Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Programme 2016/2017 for Change Agents

Application Deadline: 17 May 2016

The Creative Force programme supports projects which aim to strengthen democracy and freedom of expression in the target countries. This shall be achieved through collaborations between institutions and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

This year’s second (and final) call for applications – for seed funding only – is now open, with deadline 17 May 2016. The call is for projects which should be completed in time to submit final reports to the Swedish Institute by the deadline of 28 February 2017.

Two types of funding

Three geographic areas

Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa(MENA) supports collaborative projects with the overall objective to strengthen democratisation and freedom of expression in the target countries. These aims shall be achieved through mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between organisations and agents of change who work with either culture or the media to bring about change.

Eligible Countries

AFRICA: Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
MENA: Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

Target Groups:

  • The primary target group for the Creative Force programme are agents of change and opinion-makers who, through culture or the media, work with creative processes to strengthen democratisation and human rights.
  • These can be organisations and groups of cultural actors and journalists, other actors within media organisations as well as human rights defenders and political activists, women’s rights groups, youth organisations or other relevant actors who work to increase democratisation and freedom of expression.
  • The final beneficiaries of Creative Force initiatives are groups and/or individuals who are directly positively influenced by the project outcomes, especially vulnerable groups in the programme countries and regions: women, children and youth as well as minority groups in especially vulnerable positions such as LGBTQ individuals or people with disabilities.

Application Procedure:

Step 1: writing the application

Fill in and save the documents for the appropriate region and type of funding as specified below.

Seed Funding

You must now upload, fill in and save the appropriate following documents in order to complete the application:

Step 2: submitting the online application

Complete the online application form. All the necessary completed documents listed above should then be submitted via the online application form

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Programme 

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