Other kinds of funding

To close further gaps in funding, the Capital Cultural Fund encourages successful projects by funding the presentation (Wiederaufnahme) of such projects as well as especially relevant exhibitions.
Festivals deemed culturally or politically relevant are supported via regular long-term funding.

Presentation of especially successful projects (Wiederaufnahme)

A sum of €100,000 is earmarked annually to support the presentation of especially successful projects (Wiederaufnahme) originally funded by the Capital Cultural Fund. The maximum sum you can apply for to present a project is €15,000. You can submit a funding application by e-mail to the Office of the Capital Cultural Fund over the course of year. Your application should include a financial plan (use template), a venue confirmation, press reviews, and a timetable.  The curator will decide whether funding should be granted for of the revival of a project.

Regular long-term funding

The Capital Cultural Fund also supports individual projects of cultural and/or political significance about which the Joint Committee decides. Regular funding is granted for a period of four years for the purpose of providing more financial certainty. Applications for regular long-term funding are not possible.

Currently, four major festivals receive funding:

  • "internationales literaturfestival berlin" = 660.000 €
  • "Poesiefestival Berlin" = 440.000 €
  • "Tanz im August" = 825.000 €
  • "young euro classic" = 495.000 €

Especially relevant exhibitions

In 2021, a new funding program of the Capital Cultural Fund was launched to support especially relevant exhibitions.

By guaranteeing the organizers the security they need in order to plan events effectively, the Capital Cultural Fund seeks to facilitate especially relevant exhibitions at both national and international levels, mainly in the visual arts. The funding is earmarked for exhibitions taking place in 2023 and 2024.

The application deadline is October 1, 2021. We recommend you to consult with the curator and the Office of the Capital Cultural Fund before submitting an application.

Any institution funded by the federal or state government—especially on the Berlin visual arts scene—that has the spatial, human, and organizational resources to realize especially relevant exhibitions is eligible for funding from this program.

Panel of experts

An independent panel of experts, consisting of curators Dr. Eva Huttenlauch and Max Hollein, will advise on the number of projects to be funded and the level of funding. Decisions on funding awards are taken by the Joint Committee.

Panel of Experts for especially relevant exhibitions

The curator is a member of the panel of experts and also its spokesperson.

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Dr. Eva Huttenlauch is director and curator of the collection “Art after 1945” at the Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus and Kunstbau in Munich, where she has curated solo exhibitions by a range of artists including Michaela Melián, Thomas Bayrle, Sheela Gowda, and Joseph Beuys as well as the group exhibition “Favorites III: New Art from Munich”. After studying history of art and Romance languages at the universities of Heidelberg and Rome, she earned a doctorate at Berlin’s Humboldt University. She began her career as a trainee at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Subsequently, she worked at the Villa Massimo in Rome, at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, at the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, and on exhibitions for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale from 2007 to 2013. In 2017, Eva Huttenlauch was nominated for the art Magazin curator’s prize for the exhibition “Thomas Bayrle” at the Lenbachhaus.

Max Hollein became director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in August 2018. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Giersch Foundation and is a member of many supervisory and advisory bodies for international cultural institutions, including the Hermitage (Saint Petersburg), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), the Istanbul Modern, the Neue Galerie New York, and the Ludwig-Stiftung and Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. He studied business at Vienna University of Economics and Business and history of art at Vienna University. From 1996 until late 2000, he collaborated closely with the Guggenheim director, Thomas Krens, initially as executive assistant to the director and from 1998 as chief of staff and manager of European relations with responsibility for important projects, such as the development of the exhibition venue Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin. In 2001, Hollein became director of the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt am Main at the invitation of the city’s mayor, Petra Roth. In addition to his post at the Schirn, he was director of the Städel Museum and the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung from 2006 until May 2016. From 2016 to 2018, he was director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.