Application and Criteria

Overall eligibility criteria

  • Applications must be submitted in English and must include a complete budget;
  • Applicants must be above 18 years old;
  • Applicants can represent the private, public or civic sector;
  • The Culture of Solidarity Fund is open to individuals (such as artists, activists, freelancers), collectives (including volunteer groups and networks) and any legal form of organisations (NGOs, public institutions, private enterprises, cooperatives) who operate in the creative sector or any other professional fields and sectors of society, including education and academia, health and social care, environmental, human rights, social entrepreneurship, rural development, etc.
  • Applicants can be based anywhere in the world, but their action proposal must contribute to the overall focus of the Fund;
  • We do not accept proposals submitted by political parties. Our work is strictly non-partisan.

Please note that the Fund has limited financial resources that are reserved for the support of cultural actions. In consideration of the high amount for humanitarian relief made available through other funds, we cannot consider strictly humanitarian initiatives or individual requests for cost-of-living support.

Selection criteria & process

  • All incoming proposals will be assessed based on their relevance to the overall theme of the Fund and objectives for this special edition;
  • urgency, feasibility and implementation potential;
  • impact on the issue addressed and communities involved in Ukraine, but also elsewhere in Europe.

The complete timeline of the proposed action may be up to 12 months.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis and are continuously assessed by a team of internal and external experts from a wide spread of cultural, professional and geographic backgrounds, including Ukraine and other Eastern European countries. Due to the very high volume of incoming requests and proposals, we aim to complete the assessment within 4 to 5 weeks from the date of receipt.

We do currently not accept any applications.

We hope to launch the new stage of the fund in autumn. Please check back here regularly or you can subscribe to our newsletter for the latest developments.

The Culture of Solidarity Fund continues to accept immediate cultural emergency requests. Please get in touch with us at We strive to respond within a week.

The European Cultural Foundation set up the Culture of Solidarity Fund as a European coalition of funders. A European cultural response to the war in Ukraine asks for many more contributions by philanthropic, public and private donors. The Fund is a concrete contribution to a Cultural Deal for Europe and today to a Cultural Deal for Ukraine.