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“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає”. Project grants for integration through culture up to 5000 EUR – third call

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“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” opens a call for applications for Projects mini grants. You can receive up to €5.000 for implementation of projects, focused on integration of people, who were forced to leave their homes because of the russian war against Ukraine.  

The Project grants programme offers support for cultural organisations that emphasise work with people, who have been forced to move to safer regions of Ukraine or Creative Europe countries (all EU member states, as well as some non-EU countries) because of the russia’s war in Ukraine. The project idea must be focused on displaced people or refugees, facilitation of their integration into new contexts through culture, and support of their mental health. Additional efforts should be put into involving families and children in the project activities. The proposed activities can have the form of workshops, co-creation processes, educational projects, art therapy or similar. 

Facts on the Project grants programme:

  • “Culture helps” include 4 calls for Project grants, which will be announced in 2023-2024. This is the third call of the programme. 
  • Each call will support around 20 project grants.  
  • 70% of the total grants are expected to be disbursed in Ukraine, 30% in Creative Europe countries. 
  • Minimum amount of the grant is €2.000, maximum €5.000. 

To apply for the grant, you need to be (eligibility criteria):

  • A non-profit organisation or an independent initiative, based in Ukraine or a Creative Europe country.  
  • Actively working on the integration of displaced people or refugees from Ukraine into new realities and communities through culture, in particular families and children.  

During the first two rounds of the project grants programme, we realised that among organisations there is a request for coherence, supervision and curatorial support during preparation, implementation and summing up the results of the work. Therefore, in this round, we are launching a mentoring support programme as an opportunity for selected participants to ask for support when and where needed. The programme will include a series of lectures on project management, art therapy methods, and the development of skills for applying art therapy methods at work, and other cultural practices working on mental health. Also, mentors will accompany the supported organisations during the implementation of projects and the preparation of reports if needed. 

Application and timeline 

  • Applications can be submitted via link. You can find all the questions from the form here
  • You can apply in English or Ukrainian (choose the one convenient for you – it will not affect the result of the assessment); 
  • If you have technical or other difficulties with the Internet connection, you can submit an application as a Word document. Please reach us via email if it is your case; 
  • Deadline for applications is June 21, 2024, 22:59 Berlin time / 23:59 Kyiv time; 
  • Results of the selection process will be announced no later than July 31, 2024; 
  • Activities within the projects may begin no earlier than August 15, 2024, and must be completed by November 15, 2024. 

Selection process and criteria 

The selection process will include: 

  • Check for eligibility – make sure you are eligible to apply for the call, otherwise your application will not be considered. 
  • Assessment of proposals by jury. 

The following aspects will be assessed:  

  • Capacity and competences of the team (15 points).  
  • Quality of the proposal (25 points). In order to form a high-quality proposal when writing an application, consider the following: Is the project idea focused on displaced people or refugees from Ukraine? Is the integration through culture and/or facilitation of integration the main scope of the project proposal? Are there any unexpected & cross-sectoral activities? Is mental health awareness included in the proposal? Is the requested budget adequate for the project? Are families and children involved in the proposal? 
  • Innovative/ experimental approach (15 points). 
  • Sustainability of action (5 points). 

The projects scoring 60% on each category and 80% overall will be awarded with the budget requested in the application, with a maximum of €5.000. 

Do you have any questions left? Use one of the possibilities to prepare a better application:  

  • Focus on the advice before filling out the application. 
  • Join an online info session on May 7, 2024, 16:00 Kyiv time. Please register via link for the session, and we will send you an invitation with a Zoom link.  
  • By the link, you can find a recording of a previous Online info session on project grants, where we discussed many questions related to the preparation of the application. 
  • Contact us via email, culture_helps@insha-osvita.org
  • Contact us via Telegram chat.  

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” is a project co-funded by the European Union under a dedicated call for proposals to support Ukrainian displaced people and the Ukrainian Cultural and Creative Sectors. The project is a cooperation between Insha Osvita (UA) and zusa (DE). 

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