Culture of Solidarity Fund
Grant mechanism to support cultural organisations and individuals reinforcing pan-European solidarity in times of crisis (e.g. Covid-19, war in Ukraine, climate emergencies).
Across Europe, with occasional regional focus.
The 2023 editions are currently open. More info here.
Who is it for
Cultural & arts initiatives. Examples of past grantees: refugee theatre company in the UK, new literary magazine from the Netherlands, young orchestral musicians from Ukraine, LGBTQ+ organisation in Slovenia, filmmaking residency in Italy, museum of modern art in Poland.
In 2020 we launched the Culture of Solidarity Fund to support cultural initiatives that, in the midst of turmoil and crisis, reinforce European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space. Since then we have launched 7 editions ranging from supporting cultural actors in the Corona crisis, regional and thematic editions, to dedicated Ukraine editions.
In these seven rounds, we have supported more than 200 projects with 4.7 million euros with 19 co-funding partners on board.
Culture of Solidarity Fund rounds
- COS round 7 (2022): Culture of Solidarity Fund – Eunic Ukraine edition: We launched this special call looking to promote the visibility and embeddedness of Ukrainian Culture across Europe, in partnership with EUNIC, with funding from several EUNIC members and with core financing led by the Goethe-Institut, and the Institut français and Instituto Cervantes, as well as the grantmaking support of the European Cultural Foundation.
- COS round 6 (2022): Culture of Solidarity – Ukraine special edition: In the first months of its existence, the Ukraine edition of the Culture of Solidarity Fund – a pooled fund powered by a coalition of 11 European funders – awarded more than 80 projects with the total of just over 1,3 million Euro. The fund supported initiatives in four categories: coordinated emergency actions; independent media countering war infodemic, safe cultural spaces; artistic and cultural expressions countering fragmentation. Meet the partners.
- COS round 5 (2021): Culture of Solidarity – Cultural grant for regional transformation: This call was launched together with Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung. The call was open to cultural organisations as well as organisations from other fields of work and public institutions that are based and/or active in Eastern Germany or in European regions similarly affected by deindustrialization, population decline, social dissolution, failing public infrastructure, and ecological crises.
- COS round 4 (2021): Culture of Solidarity – Infodemic: Europe needs a shared public space where a culture of solidarity can be practiced. It is there where the ongoing infodemic can be combatted. Visit SHARE under our programmes to read more about the European Cultural Foundation’s work on the development of a European public space.
- COS round 3 (2020): Culture of Solidarity – Northern Italy: In collaboration with Fondazione CRT and Fondazione CRC we invited organisations from the Piedmont and Aosta Valley regions to submit project ideas and proposals that connect local work with a real pan-European dimension. This round of the Fund sought to support imaginative cultural initiatives that reinforce pan-European solidarity and the idea of Europe as a shared public space from a regional and cross-border perspective.
- COS rounds 1 & 2 (2020): Culture of Solidarity – Covid-19: With our first round we supported big and small initiatives that would grow a European culture of solidarity and support partners and grantees flexibly in the redesign of their activities in response to the Corona Crisis. The first round also supported new imaginative ways of sustaining people-to-people contacts and human interaction across European borders during travel restrictions and social distancing. In the second round, we looked for projects which grew immediate crisis responses into more future-oriented solutions and extended from local levels to building cross-national alliances and pan-European initiatives.
We published an information leaflet with short descriptions of the first six rounds, including some data on the applicants and the leverage.
We collected some data on where the first round applicants are based, how they heard about the call, in what sector they work and whether our objectives of the call were reflecting the needs of applicants.
“The 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”, wrote our director in an introductory blog.
Arts and culture will not be the same after COVID-19. The new situation requires new approaches and solutions at local, national and European level. We teamed up with Culture Action Europe to map emergency initiatives and measures carried out across Europe that address the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on culture, arts, creative sectors – with the aim to identify key challenges and possible gaps, or needs, yet unaddressed by the policymakers.