Open Society Foundations COVID-19 Funding 2020 for Artists and Activists Worldwide
University of York’s Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), through a grant from Open Society Foundations, is calling on artists and activists around the world to apply for COVID-19 funding of up to £3 000 ($3 750).
The funding is intended to support artists and activists in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak and its implications for human rights defenders.
The CAHR recognises that collaborative endeavours between activists and artists have the potential to provide innovative responses to the current COVID-19 emergency, whether in a reactive, therapeutic or imaginative form.
The centre seeks applications from artists and activists to address one or more of the following three objectives:
- Document, monitor and analyse events in real time.
- Reflect on well-being, both your own and that of your communities/organisations.
- Go beyond a reactive response to imagine new, alternative futures. This future oriented work could assess how crises and disruption open up new possibilities for creativity and innovation, as well as for regressive and repressive measures, and/or build on positive responses to the virus itself (local and global forms of solidarity).
Activists could write a diary, make a weekly podcast, write a blog, etc. Artists could work in their chosen media to respond to the activist’s contribution and/or to wider developments in their country/region. The CAHR is open to innovative suggestions on the nature of the collaboration between activists and artists.
Project proposals – Artists Activists covid-19 funding
Activists and artists should apply by presenting a single collaborative project proposal that does not exceed two pages in length and includes the following:
- A brief profile/bio of the artist(s) and activist(s) involved.
- A brief description of the project/programme of work, highlighting in particular how it responds to the COVID-19 emergency and its links to activism and civic/political space; which of the three objectives set out above it responds to; any safety, security and ethical concerns, and how these will be addressed; whether it builds on existing initiatives or is a new collaboration, and through which media/methodologies it will be carried out.
- The main beneficiaries and audiences of the project/programme of work and why the methodology/medium is appropriate for the local context.
- Details of additional sources of funding or contributions.
- The envisioned output(s) of the project/programme of work, for both the activist(s) and artist(s).
- The amount of funding you are applying for, and a brief justification for the specific amount requested in the form of a basic budget and justification of resources (subsistence/salary costs can be included). It is envisaged that most grants will be for between £1 000 and £2 000. Additional justification will be required for larger awards, up to £3 000, for example, that the application involves groups of activists and/or artists.
- One appendix featuring examples of artistic work can be included in the application. The appendix can be additional to the two-page application.
While applications need to be in English, activist and artist outputs that are in part or completely in local languages are welcome.
Criteria for assessment – Artists Activists covid-19 funding
- Clear description of the link between COVID-19, and responses to the virus, on the one hand, and threats to activism and civic/political space on the other, affecting either the artists/activists making the application and/or their country.
- Evidence of a strong working relationship between the artist(s) and activist(s).
- Feasibility and relevance of the project in challenging and difficult circumstances (including consideration of safety, security and ethics).
- Evidence of innovation and creativity.
Artists and activists are expected to provide a timeline for outputs in their application, between now and 31 December 2020. Artists and activists are also expected to submit a short joint report (two pages) detailing the activities undertaken as well as all expenses incurred, by 31 January 2021.
There is no fixed deadline for proposals – applications will be considered on a rolling basis over the coming months. The CAHR will endeavour to get back to applicants within two weeks. Successful proposals will be selected by a panel that will include CAHR staff and associates from a variety of backgrounds.
Confidentiality and ethics
The CAHR will discuss anonymity, confidentiality and other ethical issues with artists and activists as they arise in relation to specific projects.