Grants for Museums in the Western Balkans Region

Deadline: 13 May 2013
Open to: Museums from the Western Balkans
Grant: Up to Eur


Cultural Heritage without Borders (CHwB), funded by SIDA and Stavros Niarchos Foundation (as part of its initiative to develop disability inclusion in museums in the Western Balkans) is offering grants to museums in the Western Balkans region in three key themes:

  1. Access and Inclusion (especially involving disabled children and adults),
  2. Interpretation and Communication, and
  3. Cultural Tourism

The Call for Proposals is an opportunity for the best ideas to be funded. Several grants will be available of up to €5.000, of which at least five are specifically for projects that include disabled people and developing access. There is also a special award for a project with a cross-border partnership.


Only museums from Western Balkans are eligible to apply for this grant. 

Criteria for grants

To qualify for funding, projects must:

  1. Have maximum duration of 6 months (implementation period is June – December 2013, but longer projects may be considered);
  2. Involve partnerships with non‐museum organisations (e.g. CSOs, community group(s), educational institutions, media, etc.) within the museum’s outreach or community programme;
  3. Involve groups of people (beneficiaries). We will particularly be looking for proposals for events that involve lots of people who work in your museum. This way, we will know that the event is having an impact across the museum.
  4. Show clear evidence of community engagement(where appropriate);
  5. Be at least part‐funded from within the museum’s own resources: the museum must contribute at least 20% of the total cost of the project. This could be calculated in terms of hours.
  6. Is subject to quality financial reporting.
  7. Be evaluated and a brief evaluation report submitted.

Projects within the area of Access and Inclusion must:

  • Involve local disabled people in their planning and delivery wherever possible.
  • If such partnerships are not possible,the museum must be able to show: how the event will develop partnerships with local disabled people; what efforts were made to involve local disabled people and why they were not successful
  • Contribute to the museum’s overall service provision, impacting on the general level of inclusion within the museum;

Projects within area Interpretation and Communication must:

  • Use different types of interpretive resources and contribute to increase interactivity in museums exhibitions;
  • Explain how additional information is provided and how learning takes place.

Projects within area Cultural Tourism must:

  • Show how the project will increase the attractiveness of the museum’s service provision to the tourist sector;
  • Demonstrate cooperation with the tourism and business sectors.

Selection procedure

The selection committee will review the received applications based on the criteria outlined in the call. 80% of the grant will be given as soon as the proposal is accepted and the final 20% on receipt of a satisfactory evaluation and financial report. Two reports are required. The first is a full budget with all receipts and translations clearly shown. The second is a two‐page summary of the project, detailing its aims, implementation, main outcomes and what you have learned. CHwB undertakes to provide feedback on proposals, working with you, where necessary and where possible, to develop the proposal to bring it up to the required standard to be accepted for funding.

Note that:
1. Each museum is eligible to receive only one grant, but may submit more than one proposal; Call for Proposals March 2013
2. Not all museums will necessarily receive a grant ‐ funding allocation will be based on the quality oft he proposals, as evaluated by the selection committee;
3. Museums may work togetherto plan and deliver the same event in two or more locations, if that is appropriate and supports each museum’s policy and practice around three themes of the Call. If a joint application is received, the amount applied for can still be just up to €5,000 for the whole project.
4. Museums applying for the cross‐border project must nominate a lead museum who makes the application. The application must be signed by all partners.

How to apply

Please e-mail your proposals to [email protected] no later than 13 May 2013. Any proposals received after that date will not be accepted. Application form can be found here.

Written questions about the Call will be collected and answers published three weeks before the deadline on the Balkan Museum Network web site.

For more information, please read the Guidance notes. Here you can find budget template.

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