Innovationstopf 2007

The announcement of the KUPF Innovation Pool and the criteria for entries in english!

Deadline for entries: 12th March 2007

In 1996 the KUPF – the Cultural Platform of Upper Austria – announced the first Innovation Pool and described the function of this new funding pool as providing impulses for ongoing cultural work in the regions.

And now eleven years and twelve calls for entries later, the work of regional cultural initiatives stands as a model for social frameworks distinguished by self-determination, opportunities for participation, and establishing sustainability.

The 13th Innovation Pool of the KUPF is open to cultural initiatives in Upper Austria dealing with their living and working conditions and their situatedness in the region within the framework of cultural / artistic projects.

KUPF outlines the following as central issues of current regional cultural work and as possible thematic strands along which the projects could move:

– projects seeking nodes in regional networks or purposely moving beyond the regional space;
– projects oriented to inter- and transdisciplinary networking possibilities.
Place / Space:
– projects seeking an in-depth confrontation with their own living and working space;
– projects that question and illuminate regional /cultural identity.
Structure & Politics
– projects aiming to achieve improvements at a structural level;

– projects that confront the question of power in socio-political contexts.
– projects that enable structures for employment;
– projects dealing with the role of cultural workers in a flexibilized working world.
– project that involve creating media or promote the use of existing – free – media;
– projects that enable and include a critical use of media.

The KUPF Innovation Pool invites projects from the field of independent cultural work that pick up on these or other self-selected thematic strands and provide an example of the model funtion of independent cultural work in their conception and execution.

Criteria for Subject Matter:
The KUPF Innovation Pool invites projects to be submitted, which
-take place in Upper Austria or can establish a strong connection to Upper Austria in their subject matter;
-are located in the field of contemporary culture and/or art and relate to the announcement text;
-have a strong regional or local relevance;
-cross boundaries (geographically or thematically);
-are distinguished by an unconventional and, in the regional context, innovative idea;
-are intrinsically sensitive to gender issues;

-give preference to protagonists and/or include as target group socially disadvantaged groups.

Formal Criteria:
-Entrants can be independent cultural initiatives or individuals or groups, regardless of origins, residence or nationality. Entries will not be accepted from regional administrative bodies, public departments, churches, political parties, employees and board members of the Upper Austrian Cultural Platform (KUPF) or the KUPF itself.
-Deadlines for entry is Monday, 12 March 2007 (postmarked)
-Applications must be sent to the KUPF in 10 copies (for jury, sponsors, etc.) on paper.
-Those responsible for the project are obligated to provide the KUPF with material (photos, logos, texts, …), which KUPF can use for PR work with the relevant media, and a concluding report (with project documentation and evaluation).
-Projects must be realized within one year after the jury decision. Projects that have already been started or realized cannot be funded by the Innovation Pool.

Guidelines for Entry

The project entry must include the following sections so that it can be judged by the jury:
-Project description: a detailed description of the project, the motivation for it and its relevance to the theme and the regional situation.
-Self-presentation of the entrant: who is responsible for the project, which cultural/art projects have already been realized.
-Budget: realistically calculated project costs and revenues; need for financing from the KUPF Innovation Pool. Do not forget fees for your own work!
-Brief description of the project (max. 500 characters) and short version of the self-presentation (max. 300 characters) in electronic form for the publication of all entered projects on the KUPF web site and in other media.

The project description and self-presentation should not be longer than 10 pages in total.


A five-person jury of regional and transregional experts in the field of contemporary art and cultural work will make a selection from the entered projects in an open jury meeting on 27 April 2007 starting at 10.00 am, which they will recommend to the government of the Federal Province of Upper Austria for funding.

The KUPF Innovation Pool is provided with at least 75,000 Euro from the Cultural Support Fund of the Province of Upper Austria. KUPF will endeavor to secure additional project funding. Payment of the funding will be made beginning in June 2007.

Consultation, Information and Publicity:
The KUPF team offers consultation for potential entrants.
A short version of the announcement is also available in several foreign languages from the KUPF web site.
The KUPF will take care of transregional press work on the jury process and will accompany/document the projects in its own media. Those responsible for the projects will receive support for their own press work if they wish.
The KUPF offers a meeting for interested entrants to discuss questions about content and organization:

Friday, 19 January 2007, 5.00 pm at the KUPF office, Untere Donaulände 10/1, 4020 Linz.
Following the selection of the projects, a meeting will be held with those responsible for the projects funded by the Innovation Pool to discuss the most important organizational questions and proceedings.

In addition, the KUPF Academy offers a workshop on funding in art and culture on 2 and 3 February 2007. Projects can be prepared for entry in the course of this workshop. Costs: 120,- / 90,- (for KUPF members)
Registration and further information from the office of the Cultural Platform Upper Austria.

Legal Regulations
The decision of the jury is final. The submission of a project does not entitle the participant to any legal claims. The entrant retains all copyrights. The KUPF is not responsible for any costs arising for the participant due to participation in this competition. The KUPF assumes no responsibility for submitted project materials. Such materials become the property of KUPF without recompense.

The funding to be awarded comes from the public funds of the Federal Province of Upper Austria. Projects already funded by the Federal Province of Upper Austria under the title Cultural Funding are therefore not eligible for additional funding from the KUPF Innovation Pool. The award and accounting of the funds will comply with current regulations of the Federal Province of Upper Austria.

The selected projects are obligated to attach the logo of the Federal Province of Upper Austria and the Innovation Pool logo along with the remark „Funded by the Federal Province of Upper Austria in conjunction with the KUPF Innovation Pool 2006“ (templates will be provided by the KUPF) to all advertising material and products in conjunction with the realization of the project and to indicate funding through the Innovation Pool in all of their own press releases and press conferences.

KUPF – Kulturplattform OÖ
Untere Donaulände 10/1, 4020 Linz
Tel.: (0732) 79 42 88, Fax: (0732) 79 42 88 – 36,