Volkswagen Foundation in Emergency Mode up to and Including April 17, 2020

Our office will remain closed for the time being, the business will be continued by the employees from home. All events are canceled until May 15th, 2020.

Office Volkswagen Foundation
The office of the Volkswagen Foundation. (Photo: Florian Müller for Volkswagen Foundation)

The pandemic triggered by the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) poses all of us with previously unknown challenges - also in the Volkswagen Foundation. Responsible and trustworthy action to protect the health of both our fellow human beings and our own colleagues is our top priority. Therefore, we will close our office from March 18, 2020, and work largely from home.


Funded projects and people can be sure that the foundation will find constructive answers for all funding needs that will arise from the situation which is difficult to calculate. For example, we are currently discussing the possibility of a cost-neutral extension of projects and other options that should provide planning security. We would also like to point out that all funding commitments are fully financed from the start. We therefore remain reliable, and the colleagues in the funding department strive to continue the ongoing decision-making and work processes as smoothly as possible, even under difficult conditions. In addition, we want to clarify all processes, problems and open questions with our grantees in view of the difficult and unprecedented situation.

All information on the funding program and application can be found under "Our Funding Portfolio at a Glance".

Events in the Xplanatorium

All events of the Volkswagen Foundation in the Xplanatorium Schloss Herrenhausen will be canceled up to and including May 15, 2020. From April 30, we will decide which events will be held or canceled after mid-May. We will keep you up to date in the calendar of events. It is currently still open whether canceled events will be rescheduled at a later date. You will help us in this unusual time if you refrain from asking. We inform about all changes on our website.


The employees of the Volkswagen Foundation will not be traveling until further notice.


The decentralized business operations are initially limited until April 17, 2020 inclusive. If circumstances so require, an extension is possible. We always keep you up to date on our website and on social media.
If you have any questions, please contact the responsible staff or write an email:

Please understand that, given the exceptional situation, you may have to wait a little longer for an answer than you are used to from us.