Syrian Entity for arts and culture News :

Life: Contributions to Support Syrian Cultural Entities

Ettijahat independent culture is launching the exceptional "Life Initiative", as part of its programming for the year 2021, inspired by the organization's upcoming 10 year anniversary. The initiative targets entities and collectives active in the Syrian arts sector, as well as civil and media entities whose work revolves around the arts, which have played a central role in building relationships with arts creators and audiences in their respective locations during the last decade.

The past decade in the Arab region, including Syria, was heavy with reconnection to the past, present and future. Art entities were present, aiming to contribute to democratic change, either on the ground and with people or through digital platforms that sought to provide an alternative to restricted public spaces. These entities contributed to formulating questions of freedom, openness, and creativity, and sought to create intellectual platforms for research and imagination. They also contributed to the formulation of the present and future, petitioned for public and individual rights, and promoted counter-narratives to patriarchy, stereotyping, and exclusion based on ethnicity or gender identity. Today, there is a greater need for these entities, which operate in an environment where security, economic, and health challenges have accumulated.

The Life Initiative aims to help mitigate the challenges facing these entities and enable them to continue their work, by providing a financial contribution of up to $12,000 to 12 artistic and civil entities. 

The Life Initiative is being launched with the support of the Ford Foundation, the DOEN Foundation, and Mimeta.

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Progress Guidelines

  • All entities in the Syrian arts sector are qualified to apply to the Life Initiative, which is now active in the Arab region and Europe, as well as digitally
  • All human, civil, and media rights entities that work in the arts sector – i.e. their vision is based on an essential approach to the arts and the roles they play in public Syrian life – are qualified to apply 
  • This support is institutional and covers wages, staff, internal training, workplace costs, equipment and technical and service related work systems
  • Any non-profit entity can apply, regardless of the size of its annual budget
  • The entity must be officially registered, unless there is cogent reason for not doing so, such as being in a country or region where legal registration is not possible. This and any other reasons must be explained in detail Furthermore, applicants must clarify the alternatives they adopt with regard to management and their business structure
  • Supported entities can retain their right not to publish their names if they work in environments that necessitate this
  • An independent and specialised group from a variety of cultural and civic fields will assess applications and make its decision in two individual and group stages. The names of committee members will remain confidential until the results are announced
  • During the decision-making process, the committee will rely on a number of criteria, the most important of which are:
  1. The cultural approach adopted by applicants in their work, in regard to the roles played by the arts in various aspects of Syrian cultural life
  2. The relationship of the entities with their surroundings and the context in which they operate, including beneficiaries
  3. The clarity of the role these entities play in forming a narrative of civil inclusion that promotes the values of freedom, creativity, emancipation, the right to the arts, and the creation of organic relationships with beneficiaries and audiences
  4. The level of organisation and governance adopted by these entities, including systems and mechanisms of action, as well as team roles
  5. The ability of these entities to benefit from the Life initiative in promoting the continuity, effectiveness, and organisation of their work

Key Dates 

  • Applications will be accepted as of 15 March 2021
  • The deadline for receiving applications is 30 April 2021, at 23:59, Beirut time
  • Results will be announced on 30 June, 2021
  • Contract signature will take place on July, 2021

Required Documents 

  • A filled-out, full application form (available at the bottom of the page)
  • A filled-out budget plan for the duration between July 2021 and June 2022 (available at the bottom of the page)
  • A copy of the applicant's passport
  • Entity registration document or justification for not registering
  • Narrative and financial reports for 2019 and 2020
  • Any other material that supports your application and allows the jury to form a more comprehensive picture of the entity, its vision, and its strategy

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