Upon its inception, Unit F büro für mode was commissioned to develop an Excellence-Funding Programme financed by the City of Vienna and the Federal Austrian Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture. These granted subsidies are thus cultural subsidies (as opposed to economic ones granted by institutions such as departure or aws (impulse)).
The designers are supported with a maximum amount of 7,500.00 EUR per project, which can only ever make up a financing in part. The main focus is on creative work on an international level. The quality with regard to content decides whether projects, which can be presentations, advertising or PR measures, exhibition participations etc., receive funding or not. What is crucial is that the work of the funded designer must be internationally competitive.
The evaluation of the projects and as such the awarding of the available financial means is carried out by an independent jury of industry experts. Since 2000, 64 experts have decided on the support of 64 designers in their execution of 149 projects. Detailed information on all designers who have received funding from Unit F can be found in our database of funded designers.
In addition to this cultural funding, a collaboration with the Austrian Trade as part of the go international programme has also made it possible for designers since 2007 to regularly apply for seasonal showroom funding to show their collections as part of Paris Fashion Week.