[oberlist] EUROPE# call/grant: CULTURE OF SOLIDARITY - Europe as a shared public space

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Mon Apr 6 17:55:21 CEST 2020


We invite you to apply for the European Culture of Solidarity Fund. The 
Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives that, in the midst of the 
global pandemic crisis reinforce European solidarity and the idea of 
Europe as a shared public space.

Facing the Coronavirus crisis could be a strong European moment. A 
moment when people understand how important it is to have friends who 
support each other, a moment of sharing vital information, expertise and 
supplies, a moment when you realise how a fundamental crisis can be 
managed much better through cooperation and solidarity.

But so far this has not been the European moment we had envisioned. 
National leaders have taken the initiative and do whatever it takes to 
protect their citizens against the virus. Their approaches might differ 
in terms of public health responses, but they are surprisingly 
consistent when it comes to protecting the national interest. Where is 
Europe and the EU? Where is the shared European interest?

Over the last 75 years, Europe has managed to reinvent itself as a 
collaborative power, a sharing society. This has served us Europeans 
well. We cannot afford a rollback. We need to do whatever it takes to 
keep the sentiment of European cooperation and solidarity intact.

In the past weeks, many emergency funds for the cultural and creative 
sector have been announced at national, regional or local levels and 
funding opportunities by the EU for the arts and culture are also 
underway. But so far public funding in Eastern and Southern Europe has 
been scarce compared to Western and Northern Europe, and we are yet to 
see support mechanisms for creative initiatives that strengthen a 
pan-European culture of solidarity.

There is still hope. All around the globe we see people reaching out to 
each other, practicing small and often imaginative human gestures of 
everyday solidarity, uniting us, across balconies, social networks, 
cities and countries. It is exactly this culture of solidarity we ought 
to nourish during this global crisis and beyond. This can be a European 
moment of solidarity, a moment of citizens and communities with 
creativity, imagination, caring for and supporting each other.

What we look for:
It is this moment - a European culture of solidarity - we have set out 
to capture and encourage. The Fund - set
up in partnership with other foundations - is looking to support 
imaginative cultural initiatives - big or small - that reinforce 
solidarity and the notion of Europe as a shared public space in response 
to the current crisis and its aftershocks. It 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 

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 

What we offer:
The Fund has grants available in three amounts:

€5.000 – 15.000 (5 - 10 awarded projects per submission round)

€15.000 – 30.000 (2 - 3 awarded projects per submission round)

€30.000 – 50.000 (1 - 2 awarded projects per submission round)

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, but also expert fees and staff 

How does it work:
The Culture of Solidarity fund will see various application windows this 
year, and we will distribute funding equally over all windows. The first 
round opened April 6 2020 and has a deadline of Monday, 27 April 2020, 
12.00 CET. We will communicate results four weeks after the deadline.

All incoming proposals will be assessed on the basis of their

relevance to the overall theme and focus of the Fund;

feasibility and implementation potential;

impact they may have on the challenge addressed and communities 

We will pay special attention to proposals coming from:

regions where so far there is little to no emergency funding made 
available for the cultural and creative sector institutions;

people and communities that face discrimination on the basis of race, 
ethnicity, (cultural) background, people with disabilities and members 
of the LGBTQ+ community.

Representatives of organisations as well as individuals over 18 years 
old are eligible to apply; and applicants can be based anywhere. We do 
not accept proposals submitted by political parties. Our work is 
strictly non-partisan, although pro-European.

To apply:
IMPORTANT. Please find all details and more elaborate criteria in this 

We ask you to fill in an online form. Pay attention: you cannot save 
your work in this wufoo form, so here is a word document containing all 
questions. We recommend you copy paste the answers from there. 
Additionally we provide an alternative budget template here.

Stay safe, and good luck!

Asociatia Oberliht / Association
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portal informational pentru arta si cultura din Moldova
information gateway for arts and culture from Moldova

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