Goethe-Institut International Relief Fund 2020 for Organisations in Culture and Education (up to 25,000 Euros) | APPLY NOW

The Goethe-Institut international relief fund for the year 2020 is from the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany with a global reach. We promote knowledge of the German language abroad and foster international cultural cooperation. We convey a comprehensive image of Germany by providing information about cultural, social and political life in our nation

Goethe-Institut International Relief Fund 2020 for Organisations in Culture and Education (up to 25,000 Euros) | APPLY NOW

Our cultural and educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They strengthen the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility. We are partners for all who actively engage with Germany and its culture, working independently and without political ties.

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About the Goethe-Institut International Relief Fund 2020

On the initiative of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office, institutions working in international cultural cooperation have set up a relief fund. It is aimed at organizations abroad whose commitment is of great importance for artistic freedom and for a pluralistic society. With the fund, projects that serve in particular to ensure the livelihood of these institutions will receive short-term and non-bureaucratic support.

The Foreign Office is providing the basic funding of three million euros; the Goethe-Institut is coordinating the allocation of funds. A jury will select the funded projects. Together with the Berliner Künstler program of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German UNESCO Commission, the S. Fischer Foundation, the Mercator Foundation, the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Siemens Foundation the Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut form a consortium and invite other institutions to participate. In this context, the partners partly set their own accents.

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Eligibility Requirements

The requirements for funding is aimed at institutions from countries outside the European Union where there are no other funding options. They must also meet the criteria that are listed by the institute before they are considered for the grant. These are the eligibility requirements for the Goethe-Institut international relief fund for the year 2020.

  • They must actively do cultural work with relevance to civil society and they must have been active for more than three years, they must be already known to the Goethe-Institut or the Foreign Office’s diplomatic mission abroad and due to their structure, they are suffering from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Structural projects can be supported, for example, Infrastructure maintenance or redevelopment projects that are limited in scope and time Start-up financing of structural measures Projects that serve (new) networking

Projects for the development of new, digital formats and/or digital further training and qualification. The maximum funding for a project in the period from September to December 2020 is 25,000 euros.

How to Apply

Contact hilfsfonds@goethe.de queries or details about the application process.

Application Deadline


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