With its new funding program #TakeHeart, the Fonds Darstellende Künste is continuing its support measures with funds from NEUSTART KULTUR – the rescue and future-oriented package for the fields of culture and media financed by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM). The goal of this new program is to ease the impact of COVID-19 in the cultural sector, to facilitate the restart of cultural life in Germany and to offer planning security and new pioneering perspectives for the development of the independent performing arts.

The Residenzförderung connects with the Fonds’ previous scholarship-like grant programs and is directed towards individual, independently working artists as well as persons, who are active in the independent performing arts as curators.

The goal of the Residenzförderung is to stabilize, further develop and strengthen the important connections between artists and groups and dance and theater houses in a sustainable way.

The Residenzförderung thus focuses on all of these connections by supporting artistic work without any determined outcome at approximately 40 production sites throughout the entire Federal Republic of Germany, grouped together in three federal networks.

What is supported?

Supported are projects without any determined outcome such as research, laboratories and concepts, in the digital realm and performing arts, as well as all activities that serve to further develop artistic work that also takes place in a residency at or in connection with one of the residency sites listed on the Fonds‘ website.

Who can apply?

Applicants must prove to have been professionally active in artistic or curatorial positions in publicly supported projects within the independent performing arts in the last three years. Alternatively, they can demonstrate being involved in guest performances or productions in multiple federal states or internationally with their self-determined artistic creations.

Applicants must also include a residency certificate from one of the dance and theater houses listed in the regulations.

Persons who have received or in the process of receiving a research grant (Rechercheförderung) in the #TakeHeart framework are not eligible to apply.

How much can you apply for?

The Residenzförderung is awarded to individuals in the amount of 5,000 € for accruing expenses for a residency period of two consecutive months. Long ongoing collaborations, among them collectives and groups who have been active for many years, can pool individual applications for a maximum of 5 x 5,000 € fee costs.

Application and grant deadlines

Residency grant allocation will take place in a number of application rounds.

Submitting an application to the Fonds Darstellende Künste is only possible online:

The possible project period for approved projects begins with a positive grant announcement and ends for projects with an application deadline of

Complete source and disposition statements must be submitted no later than two months after the end of the respective project, or at the latest at the end of the respective possible project timeframe listed above.

For additional information, please read the regulations before applying or requesting a consultation per telephone with the main office of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. The FAQs offer further help, as do the respective responsible participating dance and theater house.


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