City museums are places of urban history and identity. They provide orientation and encourage lively exchange within their cities and regions. Because of their local orientation, they are especially suited for forging contact with new target groups and helping them become more involved in civic life. In order to adequately portray the increasing complexity of everyday life and the atmosphere of our cities in the future, it is becoming more important for city museums to build networks and collaborate with partners on projects which are devoted to current issues of urban society.
The City Companions fund, initiated by the Federal Cultural Foundation, supports museums with local or regional orientation in German cities and towns of up to 250,000 inhabitants. The programme awards funding to collaborative cultural projects involving representatives of urban society whose stories and perspectives deserve a more prominent role in museums. The coordinators can apply for a maximum of 150,000 euros of funding for projects lasting for up to two years. A portion of the funding should be used to create a project management position to support the museum team.
Due to the museums’ unabated interest in establishing collaborative projects on contemporary issues, the City Companions fund has been extended until 2021 and augmented with 2.7 million euros to finance two additional rounds of funding. The last deadline for applications was in February 2018.
The members of the jury are:
Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Czech, Director of the Hamburg Museum, till Dec. 2015 Research Director at the Altonaer Museum Hamburg, 2007–2013 Founding Director of the Stadtmuseum Wiesbaden
Prof. Dr. Martin Eberle, Foundation Director of the Stiftung Schloss Friedenstein Gotha, 2003–2007 Director of the Städtisches Museum Braunschweig
Susanne Gesser, Director of the kinder museum and the department "Exhibitions and Education" at Historisches Museum Frankfurt
Dr. Jutta Götzmann, Founding Director of the Potsdam Museum – Forum für Kunst und Geschichte, 2004–2006 Project Coordinator and Curator of 29th Council of Europe exhibition "The Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" at DHM Berlin
Dr. Reinhard Spieler, Director of the Sprengel Museum Hannover, 2007–2014 Director of the Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen