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International Relief Fund
For Organisations in Culture and Education

The effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the cultural and educational sector are severe all over the world. Therefore, on the initiative of the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office, the International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education was launched together with other partners in the summer of 2020.

In order to alleviate the acute emergency situation for cultural life, the funding is made available for structural maintenance, for investments in pandemic measures or for the expansion of digitalisation, to name some examples. This enables cultural and educational centres in Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia, as well as Central and South America to continue their cultural and educational work, to resume contact with their audiences and thus to continue to make their contribution to artistic freedom, open discourse and social diversity.

Between September and December 2020, 141 organisations from 53 countries were provided support with up to 25,000 euros each. Due to the continuing urgency, it was decided to resume the International Relief Fund for 2021 in an expanded form. The Foreign Office doubled the budget to 6 million euros. Further funds were provided by the Robert Bosch Stiftung, the S. Fischer Foundation and as donations. This made it possible to increase the individual funding amount to 30,000 euros and to extend the funding period to six months.

At present, 215 organisations from 59 countries are receiving funding, so that they are able to make the necessary arrangements between September 2021 and February 2022 and implement their cultural projects and educational programmes.

The International Relief Fund for Organisations in Culture and Education is an initiative by the Goethe-Institut and the Federal Foreign Office. The S. Fischer Foundation and the Robert Bosch Stiftung are also partners. The German UNESCO Commission, the Berliner Künstlerprogramm of the DAAD and the Siemens Stiftung are involved with their own projects.