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Funding compass

The funding compass points you in the right direction: in addition to the cultural funding programmes Regional Cultural Policy, taNDem or the Foundation for Art and Culture, there are other programmes and institutions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Europe that you can get involved with for your cultural project:

Promotion in NRW

Sponsors in Germany

Federal Cultural Foundation

General Project Funding

In the area of General Project Funding, cultural practitioners can apply twice a year for funding for projects from all artistic disciplines: visual and performing arts, literature, music, dance, film, photography, architecture or new media. Large, innovative projects in an international context can be considered here.

Application deadline: 31 January / 31 July

Performing Arts Fund


Funding is provided for projects that address children and young people in social, financial or educational risk situations and that offer them age-appropriate access to art and culture. The funding is divided into two programmes with different focal points: Basic Cultural Services in Rural Areas and Artistic Access to Digital Space.

Application deadline: 1 February 2023 / 1 May 2023 / more if necessary

Socioculture Fund

General project funding

Funding is provided for projects of limited duration in which new forms of provision and action are tested. They should have a model character and be exemplary for other socio-cultural actors and institutions.

Application deadlines: 2 May / 2 November

U25 - Direction: Young Cultural Initiatives

This programme explicitly supports young adults who want to plan and realise a socio-cultural project on their own responsibility.

Application deadlines: 2 May / 2 November

National Performance Network (NPN)

Guest performance funding for dance and theatre

This funding initiative can be used to support guest performances of contemporary dance and theatre productions within Germany.

Application deadlines Dance: 31 January / 15 April
Application deadlines Theatre: 15 January / 31 March

Impulse Funding Dance & Theatre

Impulse funding is intended to strengthen structures for the preservation and development of local dance and theatre scenes. Cooperative projects from different regions are eligible for funding.

Application deadline: 31 March 2023

Guest performances Dance International

Artists who wish to give a guest performance abroad with a dance production are also eligible for funding. In addition to high artistic quality, the guest performance must be of supra-regional significance.

Application deadlines: 31 January / 15 April

NPN co-production funding for dance

Support for national and international co-productions in the field of contemporary dance. The aim is to support mobility, exchange and cooperation between artists, organisers and producers, and to promote the creation of new contemporary dance productions.

Application deadlines: 31 January / 15 April

Rudolf Augstein Foundation

Funding of up to 10,000 euros for individual projects is available for contemporary art and cultural projects in all fields. The central criterion for selection is artistic quality. Support is given to young artists as well as to established artists.

Application deadline: at the earliest. Spring 2023

Promotion in Europe

Creative Europe 2021-2027

Creative Europe is the EU's only programme to support the cultural and creative sectors in Europe. The new programme promotes cultural and linguistic diversity, cultural heritage and competitiveness, and facilitates exchange and cooperation between cultural organisations and professionals in Europe.

In addition to regular funding such as for cooperation projects and literary translations, there are also special programmes. An overview of all current calls for proposals can be found here.


INTERREG funds cooperation projects between Germany and the Netherlands. As a rule, the INTERREG programme funds projects with a contribution of between 25,000 euros and 5,000,000 euros. In addition, the programme has created opportunities to fund smaller initiatives such as school exchanges, conferences or sporting events. Each project must contribute to reducing the barrier effect of the border.

A distinction is made between small projects with a maximum funding of 1,000 euros and small projects with funding between 1,000 and 25,000 euros. The smaller the project, the easier it is to apply.

Deadline: anytime


Advice / Contact

Münsterland Cultural Office
© Münsterland e.V./Anja Tiwisina
Kulturbüro Münsterland
Münsterland Cultural Office

0049 2571 949300

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