The Arts & Culture Program works at the nexus of arts, culture, human rights, and social advocacy. Through its grants, the program strives to encourage broad-based critical reflection and catalyze social action in parts of the world where open societies are absent or weak, and where the cultural rights of minority groups are endangered.
In particular, the program provides grants to projects that aim to promote the cultural inclusion of Roma in Central and Eastern Europe.
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 nonprofit legal entities (nongovernmental 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 attached application guidelines.
Projects that address one or more of the following priorities of the Arts & 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.
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. Please download and carefully read the complete Application Guidelines (attached, left) before you fill in the Letter of Inquiry, which is the first step in the application process. The Guidelines is designed to give you all the information you need to apply. Should you need further clarification, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Organizations should submit the Letter of Inquiry via the Open Society Foundations Grant Portal. Individuals should submit the Letter of Inquiry directly to Arts & Culture program coordinator Eniko Garai at: firstname.lastname@example.org.