When the Federal Cultural Foundation was established in March 2002, one of the first programmes it initiated was "Cultural Aspects of German Unification" which examined the significance of cultural and artistic competence in the German unification process. This involved safeguarding "cultural beacons" as well as supporting culturally-committed citizen interest groups on a local and regional level. For this purpose, the Foundation established the "Fund to Strengthen Citizen Involvement in the Culture of the New German Länder" or for short, the "New Länder Fund" in July 2002. The goal of the fund was to support the continuing structural development and professionalization of cultural work in East Germany.
In order to receive funding, the projects had to clearly demonstrate strong citizen involvement in cultural life. The fund supported institutions whose cultural projects motivated the public to take an active role in reviving the culture in their towns and regions – especially in economically underdeveloped areas.
When selecting projects for funding, the Federal Cultural Foundation based its decisions on prior initiative – in other words, it lent its support to associations and groups which had successfully carried out cultural activities in the past. The Foundation made a point to choose project coordinators from a wide spectrum of cultural fields (music, theatre, exhibitions, youth culture, etc.) as equally dispersed throughout the new German states as possible.
The New Länder Fund provided support to 343 projects between the years 2002 and 2019.
In the following, you will find an overview of all the projects in the New Länder Fund, listed in alphabetical order in the states of Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
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