Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion introduces anti-discrimination clause

Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion,
04 January 2024, Germany

From now on, grants from the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion will be provided with an anti-discrimination clause. This measure is intended to strengthen the prevention of discrimination and anti-Semitism.

The Senator for Culture and Social Cohesion, Joe Chialo:
"Art is the glue that holds our society together, it serves as an exchange with each other, it is often a source of friction that ignites debates and provides food for thought. Art is free! But not without rules. For example, cultural institutions and funding agencies are responsible for ensuring that public funds do not promote racist, anti-Semitic, queerphobic or otherwise exclusionary forms of expression. We want to ensure this with the measures we have now implemented, such as the corresponding modification of the funding guidelines, the voluntary commitment and the anti-discrimination clause in the funding decisions."

From now on, grant notices will only be sent with the newly developed anti-discrimination clause. At the same time, the funding guidelines are supplemented by a corresponding passage and a self-declaration.

All potential grant recipients are thus committed to a diverse society and against any form of anti-Semitism in accordance with the definition of anti-Semitism of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) and its extension by the Federal Government. They also undertake to take all necessary steps to ensure that the funding granted does not benefit organisations that are classified as terrorist and/or extremist.

*Translated from German