The Unitarian Church of Dârjiu, as beneficiary and the Civitas Foundation for Civil Society as partner launched a project together in 2015 entitled UNESCO fortified churches in Transylvania - a network for „defending” cultural heritage with open „gates” in order to facilitate access to it.
The project is funded through the PA16/RO12 Program „Conservation and Revitalization of the Cultural and Natural Heritage” – Small Grant Scheme of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014, the operator of the program is the Romanian Ministry of Culture, the Management Unit of Project.
This project aims to create a metaphor based on a medieval story. A metaphor transposed into the realities of the 21st century, when we are facing the danger of the "invasions" coming from the outside or existing within us, which consciously or unconsciously are pursuing destructive goals, resulting in globalization, in the loss of the specific cultural identities and finally in the destruction of the cultural heritage of mankind and the destruction of the diversity of this cultural heritage.
The goal of this project is to create a collaborative network between the 7 fortified churches in Romania, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list (Prejmer, Viscri, Saschiz, Dârjiu, Biertan, Valea Viilor, Câlnic). One the one hand, this network wants to create the necessary conditions for the "defense" of the Saxon and Hungarian minorities’ ethnic cultural heritage and on the other hand, by applying the strategy of the ’open gates’ it facilitates the access to it and promotes this heritage, though.