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UNESCO is accepting applications for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD). The IFCD finances initiatives that stimulate the Cultural and Creative Industries in developing countries. Applications are invited from public authorities/institutions and NGOs from eligible countries, as well as international NGOs. Deadline (extended): 16 June 2020.
Warehouse421, an arts and design centre in the UAE, has launched the Project Revival Fund, part of the programme that aims to alleviate the disruption affecting the creative production impacted by the challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic. Applications are now open, to local and regional emerging and mid-career creatives across multiple disciplines in the MENASA region. Some of the selected projects will have the opportunity to be part of the Warehouse421 programme of exhibitions and community-wide initiatives. Deadline: 30 May 2020.
Transforming Narratives is a ground-breaking three-year project to establish Birmingham as a leading international centre for contemporary Pakistani and Bangladeshi arts. Grants are on offer to enable creative and cultural practitioners in Birmingham, Pakistan and Bangladesh to make connections and work collaboratively using digital technology. Deadline: 19 June 2020.
The Burden of Memory is a platform for cultural practitioners from Africa who work on confronting Germany’s colonial past in their countries in various artistic forms. Artists and cultural practitioners of all art genres from Burundi, Cameroon, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Togo are invited to apply for funding for cross-border co-production projects dealing with (German) colonial past and its impacts on contemporary society. Deadline: 11 July 2020.
In the past weeks, many emergency funds for the cultural and creative sector have been announced at national, regional or local levels and funding opportunities by the EU for the arts and culture are also underway. But so far public funding in Eastern and Southern Europe has been scarce compared to Western and Northern Europe, and the Foundation is yet to see support mechanisms for creative initiatives that strengthen a pan-European culture of solidarity. The fund is open to individuals, collectives and organisations from all sectors and civil society at large with initiatives and ideas. Deadline: 14 July 2020 (open from 22 June).
In response to the global health crisis, Africalia wants to support artists in their creative dynamics by setting up the ‘Creativity is life’ grants. This punctual response aims to support the production of artistic works during, in reaction to, or following the crisis. Applicants should be resident in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, or Zimbabwe. Deadline: 2 June 2020.
The New Settings programme supports the creation and presentation of new performance works that use innovative/cross-border formats. This year, responding the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisers are especially interested in lighter / more mobile formats which have the potential to evolve and scale up at a larger stage. Selected projects receive funding for production support, as well as support to present their project in Paris and the Paris region during the 2021-22 season. The programme is open to French and international artists. Deadline: 1 July 2020.
Dans le contexte particulier lié au Covid-19, l’association AWARE : Archives of Women Artists, Research and Exhibitions et le Centre national des arts plastiques s’unissent pour lancer un appel à projets à destination des artistes femmes, pour des œuvres performatives. L’appel s’adresse aux artistes françaises ou ayant un fort attachement à la France. Date limite : 8 juin 2020.
Japan Foundation > Call for Proposals for International Cultural Exchanges During the COVID-19 Crisis
The Japan Foundation, Bangkok is seeking project proposals for new ideas and approaches on how to implement and/or experiment with cultural exchange projects in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The call is open to individuals, teams and non-profit organisations of any nationality. Proposed projects are expected to promote cultural exchange between Japan-Thailand and/or regional exchange in Asia. Deadline: 30 May 2020.
The european centre for creative economy (ecce) is launching a new programme to promote interdisciplinary cooperation between artists and creatives from the Ruhr Region and Europe. Collaborators make a joint application, and if successful will receive financial support as well as undertaking a residency in the Ruhr Region. Residencies last 3-5 months and will take place inside the period 1 November 2020 – 24 March 2021. Deadline: 30 June 2020.
Putting its regular residency programme on pause, Eyebeam (a platform for artists to engage society’s relationship with technology) is launching a new programme: Rapid Response for A Better Digital Future. It's guiding question is: how do we begin to exit surveillance capitalism as the dominating form of digital life and what can replace it? Artists from around the world can apply for support to develop ideas responding to this question, with a small number then being selected for a production grant. A large part of the programme will be mentoring and exchange, delivered online. Deadline (extended): 30 May 2020.
Art Jameel's research and practice platform for independent practitioners intends to primarily support those who work on a per-project basis and whose practices have been affected by programme cancellations and project changes, locally or globally, due to COVID-19. The programme is open to all practitioners based in the Middle East and North Africa region. Grants can be used for a number of activities, including experimenting with new digital formats. Deadline: 7 June 2020.
Mophradat creates opportunities for artists from the Arab world through an inventive approach to funding, commissioning, collaborating, and gathering. Grants can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event, make new work, publish, travel, take part in a residency or workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. Applicants must come from the field of contemporary arts (all disciplines are welcome). Activities or projects can take place anywhere in the world, but must be by artists or arts practitioners from or living in the Arab world, and/or engaged with the Arab world. Deadline: 1 October 2020.
Phileas is an independent philanthropic organisation based in Vienna that raises private funding to support and co-produce ambitious projects within the field of contemporary art. A particular focus lies on the commission and production of exhibitions by Austrian artists abroad, but Phileas also organises and funds research trips for international curators and critics to Austrian museums, galleries and artists’ studios. Applications are now open to institutions who wish to apply for project funding in 2021. Deadline: 11 September 2020.
The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), through a grant from the Open Society Foundations, has set up a fund – Arctivists – to support activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Paired activists and artists are able to apply for grants to document, reflect on, and imagine current and future events. Deadline: on a rolling basis.