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VORBA Project - Romani Publications Grants
Support for printed and on-line publications in Romani language
Currently not accepting applications
Publishing in Romani language dates back to the early 20th century. While the majority of the printed publications in Romani are newspapers and magazines, the number of publishers or NGOs publishing books in Romani has been growing in the recent years. The language of the largest minority group is increasingly being used today as a written language both in print and in communication on the Internet and is becoming a center of positive self-identification for the European Roma community. At the same time development of the language as a means for public communication and expansion of its possibilities are powerful tools for emancipation of the Roma. Despite the lack of standardization of oral and written Romani, the mutual intelligibility of some varieties allows for the publications to reach bigger audience, beyond the national borders. Romani Publications project aims to facilitate and progress these processes by supporting publications in Romani language and by providing tools for development of professional skills in the field of publishing in Romani.
Romani Publications Project will provide grants to publishers and other organizations for printed and web-publications in Romani language of the following kind:
Who can apply?
Publishing houses or organizations (NGOs) dealing with publishing can apply. Applicants from all countries are eligible. However, projects from Western Europe or non-European countries should be of benefit for Roma people in Eastern and Central Europe and former Soviet Union. Priority is given to projects involving Roma in their implementation.
To which priorities should the project correspond?
Romani Publications Project will support with priority: Publications of books that are likely to be of immediate interest to a readership, rather than of primary symbolic value; Titles which will potentially reach a wider audience outside the country of publication (accessible for Roma outside a particular country); Co-productions or co-distribution initiatives between publishers in two or more countries
Which projects can not apply?
Individual projects (by authors, translators, editors) are not eligible. Publishers or organizations that have not completed previous grant agreements with Next Page Foundation within the framework of Romani Publications Project can not apply.
What are the application components?
There is no application form. Each application should consist of:
1. Details on the applying publisher/organization such as: name, address, representative, telephone/fax/e-mail; full bank information; main activities and programs; experience in publishing (including list of publications, if applicable); other relevant information.
2. Detailed project description:
3. 20 (twenty) sample pages of the text to be published
4. Detailed budget (according to the sample provided). Grants could cover only expenses directly related to the project.
Grants competitions regulations
Application are accepted throughout the year and reviewed each 3 moths by the Romani Publications Project Committee and independent experts. The Next Page Board takes the final decisions.
Applications shall be written in English OR Romani Grant requests may not exceed 2,500 USD per title
All applications shall include the components listed above, a recent catalogue or list of publication of the applicant and CVs of the project participants (author, translator, editor). Applicants shall be send by e-mail, fax or post to:
Next Page Foundation
Romani Publications Project
Sofiya Zahova, project coordinator
35, Ljuben Karavelov str.
1142 Sofia, Bulgaria
tel: ++ 359 2 987 56 55
tel./fax: ++ 359 2 986 65 12
Each applicant may submit a maximum of 3 titles. Application with the listed above components is requested for each of the titles/publications submitted
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