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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation: Emergency Fund Covid-19

Gulbenkian launches 5 million euros Emergency Fund

Considering the current pandemic declared by the World Health Organisation and the state of emergency implemented in Portugal on account of Covid-19, the Board of Trustees of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has approved an emergency fund with an initial amount of 5 million euros, which aims to contribute towards strengthening the resilience of society across the statutory fields of intervention of the Foundation.

This Fund is open to contributions from other donors. 

In a period of exceptional gravity, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in honouring its mission, is strengthening its activities as a contribution to combat the pandemic that jeopardises the continuity of society as we known it”, stated Isabel Mota, President of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

The support spans five areas: Health, Science, Civil Society, Education and Culture.


  1. As regards the cultural and artistic sector, emergency support to artists or artistic production entities that have seen their projects cancelled or in areas to which the Foundation commonly attributes support in the form of the partial subsidy of lost earnings and contributing towards meeting living costs.
  2. Maintaining and rendering more flexibility to supports either already granted or undergoing approval, including their redefinition and rescheduling, so as to guarantee the survival of the productive structures most affected.


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