30 September 2016

To all BAC grantees, applicants, friends and partners:

Following the closure of ArtAngle, the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) has assumed the implementation and the direct management of the Balkan Arts and Culture Fund (BAC), jointly funded by ECF and Swiss Development Agency (SDC).

Given a reduction in resources available to the BAC, in the near future BAC is only in a position to support the Collaboration projects that were contracted before the closure of ArtAngle. There will be no future calls for the BAC. Unfortunately, the announced calls for applications, which have been temporarily suspended, cannot be realised. This applies to the calls for applications for the PROPs projects, as well as the announced call for the next round of Collaboration projects.

ECF will manage the ongoing Collaboration projects and will be engaging with these projects until their successful completion by the end of 2017. We will share information about these projects on ECF’s website.

In the long term, ECF will continue to work with our network and donors in the region to build on our many years of investment and work in the Western Balkans.

Please note that all of ECF’s grant programmes (like STEP Beyond, Tandem, Idea Camp etc.) are open to partners across wider Europe. We hope that you may be able to benefit from these grants in future.

For more information about ECF’s calls, please visit ECF's grants page.

June 2016

Dear friends, colleagues, partners and grantees,

We would like to inform you of our decision to close artangle Balkans Culture Development, effective 1 July 2016, due to legal registration issues. With the closure of artangle the management of the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) is no longer performed by artangle or its team members.

Future communication on BAC will be with the European Cultural Foundation (, who will be in contact with the partners and grantees to follow up on this. The artangle team is grateful to have been part of the endeavour in developing and implementing the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund (BAC) since July 2013.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all of you for your support in this joint undertaking, for your inspiring ideas and path-finding projects in the field of arts and culture and for the trust bestowed in us.

It has been a privilege to work with you in advocating for the importance of arts and culture in overall social development.

The artangle team

About the Balkans Arts and Culture Fund

The Balkans Art and Culture Fund (BAC) operates in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia. This regional fund aims to promote independent cultural scene in the Western Balkans by providing support to socially relevant projects in the field of culture and art, and by encouraging participation and capacity building of cultural workers. At the same time, BAC seeks to facilitate the establishment of a sustainable funding framework for the independent cultural scene.

From 2006 to June 2013, the Balkan Incentive Fund for Culture (BIFC) supported collaborative artistic and cultural projects conceived by organisations within, or cooperating with, the countries of the Western Balkans. The funding stream aimed to strengthen relations across the Western Balkans, as well as strengthening the region’s relations with Europe.

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BIFC received support from the Open Society Foundations, and was supported in particular by the Open Society Arts and Culture Program and the national foundations in the region.

ECF would like to thank Asociacija for running the local BIFC hub between 2010 and 2013 and for providing assistance and advice to many BIFC applicants over the past few years. This hub has offered a local contact point based in Ljubljana and was supported by the Slovenian Ministry of Culture.