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Third Open Call for Structural Support Grants

CultureCIVIC, a European Union project aiming to strengthen civil society activities in the field of culture and arts in Turkey, make its last open call for the Structural Support Grants. Structural Support Grants aim to strengthen the operational capacity of organizations to function independently. Applications for the Structural Support Grant Program began on Monday, 5 July 2023 and close on Friday, 4 August 2023 at 18.00.

Structural Support Grants

Structural Support Grants provide much-needed financial support for increased capacity to organisations and professionals in the field of arts and culture and related civil society engagement both in and beyond the three major urban centres of Ankara, İstanbul and İzmir. Structural Support Grants aim to strengthen the operational capacity of organizations to function independently and to sustain their operations by providing structural support. Implementing projects depends to a great extent on the availability of venues and spaces for dialogue, presentation and audience development. Providing new and improved spaces for independent cultural activities, accessible to independent actors in the field of arts and culture, fosters cultural and artistic encounters as well as collaboration, resulting in audience growth and improvement in audience engagement.

In order to apply to the Programme, which is open to non-profit organisations, art initiatives and individuals; institutions are required to document their activities in the field of culture and arts for two years and individuals for five years. Structural Support Grants, which will provide a maximum of 12,500 Euro support to eight projects each year. Digital infrastructure, training and hiring expert staff for increasing outreach and output of organization, renovation or improvement of project spaces, establishment of new spaces and technical equipment, rental support for permanent performance spaces (local theatre, gallery, art centre, areas where workshops can be done for professional capacity building) are the activities that are eligible to apply.

While evaluating the applications, priority is given to is given to rights-based activities focusing on gender equality, LGBTI+ rights, social cohesion, human rights, freedom of expression and children's rights bringing together actors from different ethnic, religious and linguistic backgrounds.

Applications are made through the Application Portal, which can be accessed on the CultureCIVIC website. Candidates can find detailed information about the conditions on the Application Guideline and Frequently Asked Questions pages.


Initiated by Goethe-Institut IstanbulAnadolu KültürIstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV)Institut français de Turquie, and Danish Cultural Institute in Turkey, and in collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands in Turkey, CultureCIVIC is a European Union project that aims to foster civil society involvement in the field of arts and culture.

With a goal to reach beyond the major cultural hubs of Turkey, the programme targets individuals and institutions nationwide with 14 open calls in four different need-based grant categories, and expects to fund over 200 projects by March 2025. Prioritising the reach beyond the major urban centres to strengthen Turkey’s cultural infrastructure with a grassroots approach, the programme is open to all cultural civil society organisations, initiatives, artists and any individual, institution and enterprise with a non-profit mindset.

This page is published on 5 July 2023.
Last update: 18 July 2023