Swedish Institute Creative Force Grants Program

The Swedish Institute Creative Force 2022 Grants Program is a funding programme for international projects which work though media or the arts to strengthen basic freedoms and rights. There are two types of grant offered:
  • Seed Funding is available for carrying out a planning trip, a visit or a pilot project, for example.
  • 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 which has previously received Seed Funding.

Type: Grants

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Swedish Institute Creative Force Award: 

  • Seed Funding: up to SEK 100,000 for an initiative which you must complete within 12 months.
  • Collaborative Projects: up to SEK 500,000 per 12-month period. A project may last 24 months at most (in other words, you can apply for max. SEK 1 million).


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Eligibility for Swedish Institute Creative Force Program

  • 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).

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 fulfills the specific Creative Force programme objectives for the country(s) you want to work with.
  • The project includes some kind of 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.


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Eligible Countries: 

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:

  • 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).

How to Apply for 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 2022


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