Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grant: Strengthening Communities Across Australia

Deadline: 28 April 2016

The Australian Government Department of Social Services (DSS) is currently inviting organisations to apply for Multicultural Arts and Festivals funding for events to be held between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2017. This funding is available through an open process to deliver services under the Families and Communities – Strengthening Communities – Multicultural Arts and Festivals.

The Families and Communities Programme aims to strengthen relationships, support families, improve children’s wellbeing and increase participation in community life to strengthen family and community functioning, and reduce the costs of family breakdown.

Programme Structure

The following seven Activities make up the Programme and support the Commonwealth Government’s priorities and responsibilities:

  • Financial Wellbeing and Capability
  • Families and Children
  • Strengthening Communities
  • Settlement Services
  • Civil Society
  • Families and Communities Service Improvement
  • National Initiatives

Grants Availability

Total funding of $125,000 is available to 30 June 2017 to deliver Multicultural Arts and Festivals. Up to $5,000 is available for each project that will be held before 30 June 2017.

Eligibility Criteria

The following entity types meet the eligibility requirements to be invited to apply for a grant for this Activity:

  • Incorporated Associations (incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Association’ or ‘Incorporated’ or ‘Inc.’ in their legal name)
  • Incorporated Cooperatives (also incorporated under state/territory legislation, commonly have ‘Cooperative’ in their legal name)
  • Companies (incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 – may be a proprietary company (limited by shares or by guarantee) or public companies)
  • Aboriginal Corporations (incorporated under the Corporations (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) Act 2006)
  • Organisations established through a specific piece of Commonwealth or state/territory legislation (public benevolent institutions, churches, universities, unions etc.
  • Partnerships, and Trustees on behalf of a Trust
  • Not-for-profit entity types specified above meet the eligibility requirements.

The following entity types may be eligible and invited to apply in special circumstances:

  • For-profit entity types listed above
  • State and territory Governments (as a sponsor organisation only – where the organization intended to receive the grant is not a legal entity and no other suitable sponsor is available)
  • Local Governments.

How to Apply

  • To apply, applicants will need to complete the Application Form.
  • Applications must be received electronically by the closing date and time as stated in the Application Pack.

For more information, please visit Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants.

Call for Proposals: Arts Research Programme for Indian Researchers & Scholars

Deadline: 11 June 2016

India Foundation for the Arts is currently accepting proposals from researchers and practitioners for its Arts Research Programme to encourage projects in Indian languages other than English, so as to contribute to discourse in particular language contexts.

The Arts Research programme support scholars, researchers, and practitioners to undertake research into the various histories and expressions of artistic practices in India. It seeks to foster wider perspectives, understandings, interpretations and engagements in the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The programme is open to proposals from scholars, researchers and practitioners across disciplines.
  • Applicants are eligible to apply if they are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been resident in India for at least five years.
  • If they are applying on behalf of an institution, please include background information on the organisation as well as the memorandum of association/trust deed, annual reports, and audited statements of accounts for the past three years.

How to Apply

  • Applicants can send the draft proposal by email but the final proposal, including bio-data, supporting material, should be in hard copy only.
  • Applicants may choose to write proposal in any Indian language including English.

For more information, please visit Arts Research Programme.

Call for Applications: Community Relations Council’s Cultural Diversity Grant

Deadline: 28 November 2016

The Community Relations Council, with the support of Government, has established a Cultural Diversity Grant of approximately £400,000 to spend each year on community relations projects.

This funding is intended to help community/voluntary groups throughout Northern Ireland develop their capacity to engage in community relations work and to enhance the community relations potential of projects they undertake.

Program Objectives

This grant scheme seeks to achieve the aims listed below by providing advice and financial support for projects.

  • To develop opportunities for groups to explore their own cultures, beliefs and traditions, thus increasing their capacity to develop relationships of trust with those of different traditions and values.
  • To develop opportunities for groups to extend their knowledge and understanding of others ‘cultures, beliefs, traditions; increasing their acceptance of and respect for diversity.
  • To enable groups to challenge stereotypes of their own and other communities in order to acknowledge and address difference.
  • To increase the ability and confidence of groups and organisations to identify and address those issues that divide them.
  • To develop networks of communication, trust and co-operation between divided communities.
  • To promote models of good practice for community relations work in Northern Ireland.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The scheme is aimed at locally based groups such as community development groups, cultural organisations, women’s groups, church groups, tenants associations and other organisations and groups involved in community relations, reconciliation projects and cultural engagement.
  • The scheme is aimed primarily at projects involving adults over the age of 16. Groups whose main work is with children or youth may be eligible for funding by the Department of Education, Education and Library Boards or the Youth Council. People working with 0 – 5 year olds should contact local health and social services.

Eligible Costs

Grants may be awarded towards the cost of the following:

  • Bursaries for community relations practitioners to attend conferences. (These are limited to one bursary per year for an individual from an applicant group).
  • Organisation of events.
  • Seminars or discussion groups.
  • Fees for trainers, speakers, artists or facilitators.
  • Basic travelling costs within Ireland and Britain.
  • Cost of accommodation for speakers.
  • Renting appropriate facilities.
  • Creche provision.
  • Resource materials.
  • Action research and small publication costs.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit the duly filled application form, in order to apply.

For more information, please visit Cultural Diversity Grant.

Call for Proposals: Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund

Deadline: 2 May 2016

Creative New Zealand is currently inviting proposals for Asia/New Zealand Co-commissioning Fund programme, in order to support the commissioning of new work with New Zealand and Asian partners for national and international presentation.

Priority is given to projects where the presenting partners are also investing in the development of the new work.

Costs covered

Grant amount of $750,000 will be awarded as :

  • artists’ fees for New Zealand artists
  • artists’ fees for Asian artists and practitioners working in collaboration with New Zealand artists
  • research and development, including travel costs
  • materials

Costs not covered

Presentation costs are not eligible, e.g. venue hire or marketing costs.

Eligibility Criteria

  • To apply for Creative New Zealand funding, applicant:
    • must be a New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or organisation (overseas arts organisations or overseas-based New Zealand artists may be funded only if the project directly benefits New Zealand arts)
    • cannot be a Creative New Zealand staff member or a member of the Arts Council.
  • Partner countries
    • China
    • Japan
    • Korea
    • Hong Kong
    • Taiwan

Eligible Projects

  • The new work concept must be of high artistic merit.
  • The New Zealand artists involved must have a track record for delivering high quality work.
  • Projects can be new works or works which are already in development.
  • The work should be suitable for domestic and international audiences.
  • Projects must demonstrate the potential to develop new and ongoing strategic long-term relationships and/or cultural and artistic exchange.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to register themselves in order to apply for the programme.

For more information, please visit this link-

Call For Application: RNHDP Summer Training Program 2016

Deadline: 29 April 2016

The Regional Network for Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past (RNHDP) is currently accepting applications for the second annual training program in Istanbul.

The program is organized by Hakikat Adalet Hafiza Merkezi in cooperation with the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Program (AHDA) at Columbia University and Columbia Global Centers Turkey.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in training, networking, and capacity building. The one-week program provides participants with the opportunity to hone practical and conceptual skills to develop a deeper understanding of dealing with the past, and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations. There are a total of 14 spaces available for this year’s program.

The training program will be composed of seminars and workshops conducted by international experts, including members of Columbia University faculty such as Professor Elazar Barkan of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights and the School of International and Public Affairs.


  • Historical Dialogue: Truth, Narrative, Evidence
  • Theory and Practice of Transitional Justice
  • Oral History, Truth Seeking and Gender
  • Archiving, Documentation and the Right to Truth
  • Prosecution of International Crimes
  • Justice in Negotiated Transitions
  • Shared Narratives
  • Designing Museums, Memorials, and Exhibits
  • Comparative Issues for Civil Societies in MENA and Caucasus Region


The program will cover the following costs for participants accepted into the program:

  • Airfare to and from Istanbul
  • Airport transfers in Istanbul
  • Accommodation
  • Training Program Fee

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants should be civil society professionals working in the MENA and Caucasus region on issues including (but not limited to) transitional justice, truth and reconciliation, historical dialogue, accountability, memory studies, oral history and sites of memory.
  • Applicants should have an advanced knowledge of English in order to complete readings, follow lectures and actively engage in discussions.
  • Applicants must be able to allocate time before the program begins to read materials in advance that are required by the seminar and workshop leaders.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are required to submit a duly filled application form available on the website.

For more information, please visit Dealing with the Past.

The Imagely Fund: Submit your Entries and win up to $5000

Deadline: 1 June 2016

The Imagely Fund, previously known as Photocrati Fund, invites photographers, around the world,  to help fund one humanitarian or environmental photography project each grant cycle.

The goal is to provide support for projects that will have a tangible and positive impact on the world.

Grant Information

Imagely Fund Grants are in the amount of $5,000. The funds are intended to help cover the costs of travel, lodging, and related expenses for roughly one-month of full time photography.

Eligibility Criteria

This grant is open to both professional and emerging photographers from any country, worldwide. Applicants must be over 21 years of age and should have a proven ability to produce outstanding imagery and coherent photo essays, as well as the background necessary to carry out the proposed project. This means that for photographers planning to complete a project in a country other than their own country of origin, there should be a clear demonstration of preparation for work in that country (i.e. proper visas, contacts, language training, etc.), and preferably some experience in the country or a good deal of experience and understanding of the culture and language/customs.

Eligible Entries

The project will be selected according to the following:

  • Photographic skill, background and promise of the applicant (in terms of photographic vision and technique) based on the applicant’s images in his/her web portfolio.
  • The degree to which the applicant’s non-photographic background and training has prepared him/her to undertake the project.
  • The environmental or humanitarian significance of the project and its potential positive contributions.
  • The feasibility and viability of the completion of the proposed project within the projected time frame and with the grant funding.
  • The quality of the overall application packet.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to submit an online application form in order to apply.

For more information, please visit The Imagely Fund.

European Union Call for Proposals: Support to Cultural Activities 2016

Deadline: 17 May 2016

The European Union (EU) is currently accepting proposals from eligible organisations for a programme entitled “Support to cultural activities 2016” to increase public awareness of EU core values and enhance visibility of the EU cooperation in Palestine through the support to the Palestinian cultural sector.


The programme is divided into two lots:

  • Lot 1: Support to cultural activities ( 340,000 EUR)
    • Enhance the visibility of the EU in Palestine though the support to cultural events which attract a lot of people all around the country (including in isolated areas, refugee camps, etc…).
    • Raise awareness on Palestinian culture.
  • Lot 2: Empowerment of Youth CSOs working in the cultural sector (80,000 EUR)
    • Enhance the visibility of the EU in Palestine though the support to innovative cultural projects developed by youth CSOs working in the cultural sector (especially in isolated areas, refugee camps, etc).
    • Contribute to build capacities of youth CSOs working in the cultural sector.


  • Actions with a strong “Euro-Palestinian” dimension (i.e. clearly promoting exchange between various European cultural organisation and Palestinian ones.
  • Actions promoting partnerships amongst events/festivals and/or consortiums of cultural players contributing to more unified sector all around the country.
  • Proposals that contain capacity development activities, especially for youth.
  • Proposals that are not limited to one area, but target the entire country, including Gaza.
  • Protect and enhance Palestinian social cohesion, identity and heritage.

Size of Grants

Any grant requested under this call for proposals must fall between the following minimum and maximum amounts:

  • Lot 1: minimum amount: EUR 120,000 and maximum amount: EUR 170,000.
  • Lot 2: minimum amount:  EUR 20,000 and maximum amount:  EUR 40,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • In order to be eligible for a grant, the lead applicant must:
    • be a legal person
    • be non-profit-making
    • be a specific type of organisation such as: non-governmental organisation, public sector operator, local authority
    • be established in a Member State of the European Union or in Palestine or in an ENI  Partner Countries in the Southern Area (European Neighbourhood Instrument).
    • be directly responsible for the preparation and management of the action with the co-applicant(s) and affiliated entity(ies), not acting as an intermediary.
  • Potential applicants may not participate in calls for proposals or be awarded grants if they are in any of the situations
  • The lead applicant may act individually or with co-applicant(s)
  • Co-applicants participate in designing and implementing the action, and the costs they incur are eligible in the same way as those incurred by the lead applicant.

How to Apply

  • The application procedure consists of two phases:
    • Concept notes
    • Full applications
  • In the first instance, only concept notes must be submitted for evaluation. Thereafter, lead applicants who have been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full application.
  • In order to apply for the program, the applicants have to register themselves in PADOR, an on-line database via given website.

For more information, please visit Europeaid and download the guidelines.

U.S. Mission to Pakistan: Supporting Civil Society, Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship

Deadline: 31 May 2016

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi is currently inviting proposals for projects that focus on strengthening civil society, supporting economic empowerment and entrepreneurship and providing media training and professional development, and support. The program is under U.S. Embassy Islamabad Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the U.S. Department’s Public Diplomacy grants Program.

The U.S. Consulate General in Karachi will only consider proposals implemented Sindh Province and in the following Administrative Divisions of Balochistan Province: Gwadar, Lasbela and Quetta.

Priority Areas

  • Strengthening Civil Society: through the promotion of local cultural heritage, traditional and modern art forms, and other forms of creative expression including music, literature, drama, movement, storytelling, and new media art; support for civil society organizations, educational institutions, media platforms, and the press; fostering tolerance and civil rights; or professional development of emerging leaders in these fields through linkages with U.S. counterparts.
  • Supporting Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship: through projects that promote human/workers’ rights, women’s empowerment, corporate social responsibility, inclusion of minorities or persons with disabilities, media training for journalists, support for entrepreneurs, and fostering STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities.
  • Providing Media Training and Professional Development, and Support: through training for media professionals, with a special preference for online training to journalists located in remote areas, and for mainstream photographers and videographers rather than highly skilled professionals in TV studios.

Award information

The proposal budget should be between $10,000 and $50,000 with project duration of up to one year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Submissions are encouraged from U.S. and Pakistani registered not-for-profit, civil society/nongovernmental organizations, and educational institutions with at least two years of programming experience.
  • This experience should be documented in the organization’s proposal. A copy of the organization’s registration should be provided with the proposal application. U.S.-based organizations should submit a copy of their IRS determination letter.
  • Pakistan-based organizations should submit a copy of their certificate of registration from the appropriate government organization.
  • Applicants are allowed to submit only one proposal per organization. If more than one proposal is submitted from an organization, all proposals from that institution will be considered ineligible for funding.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit all application materials electronically via given website.

For more information, please visit Annual Program Statement.

U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom: Promotion of Volunteerism and Social Action

Deadline: 25 April 2016

U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom is currently inviting applicants from British professionals and community leaders specialized in the promotion of volunteerism and social action. The program will provide an introduction to volunteerism and social action in the United States. Participants will gain a better understanding of volunteerism as a key value of American life and culture.

The exchange will include appointments with government officials, charities, non-government organizations, think tanks, and community groups. Participants will comprise of Members of Parliament, civil servants, volunteer specialists, and private sector representatives.

The aim of the exchange program is to provide UK professionals specializing in the promotion of volunteerism and social action with a deeper understanding of approaches to engaging young people in volunteering and to intensify UK Government support for this.

Award Information

The budget should be consistent with the narrative description of the program and should reflect the applicant’s understanding of the allowable cost principles established by CFR 200.306 on cost principles for non-profit organizations.

Key Dates

  • April 2016: Grant is awarded.
  • April – June 2016: Selected program implementer develops the curriculum and program delivery system through consultations with U.S. Embassy representative.
  • July – August 2016: Project Implementation Period: Exchange Program takes place.
  • August – September 2016: Project Implementation Period: Exchange Debrief takes place.
  • September-October 2016: Project completion and final report.

Eligibility Criteria

  • All Federal assistance recipients must have a Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS) and a CCR (CAGE) number and an active account with the System for Award Management (SAM) prior to funds disbursement.
  • Organizations do not need to have these numbers at the time of application; however, time needed to make the application will need to be factored into the timeline for awarding the grant.

How to Apply

Applicants must download the Proposal Template form via given website.

For more information, please visit Exchange on Volunteerism in the United States.

UNESCO: International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2016

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Are you an artist or creator? Are you an NGO or a non-profit private body or a public body, whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation? If yes then apply for the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2016.

The United Nations Educational, scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is currently inviting applicants for its International Fund for the Promotion of Culture 2016. The resources of the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture are intended to promote:

  • Cultures as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity
  • The role of culture for sustainable development
  • Artistic creativity in all its forms, while respecting freedom of expression
  • International and regional cultural cooperation

Funding Information

The amount of assistance required is between US$ 20,000 and US$ 100,000 and covers no more than 80% of the total project budget.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The potential beneficiaries of the Fund shall be:
    • public bodies with specific responsibility for the promotion of culture and artistic creation
    • non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profit private bodies whose objectives are in conformity with those of the Fund and whose activities contribute to the promotion of culture and artistic creation
    • individuals, particularly artists and creators
  • Priority shall be given, as far as possible, to requests from or benefiting countries on the latest DAC List of Official Development Assistance Recipients.
  • Priority is given to projects submitted by young creators aged 18 to 30 years and to projects aimed at benefitting youth.
  • Eligible activities for receipt of assistance from the IFPC are:
    • the production of cultural and artistic works
    • the organization of cultural and artistic events of national, regional and/or international scope contributing to the establishment of culture and development strategies and programmes

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online via given website.

For more information, please visit IFPC 2016.