The Franco-German Cultural Fund
This fund encourages and supports cultural cooperation initiatives carried out in third countries by French and German diplomatic and cultural networks in close collaboration with local cultural actors.
The Franco-German Cultural Fund is equally supported by French and German parties. Since 2011, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has entrusted responsibility for the French part of the Fund to the Institut français.
The Franco-German Cultural Fund in figures
- 20 calls for projects since its creation
- 1000 projects supported in 153 countries across the globe
- 300 artists and intellectuals supported each year
Who can propose a project ?
The Franco-German Cultural Fund only supports projects proposed by French and German diplomatic representatives abroad: the cultural services of Embassies or Consulates, Institut françaises, Alliances Françaises, Goethe-Institutes. The French and German diplomatic networks in the host country design and develop a shared project, in close partnership with the local institutions and actors. If the project is selected, it is conducted jointly by the French and German partners.
What kind of projects are supported ?
These projects must be in the cultural field, understood in a broad sense, ranging from artistic creation to the promotion of ideas: visual arts, digital arts, performing arts, design, fashion, architecture, theatre, cinema, audiovisual, new media, debate, literature, etc.
What are the thematic orientations of the 2023 edition ?
The three themes are Freedom of creation and cultural solidarity, Youth and Cultural sustainability.
Projects focusing on another theme ("free theme") may be submitted when justified by the local context. This choice must be explained at the time of submission.
How are projects selected ?
Projects are reviewed by experts from both parties and evaluated using a shared evaluation rubric. A selection committee with representatives from both nations is then convened, alternating between Paris and Berlin each year, presided over by the two Ministries.
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