Twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the ball rolls in Germany. Live on TV 6 out of 49 is played, the traditional Lotto which still is the most popular gambling here. This guarantees the State always gains, because he has a lottery monopoly.

Since lottery as a means of raising money was discovered in Genoa in the 15th century, the game is booming. Originally, the lot was used to determine each year the new council members. The Genoese wrote for this purpose ninety names on paper and five of these ninety were concealed. The determination of the City Council has developed into a lively operation of betting, which later evolved into the lottery, in which the names were replaced by numbers, the first “5 of 90”.


Today of course, not all earnings are distributed. But the German Lottery Berlin transfers a portion of the profits, a statutory purpose levy, on it´s foundation.

This foundation aims to support “social, charitable, environmental protection beneficial, cultural, civic, youth-promoting and sporting projects.” Since its inception in 1975, the Foundation has supported some 4,800 projects with a total of over 2.3 billion euros in Berlin alone. It is therefore possible to finance cultural projects partially via means of Lottostiftung. Because a project is never fully funded.

Therefore, each year over 250 applications for a grant are received by the Foundation. In order to get a promotion, a written request must be submitted. This should be applied six to nine months before the project starts. Also the “urgency” of a project is important. If this assistance is requested, therefore, there should be scheduled a lot of time.

Here you can download the application form.

To avoid being swamped by requests, the Foundation provides the following target-oriented questions:

1 Do you prepare a social, charitable, cultural, civic or environmental protection relevant project?
2 Is the applicant a Berlin institution or is the planned project to be carried out in Berlin and it is in the interest of Berlin?
3 Is the applicant is a legal person?
Exception: In the cultural sphere natural persons are also eligible to apply, provided that the funded measures should be made publicly available.
4 Is the project forward-looking and has not yet started?
5 Is it a non-profit project?

The applications received will be examined within the professional competence by the respectively responsible Senate Administration on “eligibility and appropriateness of the planned measures”. Finally applications – including the professional statements – are presented to the Foundation Board, which is presided by the Governing Mayor Klaus Wowereit right now.

Then a decision is taken, which is, however, completely intransparent, because the Panel does not justify its decisions. The Board of Trustees is “largely free in its decision making”, and it is “in it´s disposal to distribute the available resources”, even against the votes of the experts. So it helps in any case to know some politicians seating in the Panel, who support your application. But this is still better than to play Lotto to finance your project. The probability of winning is simply too low.


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