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Grassroots Projects Grants

Grassroots Projects Grants aim to provide and to democratise access to cultural funding for small cultural organisations, operators and activists in promoting tolerance, non-discrimination, freedom of expression, and democratic processes in the shrinking civic space of Turkey.

These grants are devised as an instrument to reach individuals and organisations that have an impact on local communities and audiences on a grassroots level. Grassroots Projects Grants focus especially on including informal structures in order to implement a broad and flexible range of cultural projects that facilitate dialogue and examine social issues.

This page is published on 23 June 2021.
Last update: 15 August 2022

A total of 160 applications were received to the call, which was open between 1 July  and 1 August 2022. Applications that met the conditions of the Grassroots Projects Grants and filled all the application documents were submitted to the members of the jury by the CultureCIVIC project team after the technical evaluation. Applications are evaluated by Assoc. Dr. Altuğ Akın from Izmir University of Economics, Faculty of Communication, Dr. H. Selen Akçalı, Project Manager at Cultural Policy Studies Departmant of İKSV, Gamze Hızlı, Memory and Peace Studies Programme Manager at Hafiza Merkezi, Aysu Arıcan from Anadolu Kültür, Coordinator of VAHA & Tandem Programmes, and the 26 projects to be supported were determined.

From Village Evacuations to Village Money Documentary

Cemal İşnas

VAN
A Learning Experience Towards
Future Cities

Ankara AKS

ANKARA
Amed Underground

Salih Karabulut

DİYARBAKIR
And Other Objects

Soner Akalın

BİTLİS, MUŞ
Boğaziçi Ayvalık School 2022 Winter Semester

Boğaziçi University Ayvalık Schools

BALIKESİR
chalaKINO Cinema Events

Chalak Events Platform

VAN
Children's Rights and Art Workshops in Erzincan

Sine Boran Art

ERZİNCAN
Concrete, Animal, Sea

Kıyı Project

ANTALYA
Crop

Dilşad Aladağ

ADANA, MERSİN, ONLINE
Culinary Memory of Multicultural Istanbul

Narod Avcı

ISTANBUL
Developing Art Journalism and Criticism
from the Local

Argonotlar

ONLINE
Diyarbakır Ecological Film Days

Diyarbakır Ecology Association

DİYARBAKIR
Giulio's Dream

UR Collective

IZMIR
Hear My Voice

Asena Akan

ISTANBUL, ADANA, HATAY
IDEA ’23

CazKedisi

BALIKESİR, ÇANAKKALE, IZMIR, MUĞLA
Istanbul Living
Urban Experience Through the Eyes of Tarlabaşı Women

Tarlabaşı Community Support Association

ISTANBUL
Jina Qelew
(Fat Woman)

Batman Yenisahne

BATMAN, DİYARBAKIR, ISTANBUL, MARDİN, ŞANLIURFA, VAN
Queerification by Writing

Ecem Arslanay

IZMIR, ONLINE
Red-Headed Bunting
Forest Fire Awareness
Art Workshops in Datça

Özge Çiğdem Denizci

MUĞLA
Rojbash Film:
Post-production

Özkan Küçük

DİYARBAKIR, ISTANBUL
Tahvida, Oror, Lori: Lullabies for Adults

Natalia Sovuksu

HATAY
Third Absence from Home

Mediha Güzelgün

KAHRAMANMARAŞ, MERSİN
There is a Müzikist in the Village

Müzikist

BURSA
Travelling Cinema Dialogues: Kurdish Women's Images

Nimet Gatar

DİYARBAKIR, TUNCELİ, VAN
Urban Transformation like a Roman

Mediterranean Roma Associations Federation

MERSİN
Li Dêrê

MARS - Mardin Sahne Oyuncuları

BATMAN, DİYARBAKIR, MARDİN, VAN

A total of 264 applications were made to the call, which was open between 7 March and 11 April 2022Applications that met the conditions of the Grassroots Projects Grants and filed all the compulsory application documents were submitted to the independent jury members after the technical evaluation by the CultureCIVIC project team. The applications were evaluated by the independent jury team, researcher and curator Eylem Ertürk, civil society expert Hamit Levent Evci, Goethe-Institut Istanbul Library Manager Sanem Yardımcı and the projects to be supported were determined. 

A total of 202 applications were received for the Grant Program between 30 June – 30 August 2021. Applications were first evaluated by the CultureCIVIC project team, then by Assoc. Prof. Altuğ Akın from Communications Faculty of İzmir University of Economics, CultureCIVIC Director Ayşe Utku Erarslan from Goethe-Institut Istanbul, Anadolu Kültür Director Asena Günal, İstanbul Biennial Exhibition Manager Elif Kamışlı and MitOst Turkey Programs Supervisor Serra Özhan, and the projects to be supported were determined.

Akhisar Women's Film Days

Akhisar Cinema Association

AKHİSAR / MANİSA
Altyazı Fasikül: From Below 

Altyazı Cinema Association

ONLINE
Beats By Girlz
Turkey Festival

Beril Sarıaltun / Beats by Girlz Türkiye

İSTANBUL, ONLINE
Çanakkale Accessible
Culture
Ecosystem

Erişilebilir Her Şey

ÇANAKKALE
Dek û Dolabên Scapen

Amed City Theatre

DİYARBAKIR, BATMAN, ŞANLIURFA, VAN, IZMIR, ISTANBUL
Dry Summer

Eldem Art Space

ESKİŞEHİR
Graffiti Art
in Sakarya
(GAiS)

Civil Activity and Entrepreneurship Network

ADAPAZARI / SAKARYA
Living Positive
WE
A Documentary Film Project

Ebubekir Çetinkaya

Cities in Southeast Anatolia, Central Anatolia, Aegean and Mediterranean Regions
Mapping Women’s Cultural Labour in Diyarbakır

Palimpsest Collective
Dilan Kaya Taşdelen, Gizem Kıygı

DİYARBAKIR, ISTANBUL
Maybe a Movie Comes to Town

Sidar İnan

BİTLİS
Mem û Zîn
on the Road

Şermola Performans

BATMAN, DİYARBAKIR, SİİRT, MARDİN, URFA, BİTLİS, VAN, HAKKARİ, AĞRI, ONLINE
Non-Fiction Creative Writing Workshop

5Harfliler

ANKARA, DİYARBAKIR, MERSİN
On-Site Construction of Laz Literature

İrfan Çağatay Aleksiva

ARTVİN, RİZE, ISTANBUL
Recent LGBTI+ Activism  in Diyarbakır

Nadir Sönmez

DİYARBAKIR, MARDİN, ISTANBUL
Red Noses
Social Circus Project for Civil Society Organisations in Istanbul

BoMoVu
Sports and Body Movement Association for Social Empowerment

ISTANBUL
Searching for the Cosmopolitan City in a Building
A Publication Project through the Archives of the Old British Post Office 

The Center for Spatial Justice

İSTANBUL
Stories Between the Past and
the Future

Maya Association

MERSİN
Symphony of Cultures

Hatay Symphony Orchestra
Culture and Arts Association 

HATAY
The Antaios of Despair

Monitor

IZMIR
The Banishment

Yılmaz Özdil

BİTLİS, VAN, MARDİN
The Lost Saint of Anatolia
A Compilation of the Khidr Legend

Hacı Bektaş Veli Anatolian Cultural Foundation
Çorum Branch

ÇORUM, SİVAS, KIRIKKALE, NEVŞEHİR
The Other Artist: Being an Artist in the East

Uğurcan Kaçmaz

VAN, HAKKARİ, ŞIRNAK
Woman's
Touch

Canan Budak

MARDİN