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The European Cultural Foundation launched a new round in their #CultureofSolidarity fund: “We are looking for projects that contribute to inclusive and democratic European media platforms, networks and infrastructure during the Corona infodemic.”

Deadline for submission of interest is on March 31.

More info via https://bit.ly/3bSG3aE

 

 

We invite you to submit your expression of interest to apply to a thematic Culture of Solidarity call to strengthen a European public space. We are looking for projects that contribute to inclusive and democratic European media platforms, networks and infrastructure during the Corona infodemic.

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 is Wednesday 31 March 2021 at 13:00 CET.

What are we looking for?

This call supports cross-border collaborative initiatives that reinforce a European Culture of Solidarity by contributing to open and democratic European digital and other media spaces. The Fund is open to individuals, collectives and organisations and supports initiatives that produce tangible results as well as have the potential of a sustainable impact and that fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • Cross-border media collaborations that address societal issues across Europe that have become more imminent as a direct or indirect consequence of the pandemic.
  • Development of digital tools that are based on shared public values and that have the potential to contribute to a digital European public infrastructure.
  • Storytelling for increased public attention and policy awareness regarding the needs and opportunities for open and democratic European digital and other media spaces.

What do we offer?

The European Cultural Foundation has a large network of individuals and organisations that care about solidarity in Europe. Expressing your interest to apply for this call is an opportunity to become part of that family as we expand your and our international network.

Candidates selected in Phase I (March – April 2021) to submit their project proposals in Phase II (April – May
2021) will also be connected to each other and to other relevant stakeholders of the foundation. Beyond the opportunity to expand networks, invited candidates will be offered a platform and resource to develop their idea further and improve their project proposal’s relevance to the call.

In Phase II, shortlisted and invited candidates may apply for a grant up to a maximum of €40.000 per project. With a project term of up to 18 months, 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 a European level.

Although co-funding is not a prerequisite for funding, a balanced budget with diversified resources can significantly improve the project’s feasibility. Grants can cover production-, rental costs, online co-working and communication tools. They can also be used to cover expert fees, staff- and operational costs. However, it is highly recommended that these do not exceed 80% of the total requested budget unless justifiable.

How does it work?

Phase I – Express your interest!
At this stage, applicants are invited to submit their expressions of interest by completing a short form answering a few general questions on the applicant and on the project they would like to apply with. Although the call ultimately looks to support cross-border collaborations, in this first phase, we also welcome submissions by local initiatives with European relevance that would like to use the platform offered via this call to establish partnerships and further develop the crossborder element of their project.

Phase II – Call for Proposals by invitation only
After an internal assessment, up to 50 organisations will be shortlisted and invited to submit their project proposals. Guidelines and selection criteria will be announced in the invitation. The invited applicants are encouraged to further develop their project, to prepare a detailed budget and timeline and to develop partnerships across Europe. In support of this exercise, applicants will be brought into contact with one another and other relevant stakeholders in an online networking event.

Deadline for submission of interest is on March 31.

More info via https://bit.ly/3bSG3aE