European Cultural Foundation: New fund to support culture and people where they are most in need

The Culture of Solidarity Fund supports imaginative cultural initiatives – big or small – that reinforce solidarity and the notion of Europe as a shared public space in response to the current Corona crisis and its aftershocks. It is open to individuals, collectives and organizations from all sectors and civil society at large.

Our partner, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF), has launched a new ambitious fund with the aim of fostering solidarity in these dire times of the Corona crisis: The Culture of Solidarity Fund.

In the words of the director of the ECF, André Wilkens: ‘This fund will support big and small initiatives which grow a European culture of Solidarity, support partners and grantees in a flexible manner in the redesign of their activities in response to the Coronacrisis, support new imaginative ways of sustaining people-to-people contacts and human interaction across European borders in times of travel restrictions and social distancing.’

While all projects are welcome, a focus of the fund lies with regions where so far there is little to no emergency funding made available for the cultural and creative sector institutions and on projects that deal with people and communities that face discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, (cultural) background, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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 the European level. They can cover material costs, office costs, online co-working and communication tools, production costs, but also expert fees and staff costs.
Solidarity among people on our continent is more important than ever.

Therefore, Tu was für Europa supports the call for applications at the Culture for Solidarity Fund.

For more information on the fund go to: https://www.culturalfoundation.eu/culture-of-solidarity

To read André Wilkens passionate appeal for more solidarity in Europe and the role of the Culture for Solidarity Fund go to: https://www.efc.be/blog-post/definitely-maybe-europes-moment-of-solidarity/.

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