Launching a public program requires funds, technical know-how, and promotional marketing. Through the Project Support Fund, the Coalition provides these key resources in one comprehensive grant package.
What Is the Project Support Fund?
The Project Support Fund (PSF) provides capacity-building grants of up to $10,000 paired with one-on-one consultations with the Coalition’s staff to support the design and implementation of innovative new Sites of Conscience programs and initiatives that use the lessons of history to spark action on contemporary issues. The Project Support Fund has a rigorous application process and project grants are awarded by a peer-led Grant Review Committee.
To read about recent PSF Awardees, click here.
Before starting your application, please take a look at the PSF Guidelines, which are available in the following languages:
Who Can Apply?
All Coalition members in good standing (dues fully paid and membership information up to date) may apply. Please note that applicants must submit final narrative and financial reports from previous projects or exchanges before applying for new grants. Previous PSF recipients must wait a minimum of twelve months following the close of their most recent project to reapply.
When Is the Application Deadline?
Applications for the 2023 PSF are now closed. To see 2023 Awardees, click here.
For information on the current 2023 application round, or future rounds, please contact the Global Networks team at email@example.com.
What Types of Projects Are Supported?
The Project Support Fund is designed for pilot projects that allow members to try new pioneering approaches. In recent years, grant recipients have created interactive digital maps of sites of atrocities; launched dynamic traveling exhibits to reach rural children; and produced radio shows featuring intergenerational dialogue on key human rights issues.
Applicants may apply for one of the following categories:
- On-site Projects: New and innovative public programs that inspire reflection and action on pressing issues, that use new technologies or methods, or that target new populations with which the site has not previously engaged. For example: human rights education programs, public dialogues on new issues, innovative exhibitions or site tours and programs that aim to create or use new tools that evaluate the impact of Sites of Conscience programming.
- Peer-Exchanges: Projects that focus on members learning from one other and promote exchange, collaboration and support between Coalition’s members, staff and Trustees. For example:
- Staff Exchanges: a representative from one Coalition’s site might visit another to learn how it implements a specific project;
- Consultancies: a Coalition’s site representative, Coalition’s Trustee, or Coalition’s staff member might provide expert support on a specific project;
- Mentoring: one Coalition’s site might seek mentoring from another Coalition’s site around a specific issue or need. The mentoring site may support the applicant site’s management/administration — its fundraising, marketing, financial management – communication and programmatic development as well as other types of strategic guidance.
- Advocacy Projects or Missions: a Coalition’s site Director, Coalition’s Trustee, and/or Coalition’s staff member might travel to a Coalition’s site to advocate for the site, sharing their international experience with local communities, authorities, or media to help legitimize and build public support for a site or a project.
For more information, please check out our PSF guidelines above.
How Do I Apply?
Project Support Fund applications are generally available in November and due in February. For 2024 applications, please check back in Fall 2023. At this time, the applications below are for reference only.
As part of the programmatic support offered by the Coalition during the proposal development process, members are encouraged to contact the Global Networks team to discuss their application. Coalition staff will go over the project’s goals and impact, its planning, and execution, and may help connect applicants with other Sites and experts who could provide resources. Application drafts reviewed by the Global Networks team are usually better placed to receive funding than those who apply without prior consultation.
Select your preferred language to apply for On-Site Projects
Select your preferred language to apply for Peer-Exchange Projects
What Does a Final Project Support Fund Report Look Like?
Below are selected examples of final reports presented by recent PSF Awardees.
- Schoolchild in the War Years, Terezin Memorial, Czech Republic.
- “Ser Mujeres en la ESMA,” Testimonios para Volver a Mirar, ESMA exCentro Clandestino de Detencion, Tortura y Exterminio, Argentina
- Site and Community Engagement: A Toolkit on Oral History, Kdei Karuna, Cambodia
- Diversity Challenges and the Storytelling Project, Diversity Challenges, Northern Ireland
- Construyendo un Diálogo que Acerque la Memoria al Presente, Memorial el Ojo que Llora, Peru