Pro Helvetia promotes professional contemporary Swiss design with a view to ensuring its diversity as well as its national and international reach. It supports the creation of new productions, the dissemination of Swiss design outside Switzerland and cultural exchange in Switzerland.
As a national foundation, Pro Helvetia supplements the promotional activities of Swiss cantons and municipalities and supports only projects that are cross-regionally or internationally recognised. Pro Helvetia is unable to consider funding requests if the project is part of a school or university curriculum/basic training or continuing education programme (including dissertations, diploma projects, university scholarships, etc.)
To be eligible for support, projects must
- have a clear connection to Switzerland,
- be of nationwide importance,
- be adequately co-funded by other public or private sponsors (including publishers/event organisers).
The guidelines for applicants set out the procedure for applying for design funding to the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia. They also explain the assessment criteria, procedures, deadlines and appeals process.