Call for Projects

oriented towards cultural initiatives that encourage intercultural exchanges in Luxembourg

Objectives of the call

This call aims to encourage cultural initiatives that promote exchange and mutual understanding between the different communities in Luxembourg. It is specifically aimed at projects linking a Luxembourg structure and a structure representing an international community or communities in the country – established on Luxembourg soil – which together develop a project that builds bridges between cultures.

Its objectives are:

  • to encourage intercultural dialogue and exchange,
  • to awaken interest in the unknown and in others to overcome reluctance,
  • to promote the integration and inclusion of international people and communities in Luxembourg’s society through art and culture,
  • to reduce parallel societies;

Target audience of the projects: children, adolescents, young adults, families, education sector;

 

Recipients of the call

The projects must be proposed and implemented by individuals and teams from Luxembourg non-profit organisations. Any organisation whose registered office and activities are based in Luxembourg may submit a project.

The following are eligible to submit a project:

  • Cultural institutions,
  • Cultural associations,
  • Local associations,
  • Artist collectives,
  • Educational and pedagogical structures in the formal and non-formal sector,
  • Active structures for citizenship, integration and social action;

Projects must be submitted in teams between one or more Luxembourg and non-Luxembourg* organisations, with a main project leader and one or more partners. A project can thus have several partners from the above-mentioned sectors, as long as the form of collaboration remains consistent and the partners are clearly identified at the time of submitting the application.

* structures established in Luxembourg but representing one or more international communities, such as: associations of countries for the promotion and learning of a specific language and culture, municipal associations of specific countries, associations of newcomers, European and international educational structures, etc. (non-exhaustive list).

 

Selection criteria

The selection will be made according to various criteria such as the relevance and originality of the project, suitability with the targeted theme or the technical and financial feasibility of the project.

The projects must be innovative and bring a new dynamic to strengthen social cohesion within Luxembourg’s multicultural society. By “innovative”, Fondation Sommer refers in particular to the creation of innovative partnerships between initiatives that share the same desire to build an open society through culture, and that collaborate on an equal footing. This is not only a matter of cooperation between these distinct partners, but also of ensuring that their respective competences are effective as part of alliances and that the cooperation has a lasting effect.

Projects with a high potential for long-term impact will be given priority.

 

General and financial conditions

The amount of aid is determined according to the requirements and scope of the project and the estimated budget. It may not exceed EUR 10,000 per project.

The financial aid allocated to the selected projects should be considered as ad hoc support, allotted to specific projects of a specific duration. (Co-)financed projects must be new projects, in the sense that they do not fit into a plan already defined and financed previously. Under no circumstances may the financial support received by Fondation Sommer be used to finance general or operating expenses. It must be directly related to activities carried out within the framework of the selected project. Fondation Sommer will verify the use of the amount received by requesting a financial statement, with accounting documents, at the end of the project.

Any financial support granted will be validated by the subsequent signature of a specific agreement between the main project leader and Fondation Sommer, specifying the obligations and rights of each party.

 

Evaluation

Projects receiving financial assistance from Fondation Sommer must participate in an evaluation procedure in order to assess the impact of the project. This evaluation is to be carried out by the project leader and in cooperation with the Fondation Sommer team.

 

Submission of applications

To apply, the participating structures are requested to send their applications to the following e-mail address: info@fondation-sommer.lu

All the proposed headings must be filled in and the following documents must be attached to the application:

  • The official application form,
  • A more elaborate description of the project in terms of objectives, general artistic concept, implementation and target group(s),
  • A detailed financing plan with an indication of all expenses and revenue, including aid from other public and private structures,
  • A copy of the body’s articles of association;

Optional documents: activity reports, presentation brochures, newsletters, press kits or articles, video links, etc.

Failure to provide the requested supporting documents shall be considered as a ground for inadmissibility. On the basis of the documents sent, it is up to Fondation Sommer to examine the administrative admissibility of the application before forwarding it to the Selection Committee.

The decision of the Selection Committee is final and cannot be appealed.

Selected or non-selected project leaders will be notified by e-mail within a maximum period of one month following the deadlines for submitting applications.

 

Deadlines for submission

The next deadlines for sending the applications are:

  • 30 September 2020
  • 1 December  2020
  • 12 February 2021

 

Contact and information

Hélène Spitaels, Project Coordinator (replacing Veronika Meindl-Meilheuret)
info@fondation-sommer.lu
Telephone : 621.430.444

Download the call and the application form in word format (740 KB)