New Roberto Cimetta fund to support cultural organisations and projects

Submission deadline: January 31


New Roberto Cimetta fund to support cultural organisations and projects

The Roberto Cimetta Fund is handing out grants of no more than € 3,000 to support the sustainability of cultural organisations and projects. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects: venues, networks and platforms.

Only artists and cultural operators from the Arab world can apply to this fund, in either Arabic, English or French. The results will be announced on April 1, 2015. Three projects at least will be selected. 

The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise.

The eligibility criteria and allocation conditions for the provision of funds include:

  • Applications can be made by individuals (artist or cultural operators) or by independent organisations (only small or medium organisations whose annual budget does not exceed € 20,000. Support will not be provided to public or semi-public organisations).
  • All contemporary artistic disciplines are eligible: performing arts, all forms of visual arts, literature, music, and cultural policy research…. This fund is specifically for artistic creation and cultural activities. Humanitarian aid or school/university projects are not eligible for this fund.
  • The project presented must explain how it will develop in the long term and contribute to local cultural development. Sustaining a project implies any action that will allow the organisation or the action to last. (For example, this could be by providing a salary to an administrator, buying equipment, renovating a space, undertaking training, building networks…). Support to artistic production can be provided if the production itself can prove its “sustaining” effects. The aim of this fund is to stabilise projects in their local environment, allowing them to establish recognition and develop their networking capacities.
  • Special attention will be given to projects that transfer values such as respect for the diversity of cultural expressions, freedom of artistic expression, fair exchange and solidarity. Moreover, applicants must agree with the ethical charter of the Roberto Cimetta Fund.
  • Although open to projects from all geographic regions of the Arab world, this fund will be particularly attentive to projects in rural or suburban areas.
  • Eligible costs can be operational costs, costs for renovation or equipment, artistic production costs, travel or hosting costs, translation costs, etc. All expenditure must be clearly and chronologically defined in the application. If your application concerns renovation or equipment costs a pro forma invoice will be requested with the application.
  • If the project concerns hosting the project leaders/beneficiaries abroad, or the hosting of foreign artists, it is important that the length of stay be sufficient in order for travellers to understand the local cultural context. This measure favours a proper understanding of the cultural and artistic challenges in a given local context and stresses the need to allow time to build trust between actors; for the sustainability of any artistic and cultural exchange. 

For more information and to apply, please click here.

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