The economical sustainability of cultural organizations as well as the support for the work developed by artists, writers and researchers has always been a critical issue. In the context of the Arab world and North Africa in particular funding becomes even more problematic as in most of the cases national grants for arts and culture are almost inexistent.

Besides a panorama that might seem discouraging sometimes organizations and individuals are not aware of the diversity of resources available. Our Funding section aims at giving you the tools to deep into all the opportunities currently existing.


    The economical sustainability of cultural organizations as well as the support for the work developed by artists, writers and researchers has always been a critical issue. In the context of the Arab world and North Africa in particular funding becomes even more problematic as in most of the cases national grants for arts and culture are almost inexistent.

Besides a panorama that might seem discouraging sometimes organizations and individuals are not aware of the diversity of resources available. Our Funding section aims at giving you the tools to deep into all the opportunities currently existing.

Culture Resource
Al Mawred Al Thaqafy

Is a regional, non-profit organization that seeks to support artistic creativity in the Arab region and to encourage cultural exchanges within this region and with the developing world. The work of Culture Resource – Al Mawred Al Thaqafy is based on an appreciation of the value of the Arab cultural heritage and an awareness of the need for a new Arab creativity that liberates the imagination and stimulates progress. Culture Resource also believes that artistic and literary activities are a social necessity that demands moral and material support by all active powers in the society.

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SouthMed CV

SouthMed CV Aims to bring culture from the margins to the center of the public sphere in the Southern Mediterranean, exploring its potential connections with economic, social and political development strategies.

This project has emerged from the observation and analysis of the diversity of cultural contexts and practices, linked to multiple imaginaries in the Southern Mediterranean, and the need to enhance the professional capacities of cultural operators, practitioners and organisations active in this field.

In the light of existing international, EU and regional strategies for sustainable development (e.g. the MDGs, the EU’s Europe 2020 strategy, European Agenda for Culture and Neighbourhood Policy, the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, etc.), the project aims to address the aforementioned needs by implementing a range of diverse activities with a strong demonstrative and communication potential, with integrated learning, knowledge partnership and networking dimensions.

SouthMed CV is co-funded by the European Union within the framework of the regional programme Med Culture.

On The Move
mobility funding opportunities 13 Arab countries-OTM
safar fund

Safar, meaning travel in Arabic, is also the name of our program “Safar: Youth Mobility Fund”. The program supports Arab youth in their travel in the Arab world providing them with the air tickets and / or other travel expenses. The aim of Safar is to help youth pursue a healthy process of growth that permits them to develop their own experience and knowledge and hence their communities’. It also provides the space and opportunities to pursue their own learning paths.

Young Arab Theatre Fund

They facilitate cultural exchanges in Africa for individual artists and cultural operators, and cultural organizations and encourage artists and cultural operators to exchange experiences, information and ideas towards shared projects and artistic collaborations.

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Roberto Cimetta Fund

The Roberto Cimetta Fund, is an international non-profit making organisation created in 1999 to respond rapidly and directly to artists and cultural managers who wish to travel in order to develop contemporary artistic cooperation projects in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and in particular throughout the Arab world.

Arab Culture Fund

The aim of the Arab Culture Fund is: To provide artists and small and young institutions that are actively engaged within their artistic communities and aspire to expand their activities in response to new realities across the region with financial support for projects and operational expenses. Open call for proposals with no deadline and a rolling selection. Applicants will be limited to individuals and small cultural institutions that require urgent support or supplementary funding as a result of the new political and social realities brought about by the latest events in the Arab World.

AFAI (African Arts Institute)

The African Arts Institute (AFAI) was launched in February 2009 with a grant from Spier to establish an entity that would work in the creative sector across the continent. It was also launched to house the secretariat of the Arterial Network, a continent-wide body dedicated to advancing the African creative sector.

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Africa Center

The Africa Centre was established in 2005 as an international creative centre and social innovator based in Cape Town, South Africa. The vision of the Africa Centre is brought to life with a number of projects that either play out through the calendar year, or online. The Africa Centre is both a physical entity and an ongoing philosophical journey, which provides a platform for exploring contemporary Pan-African cultural practice as a catalyst for social change.

Annalindh Fundation
Anna Lindh Fundation

The ALF supports only multilateral projects built upon a 1+1 partnership formulawith at least one partner from a Southern Mediterranean country and at least one partner from a European country (Please consult the Guidelines for the list of the 42 countries).

Art Moves Africa (AMA)

Art Moves Africa (AMA) is an international non-profit organisation aiming to facilitate cultural and artistic exchanges within the African continent. AMA offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks andthe pursuit of cooperation.


Mimeta – centre for culture and development – focuses on supporting the service providers to the arts- and creative sectors in Africa, Asia and Latin America. We are aiming at strengthening structures through organization, information and advocacy, through platforms and mobility and through the development of creative economies.

ICORN International Cities of Refugee Network

The International Cities of Refuge Network is an association of cities around the world dedicated to the value of Freedom of Expression. Writers have consistently been targets of politically motivated threats and persecution, and the network believes it is necessary for the international community to formulate and implement an appropriate response.

free Dimensional

The goal of freeDimensional is to support culture in the service of free expression, justice and equality. freeDimensional advances social justice by hosting activists in art spaces and using cultural resources to strengthen their work.

Arts Collaboratory
Arts Collaboratory

Financial support for visual artist-led initiatives in the Global South. Arts Collaboratory offers financial support to visual artist-run initiatives in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and for exchange between these and visual arts organisations in the Netherlands. Small scale support up to € 10.000. Support concerns starting initiatives, the development of programmatic networks, profiling activities and capacity development.

Seydoux Foundation

The FRS is an independent and non-ideological organisation that was declared of public utility. It seeks to promote cooperation and solidarity between Mediterranean countries.
It supports or facilitates initiatives aiming to promote exchanges, friendship and cooperation between Mediterranean peoples in the social, cultural and scientific areas. It provides space for reflection on the realities and issues of the Mediterranean while contributing to the development of knowledge on Mediterranean cultures and societies. The Foundation provides consulting services to support social and cultural players in the region.

European Cultural Foundation
European Cultural Foundation

ECF’s grants programme stimulates transnational cultural collaboration, artistic expression and the mobility of cultural change-makers and cultural players across Europe and beyond. One central thematic focus – Connecting Culture, Communities and Democracy – will echo through all of ECF’s grant activities for the four-year period 2013–2016. Through a networked approach , ECF aims to connect local cultural change-makers, raising awareness of their creative potential to generate new social, environmental, economic and democratic models through their cultural practices. We will support and develop a network of European cultural organisations that will be identified, nourished and connected for their key role as agents of change by involving local communities through culture.

Goethe-Institut and Ashkal Alwan ‘Beirut Film Station’

Goethe-Institut and Ashkal Alwan are pleased to announce the call for proposals for Beirut Film Station for the year 2014. The call is open to young filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa countries (MENA Region) for a residency in Beirut.

UNESCO Aschberg Bursaries For Artists

The UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme promote the mobility of young artists in order to enrich their personal perspectives, to develop their creative project, enabling them to engage in a cultural diversity dialogue. The Programme offers residencies to young artists (between 25 and 35 years old) worldwide. UNESCO-Aschberg advocates and promotes creativity, highlights cultural exchanges and the need for artists to enrich their experience through contact with other cultures.

DOEN Foundation

DOEN Foundation works towards the achievement of a liveable world in which everyone has a place. Acting within its four fields of operation of Sustainable Development, Culture, Welfare and Social Cohesion, it provides subsidies where necessary, and arranges loans and equity investments where possible.

Ford foundation
Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations working on the frontlines of social change worldwide. Their goals are: To strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

Hivos Culture Fund

The Hivos Culture Fund, set up in 1995, supports independent artistic initiatives in developing countries. Those initiatives must also be accessible for a wide audience and have national and international appeal. The Hivos Culture Fund works in such areas as production, exchange, marketing, distribution and capability increase.

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Prince Claus Fund

The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development was inaugurated on 6 September 1996. The Prince Claus Fund’s objective is to expand insight into cultures and to promote interaction between culture and development

The Commonwealth Foundation

The Commonwealth Foundation exists to empower charities, non-governmental organisations, professional associations, trade unions, faith groups and cultural practitioners; the lifeblood of any healthy society. They equip these groups with the tools required to contribute to national and international goals of democracy, good governance, sustainable development and cultural diversity.


The leading crowdfunding platform for creative projects in the Arab world.

#SupportArabCreativity. An initiative by Wamda, N2V, Sawari Ventures, and MEVP.

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Culture Funding Watch

Culture Funding Watch is the destination for artists and arts organisations to access information and intelligence about Art and culture resources mobilisation.

It is a network of people and content that supports equal access to information, provides services to facilitate access to resources as well as advocates for transparent and responsible financing for the Arts and Culture.

It collects, sorts and disseminates funding opportunities, offers customised resources mobilisation services, builds long term sustainability capacity of cultural actors and organisations and promotes establishment of evidence based advocacy towards sustainable, transparent and responsible art funding.