Arts for Community Programs

Arts for Community Programs

The Open Society Foundations are offering support to Hungary through the New Community Programs for Hungary, a new line of funding of 250 million HUF focused on social issues and arts and cultural projects.

Since 1984, the Open Society Foundations have invested over $400 million in helping to improve the lives of millions of Hungarians from free school breakfasts to fighting corruption, to distributing scholarships and improving conditions in public hospitals.

We are proud to further develop our work and engagement in Hungary through the Arts for Community Programs in Budapest. For details on the Regional Community Centers Programs in the Northern Great Plain and Southern Transdanubia, please visit the dedicated grant page.

The Open Society Foundations are grounded on the concept of an open society built on the pluralism of ideas and social participation. One of our priorities is supporting organizations and artists in the cultural sphere. We believe that free cultural activities are an important component of democratic societies, since they are just as suitable for introducing new ideas to the community, and for reflecting on traditions and history. We are therefore launching a call for proposals in the amount of 30 million HUF for funding cultural programs in Budapest. Applications are invited on the following topics:

  • Budapest, a Living Space
  • Theatre and Debate
  • Music and Debate
  • Tradition and Innovation: The Memory of the "Place"
  • Storytelling Festival
Eligibility Criteria

The Open Society Foundations will support creative communities and individuals implementing cultural projects which/who meet the following conditions:

  1. In the past two years, the applicant successfully implemented similar programs consistent with the objectives determined in their deed of foundation.
  2. The applying organization is funded from multiple sources.
  3. The activity described in the proposal relates to the Budapest cultural scene.

Individuals are requested to attach a detailed CV to their proposal.

Guidelines

Applicants are requested to submit a proposal of no more than three pages (A4 format, maximum 1,600 words on three pages) describing the project and the method of delivery, justifying the relevance of the program, and describing its expected impact. The Open Society Foundations reserve the right to request, if necessary, further information from the applicants concerning their submitted plans. 

Annexes required:

  • application form
  • deed of foundation of the applying organization (copy)
  • 2016 annual report
  • 2017 budget of the applying organization (copy)

Submission deadline: All proposals must be received by October 6, 2017, 12:00 p.m.

Proposals must be submitted by email to the following email address: kultura2017@opensocietyfoundations.org.

Applications must be submitted in Hungarian. Only those proposals will be assessed that are received at the above email address and meet the formal requirements. Applicants will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt of their application.

The disbursement of the grants is expected to begin two months after the submission deadline.

Proposals will be assessed by the staff of the Open Society Foundations. All applicants will receive a written notification about the results.

The list of the awardees, the proposal titles, and the amount of the grant will be published on the website of the Open Society Foundations at the time when the grants awarded in the given year are published.