In order to meet the needs of the cultural sector in the Danube region, to contribute to the implementation of the EUSDR and to give a proper answer to the challenges of the Covid-pandemic, the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts Baden-Württemberg (MWK) initiated a pilot action for the Danube Small Project Fund which is to elaborate the final structure and to test the long-term function of this innovative funding platform.

The partner organisations of the Danube Small Project Fund agreed to jointly establish a pilot implementation phase from 2021-2023. The pilot phase is based on simple online calls at least once per year (depending on funding possibilities). Cultural actors in the Danube region can describe their concepts and enter them into an online form to apply for funding.

The Danube Small Project Fund for Culture is a new funding opportunity for small scale cultural creative initiatives based on collaboration among various partners – creatives and cultural operators – from the Danube countries.


  • Independent NGOs, small associations, groups of artists or individuals (artists, cultural operators, creatives) can apply as a lead partner.
  • Clear preference is given to initiatives from the independent cultural-creative scene of the Danube region (instead of big national institutions or festivals). Nevertheless, institutions are not excluded from the call as they may apply with new small and cooperative initiatives for the benefit of the independent creative-artistic scene (e.g. a special off-programme of an existing festival).
  • Applications should be in partnership with at least two partners from two more different countries of the Danube region. Collaboration or co-creation is a key condition for funding.
  • The Danube area is defined in the sense of the European Union’s Strategy for the Danube Region. In this sense, lead partner and all further partners should be registered or be residents of one of the following countries or states: Austria, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and parts of Ukraine (Zakarpatska, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi and Odessa).

The scheme offers a one-off grant or contribution of up to 5000€ for the realisation of your initiative/project proposal. The proposals will be selected by the international Jury (Programme Committee) of the DSPF. The results will be published on the website of the DSPF in a transparent way.

Travel costs are eligible grant expenditures only but domestic and short flights are generally not eligible for reimbursement.

Deadline: 2 October 2022

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