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. 

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.

Institutions eligible to apply will be informed separately about ongoing calls for proposals and application deadlines.

Before submitting an application, we recommend a consultation with the curator and the Capital Cultural Fund office.

Panel of experts

An independent panel of experts, consisting of the HKF Curator and two more experts, 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. The panel of experts currently consists of Leonie Baumann, Prof. Marion Ackermann and Mateo Kries.

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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rof. Dr. Marion Ackermann (*1965) ist seit dem 1. November 2016 Generaldirektorin der Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden. Sie wurde 1995 über die autobiografischen und theoretischen Texte Wassily Kandinskys promoviert. Von 1995 bis 2003 war sie an der Städtischen Galerie im Lenbachhaus beschäftigt, zunächst als wissenschaftliche Volontärin, dann als Kuratorin. Von Dezember 2003 bis Oktober 2009 war sie Direktorin des Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, das im März 2005 in einem Neubau am Stuttgarter Schlossplatz eröffnet wurde. Von September 2009 bis Oktober 2016 war sie Direktorin der Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen. Sie hat u.a. »SchattenRisse« (2001), »Piktogramme – Die Einsamkeit der Zeichen« (2006), »Drei. Das Triptychon in der Moderne« (2009), »Joseph Beuys. Parallelprozesse« (2010), »Kandinsky, Malewitsch, Mondrian – der weiße Abgrund Unendlichkeit« (2014), »Uecker« (2015), zwei Editionen der »Kinderbiennale« (2018/2021) sowie die Retrospektive »Move little hands... „Move!“« (2019) des tschechischen Surrealistenpaares Jan und Eva Švankmajer kuratiert und zahlreiche weitere Projekte mit internationalen zeitgenössischen Künstlerinnen und Künstlern initiiert. Von 2019 bis 2023 war sie stellvertretende Vorsitzende der Bizot-Group, bei der sie die Staatlichen Kunstsammlungen Dresden repräsentiert. Sie ist darüber hinaus u.a. in folgenden Gremien aktiv: Präsidium des Goethe Instituts; Juryvorsitz des Kaiserring Goslar; Academic Council der National Gallery Prague; Aufsichtsrat der KBB in Berlin; Stiftungsrat der Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz; Programmrat der Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn und Senat der Deutschen Nationalstiftung.

Mateo Kries (b. 1974) has been director of the Vitra Design Museum since 2011. He joined
the Vitra Design Museum in 1995, working first as a curator, then as manager of the Vitra
Design Museum’s branch in Berlin, where he also co-founded the DESIGNMAI festival,
before moving on to become Chief Curator at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein. In
shaping the Vitra Design Museum’s programme and profile, Mateo places his emphasis on
transformations in society, sustainability, diversity, and innovation. His publications and
exhibitions address recent and historical issues in design and architecture. While he writes
extensively for publications such as domus and Die Welt, he has also published books about
Le Corbusier, Joe Colombo, Konstantin Grcic, surrealism in design, and the vernacular and
social aspects of design. Mateo is a member of the advisory boards of the Musée des Arts
Décoratifs in Paris and the Museum of Art and Photography in Bangalore. He also serves on
appointment committees and juries, such as those for the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen
Dresden, the Aalto University in Helsinki, the Hyundai Blue Prize Design, and the Rimowa
Design Prize. His book Total Design, which examines the increasing commercialism of
design, was published in 2010. Mateo Kries is honorary professor at the Karlsruhe University
of Arts and Design and co-edited the Atlas of Furniture Design (2019), the most
comprehensive book on furniture design ever published.