Call for Projects 2021
The art of bringing Europe together

New Challenges and Opportunities for Action in Civil Society

The coronavirus crisis is a test, but also an opportunity for social cohesion in Europe. It has redrawn borders which we believed overcome, deepened inequalities and made us realize our social vulnerability. At the same time, we are experiencing the emergence of direct forms of solidarity, new ideas for social coexistence and original formats in the arts. All over the world, people have reacted to the crisis courageously and inventively. When public life ground to a standstill, cultural creators were forced to redefine the role of the arts: in participatory, digital ways, from their homes, in the streets.

The coronavirus crisis has not made old problems disappear; instead, it has exacerbated existing inequalities like a magnifying glass. As a reaction to it, courageous allies have shaped new spaces for action. They are making use of the border-transcending potential of digitalization, among other resources, demonstrating their connection with distant people and developing new structures – beyond national boundaries –, promoting climate justice and solidarity and rejecting racism. People and initiatives like these are what keeps the open, pluralistic societies of Europe alive.

Strengthening Voices, Creating Open Spaces, Establishing Alliances

We are convinced that open societies depend on committed people who have the courage to confront controversy and think for themselves, and whose heads are full of ideas for a more just coexistence. We want to create open spaces for our project partners to discuss burning issues forward and experiment with new technologies. We want to develop sustainable structures, create a lasting network of stakeholders in civil society, and give them the wherewithal to react to crisis situations with resilience. Digital technologies play an important role here, but do not ensure solidarity in and of themselves. We believe that Europe’s societies must be irritated and challenged, especially during these exceptional times, in order to remain open and develop further.

Supporting Projects which Challenge and Surprise

With our call for proposals, we wish to reach parties using artistic and cultural means to create open spaces enabling critical discourse about Europe’s future, and also support exchange and networking across borders.

As a European cultural foundation, we are seeking projects of a translocal nature, meaning that partners from different countries or different regions collaborate. We seek projects which use the vantage points of the arts to think beyond their own horizon, to engage in new and unusual alliances, and enable as many different parties as possible to cooperate and engage. We are interested in projects at the interface of the arts and digitalization which develop participatory and inclusive offerings.

In doing so, we focus on two issues: who is involved in a project? And whom does it address? We are open to all genres, and especially to genre-bending experiments. The larger the role the aspects enumerated in the call for projects play in a proposal, the more likely it is to be selected.

We accept project proposals all year.

Step 1 – Project Outline

  • Read our grant-giving criteria and the call for projects carefully, checking whether your project fits our criteria and our thematic focuses.
  • Send your completed project outline and the separate data protection declaration via email to applications-kulturstiftung@allianz.de.
  • Please submit your project outline as a digital pdf-file (not as a scan). Please only use the free Acrobat Reader to fill out the form. The software can be downloaded here.
  • We accept project outlines on an ongoing basis. For projects beginning in the first half of 2021, the application deadline already passed. We accept project proposals for projects beginning in the second half of 2021.

Step 2 – Invitation to Submit a Grant Application

  • We will confirm receipt and examine your project outline. If your project conforms to our criteria and our focuses, we will send you further documents which you will need to complete in order to submit a full application. Otherwise, you will receive a rejection letter.
  • Should you have questions regarding the completion of the application, please contact the person specified in our email.
  • Please note: we recommend submitting your project outline as early as possible. If the project outline is submitted at short notice, please note that there will be less time for you to submit your complete grant application. In these cases, we are unfortunately only able to offer limited consultation and advice on your application.

Step 3 – Submitting your Application

  • An application consists of the finance plan and a detailed project description including a timeline (max. 10 pages).
  • The project description should be handed in as a PDF document not exceeding 10 MB in size. The finance plan must be submitted separately as an open Excel file.
  • Please send the completed application to the contact person named in your email. You will be emailed a confirmation of receipt.
  • We ask for your understanding for the fact that incomplete grant applications cannot be accepted or processed.

What else is important?

  • The grant amount requested should be between 40,000 and 80,000 Euros.
  • We cannot fund projects fully; the grant amount requested may not exceed 50% of a project’s total costs. For projects spanning several years, a finance plan split up into individual years must be submitted.
  • Applications may be submitted in German or English.
  • Successful applications will be announced in December and July , following the meetings of the foundation’s board.
  • have a high level of artistic and content quality
  • respond to challenges in society
  • adopt a translocal and cross-border approach
  • make Europe tangible through critical engagement and by means of constructive offerings and ideas
  • develop a concrete impact over the medium and long term and promote social cohesion within society
  • work across sectors and disciplines and facilitate sustainable networking between involved players and organisations
  • contribute to proactive knowledge production and transdisciplinary exchange of experiences
  • think in terms of intersectionality, inclusion and equitable participation and are committed to playing a proactive role in developing this mindset
  • are joint ventures between equal partners and empower upcoming young-generation protagonists and non-established players in their field
  • strike out on pathways with courageous ideas and innovative formats
  • Full finance of a project
  • Individual persons and individual cases (travel and training costs)
  • Grants outside our own foundation programmes (training/doctoral scholarships)
  • School and university activities
  • Publications not related to a financed project (e.g. printing subsidies towards the cost of publication)
  • Material costs for artistic productions
  • Film productions
  • Artwork or real-estate acquisitions
  • Austerity funding to meet financial shortfalls or budget gaps in government funding and non-project-related costs
  • Evaluation measures outside our own foundation programmes
  • Building measures
  • Ongoing infrastructure costs or acquisition of technical equipment
  • Benefit events and charity galas
  • Events in the sports and entertainment sectors
  • Commercial productions, events and sponsorship activities