The new edition of the Culture of Solidarity Fund welcomes European transnational collaborative initiatives that address the theme of just transition and environmental sustainability from a specific cultural angle.
Climate change is the most pressing concern of our time. A successful systemic transition from resource-intense Western lifestyles to more sustainable models requires a radical change in individual and societal values relating to work, the environment, and social justice. However, such a transition must be fair and equitable. Culture plays an important role in this context because it shapes people’s beliefs and behaviours. Cultural and art organisations, community media, activists, and creative sectors have a unique ability to foster solidarity, raise critical questions, and build consensus.
By considering the cultural context and specific values of communities, these actors can develop transition strategies that are fair, equitable, and respectful of the needs and aspirations of all affected, ensuring that no one is left behind.
The call is open to organisations based in Europe and actively engaged in the cultural, creative, or allied sectors. In keeping with ECF’s mission to create solidarity through culture, the Fund specifically welcomes actions in line with the theme of this call that forge European transnational and/or translocal collaborations, and thereby build cross-border alliances of solidarity.
For this edition, ECF are looking for new ideas and experimental initiatives that address just transition from an inherently cultural angle by:
- Raising public awareness of the complexities and urgencies of adapting to climate change and other environmental emergencies in a systemic way.
- Reinforcing democratic decision-making processes against growing political polarisation by creating a safe environment for open communication, candid exchange and respectful dissent on these issues.
- Designing creative solutions for changing ecosystems.
- Encouraging holistic working approaches and culture-driven cooperation between public and private stakeholders who are key actors in social and economic transformation.
The Fund has grants available in three amounts:
- Up to €10,000.
- €10,000 – 20,000.
- €20,000 – 30,000.
The project timeline may be up to 12 months, starting mid-November 2023.