Evaluation of the support fund within the framework of the Artists' Social Insurance Fund (KSVF)

Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, the Civil Service and Sport
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

The support fund within the framework of the Artists' Social Insurance Fund (KSVF) provides the opportunity for artists to apply for non-repayable grants in certain emergency situations. The "Guidelines for the granting of non-repayable aid from the support fund in accordance with SS 25b K-SVFG" stipulate how this should be done in detail. EDUCULT was commissioned by the KSVF to evaluate these guidelines. In order to prepare the evaluation, the research team was in contact with employees of the commissioning KSVF, with applicants and advisory boards, and with representatives of cultural associations and institutions.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

The evaluation (commissioned by the KSVF itself) forms the basis for a revision of the KSVF guidelines. Following the evaluation carried out by EDUCULT, statements from civil society were obtained and the board of the KSVF was involved. The revision of the guidelines was approved by the responsible department, with the new guidelines coming into force in October 2019. They offer a revised framework for the submissions of artists as well as for the work of the advisory board and the management team.

In detail:
The most important adaption of the guidelines concerns the definition of "emergencies", adding the category "emergency situation". This broadened definition is an improvement, because it takes artists who have not entered the state of emergency due to a single event (i.e. a specific emergency) into consideration. In addition, the requirement regarding the time frame, being limited to emergencies within the last 6 months, has been abandoned.
Further changes concern the requirements and obligations for applicants: Additionally, to the previously set upper limit per emergency (EURO 5,000 / USD 5,500), there is now a fixed limit of Euro 12,500 (USD 13,500) within five years. Applicants are also obliged to credibly exhaust all other support options. Proof of payment for the reimbursement of costs by a social security institution must be provided before the fund itself transfers the support amount. Subsequent support services from other agencies for the same issue must in future be replaced by the KSVF up to the amount of its support.

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

EUR 20,000 / USD 21,700

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
Artists' Social Insurance Fund (KSVF)
Public Sector
EDUCULT - Denken und Handeln in Kultur und Bildung
Private Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
Goal(s) of UNESCO's 2005 Convention
Cultural Domain(s)
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