Funding Criteria

*The last closing date for applications was 31 October 2016. Applications are no longer possible*


TANZFONDS ERBE (Dance Heritage Fund) finances medium-sized and large-scale artistic projects that focus on the cultural heritage of dance. Funding of up to max. € 100,000 is available per project.

The funding spectrum includes:

  • Reconstructions, restagings, new productions or new interpretations of choreographic works that were created in Germany in the 20th century and which had a particular impact on the development and reception of dance;
  • Adaptations of international choreographic works that had a particular influence on the development of dance in Germany in the 20th century;
  • Investigations (via different artistic formats, e.g. lecture performances, installations, exhibitions or film and online projects) of themes, periods, places or artists that were relevant to 20th century dance history.
  • Guest performances of projects that have already been funded by TANZFONDS ERBE (see the application form for guest-performance funding).

Individuals and institutions with a proven background in dance are eligible to apply. These include, in particular:

  • The dance companies of publicly funded local and national theatres,
  • Independent choreographers and ensembles in co-operation with a venue,
  • Theatres, dance venues, choreographic centres and archives.
  • Applicants must have their principal place of work/domicile and/or production location in Germany.
  • Funded projects must be presented in Germany.
  • TANZFONDS ERBE will generally provide medium-sized and large-scale projects with funding of max. € 100,000. Applicants can apply for up to 80% of the project costs. The project’s financial plan must therefore show that at least 20% of the overall project costs have been secured either using one’s own resources or via third party funding.

TANZFONDS ERBE funding is not available if:

  • Co-financing either one’s own resources or via third party funding has not been secured by the application closing date,
  • The project has already begun before the jury sits to decide on applications, if expenditure has been incurred, or if agreements have already been concluded,
  • The application deadline has not been met,
  • The project is being financed by other funding opportunities offered by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media,
  • The declaration of consent relating to copyright has not been signed,
  • There is no declaration of intent from the persons/institutions involved in the project and/or no certificate of confirmation from the venue.

The use and presentation of historical materialgenerally involves copyright issues. It is the responsibility of each applicant to clarify all/any project-related copyright issues.

Application forms as well as FAQs and other funding or project-related documents can be downloaded here.