From 2011 to 2019, Tanzfonds Erbe supported projects that engaged with the cultural heritage of dance in Germany. A total of 60 projects all over Germany received funding, enabling artists to research the significance of dance history today from a range of unique perspectives and using a wide variety of formats, from films to websites, symposia and stage productions. These works now continue to make dance history as a publicly available digital dance archive.
The German Federal Cultural Foundation launched the funding programmes Tanzfonds Partner (2011–2014) and Tanzfonds Erbe (2011–2019) after the Tanzplan Deutschland initiative came to an end in 2010. Both programmes were devised and implemented under the leadership of Ingo Diehl und Madeline Ritter.
The artists were free to choose the topics they wished to explore and were not required to use a particular approach, such as historical reconstruction. Many projects deliberately distanced themselves from historical and archival sources or embodied memories, creating contemporary responses instead. During their in-depth research, the selected artists consulted many different archives and collaborated with experts and researchers. In the process, they also helped to clarify copyright issues.