Heinrich Böll House Langenbroich: Grant Awards

The Heinrich Böll House in Langenbroich (Northern Eifel) was purchased in the 1960s by the Böll family, who stayed there primarily in the summer months until Heinrich Böll’s death.

Since 1989 it has been run by the „Heinrich Böll-Haus Langenbroich e.V.“, a registered association with charitable status. As a result of extensive redevelopment work (architect: Vincent Böll), four flats are now available for writers and artists: two single apartments, one double and one treble.

The working grants are not primarily linked to specific projects - the important thing is to create the right conditions for a good working atmosphere. To this end an accompanying programme of events should be organized. The association will try to arrange readings, discussions, seminars and exhibitions.

Usually the grants are awarded for periods of four month at sums about 950 € per month. Accommodation in the apartments is free. The foundation will refund the travelling expenses. During the stay in the Heinrich Böll House the guests will be assured.

The grants are funded by the association in co-operation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Berlin, the federal state of NRW and other institutions promoting culture.

In selecting applications, priority is given to creative work by potential holders of a grant. The jury requests that applicants send in a sample manuscript of no more than 20 pages. Where necessary, we would prefer to have translations in German, English or French, although we shall be able to assess texts in other languages.

Preference shall be given to authors and authoresses from countries in which working conditions are badly affected by political or economic factors and in which publishing is difficult or even impossible.

Painters and composers are also welcome to apply. One of four grant-holder apartments is a studio which adjoins the residential complex. Here is the space and tranquility to develop one’s abilities through painting, shaping and composing. Applicants should send us colour prints of photographs of their chosen paintings, information per internet, cd’s or cassettes of their music. For these applications we shall call in additional experts onto jury.

Please submit the usual details about yourself, summarized on one or two typed pages. For example: How long have you been engaged in literary or artistic work? Have you already received any prizes, honorary awards or grants?

Please specify the period in which you would like to live and work in Langenbroich. The jury will meet at least twice a year. We therefore ask you to be patient if you are waiting for a decision. All application material must be sent to the following address:

Heinrich Böll Stiftung
Sigrun Reckhaus
Antwerpener Str. 19
50672 Köln
phone: +49-(0)221-2834850 
Fax: +49-(0)221-5102589
eMail: reckhaus@boell.de