Swedish Institute Creative Force Grants Program

The Swedish Institute Creative Force 2023 Grants Program is a funding programme for international projects which work through media or the arts to strengthen basic freedoms and rights.

Swedish Institute Creative Force

There are two types of grants offered:

  • Seed Funding is available for planning a trip, a visit or a pilot project.
  • 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 that previously received Seed Funding.

Award Providers: Swedish Institute

Type: Grants

Number of Awards: Not specified


Value of Swedish Institute Creative Force Award

  • Up to SEK 100,000 may be provided as seed money for a project you have 12 months to execute.
  • Projects in collaboration: up to SEK 500,000 per calendar year. A project can only be funded for a maximum of 24 months (or a maximum of 1 million SEK).

Eligibility for The Swedish Institute Creative Force Program

  • Any 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).

Selection Criteria

  • The main applicant is a Swedish-registered organisation.
  • The project uses media or the arts as a means to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in the target countries.
  • The project fulfils the specific Creative Force programme objectives for the country(s) you want to work with.
  • The project includes some transfer of knowledge between partners.
  • You have a target group of highly motivated people in the partner country(s) who want new skills or knowledge to help them bring about change.
  • The project’s achievements will continue to spread and have an impact after the project has finished.

Eligible Countries: 

In Africa, Asia & MENA

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

In Eastern Europe & Turkey

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

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

How to Apply for The Swedish Institute Creative Force

It is important to go through the Application instructions on the Program Webpage (see Link below) before applying.


Apply Here

Application Deadline: 31st January 2023


The Swedish Institute Creative Force Grants Program funds collaborative initiatives that promote social and environmental sustainability through art, culture, and media.

The program supports partnerships between organizations in Sweden and selected countries in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Grants cover project costs such as travel, production, and implementation.

The program aims to foster long-term partnerships and create positive social change through creative expression.


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