Stiftung Mercator implements its own projects and provides funding for external projects. In practice, roughly 20 percent of projects are implemented by the foundation itself, while around 80 percent are funded as external projects.
Every year, Stiftung Mercator receives a large number of grant applications which far exceed the available grants. In choosing which projects to support, we therefore have to apply strict standards according to the thematic and strategic funding criteria detailed below.
Please only apply for a grant if your project meets these criteria.
Projects are chosen first and foremost on the basis of whether they will help achieve the concrete targets in our four thematic clusters. All submitted grant applications should be oriented towards at least one of these clusters and contribute to the achievement of its objectives.
Besides these four thematic areas, we also fund projects in selected fields of activity:
In our Centre for Science and Humanities:
In our Centre for Education and Centre for Integration we solely support projects within the framework of the goals specified in our four thematic clusters, focusing above all on the following fields of activity:
The work of our Centre for International Affairs is concentrated solely on two regions:
In addition to the aforementioned thematic criteria, we also assess every grant application according to the following strategic criteria:
• Construction work
• Printing cost subsidies for publications
• Development costs for technical, artistic or other end products (such as films, teaching materials, apps, artwork) that do not form part of our projects
• Simulation games for pupils and students (for example Model United Nations)
• Events with a purely entertainment or festival character; sporting and leisure events
• Commercially-oriented projects and institutions
• Open-ended projects and ventures
• Gaps in public-sector budgets
• Individual persons or groups (e.g. families, groups of artists, schools)
• Individual assistance (for example travel costs, training costs)
• Individual scholarships outside the scholarship programmes and fellowships funded by the Foundation
• International projects of no relevance to Germany
• In the area of climate change: projects focused solely on the environmental education of young people
• In the area of integration: projects not aimed at improving school and university qualifications and of no clear relevance to the issue of educational participation
• In the area of cultural education: projects of no direct relevance to our objectives in this area (for example individual practical projects, non-school projects, pure art projects)