European Cultural Foundation Launches Culture of Solidarity Fund

European Cultural Foundation Launches Culture of Solidarity Fund

Tuesday, 7 April, 2020

The European Cultural Foundation has launched the Culture of Solidarity Fund to support imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the global coronavirus pandemic, will reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space.

The Fund is open to individuals, collectives and organisations from all sectors and civil society at large with initiatives and ideas that:

  • Expand the notion of Europe as an open and shared public space for everybody in times of inward-looking and national decision-making.
  • Express and act in hands-on solidarity with people and communities across closed borders.
  • Share experiences, knowledge, skills, stories, ideas and resources of solidarity across Europe, especially outside mainstream public attention.
  • Sustain people-to-people interaction beyond European borders and in times of travel restrictions and social distancing.
  • Maintain cultural life and social experiences with a European outreach in times of home lockdown and prepare the ground for a cultural revival of Europe after the crisis.
  • Develop new approaches in operations of cultural work and new alliances across sectors to deal with the current challenges imposed by the crisis.

Grants are available at three levels:

  • €5,000 to €15,000 (five to 10 awarded projects per submission period).
  • €15,000 to €30,000 (two to three awarded projects per submission period).
  • €30,000 to €50,000 (one to two awarded projects per submission period).

Grants can be used for financing a wide range of activities ranging from seed money for entirely new initiatives to (co-)funding for scaling up already existing ideas to European level. They can cover material costs, office costs, online co-working and communication tools, production costs, and also expert fees and staff costs.

The Fund is open to individuals, collectives or organisations (NGOs, public institutions, private enterprises and freelancers) from the creative sector as well as other fields and sectors of society including academic and educational, environmental, social entrepreneurship, health and social care, human rights, etc. Applicants can represent the private, public or civic sector.

Applicants can be based anywhere in the world, but their proposal must clearly contribute to a European Culture of Solidarity.

Applications to the first round must be submitted by 27 April 2020 (12:00 CET).

 

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