2022 ACC-MOWCAP Small Grants Programme Call for Application
What is the ACC-MOWCAP Small Grants Programme?
In order to address this challenge, in 2018, the Asia Culture Center (ACC) and the UNESCO Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP) launched the ACC-MOWCAP Small Grants Programme. The programme supports the efforts of the many groups and organisations that collect, and preserve and provide access to documentary heritage from the Asia-Pacific region. It aims to encourage collaboration and partnerships to undertake projects (e.g. preservation of materials, digitising, exhibitions, and publications) as well as to develop skills and resources (e.g. workshops, training programmes, expert assessments).
The ACC-MOWCAP Small Grants Programme has already had large impact in the region. The types of documentary heritage supported have been diverse, including wood blocks, palm leaf manuscripts, celluloid films, VHS tapes, photographic prints, stone inscriptions, newspapers and documents. The types of projects supported have also been diverse, involving preservation, digitisation, production of books, documentary films and catalogues as well as holding seminars and training programmes. If you wish to check the past projects of the programme, please visit: https://bit.ly/3sXmPpx.
Grants of up to $US 5,000 are made for the preservation and sharing of the documentary heritage of the Asia-Pacific. Grants are required to be fully expended, and the project completed and acquitted, within a 6- month period (July-December 2022). The grants will be administered through the MOWCAP Office and the Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea.
Who can apply?
- (a) Based in the Asia-Pacific
- (b) Non-Government *
- (c) Have support from your UNESCO National MoW Committee or UNESCO National Commission **
- * Government agencies (archives, museums, etc.) may partner with a non-government organisation to apply.
- ** https://en.unesco.org/programme/mow/national-committees
What sort of projects will be considered for funding?
- The development of e-publications;
- Conservation of documentary heritage (If a conservator is engaged, they should be a member of an accredited national or international conservation organisation);
- Cataloguing records and archival description (open source archival description software such as ICA-AtoM (https://www.ica-atom.org/)
- The development of exhibitions (including digital ones)
- Web projects that provide information or resources on documentary heritage;
- Digital storytelling about documentary heritage (including film and DVD projects);
- Apps for mobile devices;
- Consultancy fees for the provision of specialist skills not found within the organisation;
- The purchase of archival quality materials;
- The digitisation and publishing of documentary heritage items and collections;
- Training and capacity building in the area of the preservation and access to documentary heritage;
- And more (if you have a great idea please consult with us).
What will NOT be considered for funding?
- Projects that do not relate to documentary heritage as defined in the UNESCO Memory of the World programme and UNESCO Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form;
- Projects related to documentary heritage outside the Asia-Pacific (unless there is a clear link to the region);
- Provision of cash prizes, commercial gifts or grants to third parties;
- Retrospective costs –costs that the organisation has already paid for out of its own funds or costs incurred prior to successful grants being awarded;
- Ongoing operational costs such as salaries for ongoing positions, rent or utilities:
- Applicants who do not meet the Eligibility Criteria outlined in these guidelines;
- Applications not submitted in the format specified in these guidelines;
- Applications submitted after the funding round has officially closed (in 2022, this be the 15 June 2022)
THE APPLICATION PROCESS
How to apply
Documents to be submitted
- Application form
- Endorsement letter from your UNESCO National MoW Committee or UNESCO National Commission
- Official letter from your partner organisation (ONLY IF you have a non-governmental organisation partner)
Things to consider in your application
Project title ※ Word limit: 50 word
Project details ※ Word limit: 250 word
This is where you have the chance to describe the aims of you project. You have 250 words to tell someone about your project –how would you convince them to fund it?
Project aim ※ Word limit: 250 word
Describe how the project can meet the aims of the Memory of the World programme.*
* UNESCO's Memory of the World (MoW) programme was established with the objectives of facilitating preservation, enhancing universal access, and increasing awareness worldwide of the existence and significance of the world's documentary heritage.
Project outcome ※ Word limit: 250 word
At the end of your project, what will you have achieved? How will you know you have been successful? For example, records preserved/digitised, exhibition held, website launched, etc.
Project participants ※ Word limit: 100 word
Tell us who is going to be involved in your project, and who will manage and work on your project; what are their skills and expertise? Describe the role of any partnerships, consultants or other groups that will work with you on the project.
Project beneficiaries ※ Word limit: 250 word
Project budget –estimated expenditure
Applicants will be notified by email of the results, and successful projects will be announced on the MOWCAP website after this process has been finalised. This is expected to by July in the financial year. Applicants are encouraged to visit the MOWCAP website (www.mowcapunesco.org/grants) for updates.
※ Note: The judging panel’s decision is final and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
Judging and assessment criteria
Project proposals are assessed against the following criteria. The project:
- Is the project in line with the mission of the MOWCAP and the UNESCO’s global Memory of the World (MoW) programme and UNESCO Recommendation concerning the preservation of, and access to, documentary heritage including in digital form;
- Will result in the preservation and increased access to the documentary heritage of the Asia-Pacific;
- Provides clear and realistic costing as to how the grant budget will be spent as demonstrated in the application budget;
- Has clear aims, objectives and well defined strategies for the delivery of the project evidenced by a well-developed project plan with realistic milestones and timeframes;
- Provides value for money;
- Has a clearly defined end-product and outcome (such as exhibition, training, workshop, etc.);
- Demonstrates the capability of the applicant to deliver and implement the proposed project within the specified timeframe (6 months);
- Communicates information about the documentary heritage preservation and access, and or the MoW programme, to a broader audience (i.e. beyond the immediate organisation);
- Provides evidence of strong support and/or involvement for the project from the organisation and local community, and;
- Will be completed within 6 months after the awarding of the grant if the application is successful.
- Has a possibility of utilising the outcome at the Asia Culture Center (ACC) when the project is completed.
※ Note: The above listed criteria are not compulsory, but will be positively reflected when assessing the application.
Payment of grants funds
※ Note: Please refer to the < Grant Agreement > form below (Attachment 1) for more information.
- Submission period for a final report : no later than 20 December 2022
ABOUT MOWCAP–ACC COOPERATION
Memory of the World Committee for Asia and the Pacific (MOWCAP)
Asia Culture Center (ACC)
Contact MOWCAP Office