Several funding programmes support the prevention and countering of antisemitism. Among the actions and policies initiatives supported by these calls is the upcoming EU Strategy on combating antisemitism and fostering Jewish life.
Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme
Priority funding for combating antisemitism.
Open until 15 June 2021: Call for proposals to promote equality and to fight against racism, xenophobia and discrimination
The call will support actions to prevent and combat all forms of antisemitism by raising awareness of antisemitism including among the general public, supporting victims of antisemitism, improving the collection of antisemitic incident data (including disaggregated data), encouraging reporting of such incidents, educating the public about the diversity of Jewish life, supporting intercultural and interreligious activities, establishing networks against antisemitism and strengthening the resilience of Jewish communities in all their diversity. Applicants are invited to make use of established sources and standards, such as the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of antisemitism.
Please see the Call document for more information.
The budget available is EUR 9,9 million.
Remembrance Strand of the Europe for citizens’ programme
Priority funding for Holocaust remembrance, research and education.
Open until 22 June 2021: Call for proposals on European remembrance
This call for proposal supports projects aimed at commemorating defining events in modern European history. Holocaust remembrance, research and education will be a priority of the call. Projects under this priority should consider: the European and transnational dimension of the Holocaust, its root causes and consequences; and/or transform research, memorial sites and testimonies into practical educational tools for all parts of society in particular multipliers such as policymakers, state officials and societal leaders; - and/or pay particular attention to tackle the challenge of Holocaust denial and distortion.
Any attempt to preserve the memory of the Holocaust must consist of thorough research, both national and transnational, and continuous education to inspire and guide new generations of Europeans in particular policymakers, opinion makers and other multipliers in defending fundamental rights, the rule of law and democracy.
The rising trend of Holocaust denial and distortion, which appears increasingly online, is a critical threat to Holocaust memory and preventing such crimes in the future. Recent developments and events, have demonstrated how historical distortion and denial is used to steer up division and hatred in societies. Holocaust distortion attacks the established understanding of history and fuels conspiracy theories, extremism, Holocaust denial, racism and antisemitism. The decreasing number of eyewitnesses makes it essential to find new ways of remembering and educating about the Holocaust to harness society against resurging threats of hatred, discrimination and all forms of antisemitism.
The available budget is EUR 4,5 million.
Please see the Call document for more information.
Protection of places of worship
Open until September 2020: Calls for proposal on the protection of public spaces, in particular places of worship.
Security remains the concern number one for many Jewish communities. This call for proposals supports proposals on the protection of public spaces, in particular places of worship. Activities to be funded should be in line with the Action Plan to improve the protection of public spaces (COM(2017)612. They may also address emerging threats to public spaces.
Under Horizon2020, the European Commission supports the project “Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age” with around EUR 5 million. It is an innovation action that focuses on the digital curation and preservation of film records relating to the discovery of Nazi concentration camps and other atrocity sites. The duration of the project is 4 years (2019 – 2022).
Protecting the Jewish cemeteries of Europe
Before World War II, more than seven million Jews lived in Central and Eastern Europe. Jewish communities had existed there for centuries. Records show thousands of towns and villages with Jewish populations, which is also attested to by the establishment and use of independent burial sites owned by Jewish communities. Eighty years on, even the traces of many of these cemeteries have been lost, or they lie overgrown and unprotected, as a result of the annihilation of their communities in the Holocaust. In this regard, education about Jewish cultural heritage, as integral part of European, national and local cultural heritage is a key factor in preventing anti-Semitic stereotypes and prejudices to take roots and building up resilience against intolerance.
The EU co-funds the “Protecting the Jewish Cemeteries of Europe” project launched in December 2018 with the aim of mapping thousands of Jewish cemeteries in Central and Eastern Europe and educate about the importance of Jewish cultural heritage.