Are you a civil society organisation (CSO) seeking a way to help communities reconnect to Albania’s cultural sites? Are you a group of artisans that are inspired by the cultural heritage monuments near you and want to have an opportunity to engage in the restoration of artifacts? As a tour operator, are your clients interested in exploring Albania’s cultural heritage trails? As a Culture, Business, or Tourism Innovation hub are you promoting creativity and spurring innovation through cultural heritage? As a youth organisation are you interested in energising youngsters’ cultural life in the territories affected by the earthquake of November 2019? If your answer is Yes, this opportunity is for you.
In the framework of RECRAFT THE PAST: Build up the Future 2 public Call, EU4Culture invites non-governmental organisations in municipalities of Tirana, Mirdita, Durrës, Kavaja, Rrogozhina and Kruja to submit their proposals for funding projects that support communities living in the areas surrounding the cultural heritage sites affected by the November 2019 earthquake.
The overall aim of the Call is to foster opportunities for local communities to engage with cultural heritage sites through activities that bring about socio-economic development.
The projects funded by RECRAFT THE PAST: Build Up the Future 2 should be related to:
- The preservation and restoration of artefacts and revival of old and waning crafts;
- Encouragement of new and innovative ways of creating crafts that are inspired by Albania’s cultural heritage in the affected territories;
- Support to cultural tourism entrepreneurship,
- Development of digital products and innovative cultural and creative activities.
To develop local socio-economic and cultural opportunities for the communities surrounding cultural heritage sites affected by the earthquake of November 2019 through projects supporting cultural heritage revitalization and improved capacities for its management, promotion, and environmentally friendly cultural innovative tourism initiatives.
- Specific Objective 1: To create and develop socio-economic growth opportunities for local communities by establishing sustainable linkages between organisations operating in the Cultural and Creative Sectors, near cultural heritage sites, and through environmentally friendly and innovative forms of tourism.
- Specific Objective 2: To raise and enhance public and institutional awareness on the role of cultural heritage as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development by promoting growth, inclusive and gender sensitive models.
- This Call for Proposals is focused on projects implemented by any non-profit organisation which demonstrates capacity and expertise to operate in the Cultural and Creative Sector. Joint applications from two or more non-profit local and community development organisations 6 that propose to enter into operational partnership with each-other are also acceptable. The partnerships are intended to promote joint collaboration, good governance and transparency.
- All actions under this Call should contribute directly to the attainment of the overall objective through activities that aim to achieve any or both specific objectives, i.e. (1) creating and developing socio-economic growth opportunities for local communities by establishing sustainable linkages between organisations operating in the Cultural and Creative Sectors, near cultural heritage sites, and through environmentally friendly and innovative forms of tourism and (2) raising and enhancing public and institutional awareness on the role of cultural heritage as a driver of sustainable socio-economic development by promoting growth, inclusive and gender sensitive models.
Traditional arts and crafts are an important part of our traditional culture, forming an artistic expression of history and cultural customs of populations across centuries. As such, carrying forward the traditional art and cultural expressions constitutes an important historical duty. This Call for Proposals is purposely and primarily themed after the provision of support to the enhancement of artisanship skills and development of traditional crafts inspired by the EU4Culture project’s sites of cultural heritage. Nevertheless, the thematic scope of eligible activities is much broader.
- The main theme is: Support to preservation and restoration of artefacts, revival of old and waning crafts, and encouragement of new and innovative ways of creating crafts that are inspired by Albania’s cultural heritage.
- Other themes include:
- Support to site-specific cultural tourism entrepreneurship,
- Creation of innovative digital products for visitors and information centres,
- Innovative cultural and creative activities which are carried out by youth organisations (dedicated funding frame for youth organisations).
- Grants will be awarded through two funding frames: the Main Funding Frame and the Dedicated Funding Frame for Youth Organisations.
- The grants awarded under the Main Funding Frame will range between USD 30.000 – USD 50.000 with an expected duration of projects’ implementation between 6-12 months.
- The grants awarded under the Dedicated Funding Frame for Youth organisations will range between USD 10.000 – 20.000 with an expected duration of projects’ implementation between 3-6 months.
- Regardless of the funding frame, the indicative start of implementation will be the beginning of 2023.
- Legal entities registered in accordance with the applicable laws 15 in the Republic of Albania as not for profit with an active status at the time of application.
- The applicant is required to not be financially inactive at the time of the submission of the application (as evidenced by tax authorities and relevant documentation).
- The applicant is regularly paying its obligations towards employees and has no outstanding debt (as evidenced by tax authorities).
- The applicant is regularly paying due taxes to both local and national tax offices (as evidenced by tax authorities and relevant documentation) registered as not-for-profit).
- Legal requirements
- The applicant should be legally registered not later than 6 months before the deadline for the submission of applications.
- Legal representatives and assigned project managers have not been criminally convicted or under on-going criminal investigation and proceeding.
- The applicant is not producing anything that infringes copyright, trademark, or intellectual property laws.
- The applicant is not using funding incentives on the same grounds from other institutions or donors during the period of implementation of activities.
- The applicant owns or rents business premises appropriate for implementation of project activities.
- The applicant must provide at least two reference letters from the contracting authorities of similar projects (in terms of value and technical area covered) implemented since its registration, but for periods not earlier than the last five years. The reference letters should clearly indicate the overall contract value, timeframe of implementation, the organisation’s role in implementation (i.e. lead or partner organisation) and the donor (funding entity)
- One organisation may submit more than one application to this Call, but it can only be awarded one grant, be it as a lead or as a partner organization.
- Organisations with running projects awarded from a previous Call cannot reapply in this Call with another project proposal until the previous project is concluded.
- Project proposals designed to repeat, contribute to, or build on any running projects awarded from a previous Call will not be considered eligible until the previous project is officially closed, even if it is submitted by a different legal entity (e.g., a project partner from a running grant).
- The organisations which will be approved for grant support should be ready to sign the grant support agreement and commence implementation no later than 60 days after the notification of grant award.
For more information, visit https://eu4culture.al/recraft-the-past-build-up-the-future-2/