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Open Society Foundation: Romská inkluze prostřednictvím umění a kultury

New York, USA
Program pro umění a kulturu nadace Open Society Foundations vyhlašuje výzvu k předkládání projektů na téma sociální inkluze Romů prostřednictvím iniciativ, které posilují alternativní a autonomní kulturní infrastrukturu, inovativní umělecké aktivity, rozvíjejí profesionální standardy ve světě umění a prosazují reformy v oblasti kulturní politiky. V rámci výzvy je možné předkládat projekty s aktivitami zaměřenými na komunitní kulturní projekty, projekty kulturních akcí, profesionální rozvoj a budování kapacity organizací. V rámci výzvy je možno předkládat také individuální umělecké projekty. Granty jsou udělovány v rozsahu 1000 USD až 25 000 USD. Projekty je možné předkládat průběžně do 31. prosince 2012.

Eligibility This grant is open to applicants from and activities in one or more of the following countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine.

Applications may be submitted by non-profit legal entities (non-governmental and public organizations, libraries, museums, cultural centers, associations, communities, registered charities, etc.) that work in the field of arts and culture and have the status of beneficiary. Individuals can apply for support for artistic projects and professional development. For more information, please read the Application Guidelines attached below.

Projects that address one or more of the following priorities of the Arts and Culture Program will be considered to bring added value:

•Capacity building: Strengthening the capacity of individuals and organizations to implement and sustain good practices and effective ways of working.
•Collaboration: Building alliances and networks with other projects and organizations to encourage knowledge sharing within the country of operation and beyond.
•Diversity: Promoting greater equality and access to cultural goods and activities for the most marginalized beneficiaries.
•Public Engagement with Critical Social Issues: Using the power of arts and culture to promote discussion, debate, and critical reflection on social issues of importance to target communities and beneficiaries.
The supported activities are described in detail in the attached Application Guidelines.

Supported activities
Grants are offered for the following three activities:
1. Community-based cultural projects
2. Cultural events
3. Professional development and capacity-building
The three activities are described below. In order to be considered for funding, your project must correspond to one of these activities:

1. Community-based cultural projects

Funding is offered for proposals from self-identified Roma individuals and organizations as well as for proposals from non-Roma-identified individuals and organizations whose professional work engages in intercultural dialogue with Roma culture and communities through forms of artistic creation, for example performing arts, visual arts, fine arts, multimedia, documentary film, or other creative processes.
Community-based art refers to artistic activity based in a community setting. Work in this genre can represent any art form as long as it is characterized by interaction or dialogue with a community. Priority is given to projects that:
● Demonstrate a commitment to collective, rather than strictly individual, representation, or celebrate cultural traditions in a way that provides a space for community reflection.
● Represent practices rooted in social justice and informal education methods that aim to develop social awareness or empower community members.

2. Cultural events
Funding is available for public events that may take the form of festivals, performances, series of public forums, lectures, debates, and other kinds of civic engagement that address the inclusion of Roma culture by providing visibility, fighting prejudice, raising awareness, and generating discussion and debate. Priority is given to projects that:

  • Foster artistic and cultural exchange between majority groups and Roma communities, and in so doing, provide a forum for open discussion.
  • Use tradition-based artistic and cultural expression as a basis for creating innovative forms of contemporary art, especially through new media and technologies.
  • Encourage progressive local cultural policies that are open to diverse forms of contemporary artistic expression.
  • Are part of a continuing program, and that have the potential for long-term impact.
  • Open mainstream artistic and cultural infrastructures to the artistic and cultural production of Roma.

3. Professional development and capacity-building
Professional development grants provide opportunities for self-identified Roma professionals working in any domain of cultural management, cultural policy, or artistic production to expand their knowledge and skills through a project or production involving travel. Funds may be requested for participation in conferences, seminars, courses, and training workshops as well as curatorial research, cultural documentation, and other forms of research and development leading to or supporting the production of artistic work. Applicants should furnish a letter of intent from the inviting organization or collaborating partner confirming arrangements specified by the applicant. Priority is given to applicants who clearly explain how the proposed project will advance their professional development and what the beneficial effects in their home country will be once they return. Capacity-building grants are offered for up to three years, renewable annually for autonomous self-identified Roma cultural organizations. Priority is given to projects that focus on institutional development, for example by building audiences, reaching out to underrepresented groups, strengthening governance, or developing management skills.

Who Can Apply

Applications may be submitted by non-profit legal entities (non-governmental and public organizations, libraries, museums, cultural centers, associations, communities, registered charities, etc.) that work in the field of arts and culture and have the status of beneficiary.

Individuals can apply under Activities 1 and 3 (professional development only). Former grantees of the Arts and Culture Program may apply on the condition that a final report from the previous grant period has been submitted and approved.

What We Do Not Support

  • Feature film production
  • Publication (except if part of a larger project)
  • (Re)construction of buildings or other infrastructures
  • General business investment schemes offering grants or loans
  • Debt and debt service charges, fines, legal costs
  • Exchange loss
  • General business and employment services, where these do not form part of a larger project
  • Religious activities
  • Major equipment purchase (requests for the purchase of equipment are evaluated on a case by case basis)

To Apply
We advise you to apply as soon as possible since it can take up to 5 months from the submission of a Letter of Inquiry to the awarding of a grant.

The application process consists of two steps:

•Step 1: Each applicant should submit a Letter of Inquiry (form available for download below). The purpose of the Letter of Inquiry is to offer immediate feedback to applicants on whether their project is eligible for consideration under the eligibility criteria. If your project is judged to be ineligible, you will receive an explanation of the reason. ACP will typically respond to your Letter of Inquiry within two weeks of receipt.
•Step 2: Applicants who are invited to submit an application should complete the Application Form and prepare a detailed budget using the Budget Template (both of which are available for download below). Please note that Step 2 remains competitive, i.e., even with a good proposal, your application may not be funded.

The application form should be completed in English. Please use 12-point print size in Times New Roman font.

Please submit completed application forms via e-mail to Eniko Garai at

Further information you will find here.

(08.08.2011) ZDROJ: Open Society Foundations

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