Call for applications

Embedded Perspectives

Pro Helvetia, Switzerland
Deadline: 08 January 2024

Courtesy of Pro Helvetia

Courtesy of Pro Helvetia

Pro Helvetia supports projects that explore new forms of arts and culture outreach and education and that foster the critical discussion on culture and contemporary artistic production. Following Multiply Perspectives (2022) and Expanding Perspectives (2023), the third call for applications Embedded Perspectives (2024) looks at formats and programmes for arts and culture outreach and education (analogue, digital and hybrid) that have a public impact and seek new, creative ways to facilitate access to art and culture and promote dialogue between these fields and the public.

For Whom
Artists and cultural practitioners in all artistic disciplines supported by Pro Helvetia: Design including Game Design, Performing Arts, Literature, Music and Visual Arts.

Selection Criteria
Projects that

  • include multidisciplinary artistic approaches and perspectives
  • are conceived and realised by at least two people, networks or collectives who have their main focus of work in Switzerland
  • create space for dialogue between different stakeholders
  • have a clear connection to contemporary Swiss art and culture
  • focus on arts and culture outreach and education
  • are embedded within a specific spatial (e.g. physical or digital space) or societal (e.g. community, organisation or network) context
  • are conceived to have a lasting impact
  • have potential to spark societal discussion on contemporary art and culture
  • offer new stimuli to trigger exploration of the interface between artistic and societal issues
  • are accessible to the public

Financial Contribution
Project grant of max. CHF 25,000

  • Pro Helvetia funding must not make up more than 50% of the total budget of the project submitted
  • The project grant may cover salaries, administrative costs, the costs of project support and targeted communication

Content Of Application

  • Concept for the content, form, goals and implementation of the project, with details of the target audience: maximum of five A4 pages and/or an interactive format (e.g. video, audio). Project applications must be complete at the time of submission and list all individuals involved in the project.
  • Description of international collaboration, if the project is intended to have international reach.
  • Details of the participating individuals (CV, incl. description of their task and role within the project, and information on their individual contribution to the project, justifying the relevance of the planned collaboration). In the event of international collaborations, at least 50% of the participating artists and cultural practitioners need to be from Switzerland.
  • Budget and financing plan (incl. information on all financial support requested from third parties)
  • Realisation plan
  • Further documentation (e.g. documents relating to projects already carried out, media digest, etc.)

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

  • Grants towards infrastructure, equipment and operating costs and towards maintenance costs for digital formats
  • Grants towards the research, production or presentation of an artistic production
  • Grants towards projects involving journalistic research and reporting (with publication in print media or digital formats) and PR projects/projects that are solely for (self-)promotional and dissemination purposes (e.g. artist homepage, book promotion, etc.)
  • Grants towards projects involving individuals still in education
  • Retroactive grants towards ongoing projects: projects may be presented to the public from 1 July 2024 onwards, at the earliest.

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines
The call for applications will run from 28 November 2023 to 1 March 2024. From 8 January 2024, all applications must be submitted via No retroactive contributions are granted to projects already underway. Projects may be presented to the public from 1 July 2024 onwards, at the earliest. Applications will be assessed by a jury. Funding decisions will be communicated within four months of the application deadline (1 March 2024).


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