The Programme

In addition to projects within the CLASSIC framework the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) currently supports initiatives by privately owned companies that mitigate the economic as well as the health-related impact of the corona pandemic in developing or emerging countries.

Suitable projects can receive up to EUR 2,000,000 of funding, with the public contribution covering a maximum of 50 percent of the total costs. In cases of particularly high developmental relevance, projects close to a company’s core business may also be eligible for support within the COVID-19 Response framework. In these instances, the public contribution is up to EUR 200,000. In accordance with EU law on state aid, non-profit and public procurement, higher funding amounts may be possible in exceptional cases.

The measures to be supported are selected through special competitions. Currently, project proposals can be submitted until the 31st of March 2021. 

Who can apply?

The programme is open for German and European companies as well as companies from developing or emerging market countries that:

  • have an annual turnover of at least EUR 800,000
  • have records of two operational financial years and
  • are registered in the EU, a member country of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) or a country on the OECD DAC list

Click here for a complete list of the criteria.

From application to project

Interested companies can submit their project proposals for COVID-19 Response to DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft or Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) until the 31st of March 2021. In order to be able to clarify any questions at an early stage and to enable projects to start as quickly as possible, submissions are expressly encouraged before the application deadline. The incoming project proposals will be reviewed shortly upon receipt. If the decision is positive it will be further specified together with the respective implementing partner.

How others use the instrument

Since the start of the first two COVID-19 Response special competitions in spring and summer 2020 around 120 projects have been implemented (status: December 2020). Four of them are presented here in more detail:

Martin Bauer Group

In Zimbabwe, the Martin Bauer Group is contributing to food security and health protection for the rural population during the COVID-19 pandemic with a multifaceted package of measures.

Tradin Organic Agriculture B.V.: Safe production during the pandemic

To maintain trade with organic food even during the pandemic and to protect the local population the company Tradin Organic is adapting its working environment in Ethiopia to Covid-19 conditions.

Dr. Bronner’s Europe GmbH: Securing economic livelihoods in India

Together with an Indian partner company, Dr. Bronner’s, a producer of organic soaps and cosmetics, is supporting farmers and their families with food, learning material and training.

medDV GmbH: Medical equipment and training for hospital staff

In Bolivia and Peru, the company medDV, a producer of systems solutions for rescue services, provides medical equipment and trains hospital staff i.a. in emergency medicine.

Apply now

Are you planning a project that mitigates the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in developing and emerging countries? Then send your completed application documents directly to or Regardless of where you submit your application, DEG and GIZ will work closely together to ensure that you get the ideal partner for your project.

Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

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Do you have further questions?

If you have any further questions about COVID-19 Response in the context of or about your application, please contact the Agency for Business and Economic Development at +49 30 338424 765 or or send your inquiry directly to DEG or GIZ via the email addresses states above.