In partnership with Handelsblatt, the Kulturkreis der deutschen Wirtschaft has awarded the Deutscher Kulturförderpreis (DKFP) since 2006. The prize honours corporations and corporate foundations that have demonstrated an outstanding level of cultural commitment. Any company, regardless of size or industry, can apply by submitting a cultural sponsorship project from the past 24 months.
A jury consisting of high-profile representatives from business, media, culture, and politics is newly appointed each year to evaluate the entries. The panel carefully considers the creativity, cultural relevance, sustainability, and public impact of each support framework. Funding expenditure is not a determining factor in the assessment. The prize is awarded in separate categories for small, medium, and large companies.
Within the scope of the annual conference, which is taking place every year in another town, the prizewinners of the Kulturkreis are presented and honoured with prices in the total amount of Euro 75.000. With the innovative cultural programme members, guests and artists become acquainted and learn about the activities of the Kulturkreis.