Emergency Funding International Relief Fund

Music lessons at the Kronendal Music Academy in Hout Bay, South Africa.
Music lessons at the Kronendal Music Academy in Hout Bay, South Africa. | © Thabang Radebe
The International Relief Fund for organisations in culture and education was established in 2020 as an initiative of the German Foreign Office and the Goethe-Institut and in collaboration with further partners with the aim of supporting cultural and educational institutions abroad in their efforts to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

The German Foreign Office provided the initial funding of three million Euros, which has been increased to around six million Euros in 2021. The Goethe-Institut is in charge of the overall coordination and distribution of the funding. Cultural organisations and private charities from Germany which have also provided funding or are involved with their own project funding include the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin programme, the German Commission for UNESCO, the S. Fischer Stiftung, the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the Siemens Stiftung. 

At present, 215 organisation from 59 countries are receiving funding. 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.