The Supporting Act Grant

The Supporting Act Foundation is offering 12 Impact Grants of €50,000 each for artist-led grassroots organisations with community-driven approaches towards using arts for social change, particularly those offering support to emerging artists from under-recognized groups. Also available are 20 Creative Bursaries of €10,000 each for undergraduate students from marginalised groups who are experiencing financial hardship, and are looking to develop practices focusing on arts for social change.

Impact Grants help artist-led grassroots organizations with community-driven approaches towards using arts for social change, particularly those offering support to emerging artists from under-recognized groups. The grants are unrestricted, reducing financial uncertainties for these organizations, and enabling them to expand their reach.

Amount:

  • 12 unrestricted two-year grants of €25,000- per year, totalling €50,000- per organization

Purpose:

  • To help cover general operational costs and any other costs considered critical to successfully developing activities

Eligibility:

  • Non-profits registered in the Netherlands, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, or Italy, or with fiscal sponsors in one of these countries—please read guide for full eligibility criteria

Open for submissions: April 30, 2024

Deadline to apply: May 27, 2024 (11.00 AM CET)

The Impact Grant is a program created by The Supporting Act Foundation following extensive research into alternative philanthropic approaches and the challenges facing emerging artists in Europe. One important learning is that reducing financial uncertainty for artist-led organizations can be a key factor in driving long-term systemic change, building stronger communities, and creating positive impacts across the arts.

As a result of these findings, we are offering 12 unrestricted grants to underfunded grassroots organizations with community-driven approaches towards using arts for social change, and in particular those offering support to emerging artists from under-recognized or marginalized groups.

Each grant amounts to €25,000- per year, awarded over a two-year period from September 2024, and totalling €50,000- per organization. They are intended to help cover operating expenses, or any other costs considered critical to successfully developing activities. Non-financial support will also be offered in the form of access to a network of peers and mentors, as well as promotion on our social channels, and on the social channels and advertising and editorial platforms of our funding partner WeTransfer.

Eligible applications will be assessed by an independent jury of artists and specialists, including a representative of last year’s grantees, on the basis of financial need and the social relevance of each organization’s work and approach. Only non-profits registered in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy, or with fiscal sponsors in these countries, are currently eligible. Full details on eligibility, and on the program, are provided in the accompanying guide.

Website link: https://thesupportingact.org/programs/

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