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Diversity and equality in the cultural sector

Diversity Tandem 2022 – call for applications

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Application deadline:

15 April 2022

Applications must be submitted via myprohelvetia

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Ariane Rippstein
Innovation & Society Specialist

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With the call for application “Diversity Tandem”, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia is offering publicly supported cultural institutions and organisations an opportunity to assess their structures and to introduce a more diversity-oriented approach. The selected institutions and organisations take part in a two-day workshop and benefit from one-on-one advice on how to develop a diversity strategy. Pro Helvetia subsequently decides which projects to support with a grant of up to CHF 50,000, based on the recommendations of a specialist jury.

What does Diversity Tandem offer?

Diversity Tandem offers support for projects that launch and run diversity processes at various operational and structural levels in a sustainable way. This includes cooperation over a lengthy period with mandated diversity experts that accompany the development, implementation and evaluation of sustainable diversity strategies.

As part of the Diversity Tandem programme, selected institutions take part in a two-day diversity workshop to develop and expand their own individual diversity strategy. The workshop is guided by recognised diversity experts and paves the way for the submission of a project in autumn.

How does the application process work?

Applying for Diversity Tandem involves two steps. 

First selection step:

Cultural institutions and organisations interested in participating in Diversity Tandem must apply by 15  April 2022. The application is to contain detailed information on their motivation and goals as well as on the organisational structure.

Pro Helvetia will subsequently select a maximum of 16 institutions for participation in the workshop and development of the project concerned.

Second selection step:

After the workshop, the cultural institutions and organisations are to submit specific diversity strategies by 17 October 2022. Pro Helvetia then decides on the allocation of support grants of up to CHF 50,000, basing its decisions on the recommendations of a specialist jury.

Please note: Participation in the workshop is a prerequisite for any application for financial support. Excepted from this requirement are institutions that took part in the Start Diversity workshop in 2021. They are entitled to apply for support without prior participation in the 2022 workshop.

Who is entitled to apply?

Eligible are publicly supported Swiss cultural institutions and organisations from all arts disciplines that are willing to work towards diversity and equal opportunities within their organisational structure and to develop and implement long-term diversity strategies with the help of diversity experts. Two persons per institutions at most are entitled to take part in the workshop, one of whom must be in a senior management position (e.g. management board member, head of HR, etc.).

When and where does the workshop take place?

The workshop is scheduled for 20 to 21 June 2022 in Biel/Bienne. Participants will be sent the detailed programme approximately two weeks before the event. With the submission of their application, participants automatically agree to take part in the workshop on the stated days, and to keep the dates reserved up to the notification of the definitive selection.

What support amount will be granted after the workshop? 

Depending on the project, the sum granted can amount up to a maximum of CHF 50,000. The institutions concerned must contribute means of their own and, ideally, third-party funds as well.

How long will support last for after the workshop?

The support is intended for diversity processes lasting for a lengthy period, at most for three years.

When will the selection be communicated?

The decision on who may participate in the workshop will be communicated by early May at the latest. 

The decision on support payments for long-term diversity processes will be communicated by the end of December 2022 at the latest.  

What is not eligible for support?

The planning and implementation of individual outreach or arts projects or projects in an educational context are not eligible for support under this programme.


Applications are to be submitted via myprohelvetia.ch; the application deadline is 15 April 2022The application dossier must include the following: 


  • Name and function of each participant
  • Information on motivation
  • Annual report and/or information on the institution’s organisational structure
  • Goals of the institution in matters of diversity



Diversity as it is understood here focuses on the acknowledgment of commonalities that people share and the differences between them. Another term that could be used in this context is heterogeneity. Historically grown differentiation within a society has led to social inequality based on attributes such as origin, gender, age, language, social position, life orientation, sexual orientation, religious or political convictions, worldview, as well as physical, mental or psychological disabilities (see also Art. 8 of the Swiss Federal Constitution).

Diversity processes

Diversity processes are long-term approaches to changes within institutions and organisations in the area of diversity. The aim of a diversity process is to achieve a structural dismantling of discrimination and of the barriers resulting from such discrimination. In the cultural sector, the focus is normally on long-term diversification in the area of the «three Ps»:

personnel (who is working in the cultural sector?)
programmes (what is being offered, who is being supported?)
public (which sectors of the public have access to the content on offer?)


Equality signifies equal opportunities for sharing and participating in cultural, political, economic and social life, irrespective of gender, origin and other social differences. Egalitarian access means that all have the same opportunities at the start and all have an equal chance to grasp these opportunities. Efforts to achieve such equality therefore focus on the structural dismantling of discrimination and barriers.

© Photography and montage: Nadia Lanfranchi & Nina Oppliger / Gessnerallee Zürich