We’re delighted to announce that open calls for The Supporting Act Foundation’s two programs for 2023—Creative Bursaries and Impact Grants—are going live on 29 August, and accepting applications up until September 25 at 11:59 AM CET.
Creative Bursaries are aimed at final-year undergraduate students from marginalized communities, who have practices focused on social change and are experiencing financial hardship. There are ten bursaries in all, each totalling €10,000—they’ll be paid over ten months from December this year. They’re unrestricted, so can be used for tuition fees, living costs, materials, or any other educational costs.
Impact Grants are designed for artist-led organizations with strong community-driven approaches towards using arts for social change, particularly those offering support to emerging artists from under-represented communities. These six grants are also unrestricted, so can go towards operating costs or any costs critical to success. Each amounts to €50,000 over two years, so that’s €25,000 per year, starting in December.
Keeping these grants unrestricted has been a top priority, giving students and organizations the agency to pursue their goals free from constraints, and reducing financial uncertainties. We’ve also tried to make the application process as simple and stress-free as possible—the guides include all the questions applicants will face on our online applications hub, as well as details of the process, and full eligibility criteria for each grant. One important thing to note is that, for both grants, applicants need to be based in the Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, or Italy.
In the interests of both inclusivity and transparency, the selection process is handled by independent juries, each one including a couple of last year’s grantees—all their names can be found on the program pages. Also, the turnaround time from decisions to transferring the first installment of the grants has been kept as short as possible.
If you know anyone who might be interested in applying, do pass on the news, and please do share on social media—or just about anywhere you can, we’re keen to spread the message far and wide. And, if you’re thinking of applying yourself, we’re very much looking forward to hearing from you.