Residenzförderung (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 Residenzförderung connects with the Fonds’ previous scholarship-like grant programs and is directed towards independently working individual artists as well as persons who are active in the independent performing arts as curators. In addition, graduates from state and state-certified art schools and art history study programs in the performing arts whose graduation took place after 01.01.2019 are also eligible to apply.

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

In addition, graduates of art and cultural study programs are included as the beginning of their careers has been made difficult by the pandemic, since they are particularly dependent on the establishment of the connections to artistic production houses and qualified support at the onset of their artistic career in the independent performing arts.

The Residenzförderung thus focuses on all of these connections by supporting residencies; it supports artistic work without any determined outcome at approximately 40 production sites throughout the entire federal republic that are grouped together in three federal networks.

Projects are supported without any determined outcome such as research, laboratories and concepts, also 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.

Applicants must prove to have been professionally active in artistic or curatorial positions in publicly supported projects of 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.

In addition, graduates from state and state-certified art schools and art history study programs in the performing arts whose graduation took place after 01.01.2019 are also eligible to apply.
Applicants must also include a residency certificate from one of the dance and theater houses listed in the regulations.

Persons who are receiving Rechercheförderung in the #TakeHeart framework are not eligible to apply.

The Residenzförderung is awarded to individuals at a level of 5,000 € for personnel 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.

The allocation for the Residenzförderung will take place in a number of application rounds.

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

The deadlines for the additional application rounds are 01.10.2021, 01.12.2021 and 01.02.2022 as well as 01.06.2022 (for applicants for a residency at a Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser member).

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

31.10.2022 (for residencies under the umbrella of the Bündnis internationaler Produktionshäuser)

31.08.2022 (for residencies under the umbrella of the flausen+bundesnetzwerk)

31.08.2022 (for residencies under the umbrella of the Netzwerk Freier Theater)

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 telephone counseling session from the head office of the Fonds Darstellende Künste. The FAQs (German language) offer further help, as do the respective responsible participating dance and theater house.