Operational modalities

The Foundation does not put out calls to tender, but rather identifies and selects potential partners following evaluation of a limited number of project proposals on an annual basis.
The Foundation supports projects in Italy. For foreign projects visit the site Fondation Alta Mane (Geneva)

Projects are chosen on the basis of priority actions identified periodically by the Foundation according to extremely rigorous criteria concerning the transparency and managerial reliability of the applicant organisation, the effectiveness of the intervention, the use of special methodologies that have been adapted to the intervention area in question, the possible adoption of codes of conduct and the impact of the initiatives on beneficiaries.

The Foundation oversees implementation of the main projects chosen, which may sometimes include exchanges and awareness-raising activities, paying attention to the needs of its partners and monitoring the project and its evolution also through on-site missions.

This approach requires a major professional commitment from staff. In order to make the action of the Foundation more effective on behalf of its partners, and to ensure the best use possible of its human and financial resources, only a limited number of proposals are submitted each year for examination by the Board.

The Foundation’s operational modalities are as follows:

Active research

The partner selection process is characterised by an active search for excellence in the sector, in Italy and abroad


Not only organisations with consolidated experience but also small and recently established ones are considered for selection, providing they are innovative and show a strong potential for development


The Foundation’s support to partners is aimed primarily at nurturing staff skills in order to make the quality of interventions on behalf of young people as high as possible


Support to partners involves not only a financial relationship but also creation of a genuine partnership, through a qualifying process lasting on average from 2 to 5 years, also with the aim of promoting possible future self-sustainability

Selection process

Non-profit entities such as:

  • associations
  • NGOs
  • non-profit organizations
  • foundations and social cooperatives
  • All for-profit entities and organizations with political or religious objectives
  • individuals (except for scholarships in favor of the young beneficiaries of partner projects already supported by the Foundation).

Non-profit organisations, NGOs, social cooperatives, associations, foundations, in Italy.

We do not support for profit organisations or those pursuing political or religious goals, or natural persons with the exception of study grants for young beneficiaries of partner projects that are already supported by the Foundation

In contexts of social exclusion: long-term workshops / artistic interventions for children, adolescents and young adults

In therapeutic contexts: long-term artistic workshops for children, adolescents and young adults

Exchanges: visits to partners’ project sites

Awareness raising: videos, tours, performances, festivals, research, conferences

Selection primarily through the active search for quality projects

Evaluation of proposals presented spontaneously (not through open calls)

Selection of a small number of qualified projects as a function of the human resources potential of AMI to ensure efficient and high quality project management

In 2022 11% of spontaneous candidatures was approved

In 2022 AMI managed 27 projects.

Through annual agreements with partners

After screening activity reports and six-monthly and annual financial reports

With constant monitoring of activities by telephone, email and Skype and through meetings and regular missions to project sites

Contexts of social exclusion characterised by poverty, violence, abuse, lack of educational / cultural services, disadvantaged rural areas, outlying metropolitan areas, run-down urban areas, slums, ethnic Roma camps, prisons, areas characterised by urban violence

Therapeutic contexts: hospital wards, day hospitals, therapeutic communities

Selection criteria

  • Project proposals that are coherent with AMI’s focus area
  • High artistic / pedagogical / social quality of the project proposal
  • Relevant professional experience of the artists / educators / operators involved
  • Seriousness, competence, reliability of the proponent organisation, thoroughness and transparency of the information provided
  • In therapeutic contexts, respect for the needs of the young patients and of the individual hospital ward
  • High impact potential of the proposed intervention in support of the young beneficiaries
  • New applications of art in degraded social contexts or complex therapeutic settings
  • Beneficiary groups that are particularly vulnerable, overlooked or in emergency situations
  • Innovative forms of artistic language and / or original methodologies
  • Original approach leading to a new way of looking at fragile target groups
  • Quality of the potential future partnership and presence of possible co-funders
  • Potential intervention impact evaluation capacity
  • Degraded and disadvantaged social and / or geographical contexts that are lacking other institutional / financial support
  • Potential for project replication within a network
  • Capacity for research and to systematise experiences, potential to contaminate the local cultural/scientific context
  • Ability to sensitise institutions and the public on issues of exclusion and to trigger processes of cultural and social transformation
  • Approaches and methodologies that are of interest to other partners and a willingness to share them, also in view of possible exchanges

Summary of the GENERAL PRINCIPLES guiding Foundation contributions

  1. The funds allocated by the Foundation must be used exclusively for the agreed purposes.
  2. Any amendment to the legal structure of the partner or the project originally approved, as well as the intervention of other co-financing partners, shall be promptly communicated to the Foundation, which reserves the right to decide, should the changes prove significant, whether or not to confirm its support of the project.
  3. The beneficiaries of subsidies shall provide the Foundation with regular updates and a final report, including appropriate financial statements with respect to the use of the sums granted. They shall also send the Foundation appropriate documentation (photographs, videos, etc.) concerning the project financed.
  4. The beneficiaries of Foundation subsidies shall indicate in all promotional materials for the financed project, including on the Internet, the name and logo of the Foundation among the project sponsors.
  5. The Foundation shall be entitled to publish in its own information materials, including on the Internet, the name and logo of the beneficiaries, as well as audio/visual materials concerning the project, for documentation purposes only.
  6. The payment of subsidies by the Foundation shall not oblige it to make any further payment in the future, nor result in any rights and/or expectations to that end on the part of the beneficiary.
  7. The Foundation reserves the right to revoke its contribution and request restitution in the following cases:
  8. the project was not initiated within six months of communication of approval of the proposal
  9. changes occurred within the association or project such to compromise, in the incontestable judgment of the Foundation, the agreed objective and management transparency
  10. adequate and truthful reports regarding the use of sums paid are not supplied to the Foundation

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