Bavarian Cultural Fund; application for funding

The Free State of Bavaria operates project and investment funding in the arts sector and project funding in the education sector.

Description

Purpose of the funding

In the field of art, cultural investments and projects of non-governmental and non-commercial sponsors are to be supported. The funding area covers the whole of Bavaria, excluding measures in Munich and Nuremberg.

In the field of education, projects with a cultural focus are to be supported with particular emphasis in the area.

Object of funding

Arts area:

  • Theater area
    • Promotion of investments in non-governmental performance venues (insofar as no funding is provided through FAG funds).
    • Project funding
  • Museum area
    • Promotion of investments in non-governmental museums
    • Promotion of exhibitions and other projects of non-governmental museums
  • Promotion of contemporary art
    • Promotion of investments in the construction and expansion of exhibition spaces and "artists' houses
    • Promotion of exhibitions, symposia and similar projects
    • Bavarian studio support program for visual artists
  • Music care
    • Support for investments in the construction and expansion of event and rehearsal spaces
    • Support for events and other projects, especially in the field of contemporary music, as well as for measures to promote talented musicians
  • Amateur music
    • Promotion of investments in the construction and expansion of event and rehearsal rooms for amateur music associations
    • Promotion of suitable individual projects
  • Archives, libraries, literature
    • Support for projects and investments in libraries and archives
    • Promotion of events in the context of literary cultivation
  • International exchange of ideas
    • Promotion of international artistic encounters
  • Other cultural events and projects
    • Promotion of innovative projects and interdisciplinary projects from the above-mentioned cultural funding areas.

Education:

  • Adult education and church education work
    Promotion of creative projects in which participants are actively involved in order to achieve sustainable learning success
  • International exchange of ideas
    Promotion of international encounters between schoolchildren and young people
  • Other cultural events and projects
    • Promotion of creative extracurricular cultural activities with students or young people
    • Promotion of other creative, cultural events and projects

Recipients of funding

Arts: Non-governmental organizations (natural persons and legal entities) that do not intend to make a profit from the project.

Education: non-profit legal entities (not natural persons or schools).

Eligible costs

Project costs

Arts area: measures with total eligible costs of less than 10,000 euros are not supported by the Cultural Fund.

Education area: Measures with total eligible costs of less than 5,000 euros are not supported by the Cultural Fund.

Type and amount

Area of art: funding rate up to 30% of eligible costs.

Education area: Funding rate of up to 50% of eligible costs.

In the 2022/23 school year, the funding rate is exceptionally up to 60% (in the area of international exchange of ideas, up to 80%) of the eligible costs.

Prerequisites

Cultural investments and projects by non-governmental sponsors can be funded from the Cultural Fund, Arts section, but generally not ongoing operating costs (institutional funding). Start-up financing is possible for regularly recurring events. The projects should generally be of supra-regional, or at least supra-local, significance; measures with total eligible costs of less than €10,000 are therefore generally not eligible for funding. The funding area covers the whole of Bavaria; however, measures in Munich and Nuremberg are generally excluded.

Simultaneous funding from other state funding sources (multiple funding) and from funds of the Bavarian State Foundation is generally excluded. Funding is provided in accordance with the available budget and is limited to a maximum of 30% of the eligible costs.

The aim of the Cultural Fund, Education Section, is to promote projects with a cultural focus throughout Bavaria and with particular emphasis in the region. Grants are awarded exclusively in the form of project funding for a maximum of two years as start-up financing, provided that the projects comply with the funding principles of "creativity", "activation of participants to achieve sustainable learning success" and "supraregionality, or at least supralocality".

Applications can only be considered if the eligible costs of the project amount to at least 5,000 euros. The funding area covers all of Bavaria, but priority is given to local initiatives outside of metropolitan areas. An exception can be made for concepts that make use of the infrastructure available in Munich and Nuremberg, in order to be able to use these more favorable starting conditions to subsequently have an effect in the regions. Funding is provided in accordance with the available budget and is limited to a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs.

Grants may only be awarded if the project has not yet begun.

Procedure

Applications must be submitted in writing to the relevant district government. The district governments pre-examine the applications and submit them to the Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs or for Science and the Arts for a decision.

Special notes

The funding area is the Free State of Bavaria.

There is a funding restriction for art projects in Munich and Nuremberg, for which the Cultural Fund is not open.

Deadlines

Applications for the Arts Cultural Fund must be submitted to the appropriate government by October 1 for the following year; applications for the Education Cultural Fund must be submitted by February 1 prior to the beginning of the school year in which the project is to take place.

Processing time

Decisions on applications to the Art Culture Fund are generally made in

  • for grants of up to 25,000 euros, generally in April,
  • for sums of more than 25,000 euros, usually in May, following a decision by the Council of Ministers and approval by the state parliamentary committees.

Decisions on applications for the Education Cultural Fund are generally made by the Bavarian State Parliament's Committee for the State Budget and Financial Affairs in the month of June.

Required documents

  • meaningful project description including time schedule
  • Cost and financing plan

    (for construction measures additionally cost calculation according to DIN 276)

  • Proof of economic capacity
  • Declaration of consent to the inclusion of project-related image and text material on the "Cultural Fund" website of the Ministry of State.

Forms

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gewährung einer Zuwendung aus dem Kulturfonds Bayern für kommunale Gebietskörperschaften
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Antrag auf Gewährung einer Zuwendung aus dem Kulturfonds Bayern für private Antragsteller
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    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Anlage zum Antrag auf Förderung durch den Kulturfonds
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Anlage zum Kulturfonds-Antrag für Sonderausstellungen nichtstaatlicher Museen
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Ergänzung zum Förderantrag für innovative Konzerte und musikalische Veranstaltungsreihen
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

  • Form, Bavaria-wide: Muster für einen Kosten- und Finanzierungsplan für Musikveranstaltungen
    Please note

    This form has to be signed and sent to the responsible authority. You can sign the form manually and send it by email/fax or sign the form electronically with your qualified electronic signature an send it by (secure) email. If the responsible authority has set up a De-Mail account, you can also send the form by De-Mail using an sender-confirmed message.

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Status: 06.10.2022

Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst

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