Financial assistance for maintaining moveable Ukrainian cultural property

Delivery of packing material to the Museum of Western European and Oriental Art in Odesa, Ukraine.

The cultural heritage of Ukraine is under severe threat of destruction, looting and illegal transfer due to the Russian military attack. Applications for the 2023 submission period regarding financial assistance to protect moveable Ukrainian cultural property may be submitted up to the two cut-off dates 31 March 2023 or 30 June 2023. The applications will be reviewed after the applicable cut-off date and either approved or rejected.

The following two types of financial assistance may be granted:

  • Financial assistance for museums or similar institutions in Switzerland: for the temporary fiduciary custody and conservational supervision of endangered cultural property from Ukraine (TYPE A).
  • Financial assistance for projects run by international organisations, institutions or private bodies: to maintain Ukraine’s cultural heritage, with a focus on projects that aim to prevent the destruction or theft of cultural property on the ground in Ukraine (TYPE B).

The financial assistance is granted in accordance with art. 14 para. 1 let. a and b of the Cultural Property Transfer Act (CPTA, SR 444.1).

Applications are to be sent using the following forms to the Specialised Body for the International Transfer of Cultural Property:

Specialist staff
Last modification 01.03.2023

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