Rechercheförderung (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.

The Rechercheförderung connects up with the Fonds’ previous scholarship-like grant programs and is directed towards independently working individual artists as well as people who are active in the independent performing arts as curators. The program’s goal is to promote reflection on the meaning and practice of one’s own artistic work and develop pioneering forms of production, performance and outreach through extensive research.

Research and conceptual development of artistic projects without any determined outcome are supported, as are projects that serve artistic further education as well as qualification.

Individual artists and curators of all genres and departments of the independent performing arts. Applicants must have been working professionally in the independent performing arts over the long term, i.e. for at least three years.

Persons who are already receiving a Residenzförderung in the context of #TakeHeart are excluded from this program.

The grant will be given to individuals at a level of 7.500 € over the course of three months, with 2.500 € per month.

The allocation of the Rechercheförderung will take place in a number of applicants 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

  • 10.2021 on 31.05.2022
  • 02.2022 on 30.09.2022
  • 06.2022 on 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 before requesting a telephone counseling session from the head office of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. The FAQs (German) offer further help. In the course of the application period, numerous informational zoom calls about the program will be offered.