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The Individuelle Künstlerinnen- und Künstlerförderung (IKF) – ‘Individual Support for Artists’  is a funding programme for artists in the Ruhr area and is open to all creative professions and sectors, such as the fine arts, literature, music, performing arts, film, media art, architecture of design.

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Funded projects

Between 2016 and 2018, the IKF was able to get 170 projects underway. In 2019, a further 42 projects were recommended by the panel to receive funding and support.

An overview of the funded projects, 2016-2018.

Information on Funding

The Individual Support for Artists (IKF)  is a funding programme for artists in the Ruhr area and is open to all creative professions and sectors, such as the fine arts, literature, music, performing arts, film, media art, architecture of design. Since its inception in 2016, more than 200 projects amounting to around 2.2 million euros have been provided by the state fund of the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft (MKW) - Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia You can find information on the application procedure in the FAQ and in the funding information of the respective areas eligible for funding.


  • Who can make an application?

    Applications are open to professional artists from all creative professions and sectors, whose work and/or life is centred in the Ruhr area.
    The Ruhr area includes the following districts and cities:

    Applicants who are not resident in one of the aforementioned cities can also submit applications insofar that they are able to provide written proof that their work and/or life has been predominantly (more than 60%) centred in the Ruhr area in the past four years.
    Please contact the IKF-Team for this.

  • What funding plans are there?

    IKF Feuerwehrtopf
    This funding plan is based on a simplified funding procedure and is intended to support the flexibility of artistic and cultural creative work. The funding pot was created to offer relatively short-term and uncomplicated funding in case of financial problems. In addition, it enables the realisation of micro-projects. The funding sum can be from 500 to 5.000 euros per application.

    IKF KünstlerInnen-Stipendium
    A cash scholarship which is intended to support purpose-free and self-determined work. In addition to the monthly scholarship sum of 1.500 euros, additional materials costs can be applied for up to the same amount. The duration of the scholarship is determined by the applicants themselves, the maximum funding period is 12 months.

  • How is the application submitted?

    The application submission takes place online via the application portal After registration, you can submit your application, save it and edit it until the deadline. The application language is German.
    (Applicants who are not able to complete an online application should please use the postal submission option instead and contact ecce as early as possible).

    Application process

    After the submission deadline, the submitted applications are formally reviewed by ecce GmbH.

    If the application complies with the formal criteria, it will then be submitted to the panel for review and preliminary evaluation. As part of the ensuing panel meeting, the jurors will make recommendations for funding/support. All the applicants will be informed of the outcome of the decision.

    Those applicants who receive a funding recommendation from the panel then submit an official funding application – made available by ecce GmbH – to the respective district government office.

    The binding grant decision is issued by the district government.


  • What documentation needs to be submitted?

    In addition to the fully completed online-form, the following enclosures/attachments are an absolute requirement:

    - Attachment 1: Time schedule
    - Attachment 2: Cost projection (excel-template)
    - Attachment 3: Information about your own work (CV and, if applicable, portfolio)

    The required attachments should be combined into a PDF-document for uploading in the application portal. The total size of the uploaded file should please not exceed 10 MB.
    Incorrect or incomplete documentation may lead to rejection of the application.

  • When is funding not possible?

    Projects which have already received funding from the Regionale Kulturpolitik or the Landesbüro Freie Darstellende Künste may NOT receive additional support from the Individuelle Künstlerinnen- und Künstlerförderung (IKF) – ‘Individual Support for Artists’. In this case, an application is not allowed.

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  • Application Advice

    Do you have any questions regarding the application submission which have not been answered in the FAQ? We would be pleased to advise you personally before and during the application.
    Please send us an email, phone us or arrange an appointment.

    Contact Partners

    Angelika von Ammon

    Project Management
    Phone: +49 (0) 231 22 22 75 70
    E-Mail: vonammon(at)e-c-c-e.com 


    Claudia Weber
    Project Assistance
    Phone: +49 (0) 231 222 275 73
    E-Mail: weber(at)e-c-c-e.com


Information on Jury

The Jurys are appointed by ecce GmbH in co-ordination with the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft (MKW) - Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.
After examination by the responsible district government offices, the approval of the respective applications is granted.

Procedure and Principles

  • Rotation Principle and Composition

    The changing composition of the jurys is designed to promote openness and the diversity of decisions – the jury members therefore work in line with a rotation principle. There is a pool for each funding plan from which the jury is reassembled at each application deadline. As a rule, the panel consists of a minimum of five members which is composed of artists and representatives of cultural institutions and cultural administrations. In addition, a balanced relationship between artistic sectors, gender, age and place of activity is striven for.

  • Confidentiality and Transparency

    The results of each jury meeting are their funding recommendations for the submitted applications. Upon the request of all the jury members, preliminary evaluations, discussions and the reasons for the panel’s decisions are confidential and not communicated to the public. After the meetings, the active jury pool of the current year is published. Active jury members are excluded from submitting an application for the submission deadline being processed in the panelled funding plan and subsequently for a period of six months thereafter.  

  • Allocation of the Funding & Support

    The amount of the funding to be awarded will be announced to the jurors at the beginning of the jury meeting. Funding which is not allocated in the current jury meeting does not expire, but is generally made additionally available for the next jury to award (if possible, in the same funding area). The jury is free to decide how it wishes to distribute or divide the available budget among the applicants, whereby basically only 100% of the request funding applied for is awarded – a change in the requested funding by the jury is not possible.