Call for proposals for cultural projects

Local news, 01.07.2017

Culture creates space for a free flow of ideas between individuals and communities. By promoting dialogue and freedom of expression, it contributes to a vibrant and diverse society. As part of its cooperation programme, the Embassy of Switzerland in Macedonia is launching for the first time a Call for proposals for cultural projects.

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The Swiss Cooperation programme in Macedonia focuses on large, long-term projects in the areas of Democratic Governance, Employment and Economic Development, and Infrastructure and Environment. However, it recognizes the importance of culture to promote diversity, dialogue and debate in the Macedonian society. To be able to support cultural projects in a non-bureaucratic way, the Embassy of Switzerland in Macedonia has decided to launch for the first time a Call for proposals for cultural projects. The Selected projects will receive grants. Through such grants, the Embassy aims to support innovative cultural events and the strengthening of organisations from the independent cultural scene in Macedonia. Going forward, it is foreseen to launch such calls up to twice a year over the next two years. Each organisation can receive a grant for a cultural project only once during the period July 2017-June 2019.

Awarding criteria:

Eligibility criteria:

  • Not-for-profit organisation registered in Macedonia, active in the fields of culture/creative industries/cultural tourism.

  • Adequate organisational structures, sound financial record, and references of projects completed or under implementation if applicable.

  • Readiness of the applying organisation to provide financial or in-kind contribution of at least 10% of the total budget of the project.

  • Expected financial contribution from the Embassy of Switzerland not intended for

    • study tours and tours of existing works or productions abroad.

    • scholarships.

    • participation fees for exhibitions.

    • running costs of public institutions or government bodies, incl. salaries of public servants.

    • only purchase of equipment or the provision of consulting services.

  • Duration of project of maximum 18 months.

Selection criteria for the project:

  • promote cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue.

  • take place mainly in Macedonia.

  • be relevant to the needs of final beneficiaries and developed in a participatory way.

  • not promote any extreme positions that may be perceived as offensive and harmful.

Additional criteria strengthening the merit of a project include:

  • project promoting cohesion, or facilitating interethnic and local, national, and regional cooperation.

  • project facilitating access to and participation in cultural life for marginalised groups.

Application procedure:

The deadline for proposal submission is 15 September 2017. The Embassy of Switzerland will finalise the approval process within one month after the deadline.

Applicants are invited to send electronic copies of the duly completed application form and attached budget form (see templates below) to with the subject ‘Application for cultural project grant’.

Application form templates: 

Proposal form

Budget form