Adult education; application for state recognition by sponsors.

State organizations of adult education as well as adult education providers at the state level can be recognized by the state upon application.


State organizations of adult education are associations of adult education providers (= legal entities under public or private law that exclusively and directly pursue non-profit purposes with their institutions). They must have legal capacity and, according to their purpose, serve exclusively adult education. Their activities shall, in principle, extend to the national territory. In particular, they shall advise the individual institutions, carry out central educational events, provide for appropriate further education measures, for cooperation, participate in the distribution of state subsidies, and represent the institutions affiliated with them vis-à-vis the public and in the state advisory board.

Adult education providers that operate institutions in at least four Bavarian administrative districts and are not affiliated with a state organization (providers at the state level) have the same status as state organizations. They may also be recognized by the state. A state-level provider may also be an organizationally and financially distinct part of a legal entity with legal capacity.


Prerequisites for state recognition are:

  • Members in at least four Bavarian administrative districts (state-level organization) or operation of facilities in at least four Bavarian administrative districts (state-level sponsor).
  • work that is conducive to the goals of the Basic Law and the Constitution of the Free State of Bavaria,
  • proper, appropriate and economical use of the public funds allocated.


The Bavarian State Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs decides on the granting and withdrawal of recognition after hearing the State Advisory Council for Adult Education.

Required documents

  • Informal documents verifiably proving the existence of the above-mentioned prerequisites

    (It is strongly recommended to contact the State Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs in advance).


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  • Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide: Formloser Antrag (mit Unterschrift)
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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.

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Status: 11.08.2022

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