Creative Force Funding Programme

Swedish Institute

Relevent Country: Sweden

Do you work internationally to strengthen democracy and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Are you based in Sweden or do you have a Swedish project partner? Maybe Creative Force is the programme for you.

The goal of the Creative Force Programme is to strengthen human rights, freedom of expression and democracy in the target countries.

Types of Grants

  • Seed Funding is available for carrying out a small project or a pilot. You and your international partner can apply for up to SEK 100,000 for a project which must be completed within 12 months of the project start.
  • Collaborative Projects are larger projects which should involve knowledge exchange, capacity building or method development. They recommend that you apply for this type of grant to scale-up a project which has previously received seed funding. You and your international partner can apply for max. SEK 500,000 for projects which run for no more than 12 months (from the project start).

Eligibility Criteria

  • You can simultaneously apply to more than one of their CF regions. They can grant you at most one (1) seed project and one (1) collaborative project per region/Call.
  • 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.

Which countries are included?

In Africa, Asia & MENA:

  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam
  • Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

In Eastern Europe & Turkey (NB: not included in this call for applications)

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Turkey and Ukraine.

NB: They do not grant funding to projects which include financial support to public sector partners in Belarus (state, regional, municipal).