By supporting contemporary cultural and artistic projects, the Fund aims to initiate and strengthen interregional and international cultural dialogue with Berlin as its starting point.

Funding is available for projects in all areas of artistic activity (except filmmaking) which are significant for Berlin as the country’s capital, which have a national and international impact or an especially innovative character. The projects should be designed for Berlin and presented in Berlin. They should be relevant for an audience and/or experts in Berlin and beyond and/or fill existing gaps in Berlin’s cultural offerings.

The following are not eligible for funding: commercially oriented projects, those carried out as part of the regular operations of Berlin’s cultural institutions and funded from their budgets, and those already receiving federal funding through other institutions (e.g. the German Federal Cultural Foundation, the Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.).

The decisive criterion for selection is substantive and artistic excellence. No one may claim legal entitlement to funding.