The Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art has set up a two-tier support system. On the one hand, it grants one-time supports to projects developed by young artists who demonstrate a search for new forms of expression and controlled risk-taking.

On the other hand, the Foundation closely follows the development of artists and institutions to whom it has provided one-off support in the past. To some of these, it proposes a partnership (see the ´Annual support´ section for more details), providing creative and developmental freedom over a longer period of time.


  • What is the support policy for the Foundation’s closing year?

    The Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art will close its doors on the 31st of December 2022 after all its available funds have been allocated. This will impact its support policy for the last year of operation. You will find important information for your application in 2022 below:

    When will the Foundation stop its supports in 2022?
    The Foundation will stop its support on Wednesday the 31st of August 2022. From this date it will no longer be possible to submit a request for support either through our website or by mail.

    Can I submit a project that premieres after the 31st of August 2022?
    Yes, however, as of the 1st of January 2022, the Foundation will only accept projects that premiere by the 31st of December 2022. Any application for a project whose premiere takes place after the 1st of January 2023 will not be accepted.

    We are at your disposal by e-mail or telephone for any questions.

  • Which artistic fields are supported by the foundation ?

    The foundation supports projects in the fields of Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Music.

  • What are the support criteria?


    Within the field of music, the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art supports projects that are born out of a dialogue between different artistic domains and that enrich cultural life in Switzerland through innovative ideas. Of particular interest to the Foundation is artistic work in the field of contemporary classical music and in the related exploration of links between different domains that allow new forms of artistic expression to emerge.

    The foundation does NOT lend support to:

    • CD recordings;
    • concerts with a classical repertoire;
    • concerts of popular music;
    • foreign tours;
    • the purchase or provision of instruments.


    Performing Arts

    Together with the visual arts and music, the performing arts, in each of their contemporary forms of expression, represent an area extensively supported by the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art. The Foundation may provide support for the first or second production of a young dance troupe just as well as for research into experimental theatre forms by experienced theatrical artists, with the main focus always on fostering exchange and collaboration between artists active in other fields, such as the visual arts and music.

    The foundation does NOT consider:

    • projects by established artists;
    • productions of amateur performances;
    • projects realized in an academic context;
    • repeat performances oet tours in Switzerland and/or abroad;
    • projects created abroad;
    • workshops.


    Visual Arts

    Faced with a dramatic increase in demand for support for exhibition projects, often of a very high artistic standard, as well as with the impossibility of making coherent and transparent choices, in late 2010 the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art decided – with effect from January 2011 – to focus its support in the realm of the visual arts in the form of two-year renewable partnerships. Partnerships are arranged only on the initiative of the Foundation. Applications will not be considered.
    Through this long-term approach, the Foundation aims to support the work of exhibition spaces and museums which actively promote contemporary art. The Foundation is particularly interested in the work of venues outside traditional hubs.

    These public spaces share a commitment to contemporary art and a capacity to offer innovative mediation concepts and discover emerging talent.

    The exhibition spaces and museums that are currently benefiting or have previously benefited from these partnerships can be found in the ´Annual Support´ section of this website.

    The Foundation does not accept applications in the domain of the visual arts.

  • Which activities are excluded from support ?

    In addition to the specific limitations set out in the sections covering the three supported areas, the Foundation:

    • does not finance major events. The Foundation is a patron of the arts and not a sponsor for commercial activities;
    • does not cover the costs of basic art training (scholarships or study trips abroad) or thesis projects;
    • does not finance scientific research or publications, seminars, conferences or round table discussions;
    • does not become a member of patronage associations or committees. Cooperation with other foundations may be considered on a case-by-case basis;
    • does not grant emergency subsidies or cover deficits already incurred;
    • does not own an art collection or make acquisitions.

    The grants awarded are not automatically renewable.

  • In what geographical area is the Fondation Nestlé pour l’Art active ?

    The Foundation operates throughout Switzerland and grants support to Swiss individuals, associations and institutions and foreign artists involved in creative projects or communication activities that contribute to enhancing the cultural life of the country.

  • What should an application file contain ?

    The application must include the applicant’s personal data as well as the following information and documents:

    • a clear and detailed description of the project, covering its concept and its aims;
    • illustrations;
    • video- und audio links;
    • biographical and bibliographic data concerning the individuals involved in the project;
    • a list of the major performances or exhibitions the individual or group applying has taken part in;
    • press cuttings, references and any awards;
    • a detailed budget and finance plan for the project.
  • What is the deadline for submitting applications ?

    Applications must be submitted at least FOUR months before the date of the event or project.

    It is important to take into account the time required for printing, as projects subsidized by the Foundation must include the Foundation’s logo or mention the name of the Foundation.


  • What is the deadline for communicating a response and possible funding ?

    Decisions are transmitted in writing as soon as possible, but at the latest one month before the event.

    Funds are deposited after receipt of the printed matter.

  • Can I apply for an annual support?


    While the Foundation responds to the numerous requests for support in the form of one-time financing through an application-based process, partnerships are initiated solely at the discretion of the Foundation.

    The Foundation offers two-year partnerships in the areas of the performing arts, visual arts and music for partners including artists, groups of artists, and institutions. The objectives of the partnership are defined by the Foundation and the partners prior to the launch of the project. This format allows the Foundation to offer favorable conditions for creative initiatives that develop over the long term.


    The Foundation’s focus on maintaining continuity governs all of its decisions and is clearly expressed in its choice of partners. Though not an absolute rule, in most cases its partners are artists or institutions that have already received one-off funding from the Foundation for a creative project and whose progress the Foundation follows with a great deal of attention.

    What we offer

    Annual substantial financial support is only one part of the agreement offered by the Foundation. In our eyes, a partnership consists of sharing ideas, listening, asking questions, and suggesting solutions. We therefore commit ourselves to visiting member organizations, taking part in their programs, and following the work of artists or groups of artists in order to bring a critical eye to their projects.

    The Foundation may consult experts to share their knowledge and expertise with partners. We believe that creating networks among partners and organizing meetings provide important opportunities for everyone involved in the projects, as these actions help nourish individual thoughts about their own projects or even initiate new collaborations.

    What we require

    The Foundation asks that its partners strive to attain the objectives stated in the agreement they have signed, to mention the partnership on all published supporting materials, including their websites, and to regularly send flyers, programs and invitations connected to their projects to our address in Lausanne.

    In addition, the partners must provide us with an annual report and take part in an evaluation at the end of the year. This evaluation is based as much on the working methods employed throughout the project as on the final outcome.

For any questions relating to the compatibility of your project with the Foundation’s selection criteria, the transmission of your request or any other matter, do not hesitate to contact us at the telephone number at the bottom of the page.

To our one-time support

To our annual support