Mozilla is Funding Art About Online Privacy and Security

 Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants support art and artists raising awareness about surveillance, tracking, and hacking

 

La convocatoria para solicitudes está disponible en Español aquí

The Mozilla Manifesto states that “Individuals’ security and privacy on the Internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional.”

Today, Mozilla is seeking artists, media producers, and storytellers who share that belief — and who use their art to make a difference.

Mozilla’s Creative Media Grants program is now accepting submissions. The program awards grants ranging from $10,000 to $35,000 for films, apps, storytelling, and other forms of media that explore topics like mass surveillance and the erosion of online privacy.

What we’re looking for

We seek to support producers creating work on the web, about the web, and for a broad public. Producers should share Mozilla’s concern that the private communications of internet citizens are increasingly being monitored and monetized by state and corporate actors.

As we move to an era of ubiquitous and connected digital technology, Mozilla sees a vital role for media produced in the public interest that advocates for internet citizens being informed, empowered and in control of their digital lives.

Imagine: An open-source browser extension that reveals how much Facebook really knows about you. Or artwork and journalism that examine how women’s personal data is tracked and commodified online.

(These are real projects, created by artists who now receive Mozilla Creative Media grants. Learn more about Data Selfie and Chupadados.)

The audiences for this work should be primarily in Europe and Latin America.

While this does not preclude makers from other regions from applying, content and approach must be relevant to one of these two regions.

How to apply

To apply, download the application guide.

Lee la descripción del proyecto en Español aquí.

All applications must be in English, and applicants are encouraged to read the application guide. Applications will be open until Midnight Pacific time December 31st, 2017. Applications will be reviewed January 2018.

Graduate Scholarships at Central European University

Applications are now being accepted for master’s and doctoral scholarships at Central European University. Graduate students and faculty from around the world come together in Budapest to engage in interdisciplinary education, pursue advanced scholarship, and address some of society’s most vexing problems.

Central European University in Budapest is an internationally recognized institution of postgraduate education established by George Soros and supported by the Open Society Foundations. It is accredited in the United States and Hungary.

Eligibility Criteria

The University provides a variety of scholarships and research grants for which applicants from any country are eligible to apply.

Academic areas and programs include the following:

  • cognitive science
  • economics and business
  • environmental sciences and policy
  • gender studies
  • history
  • international relations
  • legal studies
  • mathematics and its applications
  • medieval studies
  • nationalism studies
  • network science
  • philosophy
  • political science
  • public policy
  • sociology and social anthropology

Guidelines

For more information about available financial aid, funding options, and research grants, visit the Central European University website.

Applications are due February 1, 2018 for master’s and PhD studies with financial aid. Applications are due June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies.

FundAction

FundAction is a new participatory fund making grants for social transformation, organized around a community of activists based in Europe to support social movements working towards a transition to a just and equitable world.

Three kind of grants are being proposed: Renew, Rethink, Resist.

Renew

Support for new initiatives and ideas that promote systemic change. Open to: Everyone / Funding up to: 20.000 €

Rethink

Creating a European network and community through funds for collaboration, exchange and capacity building. Open to: Members / Funding up to: 5.000 €

Resist

Rapid funding to respond to urgent actions. Open to: Everyone / Will be launched in 2018

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https://www.fundaction.eu/

Guerilla foundation grants for societal transformations

True to THEIR name, the Guerrilla Foundation helps activists & grassroots movements build pockets of resistance, that will contribute to larger societal transformations toward a living, circular economy with a deeply democratic society that prioritises social & ecological wellbeing.

Programme Objectives and Focus Areas

While the Movement & Backbone objectives, focus on our core grant-making activities, the Voice objective is more directed at how and what we communicate as well as the overall radical, systemic change narrative we want to help bring about.

1. THE MOVEMENT – Fund for Grassroots Movements

  • Fund bold campaigns that mobilise individuals through creative means.
  • Fund movement organisations and activists that are central in tackling big issues and have a systemic change perspective.
  • Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.

2.  THE BACKBONE – Fund for Activism Structures

  • Support organisations and activities that educate & build capacity for community organisation and mobilisation, develop skills and thus boost credibility of activists, collectives or associations (e.g. online infrastructure, educational programs).
  • Support activist platforms  and  effective ways for activists/citizens/stakeholders to connect and organize.
  • Fund organisations that help create stronger connections between grassroots and top-tier change efforts (e.g. lobbying etc.) to increase the legitimacy of the latter.
  • Via two closed calls per year, one in spring and one in autumn.

3. THE REFLEX – ‘Go Guerrilla’ Fund for Urgent Actions

  • Respond to the need for urgent mobilisation and actions (e.g. protests) that react swiftly to emerging and unexpected sociopolitical situations and emergencies affecting activists.
  • Cover immediate needs of activists (e.g. legal support, meeting/convening costs, mobilisation costs).
  • Grants up to 5,000 EUR
  • Ongoing, year-round. Contact us at hello@guerrillafoundation.org and we’ll get the ball rolling.

4. THE VOICE – Mission for Re-articulating Distorted Narratives

  • Promote the idea and practice of grassroots mobilisation and coordinated pan-European collective action.
  • Move past narrow theories of change that are unsuitable for systemic change efforts. Our impact definition acknowledges and promotes the role of movements in shaping values and cultural narratives.
  • Share data, publish failures & not overstate impact to stop perpetuating unrealistic narratives and false expectations to advance the sector pragmatically.
  • Develop and promote good practices for effective philanthropy to educate & inspire the next generation of progressive, engaged grant-makers.

Target Groups

  • Grassroots organisations that organise and mobilise individuals, particularly those from marginalised backgrounds.
  • Movement organisations with a collaborative pan-European orientation particularly those that are addressing relevant issues from a systemic perspective.
  • Individual activists that are central to a specific movement and want to implement a relevant project beyond organisational borders.
  • Organisations and projects that provide structures for learning, communicating, organising & mobilising – online and offline.

What we are NOT Funding

  • Primarily artistic or academic projects (even if they relate to social movements / activism).
  • For-profit efforts.
  • Religious organisations and political parties.
  • Re-granting organisations.
  • Government programmes.

Selection Criteria

In the first step of the selection process, the Guerrilla Foundation team will seek out relevant organisations that work on issues that interest us and are currently important. These are the criteria that they will use (for both the Closed Calls and Urgent Action Fund) to differentiate between these relevant organisations:

Systemic Perspective – Is the project addressing root causes? Is it working towards systemic change, moving away from the symptomatic approach to a more holistic framework? Sustained action on achieving a core mission as opposed to one-off activities.

Catalytic – Bold and promising early stage initiatives. And/or initiatives that have a tough time finding funds elsewhere. How important is what we have to offer for this organisation?

Embodiment of Progressive Values  Does the organisation promote and embody the progressive values of equity, fairness, non-violence, democracy, and sustainability?

Absorption Potential – Financial & management ability, size of grant in relation to overall project/programme/organisation budget, stable organisation with low turnover & capable staff.

Multiplier Effect – Is there the potential to create large impact on an issue, field or network of organisations? How effective and creative is this organisation/individual at communication of its impact, ideas etc How central and/or collaborative within the ecosystem is this organisation/individual?

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http://guerrillafoundation.org/

Urgent Action Fund – Rapid Response

Urgent Action Fund was established to provide support to women and trans* human rights defenders or organizations led by women or trans* activists when an unexpected situation arises that requires an immediate and time-urgent response to uphold human rights.

Urgent Action Fund’s Rapid Response Grants complement traditional donor funding in cases of crises, emergencies, or opportunities that are not expected or predictable, and when funding is needed immediately to address the current situation.

Urgent Action Fund provides two types of Rapid Response Grants. To receive a Rapid Response Grant, your proposal must fall under at least one of these situations:

  1. Security Grants – The safety and security of women or trans* human rights defenders/activists/organizations is threatened due to their human rights work. This includes emergency security measures for organizations and movements, and temporary relocation for individual women’s human rights defenders in contexts of armed conflict, escalating violence or politically volatile environments. For recent examples of protection and security grants, click here.
  2. Opportunity Grants – An unexpected moment or opportunity for advocacy or mobilization that may result in advancements for women’s and LBTQI’s rights, such as changes in legal decisions, policy and laws, or a shift in public attitudes and practices in their local context.  This includes opportunities to influence public opinion or public policy, take potentially precedent-setting legal or legislative actions, and organize peaceful demonstrations or protests. For recent examples of advocacy and opportunity grants, click here.

Within these two broad grantmaking categories, the activists that Urgent Action Fund support are working on a diversity of issues to protect and advance the human rights of women and trans* people. This includes gender-based violence, reproductive justice, environmental & land rights, indigenous rights, peace building, sex worker’s rights, and LGBTQ rights, among other issue areas.

Criteria

Grant proposals must fit four Criteria:

  1. Women/Trans*-led – women/trans* people must be the primary decision-makers in the organization, group, or action.
  2. Women or Trans* Human Rights Focus – the actions proposed promote the advancement of women’s or trans* human rights using nonviolent tactics or strategies.
  3. Unanticipated and Time Urgent – the specific event or situation your organization is responding to was unanticipated, and actions must happen quickly to be effective. Actions must be implemented within 3 months of approval of an application.
  4. Supported/Networked – the group has the support of others involved in women’s human rights or related fields, locally or globally.

Urgent Action Fund does not fund the following types of requests:

  • Cisgender[1] male-led organizations or networks.
  • Individual requests without an organization or network affiliation.
  • Projects focused on long-term development aid or charity assistance.
  • Natural disaster relief.
  • Annual operating budgets and/or bridge funding (to fill a funding gap).

How

  • UAF accept grant applications in any language, 365 days per year.
  • UAF will respond to your request within 24 hours; however, proposals in languages other than Arabic, English, Spanish, Russian, or French may require additional time for translation.
  • The maximum grant request can be up to $5,000 USD.

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Grantee Profiles

Apply: https://urgentactionfund.org/apply-for-a-grant/apply-online/

European Media Art Network

The European Media Art Network offers residencies for Media Artists in the fields of digital media, including Internet and computer-based artists, filmmakers, and those working in media based performance, sound, or video. Artists with European residence, or a European passport, can apply for a two-months long residency.

Deadline: July 20th 2017

Students are not permitted, but young artists are encouraged to apply. However, there is no age limit! Can apply: artists with residence in, or an identity card originating within, Europe.

The EMARE placement includes a grant of 2.500 Euros, free accommodation, travel expenses up to 250,- Euros, free access to the technical facilities and media labs within / associated with the host institution, and a professional presentation. Applications should be submitted online and must include a CV, (audio)-visual documentation, and a preliminary plan or sketch of the proposed project to be developed within the EMARE programme.

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www.emare.eu / call.emare.eu

TANDEM Europe

The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We observe that our societies in Europe and beyond become more and more fragmented, alienated, radicalised and unjust. Symptoms include the rise of populist and fascist leaders, elites accumulating more power and wealth while many do not benefit from increasing welfare levels, climate change reaching one point-of-no-return after another, scientific facts are labelled ‘fake news’, and meanwhile the arts and cultural practice receive less and less public funding. The system is broken and rather than fixing it, we propose changing it.

We believe that new initiatives are important creators of social good. By connecting them across European borders we support meaningful change.

For one year, 24 cultural organisations and creative initiatives from all 28 EU member states, as well as the Western Balkans, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland, will form 12 cross-border collaborative Tandems. In October 2017, up to 40 project managers and/or creative project coordinators will join the Tandem Partner Forum where they can form a European partnership with another Tandem candidate organisation of their choice. After the Partner Forum, a jury will select the 12 most promising Tandem proposals for participation in the main programme phase.

Throughout the following year, selected participants realise a 2-week work placement at their new Tandem partner organisation. During their vocational visit, Tandem participants become directly involved with their partners’ organisational working environment and get hands-on insights into local socio-economic and cultural realities. Spending two mutual placement weeks together on site will provide participants with the necessary shared working time for co-designing, testing and realising their pilot collaboration initiatives. Each Tandem will receive modest start-up funding (€ 5000) for bringing their cultural innovation idea to life.

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Tandem Europe II: application closed

 

European Cultural Foundation – STEP Travel Grant

STEP stands for ‘Supporting Travel for Engaged Partnerships’.

STEP travel grants support creative and critical individual cultural workers who are travelling across Europe and neighbouring countries, to help foster a society with greater solidarity, equality and a stronger sense of social justice.

We support culturally active and engaged individuals for international return travels within Europe or to/from its neighbouring countries to a partner organisation for a professional cultural collaboration that serves a wider community.

The programme is initiated and managed by the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) with the generous financial support of Compagnia di San Paolo.

200-600 EUR per travel.

Read more

http://steptravelgrants.eu

Apply: http://ecflabs.org/drupal/sites/www.ecflabs.org/files/step-beyond-grant/STEP_travel_grants_guidelines_2017.pdf