Funding activities


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Our "Church" funding area focuses on diaconal churches as places of social commitment. As important places of cultural history, we support the interior design of churches by preserving historical organs, primarily in Württemberg, and thus contribute to the state's church music heritage.

Diaconal churches

Historical organs

“Diakoniekirche” funding area

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“Diakoniekirche” funding area

Some church congregations face the problem that church buildings can neither be used for worship nor maintained. One solution is seen in using such churches as diaconal churches and creating offers for the participation and inclusion of people on the fringes of society.

The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung is planning to make a long-term commitment to sponsoring these Diakoniekirchen, thereby closely meshing two of its areas of support, “social commitment” and “church projects”. The primary goal of the funding for Diakoniekirchen will be to cover the costs for structural conversions and other furnishings.

Angelika Kamlage

Funding line

The idea of the diaconal church integrates the diaconal services directly into the church: for example, social counseling, meetings of self-help groups, Vesperkirche, lunch tables, medical care or activities for refugees or homeless people take place here.

In order for these social offerings to be realized in the church building, appropriate conversions and suitable equipment are required:

The installation of a kitchen, the laying of a hard-wearing floor for serving food, separate consultation rooms or flexible seating in order to adapt the church space to the respective forms of use.

A central aspect of the funding line is networking with other socio-spatial actors: projects in the future diaconal churches should include church and non-church charitable institutions and services in order to create synergies.

Application documents

Please send us your documents by email to:

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Church communities in Württemberg

What is the funding intended for?

  • Structural conversions as well as the furnishing of existing church buildings (no parish halls) for the purpose of enabling the participation and inclusion of people living on the fringes of society (the homeless, people with addictions, prostitutes, criminals, etc.)

What documents must be submitted with the application?

  • Plans (2-4 pages) for the structural conversion and for the use of the church building as a Diakoniekirche (measures, objectives, challenges, target groups, programs, integration into the social and geographical surroundings)
  • Cost and financing plan
  • Schedule and flowchart
  • (Potential) collaboration partners (church welfare organizations and secular non-profit organizations) with whom projects can later be realized at the Diakoniekirche


If you have any questions relating to the funding we provide in the area of church projects, please contact:

Historical organs

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Historical organs

Many parishes and state-recognized educational institutions are increasingly overburdened with the maintenance of their organs, some of which are very valuable and historically significant. In addition to organ music, popular music forms have long since established themselves in liturgical practice. Where church buildings are no longer used for worship, the organ and the church space as a concert venue often offer cultural incentives and uses. The church is becoming increasingly important as an extracurricular place of learning in the communication of cultural roots.

Funding line

The Berthold Leibinger Stiftung is committed to the preservation of the organ as a cultural asset. An annual call for proposals focuses on the restoration and refurbishment of important instruments in Baden-Württemberg.


The following projects are being funded this year:

Engelfried Organ St. Mauritius Bochingen-Boll

Link Organ of the Nikolauskirche in Temmenhausen

Schäfer organ in the Laurentiuskirche in Oberderdingen

Bornefeld/Link organ in St. Peter's Church in Dettingen am Albuch


The following projects were supported:

Walcker organ of the Evang. Friedenskirche in Ludwigsburg

Main organ (Walcker) of the Evang. Pauluskirche in Stuttgart-West

Organ of Gebr. Späth in the catholic church St. Georg in Aixheim

Bornefeld organ in the Evangelical Church of Christ in Heidenheim

Weinmar organ in the Protestant Peter and Paul Church in Mössingen

Königin-Katharina-Orgel (Queen Catherine’s Organ) – Schlosskirche Stuttgart

The Protestant church in the Old Castle is a cultural gem of extraordinary architectural and historical significance. It was built in 1562 as the first Protestant church in Württemberg. Today, it continues to captivate visitors with its trendsetting architectural design, its ornate furnishings, and its finely balanced acoustics. The only thing the church lacks is a proper instrument; the organ that has been in the church since 1980 does not harmonize visually, its sound has neither clarity nor depth and it has considerable technical deficits.

The new organ will be named in memory of Queen Catherine, who initiated many good works in Stuttgart. In appearance and timbre, the organ will be based on the instrument built by the legendary Eberhard Friedrich Walcker when the Schlosskirche was renovated in the Neogothic style in 1865.


If you have any questions relating to the funding we provide in the area of church projects, please contact: