Cultural fund to enable events despite energy crisis

20 February 2023
Funds for cultural institutions and event organizers co-ordinated in Hamburg

The German government has set aside EU 1 billion in so-called Cultural Energy Funds for events nationwide amid rising energy bills, a press release said Wednesday (February 15, 2023). Applications are managed and funds allocated by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Finance in Hamburg. Both gained considerable experience with a special pandemic-related fund for cultural events in 2021 with the treasury in Hamburg. A national IT portal was developed, which will now be adapted for the Cultural Energy Fund.

Targeted, uncomplicated assistance

"After the pandemic, culture is now facing the next fundamental challenge in the form of higher energy costs," said Dr Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media. Thanks to a close and trusting co-operation with cultural institutions, Hamburg has established an infrastructure that facilitates targeted and uncomplicated assistance for the cultural sector. Dr. Andreas Dressel, Senator for Finance, remarked: "We and the treasury gained a wealth of experience in the technical implementation and handling such support measures through the numerous coronavirus grants." 

Subsidising higher energy costs 

This latest fund targets private and public cultural institutions as well as event organisers who have run into financial difficulties due to increased energy costs. Applications can be submitted retroactively from January 1, 2023. The IT portal provides a secure, straightforward and fully digitalised application process. Grants will be available until April 30, 2023 to compensate proportionately for the higher costs of gas, district heating and grid-connected electricity. Webinars on the fund are also planned. More information can be found on the website.


Sources and further information

Similar articles

Hamburg announces six-month extension of cultural aid

City to provide EUR 9 million for sector after expiry of German government aid

Ministry of Culture to provide funding for Hamburg's music labels

Small labels' applications accepted until deadline of March 1

Survey of visitors to Hamburg's cultural institutions underway

Ministry of Culture surveying 15,000 visitors to boost Hamburg as a city of culture

EUR 500,000 in "Elbkultur" funding for independent artists next year

Ministry of Culture and Media lists seven projects - African and European perspectives
The Consent Management Platform ( we use could not be loaded. This can happen if AdBlockers incorrectly block this URL. Some features such as maps, proximity search or forms, cannot be used this way. To use these features, please deactivate your AdBlocker or allow access to *