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Diversity: Process support

Applications can be submitted from: 1 July

Target group
Institution in Switzerland
Submission deadline
1 April and 1 October


Following the workshop on diversity process support, a cultural institution or organisation can start a diversity process. The grant enables them to draw on advice and support from external diversity experts.

For Whom

Cultural institutions and organisations (who have taken part in Pro Helvetia’s diversity process support workshop)

Selection Criteria

  • Structural fields of action are recognised and clearly identified (HR policy, work and decision-making processes, programme design, etc.).
  • The diversity process must be supported by the management and appropriate resources should be made available for this purpose.
  • The diversity process occurs on multiple organisational levels and in an intersectional manner.
  • The diversity process promises sustainable transformation potential.
  • The process support is professional and of reputable quality in relation to diversity in organisational development.

In addition to these specific criteria, the apply.

Financial Contribution

  • Maximum grant of CHF 50,000
  • The grant covers the costs of obtaining external expertise for the diversity process.
  • The institution/organisation must make its own appropriate contribution.

Content Of Application

  • The organisation’s self-assessment with regard to diversity
  • Process description
  • Objective
  • Implementation plan
  • Budget and financial plan (incl. information regarding all financial assistance requested from third parties)
  • Current CV of the intended diversity experts (incl. contracts, if already available)

Format-specific Exclusion Criteria

  • Grants towards infrastructure, equipment and operating costs
  • Grants towards the organisation’s communication measures
  • Cultural institutions or organisations that are not publicly funded

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

Applications can be submitted from1 January and 1 July
Submission deadline1 April and 1 October
Notification of decisionApril and Octobre

Additional Information


Applications can be submitted from: 1 July

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General Requirements


Pro Helvetia promotes the professional contemporary Swiss art and cultural production (without film) with a view to diversity as well as national and international reach. It supports the creation of new artistic works and productions, the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions, the dissemination of Swiss art and culture outside Switzerland and international cultural exchange. As a national foundation, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and only supports projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised.

Pro Helvetia will only consider funding applications if they are complete and have been submitted on time.

To be eligible for support, projects must

  • have a clear connection to Switzerland
  • be of nationwide importance
  • be adequately co-funded by other public or private means
  • respects/guarantee fair working conditions

Connection to Switzerland

A connection to Switzerland is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The production or project in question is developed or implemented by artists and cultural practitioners, who verifiably hold Swiss citizenship or are permanent residents of Switzerland and who are regularly artistically involved in relevant events in Switzerland.
  • The project is created, developed, or implemented by an independent group or cultural institution whose place of production is in Switzerland and who is regularly and publicly active in Switzerland.

Nationwide relevance

Nationwide relevance is given, if one of the following conditions is met:

  • The art and cultural practitioners participating in the project are regularly involved in programmes of nationally recognised art and cultural institutions in Swiss regions other than their own or abroad, and the project in question has a transregional appeal.
  • The artistic potential of an emerging art practitioner involved is exceptional in terms of a national or international career.
  • The project makes a significant contribution to the development of Swiss artistic and cultural production and its dissemination.
  • The project is of significant importance for the exchange between Switzerland’s various linguistic regions.

Assessment of content and quality

Within the framework of the available funds, Pro Helvetia prioritises projects that most comprehensively meet the funding criteria. The Foundation assesses whether

  • the project demonstrates high degree of independence and professional competence as well as social and thematic relevance
  • the project is implemented according to professional standards
  • the costs are commensurate with the expected impact
  • a lasting impact can be expected

Furthermore, the Foundation attaches great importance to the following aspects:

  • The project has an appropriate commitment to diversity.
  • Resources are used in an ecologically responsible manner and work and production are planned sustainably.


Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if

  • the same part of the submitted project is already received funding from other federal bodies (e.g. Federal Office of Culture, Presence Switzerland, Swiss National Science Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)
  • the project is part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
  • funding is intended to cover infrastructure and equipment costs, as well as the costs of operating cultural facilities, archives and collections
  • the project does not depend on funding from Pro Helvetia

Status: January 2024