FAQ Open Call

Can I directly apply if I am not a resident in Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, İzmir and/or their neighbouring cities?

No. Eligible cities for direct application are Diyarbakır, Gaziantep, İzmir, Manisa, Aydın, Balıkesir, Kilis, Hatay, Osmaniye, Kahramanmaraş, Şanlıurfa Mardin, Batman, Muş, Bingöl, Elazığ ve Adıyaman. Writing the name of a city other than the above-listed ones in the first part of the application form will result in excluding this application for not fulfilling the formal criteria. Organizations planning activities in one of the project cities but are based elsewhere in Turkey or abroad can collaborate with a local partner from one of the eligible cities. The local partner must be the responsible applicant and sign the contract for project cooperation.

I do not have any corporate affiliation. Can I apply individually?

Yes. If you are a resident in one of the eligible cities, you can apply individually.

Do you consider applications from initiatives as a corporate application?

Initiatives do not carry corporate identity in Turkey. A representative can apply individually on behalf of the initiative.

Do I have to be a Turkish citizen to be able to apply?

No. You must be a resident in one of the eligible cities and should have a bank account in Turkey.

Which languages are eligible to apply?

Applications can be handed in in Turkish and English. Applications in other languages will not be considered.

Should the authorized person apply on behalf of the corporate entity?

Yes. The applicant should be authorized to sign the contract for project cooperation on behalf of the corporate entity.

Can I apply for funding by Spaces of Culture if I am an individual or a representative of an initiative or a corporate entity with a social work focus?

Yes. You can apply if your project links your field of work to arts and culture, contributes to the cultural infrastructure, and matches the application criteria.

Is it sufficient to mention only “social media channels” to be used for the visibility of the project as the communication plan?

No. Applicants are expected to explain the communication plan and strategy in detail, and to give reasons for choosing which communication platforms on what grounds. It is important to name communication channels to be used during different phases of the project and to explain the timeline.

Can I submit my own budget format?

No. It is obligatory to use the budget format which can be found on the website of Spaces of Culture. Using other formats will result in excluding the application for not meeting the formal criteria.

Can I adjust the budget format?

Yes. Some exemplary budget items are named in our format for a better overview. You can rename all the items according to your budget necessities. You can delete our titles if you do not need them, or add new ones. Please make sure to give your budget items clear names and numerate them.

Can I apply with a project solely for physical or digital mediums?

It is possible to apply with projects only for physical or a digital medium. You can also apply with projects for mixed mediums. However, please make sure to take the current health regulations in your region into account.

Can I allocate any remuneration for my work on the project if I am also the applicant?

Yes. The applicant can receive remuneration of max. 5 % of the budget sum applied for. This includes all members of the applicant’s organization or association.

Can I cover the costs of activities abroad with Spaces of Culture funding?

No. The funding needs to be spent for activities focussing on the eligible cities. Expenses within Turkey or within the European partner countries can also be considered if they result from collaborations and activities directly contributing to the project. All other activities abroad need to be funded through different financial sources.

Is there a limit for the purchase of electronic equipment needed for the project implementation?

Yes. All items should be specified in detail, and the price cannot exceed 800 Eur per item.

Can I apply for additional funds from one of the partners of Spaces of Culture for a granted project?

No, double funding by Goethe-Institut, Embassy of the Netherlands, Institut français de Turquie, or Consulate General of Sweden in Turkey for a project already granted by Spaces of Culture sources is not possible. Other sources of co-funding are very welcome and encouraged.

Will I submit reports after the implementation if my project is supported?

Yes. Grantees receive the narrative and financial report formats after they sign the contract for project cooperation. All phases of implementation are monitored closely by the offices of Spaces of Culture.