15 April, 2024

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The Capital Cultural Fund sponsors cultural projects and events— including inter- and transdisciplinary projects—in practically all areas of the arts. Funded projects should be of significance to Berlin as the German capital and also of national and international relevance.
In addition to funding individual projects, the Capital Cultural Fund also funds the presentation of especially successful projects (Wiederaufnahme) as well as selected festivals of cultural and political relevance. 

Funding areas and criteria

The Capital Cultural Fund was initiated by the German Federal Government together with the State of Berlin in order to promote important cultural projects in the federal capital that enhance the image of Germany as a whole. The Federal Government and the State of Berlin have earmarked €15 million annually for this purpose.

Funding areas

Natural or legal persons can apply for funding for concepts in practically all areas of the arts. Funding applications can likewise be made for projects involving more than one area of the arts as well as interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary projects. Funding is available for both small and large projects.

The categories

  • Visual arts
  • Performing arts
  • Film
  • Literature
  • Media art
  • Music
  • Transdisciplinary arts
  • (Contemporary) history

Inter- and transdisciplinary projects are also eligible for funding.

Funding criteria

The main criteria in selecting projects for funding are artistic quality and high-value content. The Capital Cultural Fund supports projects with national and international relevance. We are looking for innovative approaches that can contribute to the development of the arts as well as projects that build on and develop significant traditions. The projects should be designed for presentation in Berlin but should also be relevant to general or specialized audiences outside the capital.

Exclusion criteria

Commercially viable projects are not eligible for funding. This also applies to any costs already covered by institutional funding.

The Capital Cultural Fund’s remit does not cover the following:

  • Financing purchases
  • Restoring/digitizing/archiving art objects and collections
  • The exclusive production of publications or media
  • Developing/maintaining/operating websites as well as apps or exclusively podcasts
  • production/postproduction of films/ documentaries
  • Student projects at colleges and universities
  • Applications for purely institutional funding and funding over several years
  • The funding of prizes

Accessibility for people with disabilities

One of the goals of public cultural funding in Berlin is to enable the greatest possible participation by people with disabilities in publicly funded projects. For this reason, the Capital Cultural Fund asks all applicants to design their projects to make them accessible for people with disabilities. You can download further information about this in the funding criteria section.

Dates and deadlines

The deadlines for applying for funding for projects to take place the following calendar year are usually April 15 and October 1. Decisions on the selection of projects for funding are usually announced in July or December.

You cannot apply for funding for the current year.

Further information on the website of the Capital Cultural Fund

  • Förderung
  • Hauptstadtkulturfonds
  • Berlin
  • Projektförderung

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