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Grant Program

As part of its grant program Perpedes, the Agosto Foundation is requesting nominations from the general public for the support of the activities of individual artists, as well as for artistic or cultural projects.

 

The Perpedes grant program aims to foster a closer connection between artistic and cultural activities, and the daily lives of various social strata and communities, on both the local and regional scale. The program focuses on strengthening smaller individual and civic initiatives which intersect or interact with interdisciplinary cooperation, and which address themes pertaining to social and environmental networks working within the framework of contemporary art.

The program is administered by the Agosto Foundation which has allocated 800,000 CZK for the year 2017. The grants may be offered to both legal entities (associations, societies, local action groups, etc.) as well as individuals. The maximum amount of any one grant is set at 80,000 CZK. How the contribution is used and the project schedule will be specified during a personal meeting, and will be based on the individual needs of the chosen candidates. The grants are authorized by the Foundation’s statutory board which bases its decisions on the recommendation of the grant committee.

Nominations will be accepted until September 30, 2017. The grants will be conferred based on the agreed upon time schedule, with the availability funds lasting until the end of 2018.


There are 2 rounds in the selection process.

  1. Evaluation of the received proposals
  2. Personal interview with the select candidate

Evaluation Criteria

The candidates:

  • have a 2-year record of activity in the Czech Republic;
  • can demonstrate cooperation with the local community;
  • show a scope of activities which will tend toward recipient independence and support local competencies going forward;
  • show a connection with contemporary art and creative implementations of new approaches;
  • focus on contemporary themes such as: the environment, solidarity, cultural heritage, inclusiveness;
  • and focus on interdisciplinary activies and education.

Schedule

  • Call for nominations opens: June 2017
  • Deadline for accepting nominations: September 30, 2017
  • Selection and personal meeting with selected candidates in the location of their activity: October, November 2017
  • Announcement of the recipients: November, December 2017
  • Program evaluation : January 2019

Nominations can be offered by anyone. If you or somebody you know are working on an inspiring project which may be eligible for support based on the given criteria, send an email to:

janek.rous@agosto-foundation.org (cc: info@agosto-foundation.org, subject: PERPEDES 2017).

In the email, explain your justifications for the nomination. Proposals must include: a description of the activities of the nominee and the reasons for their nomination (five A4 pages maximum), contact details for both the nominee and the nominator.

The foundation reserves the right to respond only to those candidates endorsed by the committee. Questions and requests for clarification should be directed to Janek Rous: janek.rous@agosto-foundation.org.


The Agosto Foundation was founded in 2013 and is a non-governmental organization based in Prague. Its main activities support cultural and social programs, and a large part of its activities consists in supporting conscientious and sustainable development of such art forms which support positive social and cultural change. A strong emphasis is placed on an innovative, experimental and interdisciplinary approach, the defense of values such as the free and open exchange of information and experiences, open discussion in a trans-generational and intercultural space, with a special focus on projects which have educational import.

Through its endowments, the foundation supports those initiatives which strive for individual and social development and which, as part of their artistic practice, grapple with the complex challenges which such change inevitably entails.

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The Agosto Foundation was founded in 2013 as a private entity in Prague to promote social and cultural programs, supporting their development and intersection through a transdisciplinary approach.

Through its activities the foundation reflects upon existing structures and conditions encouraging the resourceful and effective development of diverse art, media and creative practices. Particular attention is given to “modes of improvisation”, which are experimental approaches across disciplines and education backgrounds. Additionally, our grant activity aims to support cultural and social development initiatives, taking on the complex challenge of achieving collective local impact.

The foundation’s main areas of focus are:

· community and self-organized initiatives
· platforms for continuous knowledge sharing of ideas
· alternative learning and public participatory models
· transnational network development
· autonomous grassroots initiatives
· social and environmental justice

The Agosto Foundation currently does not follow a traditional grant model, meaning that it does not make use of theme-based open calls and deadlines.

If you have a project which needs priority attention and which addresses the foundation’s areas of focus as described above, please do not hesitate to approach us at info@agosto-foundation.org. We will be happy to include your proposal in the first round for consideration for support whenever it becomes feasible. Due to the large number of proposals received, we are unable to answer every request individually.

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