With the "Regional Culture Programme NRW" (RKP), the state of North Rhine-Westphalia is again awarding funding for cooperative cultural projects. Art and culture professionals from the Münsterland region can apply for this financial support until 30 September. It is obligatory to receive advice from the Münsterland Cultural Office, which also assists with questions about the project and project planning as well as with filling out the online form.
"Every year the RKP shows anew what great projects can only be realised with this financial support," says Andre Sebastian, head of the Münsterland Cultural Office. "The funding programme is one of the best ways to get money for your own project in Münsterland." In addition to a good idea, networking and cooperation are required for application: a project needs at least three partners from at least two municipalities and cities. In addition to private individuals, creative clubs, associations, municipalities, institutions and independent organisations can also apply.
The basic rule is that projects and measures funded by the RKP must support the cultural profile of the cultural region. It identifies regional characteristics and features that are typical of the Münsterland, such as the contrast between city and countryside or down-to-earthness and the joy of experimentation.
The regional cultural profile was recently revised for the RKP in Münsterland together with actors from the arts and culture. Interested parties can find out more about this and detailed information on the programme and application process at the Cultural Academy of the Cultural Office on 29 August (Tuesday) in Altenberge. The new cultural profile will soon be available on the Kulturbüro website: www.muensterland.com/rkp.
Among the 22 projects funded in 2023 is the "tonwelten festival", in which a musical work is created from sounds of the Münsterland. Also the new special exhibition "D.I.S.C.O.. Cool - Chic - Crazy" at the rock'n'popmuseum Gronau and the Münsterland Festival part 12 with guest country Finland also received RKP funding this year - as did "FREUBAD", a mixed arts festival in outdoor swimming pools in the Münsterland.
"In rural regions, existing cultural budgets and cultural infrastructures are often rather sparse," explains Wilko Franz, artistic director of RESET e.V., which organises "FREUBAD". "Thanks to the financial basis of the RKP funding, we can bring an extraordinary programme to places that don't have the means to do so themselves. This sustainably strengthens the appreciation for a multi-layered cultural programme."
Once again, in addition to the actual project application, so-called accessibility supplementary funds can be applied for. Project-related measures that enable people with disabilities to participate in cultural life can be subsidised with up to 5000 euros per cultural project. An online workshop on 30 August (Wednesday) will provide information on how to plan appropriate measures.
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All information and dates are available at www.muensterland.com/kultur.
More about the RKP
Since 1997, the "Regional Culture Programme" has been funding projects that strengthen communication and cooperation between creators and those responsible in the cultural regions of NRW, combine forces, network and strengthen the identity and attractiveness of the region. The state funding amounts to a maximum of 50 percent of the total expenditure. In Münsterland, the Cultural Council discusses the project ideas submitted. If it makes a recommendation, a formal application can be submitted to the Münster district government.
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