Culture Helps / open call

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає”: Project grants for integration through culture

“Culture Helps / Культура допомагає” — an EU co-funded project implemented by Insha Osvita (UA) and zusa (DE) — opens a call for applications for Individual and Projects mini grants. You can receive up to €1.000 as individual mental health support, or up to €5.000 for implementation of projects, focused on integration of people, who were forced to leave their homes because of the russian invasion of Ukraine.

The Project grants program offers support for cultural organisations that emphasize work with people, who have been forced to move to safer regions of Ukraine or Creative Europe countries. 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 a form of workshops, co-creation processes, educational projects, art therapy or similar.

Facts on the Project grants program

  • “Culture helps” include 4 calls for Project grants, which will be announced in 2023-2024.
  • The next call will be launched in October 2023. 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.

Application and timeline

  • Applications can be submitted via link. You can find all questions from the form here.
  • You can apply in English or Ukrainian. We highly encourage you to apply in English, so an international jury is able to evaluate it.
  • 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 May 31, 2023, 23:59 Kyiv time.
  • Results of the selection process will be announced not later than June 6, 2023.
  • Activities under this call should end by October 30, 2023.

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). Points of focus: How does the project respond to the needs of the target group? 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 (5 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: