Culture of Solidarity Fund
In 2020 we launched the Culture of Solidarity Fund as a rapid response tool to support cross-border cultural initiatives of solidarity in times of uncertainty and lockdown.
We have launched five application rounds until now, with various partners.
Stay posted for next ones.
We published an information leaflet with short descriptions of the various rounds, some data on the applicants and the leverage of the first two rounds.
Fifth round: Cultural grant for regional transformation
While acknowledging its historically specific position, Eastern Germany is a prime example of a region that has proven its resilience, flexibility and capacity to innovate in the face of radically transformative challenges, accumulating a wealth of practical experience and skills that would benefit all Europeans at this critical moment, but in particular, those regions similarly affected by systemic transformations. The Eastern German experience–its successes, failures, and challenges–could serve as their rallying point for culturally engaging with each other in a spirit of transnational solidarity and hands-on collaboration.
This 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.
This fifth round closed on September 14 2021. We no longer accept applications.
Fourth round: Culture of solidarity in times of an infodemic
In 2020 the Culture of Solidarity Fund was launched as a rapid response tool to support cross-border cultural initiatives of solidarity in times of uncertainty and lockdown. Nearly a year later, solidarity remains a major cultural challenge, particularly in the field of media.
Europe needs a shared public space where a culture of solidarity can be practiced. It is there where the ongoing infodemic can be combated. Visit SHARE under our programmes to read more about the European Cultural Foundation’s work on the development of a European public space.
The deadline for submitting the expressions of interest was Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 13:00 CET and is now closed.
Meet our round four infodemic call grantees
Cultural Broadcasting Archive - Verein zur Förderung digitaler Kommunikation: European Cultural Backbone 2.0Read full summary.
PublicSpaces: Librecast - Facilitating Sovereign Media Distribution Across EuropeRead full summary.
ELMO - East Left Media Outlet: Building ELMO: Solidarity in Translation in Eastern Europe and BeyondRead full summary.
Third round: Regional round of Culture of Solidarity Fund
Meet our third round grantees
Slow Food - Food heroes“How ‘communities’ in their most classic sense must become protagonists again.”
In the second round we looked for projects which grow immediate crisis responses into more future-oriented solutions and extend from local levels to building cross-national alliances and pan-European initiatives.
The second round closed on July 14 2021.
Meet our second round grantees
EducAR - Antirracist Education and LA RAMPA Magazine | VIBE - Voices of Iberia in the Black EuropeRead an interview.
Transnational Institute | M2M solidarity. Building municipal to municipal culture of European solidarityRead more.
Unhack Democracy European pro-democracy group & election watchdog | Election Health CheckRead an interview.
First round: Culture of Solidarity Fund
The first round closed on April 27 2020. We received more than 2500 applications, thank you! Out of them 29 were selected for a grant.
First round grantees
Asociatia Vira | Harvesting Solidarity
European Family | Women for the Future Association / Independent Theater Hungary
LATRA | Letters from the front
New Women Connectors | Leading resilience
Powszechny Theatre named Zygmunt Hubner in Warsaw | The Forum for the Future of Culture: Solidarity and Care
Rete della Conoscenza | SOL.MAP - Solidarity, Mutual aid, Activism, ParticipationRead their interview
INSP Foundation |Supporting marginalised people through solidarity of culture, experiences and knowledgeRead an interview
Szovetkezetiseget Tamogato Egyesulet | Boosting the European culture of solidarityRead an interview
Thriving Regardless. Community Support Networks in times of COVID-19 | Almudena Caso Burbano and Carlos BujRead an interview
First round fact sheet
We collected some data on where the 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. You can find some of the outcomes in this fact sheet.
“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.