Press Release from 2017-09-19 / Group, Domestic Promotion
Introduction of scaled grants for burglary protection
- 20% grant for investments up to EUR 1,000
- 10% grant for further investments over EUR 1,000
- Improved promotion, especially for smaller measures
With the “Age-appropriate Conversion” grant programme, KfW also promotes burglary protection measures for homeowners (detached and semi-detached houses as well as freehold flats) and tenants. Scaled grants now apply to burglary protection measures with immediate effect. The first EUR 1,000 of eligible investment costs are now subsidised with a 20% grant (previously 10%). For all additional eligible costs that go beyond EUR 1,000, a subsidy of 10% will continue to be granted. This new scaled promotion applies per applicant and building.
Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, Barbara Hendricks, said, “The high demand for our grants shows that there is a great need for burglary protection. This is why we have further enhanced our grant funding. By increasing our grants we want to help private homeowners and, above all, tenants, even more so that they can also take smaller burglary protection measures in their own homes.”
Federal Minister of the Interior, Dr Thomas de Maizière, said, “Burglary is a massive intrusion into the home that often leads to constant uncertainty and fear. In addition to the material losses, the violation of privacy and personal space is oftenat least equally severe. Taking individual precautions also helps prevent domestic burglary, and we can help. The promotional programme is in high demand and is working. We want to support tenants even more. The introduction of scaled grants is helping us achieve this.”
“With the upgrade to this KfW grant funding for burglary protection we want to make small investment measures more attractive”, said Dr Ingrid Hengster, Member of the Executive Board at KfW Group. “Homeowners and tenants can take effective measures to protect their homes from burglary, even by investing small amounts. The scaled grant provision now emphasises this.”
Applications must be submitted via the KfW grant portal before measures begin. The minimum investment amount for submitting an application is EUR 500. The measures must be performed by a professional company specialising in this area and are subsidised up to an investment amount of up to EUR 15,000 per housing unit.
KfW has granted financial contributions for burglary protection measures on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) since November 2015. By 30 June 2017, over 120,000 housing units were funded.
To support broad promotion of burglary protection measures for a large number of developers, applicants will have to take a waiting period into account when submitting applications in future. Therefore, investors who have already been funded once must wait at least 12 months after the first funding approval was granted before submitting new grant applications for construction measures on the same building.