Apply for the European Culture of Solidarity Fund by 27th April, 2020
21ú Aibreán 2020

Apply for the European Culture of Solidarity Fund by 27th April, 2020

The European Culture of Solidarity Fund will 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. The Culture of Solidarity fund will have various application windows this year. The first round has a deadline of Monday, 27 April 2020, 10:00am Irish time.  

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.

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
and (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 costs.

How does it work:

The Culture of Solidarity fund will see various application windows this year. The first round has a deadline of Monday, 27 April 2020, 12.00 CET (10am Irish time). 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 involved.

Special attention will be given 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. For full details and information on how to apply see here