The Supporting Act Foundation is an independent non-profit organization which provides grants and bursaries to artists at the beginning of their careers, with a particular focus on marginalized groups and community-centered initiatives. The foundation is privately funded by WeTransfer who celebrated its launch with a donation of €1 million, pledging a further 1% of revenue each year plus access to its global advertising and editorial platforms.
Based on our mission, vision, and guiding principles our intention is to support:
Emerging artists and communities who are underrepresented in the creative and cultural industries and have less access to opportunities.
Artist-led initiatives that are concrete, distinctive, and have potential for long-term, measurable outcomes for emerging artists and their communities.
Grassroots arts organizations that are doing work with a place-based or transnational approach related to our focus areas (social, intersectional, and environmental justice)
In our first year we will run three grant programs designed to support grassroots arts organizations, artist-led initiatives, and undergraduate students based in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, and Germany. Each grant program has different and specific eligibility criteria—you can learn more about these on our dedicated Programs page.
Emerging artists We believe that, beyond disciplines, titles, or labels, an artist can be anyone willing to think critically about reality and contribute to the transformation of their world through any form of creativity. There are many formal or informal ways to be an artist and to practice art, including creating direct or indirect opportunities for other people to imagine, make, or enjoy arts and culture. The foundation focuses on emerging artists, who we define as individuals or collectives at the early stages of their careers where experiences of precarity, vulnerability, and discrimination are more common and the related risks are higher.
Artist-led initiatives We define artist-led initiatives as any project or activity, created or governed by artists (regardless of discipline or format) with the intention of sharing opportunities, skills, or knowledge with other artists and/or their communities.
Grassroots organizations We define grassroots arts organizations as collectives or groups with a particular purpose: using arts, creativity, and culture to advocate for a cause and encourage change at local, regional, national, or international levels. These types of organizations often follow bottom-up approaches, are place-based, and are held accountable by their own communities.
Marginalized communities We define marginalized communities as groups that experience discrimination and different forms of exclusion because of unequal power relationships across economic, political, social, and cultural dimensions.
Although all grantees will be selected based on their positive impact and potential to benefit a wider community, regardless of location, the foundation will initially have a European focus. Taking advantage of the existing relationships and connections WeTransfer has in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, Spain, Italy, and Germany, we can offer the most support in these regions. However, as the foundation scales and grows, we strive to have a global impact, ensuring no region or community is excluded from our program.
Yes! Plus, the Supporting Act Foundation is a Dutch charity with ANBI-status which means your donation will be fully tax deductible. We’re also registered with HMRC in the UK which makes it possible to claim Gift Aid. If you’re interested in supporting us, please reach out using the contact form.
If you are unable to find the answer to your question above, please use the contact form. While it is important for us to be available to our partners, potential grantees, and the public, we’re a small team and may not be able to respond to every inquiry. We can only respond to inquiries submitted in English, and cannot review any funding requests or proposals submitted through this form.
Not yet. The Supporting Act Foundation has limited funds and resources and is currently focusing on three programs aligned with our focus areas.
Sadly we’re unable to accept any proposals that don’t meet the requirements of our current programs.
For each grant or awards program we have a jury of specialists with lived experience of the matter at hand. They help us review and evaluate all applications and decide which individual or organization receives the grant.
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