Creative Resistance Fund
= intended for activists and culture workers in situations of distress as a result of their professional work.
The Creative Resistance Fund is intended for activists and culture workers in situations of distress as a result of their professional work. Distress situations may include verbal threats, imprisonment or legal persecution, violent attack, professional or social exclusion, or harassment. In assessing potential cases, freeDimensional confirms the validity of the persecution faced with trusted outside sources and conducts its own independent research. We also consider the extent to which our limited resources can be effective in relation to the urgency of the situation. Download the application form here.
The Creative Resistance Fund provides small distress grants to people in danger due to their use of creativity to fight injustice. The fund may be used to evacuate a dangerous situation; to cover living expenses while weighing long-term options for safety; or to act on a strategic opportunity to affect social change. The first round of grants was underwritten by Freedom to Create. The Fund works with the Festival Against Censorship in Bilbao, Spain to make one travel and accommodation grant annually.
Grants are typically made within two weeks from the time of application if approved by the Creative Resistance Fund committee, which is made up of the Executive Director and two to three board directors. The committee is currently recruiting additional members.
The Creative Resistance Fund is made possible by a start-up grant from Freedom to Create; in-kind support from the Bilbao Festival Against Censorship / Producciones Serrano; and freeDimensional’s general operating support from the Sigrid Rausing Trust."