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You would like to apply for funding? You will find all relevant information and documents on this page. Thank you for your work, we look forward to hearing from you!

At this time we can only process applications from organizations and groups working at the Polish-Belarusian border. For all others: Please send us an email if you would like to be notified as soon as funding applications are possible again.

Applications must be submitted in one PDF document to hello@stiftung-seenotrettung.org

Priority will be given to projects which:

  1. Have little chance of obtaining other funding opportunities
  2. Guarantee diversity in the allocation of funds
  3. Guarantee the sustainability of the allocation of resources
  4. Have an impact beyond the individual case, regarding the overall context of human rights in the context of flight and migration
  5. Deal with the criminalization of flight and emergency assistance to refugees
  6. Support people who are fleeing or have fled to Europe by sea
  7. Promote safe passage
  8. Provide legal assistance in the event of criminalization
  9. Integration projects are not eligible for funding

Note: Funds can only be awarded to organizations recognised as non-profit organizations. However, these organizations can in turn support individuals in accordance with their statutory purposes.

  1. The application form
  2. An informal letter in which the following questions are answered:
    • What exactly would the requested amount be used for? A detailed cost statement is useful, especially for when requesting larger sums.
    • What are the objectives of the project? What should change as a result of the project or the funds applied for?
    • What is the relevance of the project with regard to the eligibility criteria of the Stiftungsfonds?
    • Why is money from the Stiftungsfonds needed? What other financing options have been tried (and with what result)?
  3. The signed declaration of commitment
  4. If necessary the declaration of commitment for operational SAR NGOs
  5. Gemeinn├╝tzigkeitsbescheid (Notification of non-profit status)
  6. Cost calculation in the form of a table

(In your own language and in German / if not possible in English) If grant applications are submitted in partnership with a German non-profit organization, the additional documentation requirements do not apply.

(In your own language and in German / if not possible in English) According to German national law for non-profit organizations, we are obliged to request additional documents from foreign organizations.

  1. The application form
  2. An informal letter in which the following questions are answered:
    • What exactly would the requested amount be used for? A detailed cost statement is useful, especially for when requesting larger sums.
    • What are the objectives of the project? What should change as a result of the project or the funds applied for?
    • What is the relevance of the project with regard to the eligibility criteria of the Stiftungsfonds?
    • Why is money from the Stiftungsfonds needed? What other financing options have been tried (and with what result)?
  3. The signed declaration of commitment
  4. If necessary declaration of commitment for operational SAR NGOs
  5. The statutes of the association
  6. The entry in the register of associations or the commercial register
  7. Official certificate of the tax-exempt or non-profit status of the organization
  8. Last available tax assessment of the tax office
  9. List of names of persons authorised to represent the association, e.g. managing director or board of directors
  10. The activity report for the previous financial year
  11. Financial report (usually in the form of a balance sheet and profit and loss account) for the last financial year
  12. Business plan for the current year
  13. Justification on the part of the organization as to why they are submitting a grant application to a German foundation

Note: If grant applications are submitted in partnership with a German non-profit organization, the additional documentation requirements do not apply.

Organisations registered outside the European Union may only submit funding applications in cooperation with German or European Union registered associations.

If funds are requested from the Stiftungsfonds, the applying organization must commit itself to the following principles in a declaration of general commitment:

  1. At the end of the funding period, suitable evidence of the appropriate use of the funds must be provided without any further requests.
  2. If the project is discontinued, all unspent funds received by the Stiftungsfonds must be repaid promptly.
  3. In the event of a breach of the above conditions, the entire amount of funding can be reclaimed.

Please download the general declaration of commitment here.

If funds are requested for operational sea rescue organizations, the organization must commit to the following principles:

  1. A POS (Port of Safety) can only be located in the European Union. Rescued persons will not be returned to the country from which the rescued boat has departed. There will be no disembarkation to North Africa or Turkey, nor will there be any communication with the relevant authorities.
  2. No interviews are conducted on board as part of / as preparation for an asylum procedure. The involvement of other NGOs or intergovernmental organizations for this purpose is excluded.
  3. Appropriate evidence of the adequate use of the funds must be provided without request at the end of the eligibility period.
  4. In the event of a violation of the conditions under 1, 2 or 3, the subsidy amount can be reclaimed.

Please download the declaration of commitment for operational sea rescue organizations here.