Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) 2018 for Change Agents.


Application Deadline: 25 January2018.

Applications for the Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) 2018 program are now being accepted

Do you work to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Creative Force funds international projects of this kind. If you have a project idea and a partner in one of our target countries we may be able to help you.

The Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force is a funding programme for international projects which work though media or the arts to strengthen basic freedoms and rights. It offers two types of grant:

  • Seed Funding is available for carrying out a planning trip, a visit or a pilot project, for example.
  • Collaborative Projects are larger projects with a creative, capacity-building aspect and sustainable goals. You can also use this funding to scale-up a project which has previously received Seed Funding.


  • Any type of organisation which is registered in Sweden.
  • Your organisation must have been registered for at least one year (for seed funding) or two years (for collaborative projects).
  • You must write your application jointly with a partner organisation in one (or more) of the Creative Force target countries (see below).

Which countries are included?

  • In Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA):
    Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • In Eastern Europe & Turkey:
    Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Turkey
  • Russia:
    Northwestern Russia


  • Seed Funding: up to SEK 100,000 for an initiative which you must complete within 12 months.
  • Collaborative Projects: up to SEK 500,000 per 12-month period. A project may last 24 months at most (in other words, you can apply for max. SEK 1 million).


  • Call for Applications open
    Date: 4 Dec 2017 – 25 Jan 2018
  • How to write your application.
    Date: 4 Dec 2017 – 25 Jan 2018
  • How to submit your online application.
    Date: 4 Dec 2017 – 25 Jan 2018
  • Has my application been successful?
    Date: 26 Mar 2018 – 30 Mar 2018

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force



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