Making the extraordinary possible

© Wonge Bergmann

The joys of experimentation and adventurousness guide our work in the artistic field. In order to strengthen the voice of artists in society, we support contemporary projects of all kinds.

We place a particular focus on projects that transcend borders. By this we mean projects that surmount the boundaries which divide individual artistic genres or separate art from other disciplines. On the other hand, we also support initiatives that question the relationship between audience and art in a new way, or that network and foster exchange among artistic agents.

Individual artists and non-profit organisations alike are eligible to apply. We support both established artists and young talent. With our Fleetstreet Residency, we also provide support specifically for young artists. In addition to regular funding, we also support major artistic projects with international appeal – we actively approach potential funding partners in this regard.

Deadlines and information for applications

Artists can apply for a maximum of 10,000 euros under the Rudolf Augstein Foundation’s regular art grant program.

Usually there are two application submission periods per year. The latest submission deadline was on Februrary 15th of 2024. Funding decisions will be announced by the end of May.

We will communicate the next submission deadline here in advance. If you don’t want to miss the deadline, please subscribe to our newsletter. Here you can see the documents necessary for the application. There should be at least four months between the end of the submission period and the start of your project. You will be informed by e-mail as to whether your project will be funded, typically twelve weeks at the latest after the submission deadline. We will notify all applicants in writing of the funding decision.

Please note that different deadlines apply to applications for a Fleetstreet Residency and for the mentoring program re:balance.

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Funding criteria

Applications received will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Artistic quality
  • Social relevance
  • Originality and independence of the artistic approach
  • Suitability of the chosen medium

What we do not support

  • Cultural organisations in the context of institutional support
  • Scholarships and awards
  • Festivals (no global festival funding will be awarded)
  • Guest performances (with individual exceptions for projects whose creation was funded by the Rudolf Augstein Foundation)
  • Catalogues of exhibitions not funded by us
  • Fees and travel expenses for participation in congresses, conferences and training programs
  • Cultural education projects which do not take place in class and which are not intended to last at least one school year.

Gender equality and diversity

We are committed to equal opportunities and want to fight discrimination against women and gender minorities in the arts. An intersectional perspective is important to us in this regard.

For our funding practices, this means:


  • We pay attention to gender equality when distributing our funding.
  • We award grants for childcare and/or travel and accommodation costs for accompanying children.
  • If an awardee becomes pregnant or faces care responsibilities and consequently has to postpone the project, we will maintain our funding commitment as a matter of principle. Please inform us of any changes in your time plan.
  • We regard the periods you spend giving child- or elder care as relevant career stages.

Fleetstreet Residency

Deadlines and information for application

Applying for a residency is possible once per year. The recent application deadline ended 15 September 2023. The next deadline is expected for autumn 2024. We will announce the date in due course.

Please apply directly to the Fleetstreet Theater. There you will also find all information about the application.