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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, UK Branch, 2011

We are pleased to announce our Strategic Aims for 2011 and simultaneously to launch a new website for the Foundation's UK Branch. The website sets out these aims for the coming year, together with some of the activities and partnerships under each theme, and also reflects a more interactive way of working. We hope you will find all the information you require here and will sign up to receive our email news alerts and share them with your own networks.

Maximising the beneficial impact of our work continues to be at the heart of our strategy, and we place particular emphasis on achieving this through the encouragement of cross-border exchanges. We also place emphasis on evaluating the impact achieved and communicating the lessons to those who can take them forward and help to exact a greater impact.

Our three core themes - Cultural Understanding, Fulfilling Potential and Environment - continue in 2011, although with some new objectives and activities under them. A new fourth aim has been introduced: Maximising Social and Cultural Value - to contribute to enhanced effectiveness of the organisations we work with, maintaining an interest in sectoral developments and seeking to influence others in maximising social and cultural value.

We have one strand of funding open to applications and, through this, we intend to continue to support truly exceptional ideas or projects across our three main strategic aims. Our presence in the UK and Ireland, France and Portugal means we are in a privileged position to support transnational work tackling contemporary issues in Europe, and to encourage flexible solutions that can be adapted to the particular conditions in different countries; we will continue to develop this international nature of our work. And we remain committed to working collaboratively; our premises in Hoxton Square have enabled us to host many gatherings during 2010, bringing partners together to make connections, explore issues and exchange good practice, and we look forward to welcoming our partners and grantees to such events during the coming year.