WeTransfer’s Supporting Act Foundation announces its 2024 Open Call for grants

Expanding its mission to create opportunities for underrepresented voices in the arts, The Supporting Act Foundation is doubling its funding for artist-led non-profits and emerging artists to €800,000, as follows:

● 12 Impact Grants of €50,000 for community-driven initiatives using art for social change

● 20 Creative Bursaries of €10,000 for undergraduate students entering their final year

● Applications accepted April 30—May 27, 2024

For its third Open Call, launching on April 30, 2024, The Supporting Act Foundation is doubling the number of its grants to 32, and the total amount of money awarded to €800,000. These grants for emerging artists and artist-led non-profits from underrepresented communities in the arts will remain unrestricted, in keeping with the Foundation’s trust-based approach to grant-making, so that recipients are free to use the funding however they see fit.

This trust-based approach is informed by research into the most effective methods to address the precarious conditions and restricted opportunities that face both non-profit organizations and emerging artists from marginalized groups. In tandem with a lightweight application process, the Foundation’s no-strings model plays a significant role in helping recipients expand their practices and operations, with 95% of last year’s grantees citing the unrestricted nature of their grant as very helpful in meeting their financial needs.

Reflecting on this vote of confidence, Jenne Meerman, the Foundation’s Director, says:

Traditional grant-making often focuses on specific projects or initiatives, while we’re keen to give our grantees the freedom to spend their grants however they choose. We believe they’re in the best place to know how these resources can help them to reach their goals, and to make a positive difference in their communities. As a result, the impact of our grants is maximized, which is the ideal scenario.

Impact Grants: 12 grants of €50,000 will be offered across two years to artist-led non-profits supporting marginalized communities and using arts for social change. Reflecting on last year’s grant, Oroko Radio say it “enabled us to bring people onboard to improve our operations, website, and internal processes, alleviating some of the administrative pressure we feel. This all means we have more capacity to help develop our community and their creative journeys.”

Creative Bursaries: 20 bursaries of €10,000 will be offered over a year to emerging artists from underrepresented groups looking to develop their practices and initiate positive change in their communities. For 2023 recipient Elleanna Chapman, this funding “quite simply enabled me to keep making after graduation. Without the financial support, I wouldn’t be able to dedicate time and energy to my practice, as I would have to work full-time to make ends meet.”

Independent juries have now been appointed to review applications and select grantees for both programs. Each jury is composed of cultural leaders, artists, and activists, including previous Supporting Act Foundation grantees.

Impact Grant Jury

Charlotte Hochman

Lara Parmiani

Lina Ruiz

Maya Richman

Severin Mutasek

Creative Bursary Jury

Anaïs Esmerado

Chrisoula Lionis

Halar Soomro

Kubra Khademi

Marika Seo

Impact Grants are open to non-profits registered in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, or with a fiscal sponsor in one of these countries. Creative Bursaries are open to students entering the final year of their studies based in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain.

For full details and eligibility criteria for the grant programs, please visit


Key dates:

16 April: Program info and guides available on website

30 April: Open Call for grants and bursaries launches

27 May: Deadline for submissions

End of September: Announcement of grantees

About The Supporting Act Foundation

The Supporting Act Foundation is an independent non-profit organization, founded by WeTransfer, and backed by 1% of its annual revenue each year. Our mission is to enable inspiring artist-led initiatives and emerging artists to fulfill their creative potential. We aim to create opportunities for underrepresented people in the arts, and support communities and organizations in seeking intersectional justice for people and the planet.


Damian Bradfield

Marleen van Thienen

Martine Wubben

Beatrix Ruf

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Website: www.thesupportingact.org

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