Arthur Waser Foundation
Bellerivehöhe 9
6006 Lucerne / Switzerland
Phone +41 41 375 80 70

Contact persons

David Keller

Projects in Central Switzerland
Socials, Art and Culture

Christina Waldmeier / Raphaela Herzog

Project management
Preschool and school education

Dr. Benjamin Brühwiler

Project management
Vocational training

Ueli Jezler

Project management
Sustainable Agriculture

Anton Küchler

Project management
Urbanisation and Architecture

Benjamin Stæhli

Funding criteria

Here you will find the AWF funding criteria in the three different areas (Art & Culture, Social and abroad). Please refrain from submitting applications that do not meet the funding criteria.


The AWF stands for high quality and accessible to all education in the countries of Tanzania, Ghana and Ethiopia.

Arts and Culture
The AWF supports artists and cultural workers in Central Switzerland.

The AWF supports institutions in Central Switzerland in their work for socially disadvantaged people.

Before submitting your application, please check whether your project meets the funding criteria. Please enter your project electronically via the Application Platform.

We recommend keeping the project description short (max. 10 pages) and refraining from submitting presentations, reviews and videos. During the submission process, you will be able to save the data entered at any point of the procedure, finish at a later time and finalize the procedure by submitting your application. To enter your application we kindly ask you for a one-time registration. With your Login you will have access to all your applications.

Please fill in at least the marked mandatory fields and upload the mandatory documents. In case we require any further information or documents, we will contact you. Should you face any trouble submitting your application, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We need a lead time of several weeks to properly review your application. Ideally, you submit your application to us about 6 months ahead of project implementation. The board meetings in 2024 take place quarterly. Decisions are communicated in writing , within two months of the meeting.

  • Deadline for February meeting: 17 January 2024
  • Deadline for May meeting: 3 April 2024
  • Deadline for September meeting: 14 August 2024
  • Deadline for November meeting: 23 October 2024

Applications received after the respective submission deadline will be dealt with at the following meeting. Retrospective funding and deficit coverage cannot be approved.


As a private foundation, AWF is not dependent on donations. However, it is open to endowments and donations from private individuals who do not want to set up their own foundation. An intensive exchange of ideas must take place so that such endowments make sense for both sides and are in the mutual, philanthropic interest of both parties involved.

If you are interested in an endowment or donation, please contact AWF’s managing director.