The Prince Claus Fund, through its Cultural Emergency Response (CER) programme and the Whiting Foundation are accepting proposals for projects in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean to safeguard documentary heritage that is acutely threatened by recent conflict or other disaster, whether natural or man-made.
The second round will continue to facilitate the vital work of restoring physical objects and making the information they carry accessible to a wider public for generations to come. In doing so, they hope to contribute to the appreciation of cultural achievement and historical diversity and foster the worldwide dissemination of forgotten or endangered stories.
Grants will average about €15,000.
Grant funds can only cover project-related expenses, not running (operating) costs for organisations.
No support will be provided retroactively (i.e., to projects already implemented).
The project must aim to safeguard documentary heritage (i.e., cultural heritage designed to carry information in writing, such as manuscripts, books, archives, tablets, and carvings or inscriptions).
The project must respond to an emergency situation, which is to an acute current or impending, disaster, for example by evacuation, restoration and digitalization. Cases only of long term neglect are not eligible.
The country where the intervention is to take place must be in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and the applying organisation or individual must live and work in one of these regions.
The heritage involved must be significant for a specific community, whether local, regional, national, or global.
Local communities and/or local authorities must be involved in the emergency response, and the legal owner must support the proposed measures.
The intervention must be able to be carried out within a time frame of twelve months, corresponding to the emergency character of the collaboration.
No direct or indirect support will be provided to individuals or organisations currently subject to US sanctions.