly access available emergency aid from the federal government and the state.

You can find your regional contact here: Click here! 

Health authorities are best prepared to deal with novel infectious agents such as the Corona virus.



The Ludwigslust-Parchim district's citizens' hotline answers your questions at: 03871 722-8800.

  • Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday 9 am - 4 pm

The Ministry of Health, in cooperation with the Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales, has set up a citizens' hotline for general information.

The number of the hotline is: +49 385 588-5888.

  • Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Friday 9 - 12 a.m.


Economic aid

at a glance

Support and funding opportunities for your company

As developments are very dynamic, we will update this overview on an ongoing basis. 

Businesses that had to close by decree in November can apply for November and December assistance. For solo self-employed persons, the new start-up aid is also interesting.

Applications can be made here: Click here!

Phase II (funding months September to December 2020)

The 2nd phase of bridging assistance covers the funding months September to December 2020. The application deadlines for bridging assistance II have been extended. These can now be applied for until 31.03.2021.


Phase III (funding months November 2020 to June 2021)

The 3rd phase of the bridging assistance has been launched. Among other things, the following things are important there:

Eligibility to apply: Enterprises that have suffered a drop in turnover of at least 30 percent in one month compared to the reference month in 2019.

Funding period: November 2020 to June 2021

No double funding: Companies that have received November or December aid are not eligible to apply for these two months. Benefits from Bridging Assistance II will be counted for these months.

Criteria of the special regulation for perishable goods and for (winter) seasonal goods 2020/2021: among others, depreciation of goods up to 100 percent as fixed costs
Adjustment of the monthly maximum amounts (taking into account the European small-scale fixed cost scheme) 

Increase of the maximum amount of the advance payment to 100,000 euros.

Applications will continue to be submitted via the nationwide digital platform


Businesses must submit applications electronically through verifying third parties (i.e. tax advisors, auditors, sworn accountants and/or lawyers) via the bridging assistance platform ( as before for bridging assistance II and extraordinary economic assistance.

Solo self-employed persons applying for new start-up assistance can apply directly ( and use the ELSTER certificate known from the tax return.

The advance payments and the application process will start in February 2021.

The regular payments will be made via the Länder, as was already the case with the Bridging Assistance II and the extraordinary economic assistance.

The regular payments will start in March 2021

  • Taxes due are to be deferred interest-free if sales have slumped due to the Corona crisis. This is done by issuing instructions to the tax authorities, which for most taxes are in the hands of the states. There is to be a facilitated procedure for this.
  • Interest-free tax deferral,
  • reduction of advance payments on income tax, corporation tax and trade tax
  • the remission of late payment surcharges.
  • Enforcement measures such as account seizures will be suspended until 31 December as long as the tax debtor is affected by the effects of the coronavirus - according to the announcement by the federal government and the state government of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
  • The simplified deferral regulation only applies to income tax, corporate income tax and turnover tax.
  • Tax withholding amounts within the meaning of § 222 sentences 3 and 4 of the German Fiscal Code (wage tax and capital gains tax) cannot be deferred.
  • For tax withholding amounts, it is possible to submit an application for a deferral of enforcement to your competent tax office.
  • Form Tax relief due to the impact of Corona
  • Further information

In order to provide companies in need with additional liquidity in the current situation, the federal and state governments have agreed on a flat-rate loss carryback. Particularly important for Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: The regulation applies especially to private landlords.

With the new regulation, the loss carry-back is temporarily made possible on a flat-rate basis. This means that the income of the previous year will be reduced by 15 percent on a flat-rate basis upon application. The tax offices then recalculate the advance payments for 2019 according to the reduced income and reduce them retroactively. Advance payments already made will be offset against tax payments due or refunded. This provides businesses with more liquidity in a simple and quick procedure.

The maximum lump-sum loss carryback to be taken into account is one million euros or two million euros for married couples assessed jointly. Small and medium-sized enterprises in particular benefit from the new regulation.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, together with the other coastal states, campaigned for private landlords to be able to take advantage of the new regulation in addition to commercial enterprises and self-employed persons. Finance Minister Reinhard Meyer has his eye on private landlords of holiday flats in particular: "Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania is particularly dependent on tourism. However, there are not only commercial providers here, but also many private people who live from renting out holiday flats. These people have no income at the moment. I am therefore grateful that, on our initiative, this group of people could also be taken into account. With the possibility of a lump-sum loss carry-back, we can now provide them with a little tax relief." (Source:

  • Prerequisite: micro-enterprises, freelancers and SMEs.
    Repayable grants/liquidity assistance up to € 20,000 (micro-enterprises and freelancers) or € 200,000 (SMEs)
    Application procedure via the Gesellschaft für Arbeitsmarkt und Strukturentwicklung (GSA)
  • The Ministry of Economic Affairs has set up a business hotline 0385- 588-5588 for local businesses in case of problems.
  • Click here for more information & the application: Click here!

The Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA) is now offering - in addition to existing programmes for non-repayable consultancy grants - a non-repayable consultancy grant of 100%, up to a maximum of EUR 4,000, for companies affected by the Corona crisis.

The companies concerned do not have to have an informational discussion with a regional contact person (regional partner) before submitting an application.
Due to the 100% funding, the companies eligible to apply are also relieved of having to pre-finance the costs of the advisory services.

  • Prerequisite: active in the market for at least 5 years
  • up to € 25 million (risk assumption of up to 80% for operating loans up to € 200 million)
  • Application via the house bank
  • further information
  • Prerequisite: active on the market for less than 5 years
  • up to € 25 million (risk assumption of up to 80% for operating loans up to € 200 million)
  • Application via the house bank
  • further information
  • the previous turnover limit of € 2 billion is increased to € 5 billion
  • for projects by way of syndicate financing without restriction to a specific area (previously: only innovation and digitalisation)
  • Risk assumption is increased to up to 70% (previously 50%).
  • further information
  • Companies that are temporarily experiencing financing difficulties due to the crisis
  • Risk assumption for working capital up to 80%, for investments up to 90%.
  • The start of the special programmes is subject to approval by the EU Commission.
  • further information
  • Investment grants to companies in the commercial sector, to municipalities within the framework of infrastructure funding, as well as research and development grants for companies and private research institutions.
  • Request for funds after one week
  • further information

Press release: Start-ups get 2 billion euros: Tailored support in the Corona crisis. Click here!

The latest press release from the state government: Click here!

An overview of important regulations for solo self-employed persons regarding the November allowance:
  • Solo self-employed persons are to be eligible to apply directly up to a maximum subsidy of 5,000 euros, i.e. without the involvement of tax advisors, auditors, certified accountants or lawyers.
  • Grants are awarded per week of closure amounting to 75 per cent of the average weekly turnover in November 2019. 
  • Solo self-employed persons may alternatively base their weekly turnover in November 2019 on the average weekly turnover in 2019. This will also help solo self-employed workers who had no turnover in November 2019. 
  • The application and payment takes place via the platform

Information for

Employers, employees and the self-employed

As the development is very dynamic, we will update this overview continuously.


For returnees from abroad, the health service of the Ludwigslust-Parchim district now offers separate information under the telephone number +49 3871 722-5390.  (Source: Landkreis Ludwigslust)

  • Prerequisite: at least 10% of employees are affected by short-time work.
  • 60% of the net pay difference for childless employees
  • 67% of the net pay difference for employees with at least 1 child
  • Temporary agency workers also receive short-time allowance
  • These access rules were announced on 13 March and apply retroactively from 1 March 2020.
  • Explainer video
  • Further information & online application
  • All information on the increase from the 4th or 7th month: Click here!

Parental compensation: 


Compensation for loss of earnings in general:

  • Application & leaflet (under the item "Leaflets/Recommendations"): Click here!

The state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania supports employers in financing additional expenses for accommodation and meals for commuters with their main residence abroad and a place of work in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania due to entry restrictions and quarantine regulations caused by the Corona pandemic (commuter allowance).

Applications & FAQ in German and Polish: Click here!

The Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has prepared a detailed FAQ for employers and employees: Click here!

  • Obligations
  • Business trips
  • Home office
  • etc.

The application for basic income support can be submitted informally by telephone, e-mail or (home) mail to the responsible job centre. (Source:


For approval periods ending in the period from 31.03.2020 up to and including 30.08.2020, the benefits will automatically continue to be approved once on the basis of the circumstances of the previous approval period. In these cases, you do not need to submit an application for continued approval.

Health and safety is a top priority when it comes to working in times of the Corona pandemic. Occupational safety and health has a central role to play here. To this end, the Federal Minister of Labour, Hubertus Heil, together with the Chief Executive of the German Social Accident Insurance, Dr Stefan Hussy, presented the occupational safety and health standard COVID 19 today. This formulates concrete requirements for occupational safety and health in times of the Corona crisis. (Source: BMAS)

  • Occupational health and safety standard COVID 19 of 16.04.2020: Click here!
Christine Pinnow
Project Manager Skilled Workers & Corporate Services

General contact details

We are happy to help you

Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Südwestmecklenburg mbH
Lindenstraße 30
19288 Ludwigslust