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