Culture in motion

Kultur in Bewegung Trofim Popov © Goethe-Institut

Regional mobility fund of the Goethe-Institut Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA)

Travel grants for culture professionals and cultural institutions
Application deadline:
Deadline ends on May 31st 2020, 23:59 Moscow time (for travels within the dates of September 1st through December 15th)
Language of application:
German, English (for travels to Germany)
German, English, Russian (for travels within the region)
Target group: Cultural professional (older than 18 years) and cultural institutions
Mutual dialog is the lifeblood of change in society. The new program Culture in Motion: The Regional mobility fund of the Goethe-Institut Eastern Europe/Central Asia promotes exchange and encounters among those active in the area of contemporary culture in order to generate impulses for the cultural scenes in the participating countries of the region Eastern Europe/Central Asia and Germany. The objective is to initiate and expand permanent structures for intercultural collaboration.
The program awards travel grants. It is intended for cultural professionals and cultural institutions that accompany and reflect societal changes.
Cultural professionals from the following countries are eligible to apply Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.
Cultural institution in Germany can invite cultural professionals from the countries cited to Germany. Please note that cultural creators from Germany cannot be invited with support of the "Culture in Motion” program.
Financing is available for travels by cultural professionals from the countries cited to Germany as well as between the countries cited.

Please note that cultural creators from Germany cannot be invited with support of the "Culture in Motion” program.

The fund is structured to include two programs:

Program 1 is intended for cultural professionals traveling individually (artists, curators, artistic directors, producers, project directors, etc.) who would like to travel to cultural events in Germany or in the cited countries.
Program 2 is intended for cultural facilities in Germany and the Eastern Europe / Central Asia region who would like to invite cultural professionals from the countries cited.

Possible reasons for travel:
  • Active participation in relevant cultural events as well as presentation of personal artistic works (e.g. in film, dance or theater festivals, cultural policy conferences, symposia or exhibition).
  • Participation in seminars and workshops with the objective of further professional development.
  • Research and exchange with potential partners in order to develop and realize joint initiatives or co-productions. 

Type and scope of funding:
The maximum amount of the travel grants is in average 2,500 Euros.
Support is provided for travel and hotel costs, per diem allowances and in some cases for visa costs. Assistance in the visa application process is also available. During application, please note that only the mentioned costs can be supported.
Payment of the scholarship:
The conditions of the payout are specified in the contract with the respective scholarship holder.
Application deadlines and award criteria:

The administration of the regional mobility fund is anchored in the cultural programming department of the Goethe-Institut Moscow. Staff members carefully inspect all requests received based on formal aspects and in terms of a proper fit to objectives and award criteria.
A jury consisting of representatives of the Goethe-Institut and external jurors decides on the submissions. The decision will be announced at the latest 4 weeks after the closing date. The legal process is excluded.
Award criteria:
Travel grants can be awarded for projects that:
  • Promise to exhibit substantive quality
  • Make a relevant contribution to contemporary culture
  • Show the potential for innovation in terms of content and form
  • Display potential for relevant contributions to current social discourse
  • Serve as exploratory trips for possible coproductions
  • thematic connection with German culture
Applicants who received the scholarship in 2019 and in the first half of the current year (2020) may only apply for the program again in 3 years.
Commercial projects are excluded.

Application procedure:

In order to apply, the following documents must be submitted by e-mail until May 31st 2020, 23:59 p.m. (Moscow time). Contact:

Please note that applications concerning travels to Germany are only accepted in German or English.
Applications for travels to the countries of the region Eastern Europe / Central Asia (1) can be submitted in German, English and Russian.
Program 1: Cultural professionals travelling individually

1. Form 1
2. Invitation (if available).
3. 4-6 photos in the form of mentioned projects. 

Program 2: Cultural institutions/Hosting institutions
1. Form 2
2. 4-6 photos in the form of mentioned projects. 

Successful applicants (persons or the hosting organizations) will sign a contract with the Goethe-Institut, which specifies the obligations of both parties.
The funding recipients agree to provide the Goethe-Institut with complete visa documents at a time appropriately in advance of the desired date of travel.
When planning the trip, sufficient preparation for all formalities must be considered. Between assent and beginning of the trip should be at least a time of 2 weeks. If the scholar holder needs visa - at least 4 weeks.
After the completion of the trip the Goethe-Institut expects a substantive and financial report on the trip as well as photographic and press material on the project. The hosting organizations agree to refer to the Goethe-Institut funding in publications and on their web pages.
The applicants organize the trip themselves.
For questions, please contact