Grant Program 2023 — Rolling Invitation

✺ Applications are now open ✺ 

✺ Introduction

The Singer-Zahariev Foundation has a strong belief in the value of making real-life contacts across borders and between diverse communities. Beginning in 2022, the Foundation was launching a program of grants to promote the aims of the Foundation which include support for Bulgarian contemporary art institutions, artists and curators across the spectrum of the visual arts. The program was very well received and we decided to continue it in 2023.

The main philosophy of the grant programme is to provide simple and non-bureaucratic funding for projects and activities which support international collaboration and connect artists and international art professionals.

✺ Specific focus of support

✺ Participation of Bulgarian artists in international exhibitions, biennales, festivals, and

✺ Involvement of international artists, curators, and institutions in contemporary art activities
in Bulgaria.

✺ Peer-to- peer learning and a professional development for artists through artist-led
workshops, residencies, exhibitions and other public events.

✺ Exhibitions, performances, workshops, on-site artistic interventions and other events

✺ Print publications, catalogues,

✺ Residences for artists and curators in Bulgaria and abroad.

✺ Promoting contemporary art activities in regional centres and rural regions in Bulgaria.

✺ Requirements and process

Priority will be given to projects which already have secured a significant share of the necessary funding either through own funds or financing from external sources (local, European or other international structures which provide funding in the art space), but which have a funding gap and require additional funding to fully implement the aim of the proposed project or activity. The projects and activities should be not for profit.

The individual grant amounts will be in the indicative range of 500 to 5000 Leva.

Proposals can be submitted by public and private institutions and individuals.

The proposals for grants under the SZ CONTACT Program can be submitted at any time on a “rolling invitation” basis. They will be reviewed and approved by the managing organ of the Foundation on a quarterly basis ( 31st March, 30th June, 30th September) and evaluated according to the above criteria and the availability of budget.

It is expected that on average 4-10 projects will be approved annually for the duration of the Program.

✺ Submission process

Due to the overwhelming number of applications the submission of new proposals has been suspended for this year. For further information follow the S-Z Foundation’s website and on Facebook and Instagram.

Project proposals should be submitted by filling out this application form.

Applicants will then present the project in a personal interview and provide additional materials if necessary.

Projects selected for funding will be informed at the end of the calendar quarter following the application. Exceptionally, projects which require faster approval can be evaluated immediately.