The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR), through a grant from the Open Society Foundations, has set up a fund – Arctivists – to support activists and artists across the world responding to the outbreak of Covid-19 and its implications for human rights defenders, activism, and shrinking civic and political space. Paired activists and artists are able to apply for up to £3,000; it is envisaged that most grants will be for between £1,000 and £2,000.
CAHR recognises that collaborative endeavours between activists and artists have the potential to provide innovative responses to the current Covid-19 emergency, whether in a reactive, therapeutic or imaginative form. CAHR seeks applications from activists and artists to address one or more of the following three objectives:
- Document, monitor and analyse events in real time.
- Reflect on wellbeing, both your own and that of your communities/ organisations.
- Go beyond a reactive response to imagine new, alternative futures. This futureoriented work could assess how crisis and disruption open up new possibilities for creativity and innovation, as well as for regressive and repressive measures, and/or build on positive responses to the virus itself (local and global forms of solidarity).
Activists and artists should apply by presenting a single collaborative project proposal that does not exceed two pages in length and includes the following:
- A brief profile/bio of the artist(s) and activist(s) involved.
- A brief description of the project/programme of work, highlighting in particular how it responds to the Covid-19 emergency and its links to activism and civic/political space; which of the 3 objectives set out above it responds to; any safety, security and ethical concerns, and how these will be addressed; whether it builds on existing initiatives or is a new collaboration, and through which media/methodologies it will be carried out.
- The main beneficiaries and audiences of the project/programme of work and why the methodology/medium is appropriate for the local context.
- Details of additional sources of funding or contributions.
- The envisioned output(s) of the project/programme of work, for both the activist(s) and artist(s).
- The amount of funding you are applying for, and a brief justification for the specific amount requested in the form of a basic budget and justification of resources (subsistence/salary costs can be included). It is envisaged that most grants will be for between £1,000 and £2,000. Additional justification will be required for larger awards, up to £3,000, for example, that the application involves groups of activists and/or artists.
- One appendix featuring examples of artistic work can be included in the application. The appendix can be additional to the 2-page application.
There is no fixed deadline for proposals – applications will be considered on a rolling basis over the coming months. CAHR will endeavour to get back to applicants within 2 weeks. Successful proposals will be selected by a panel that will include CAHR staff and associates from a variety of backgrounds.
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The activist(s) and artist(s) are expected to provide a timeline for outputs in their application, between now and 31 December 2020. The artist(s) and activist(s) are also expected to submit a short joint report (2 pages) detailing the activities undertaken as well as all expenses incurred, by 31 January 2021. All inquiries and submissions should be directed to Piergiuseppe Parisi ([email protected]) and Pippa Cooper ([email protected]).