Hi <<First Name>>!

Here is Olesya Radilova, Development Director of the Floating EKA Foundation. I've been thinking about whether to send this letter to you as yesterday we all woke up in a different world. But finally decided to do it. 

It is always tricky to answer when people ask me where I am originally from since I was born in Estonia, my father is Ukrainian and currently lives there, but I lived in Kazakhstan, studied in the Czech Republic and Poland, and currently live in St. Petersburg, Russia. I love all these countries and the people living there. 

In 2020, I met five absolutely incredible people from Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, Russia, and the USA. With proud hearts, we registered our Polish cultural foundation, Floating EKA to positively change the Baltic Sea Region through the power of art and culture.
Our organization's charter states that we exist to develop the good-neighborliness of countries around the Baltic Sea and beyond. And today, the existence of Floating EKA and its team became such a crucial thing, helping me not to fall into a depression but continue developing our peace-building ideas. I realized that it is something I could do to contribute to building a peaceful society, especially now, in such a difficult time. 

And as a feminist icon Virginia Woolf wrote in her 1940 essay “Thoughts On Peace in an Air Raid” - “Thinking is my fighting.” That is more powerful than ever today! 

Therefore, we will continue thinking and developing our peace-building project Common Water no matter what. For 18 months, we have been working on it. In 2021, we applied for six grants, two entered the second round of discussions, and we are now on the final stage of negotiations. There is much hope that the project will happen in 2022. Fingers crossed! 🤞


💛 International call for artists residing in the countries of ECRN
The residencies are available for artists who live and work in the 9 European cities of the ECRN [Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Belfast, Chemnitz, Faro, Gothenburg, Nicosia, Rotterdam] to travel in one of the other 8 European cities of the network and develop artwork related to… Rooftops!
⏰ : February 28, 2022
💰 : 8 weeks for the Rooftop Artist Residency

💛 The RITA – “Region in Transition”
RITA grants are awarded to non-governmental organisations registered in Poland for the implementation of partnership projects in cooperation with entities and individuals operating in the following states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.
⏰ : March 15, 2022
💰 : 15,000 USD

INTERREG BALTIC SEA REGION offers EU funding for public and private players with smart ideas on how to shape the Baltic Sea region.
⏰ : March 9 / 15, 2022

💛 Small-scale partnerships by ERASMUS
Small-scale Partnerships are designed to widen access to the programme to small-scale actors and individuals who are hard to reach in the fields of school education, adult education, vocational education and training, youth and sport. 
⏰ : March 23, 2022

💛 Active Citizens Fund
Fund's objective is to strengthen the sustainability of civil society organisations in Poland and foster civil society with diversity, equal treatment and dialogue at its core. Their support will be primarily directed at smaller organisations, engaging in local activities outside major urban centres.
⏰ : March 25, 2022

As a nonprofit organization, we are not in receipt of regular core funding. Your support makes an incredible difference to our work. If you would like to donate to Floating EKA, you can make a one-off or regular donation below. 

Make a donation to Floating EKA
Best wishes,
Olesya Radilova

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