This fund works to strengthen relations across the Western Balkans and the region’s relations with Europe. Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) Grants supports collaborative artistic and cultural projects conceived by organisations within, or cooperating with, the countries of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro and Serbia). In doing so, long-term partnerships of equal exchange are (re-)built across the region and with the rest of Europe. The average award given is €15,000 with a maximum of €30,000. These grants were previously awarded through ECF’s Collaboration grants scheme. You can apply at any time in the year.
In 2012, we awarded 12 grants having received a total of 106 applications – to know more – download the full list of BIFC grants awarded in 2009, 2010, 2011 and some of the projects awarded in 2012 – a full list will be online shortly.
Developments of BIFC
ECF and Open Society Foundations (OSF) are moving the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) to the region. We think the time is right for the BIFC to be run by an organisation that’s based in the Balkans.
For this reason, ECF is handing over the full strategic management and operation of BIFC to a yet to be selected organisation. We have invited organisations to come up with a proposal about how they think the BIFC would be most successful in achieving its original objectives. We will announce more on the outcome soon.
Since the new BIFC organisation will be based in the region, the existing BIFC hub will cease to exist. This hub has offered a local contact point based in Ljubljana and was supported by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture. It helped BIFC applicants and provided background information on the arts and cultural sector in the Western Balkans. We would like to thank Asociacija for running the BIFC hub and for providing assistance and advice to many BIFC applicants, as well as co-organising workshops all over the Balkan region with ECF.
While the BIFC is being transferred to a new organisation in the region, ECF will continue to run this grant scheme. We will announce the final selection round in due course, so please do feel free to apply with your projects until further notice. In the meantime, we suggest you subscribe to ECF’s ezine to be kept up to date about BIFC’s developments during 2013.
Where we fund
The lead applicant/cultural organisation must be based in one of the following European countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (FYROM), Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.
However, within this grants scheme we prefer projects with lead applicants from the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro or Serbia. If the lead applicant is based outside of the Western Balkans, then the lead applicant must collaborate with partners from the Western Balkans.
Partnering applicants can also be based in one of the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian Territories, Syria and Tunisia. We encourage cooperation with this region, as long as the content of the project clearly relates to cross-border cooperation with/in Western Balkans.
Supported by BIFC Grants
ECF funded The Museum of Broken Relationships when it started up as “a travelling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruins”. Conceptualized in Croatia by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić, the Museum has since toured internationally, amassing an amazing collection from different communities with different histories and personal experiences – all covering the same subject – what happens after love?
The touring exhibition was so successful they have now taken up a permanent space in Zagreb. And they won an award – the museum received the Kenneth Hudson Award Award during the European Museum of the Year Award 2011. The Award was created in 1977 under the auspices of the Council of Europe and is highly celebrated.
How to apply, application form and deadlines
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You can apply at any time in the year. Applications are reviewed with advisers and the entire process takes up to a maximum four months. For more information on how to apply and to access the “how to apply” pdf and application form, click here.
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- Young Package 2016
- STARTS Prize 2016
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