Call for Projects – Graz Year of Culture 2020

Posted on: 19. February 2019


Graz is the second largest city in Austria and one of the fastest growing in the country. Graz shares with many other European cities similar, viru- lent issues of an urban life in which specific local conditions with global developments impact each other, from migration and diversity to the effects of digitalisation. People are confronted with multi-faceted, sometimes highly contrasting everyday realities, especially with regard to social and cultural differences, limited and affordable housing, climate change and protection from environmental disasters, developments in education, health, mobility, renewable energy, nutrition, digital space and much more.

Graz Kulturjahr 2020 offers under the motto “Culture creates the future of urban living” the opportunity to participate in the social design process and the critical (self-) questioning as to how we wish to live (together) in the future.

In view of the complexity of the world we live in and the dependencies of our everyday realities, the Graz Year of Culture 2020 encourages the development of visionary ideas and designs.


Designmonat Klanglicht, Photo: Lipp Zahnschirm


The call for projects is aimed at actors and institutions from the arts and sciences of all sectors. In line with the richness of the local cultural landscape, the entire range of categories, formats and constellations of the applicants is welcome for submission, such as different formats of communication, speculative approaches, community work, activities in public or digital space, etc., submitted by individuals, initiatives, from the Free Scene (independent groups), from institutions or scientific departments (universities). Applicants from further afield and abroad can submit a project if they work together with an equivalent co-ordinating partner from Graz.


Art and science projects dealing with the topics described can be financially supported.

In principle, the eligibility criteria are based on those of the Graz Culture Support Model as well as on the category criteria that can be seen on the homepage of the Kulturamt (Cultural Office – in German here). Funding is generally granted on the basis of relevance, quality, innovation and according to the thematic priorities. Due to the breadth of the research question and the applicants, it follows that there is basically no limit to a single subsidy amount. The responsible selection of the funded projects by the Program Advisory Board (Jury) is carried out with a view to a well-balanced, broad and varied program and according to the overall budgetary situation. The financial plans of the projects are checked for their cost awareness. A reasonable degree of co-financing and self-financing increases the chance of allocating funds for major projects.

For all submissions, specific information must be given for possible follow-up costs. This applies both to the maintenance of art in public spaces – including the functionality of media art works – as well as the liability issue and related insurance hedging, as well as the dismantling (restoration to the original condition).

Preliminary work, material and related costs for projects can also be funded in 2019, provided that they can be invoiced. This must be stated in the subsidy form in the “Substantiation” section.

Accordingly, it is also possible to additionally apply for support from the Graz Kulturjahr 2020 budget for project ideas that have already been included in the multi-year funding of the city of Graz, provided that this is an actual extension of the original project. This should be plausibly presented in the submission documents.

Against the background of the engine of the Graz Kulturjahr 2020 as a cultural activity of the city for the city actors are explicitly invited to participate in the project, who are not subsidy recipients in this call for projects. Relevant, self-financed projects can also be included in the overall program on the recommendation of the Program-Manager and made visible through joint application.

All applications must demonstrate that gender needs, including multiple discrimination, have been taken into account.


Marcel et ses Droles de Femmes, Photo: Nikola Milatovic – La Strada


  • Subsidy Form Culture or Subsidy Form Science of the City of Graz: Subventionsansuchen Kulturamt – in German only. 
  • Project description (short summary, approx. 1500 characters)
  • Detailed description on max. two DIN-A 4 pages
  • Sketches as a visual representation and local requirements (optional)
  • Schedule
  • Cooperation partners
  • Contact person, persons responsible and websites
  • Short biography of all persons probably involved



The call for projects is open from November 22, 2018 until March 18, 2019. The application period ends on March 18, 2019 at 12 noon CET.

It is requested that the submission documents be sent by post (for the timeliness of submissions, the postmark shall apply) or by e-mail (the arrival time of the mail server of the Municipal Authority of the City of Graz shall apply):

Kulturamt der Stadt Graz/Kulturjahr 2020 Stigergasse 2
A-8020 Graz


coLABse, Photo: Nikola Milatovic – La Strada

Further Information

Download the full Call for Projects here -> Call_for_Paper_English

Contact Details

Mag. Christian Mayer
Program-Manager Graz Kulturjahr 2020 Tel.: +43 316 872-4940

Sara Lesky
Office Kulturjahr 2020 Tel.: +43 316 872-4941

Alexander Pipam, MA
Office Kulturjahr 2020 Tel.: +43 316 872-4942

Kulturamt der Stadt Graz/Kulturjahr
2020 Stigergasse 2
A-8020 Graz