Prozessförderung (English)

With its new funding program #TakeHeart, the Fonds Darstellende Künste is continuing its support measures with funds of NEUSTART KULTUR – the rescue and future-oriented package for the cultural and media fields 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 sphere, 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.

For artists, the pressing objective is often to find new aesthetics and expressive formal languages to artistically question of societal developments while considering a re-organization or new organization in reference to the audience. The Porzessförderung is thus connected to the successful #TakeAction support programs; by supporting work periods, it focuses its support on the work on new artistic productions during the continued pandemic framework and challenges.

Supported are artistic work processes in the independent performing arts (also digital) without any determined outcome, also in terms of format, that serve the creation and possibly presentation of productions are supported. Premieres or other performances that are shown immediately after the grant period are not necessarily a part of the project in the program of the process grant.

Professional artists, artist groups, ensembles, collectives and projects from all categories and genres of the independent performing arts (e.g. performance, theater, dance, music theater, puppet and object theater, theater in public space, contemporary circus) with their headquarters and work focus in Germany that are not mostly publicly supported on a regular basis (institutionally).

The application sum is at least 10.000 € and a maximum of 50.000 €, or in exceptional well-reasoned cases up to 80.000 €.

Co-financing or own funds and/or material own participation at a level of at least 10% of the application sum must be presented or proven upon submitting the application. 

Submitting an application to the Fonds Darstellende Künste is only possible online until 01.11.2021, as well as during a second round until 15.03.2022.

The possible project period for approved projects begins with a positive grant announcement and ends for projects with an application deadline of 31.12.2022.

Complete source and disposition statements must be submitted no later than two months after the end of the respective project.

For additional information, please read the regulations before applying or requesting a telephone counseling session from the head office of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. The FAQs (German language) offer further help. During the application period, numerous informational zoom calls about the program will be offered.