Exhibition Funding

The Exhibition Funding Programme supports international exhibition projects in public museums, cultural institutions and galleries abroad. The programme is open to contemporary German artists and artists with at least five years of residency in Germany. Funding is available for solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, participation in an international exhibition project or a biennial abroad.

Application Deadlines

  • 15 August  2020 for projects in the following year.
  • 31 January 2021 for projects as of June of the same year.
    The date of postmark is applicable. Applications sent after the filing deadline will not be considered.

Whom Is the Programme Designed for?

  • The program exhibition funding abroad is meant to subsidize, under given preconditions exhibition projects outside Germany. Applications can be made for projects by German artists and by artists who have been a resident in Germany for a minimum of 5 years. Appropriate evidence, e.g. registration certificate, required.
  • Funding refers to single exhibitions, group exhibitions, participations in exhibition projects with a multinational focus as well as participations in international biennials, provided that they take place in the scope of public museums, non-commercial galleries, art associations etc.
  • For applications to biennials or group exhibitions with the participation of several artists, we only accept one overall application for all German or participating artists from Germany. If this is not possible, please contact us.

The Application in 4 Steps

  1. Request access to the online application via the application system.
  2. Open the link sent in the email and create an online application.
  3. Fill out the application (Interim storage possible).
  4. Submit the application online, then print out the application and send it to ifa by post with all necessary documents.

ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen)
Exhibition Funding
Charlottenplatz 17
70173 Stuttgart

What Application Documents Are Required

  • Invitation from the foreign exhibiting institution.
  • General information about the exhibiting  institution.
  • CV and list of exhibitions for all artists for which funding is requested.
  • Visual material in print form (for instance catalogue, photos) of the project to be funded and/or of previous artistic work. Sound and video work can be inserted as a link in the application system under point 6 in the application form or saved on electronic media and sent by post.
  • Three cost estimates each for travel and transport expenses and for the rental costs of technical equipment for the presentation of the exhibition, if applicable.

What Happens After Applying?

All applicants will receive written confirmation or rejection within three months of the submission of their application. Recourse to legal action is out of question.

Funded projects

The artwork Wonders of the Moon by Sina Seifee shows an abstract view of space, which is designed in the shape of a diamond
11. September2020-28. March2021




  • What are the funding requirements?
    • High standards of artistic quality.
    • Invitation by a non-commercial foreign exhibition institution (not a private gallery).
    • Project clearly situated in a non-commercial context.
    • Considerable achievements in its own right by the foreign institution concerned.

  • Who can apply for funding?

    The application can be made by:

    • Artists

    • Exhibition institutions

    • Curators

    • In case of applications for biennials or group exhibitions with participation of several German or German artists, an overall application for the German contribution must be submitted. If this is not possible, please contact us.

  • Can an application be made for the expenses of curators?
    • Curators are excluded from funding.

  • Are artist-in-residence stays also supported?
    • No.

    •  It is possible that an application can be made for a subsequent exhibition, provided that it is open to the public

  • Do you also support projects for dance, theatre, film or similar?
    • No, only projects in the field of fine arts are eligible for funding.

  • Can I apply as a student?
    • No, you need to have finished your programme of study to be eligible to apply for funding.

  • Can I submit several applications at the same time?
    • Yes, if you are applying for funding for different projects.
    • No, if the applications refer to the same project being worked on in different countries. In this case, please submit one application only.

  • Does ifa offer further funding programs in the field of visual arts?
    • Yes, there is another funding option: The program artists‘contacts subsidize travel and work-related stays by artists, curators, scientists, art educators, art theorists, architects and designers from developing or transition countries. Also German applicants have the opportunity to apply for funding of travel expenses and thus establish contacts and networks with developing and transition countries.
      In case an exhibition is involved in the project, the module „exhibition funding“ is mandatory for the funding procedure.

  • Can I submit an application to both Artists’ Contacts and Exhibition Funding at the same time?
    • Yes, you can submit an application to the relevant grant programme for different aspects of your project. However, you cannot apply for funding with respect to the same expenses.

  • Can I apply to other grant organisations at the same time?
    • Yes, the organisations to which you are also applying for funding must be listed under item 5.2.2 on your application.

  • To which project timeframes do the application deadlines apply?
    • Deadline: 31 January (date of postmark): Applies to projects scheduled to start in June that same year at the earliest. If we decide to fund your project, we only accept receipts dated after the date on which your application was approved. We will decide whether or not to approve your project for funding by 30 April at the latest.
    • Deadline: 15 August (date of postmark): Applies to projects scheduled to start during the first half of the following year at the earliest. If your project is scheduled to start in December of the current year with most activities happening during the following year, you may submit your application by 15 August. If we decide to fund your project, we only accept receipts dated after the date on which your application was approved. We will decide whether or not to approve your project for funding by 15 November at the latest.

  • My project started before the application deadline. Can I still apply for funding?
    • No, it is not possible to apply for funding for a project that has already started.

    • A project that started before the written acceptance can no longer be funded.

The Application Procedure

The Financing Plan

The Project Funding Flow

Document Downloads

By applying, the applicant accepts the funding guidelines and conditions listed in the instruction sheet.


Ingrid Klenner

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.22.25.171

Office Hours

Information and consultation, Monday through Friday from 10 to 12 a.m. or by arrangement.

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