Application Deadline: 30 January 2020 (15.00 Swedish time).

Are you an organisation that works internationally to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about positive change?

t is a funding programme for international projects. It is open to
Swedish organisations and their partners in our target countries who
work through media or the arts to strengthen democracy, human rights and
freedom of expression. It offers two types of grant:

Seed Funding
is available for carrying out a small project or for preparing a larger
project for which you plan to seek funding. You and your international
partner can apply for up to SEK 100,000 for an initiative which must be
completed within 12 months of funding being granted (30 April 2021 at
latest). We recommend that you apply for seed funding before you apply
for a grant for a larger collaborative project.

Collaborative Projects are larger projects which should involve knowledge exchange, capacity building or method development. We 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 up to SEK 500,000 per 12-month period. A project may last 24 months at most from funding being granted (in other words, you can apply for max. SEK 1 million). Twelve-month projects must be completed by 30 April 2021 at latest, 24-month projects by 30 April 2022.


  • 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).
  • 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

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Swedish Institutes’ Creative Force Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA) 2020

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