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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:

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, for visual and performing arts, literature, music, dance, film, photography, architecture or new media. The General Project Funding of the Federal Cultural Foundation is distinguished by the fact that it is not limited to funding a specific genre or theme. It is large, innovative projects in an international context that can be considered here.

Application deadline: 31 July

Performing Arts Fund

Project funding

Funding is available for individual projects and productions that deal primarily with socially relevant issues and develop striking artistic-aesthetic formats.

Application deadlines: Currently closed.

Conceptual funding

The three-year funding is intended to encourage artists/groups who have been producing professionally for many years to consolidate their existing developments in aesthetic form-finding, to make them accessible to a larger audience and to expand cooperation in funding, production and guest performance networks. Funding is provided for an annual new production as well as conceptual and strategic-organisational projects.

Application deadline: 1 December

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

Jonge Kunst

This funding is aimed at German and Dutch cultural initiatives and institutions interested in developing cultural projects with and for young people between the ages of 12 and 25.

Application deadline: 15 April

National Performance Network (NPN)

Guest performance funding

The aim of this funding initiative is to present and make dance productions accessible to the widest possible audience in Germany on a transnational basis.

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 (1st award) / 15 April (2nd award only under reserve due to limited funds)

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: 1 August

Sponsors 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.


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


taNDem is a cross-border project in which German and Dutch cultural practitioners work together. In joint "taNDems" they are to realise art or cultural projects together on a specific annual theme. They can receive up to 15,000 euros in funding for this.
taNDem is aimed at artists, cultural associations and institutions and other cultural actors from the EUREGIO area.

Advice / Contact

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

0049 2571 949300

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