The Cultural Emergency Response (CER) is an emergency grant mechanism that provides quick and flexible support in immediate response to disaster or conflict for the rescue, stabilization, or evacuation of heritage under threat to prevent further damage. This initiative aims to address acute threats to cultural heritage and prevent their loss through urgent intervention.
Urgent: The action must respond to an acute threat to the affected heritage, indicating a high risk of loss without immediate intervention.
First Aid Activities: CER supports actions focused on stabilizing the affected heritage and preventing further damage. Examples include damage assessment missions, basic repairs, stabilization efforts, evacuations, salvage missions, and emergency documentation.
Locally Led: The individuals and/or organizations coordinating and implementing the rescue effort must be based in the region they are applying from. Projects should respect local contexts, priorities, and traditions.
Living Heritage: CER aims to support cultural continuity following an interruption. Assistance is provided if the affected heritage is still in use by its primary heritage community and holds significance and relevance to them.
We Prioritize: We prioritize vulnerable countries and communities in disaster and conflict-prone areas. Please refer to the 2023 Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list to confirm eligibility.
Inclusive: Projects should be directly or indirectly linked to the aim of creating more just, peaceful, and inclusive societies, protecting people against marginalization, oppression, division, and threat.
To apply for the Cultural Emergency Response grant, eligible heritage and cultural practitioners living and working in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Eastern Europe can submit their proposals. For more information and to access the application form, please visit our website: https://www.culturalemergency.org/programs/first-aid-to-cultural-heritage.
We encourage interested individuals and organizations to review the eligibility criteria and ensure their projects align with the goals of the Cultural Emergency Response. Together, we can work towards the protection and preservation of our shared cultural heritage.