Apply: Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2015

Apply: Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2015

Deadline: January 21, 2015

Applications are now accepted for the 2015 Creative Force programme by the Swedish Institute. The Creative Force programme provides funding for collaborative projects involving organisations in Sweden and in the countries specified below. Projects should aim to promote human rights, transparency and democracy with the aid of initiatives in the fields of culture and the media.

Applicants may be civil society organisations, foundations, public sector agencies, private sector agencies or other professional actors. Private individuals may not apply for funding under the programme. NB: it is always the Swedish partner in a collaboration who is formally responsible for the application and legally accountable to the Swedish Institute.

Target group

The primary target group for Creative Force funding are actors for change and opinion-makers in the fields of culture and the media. These should work with creative processes which will help to achieve the programme objectives. Examples of these are representatives of the cultural sector who work to promote basic democratic values and human rights; representatives of independent journalism/media and new forms of communication; opinion-makers and defenders of women’s rights.

The final beneficiaries of Creative Force initiatives are groups/individuals whose circumstances are characterised by lack of respect for human rights and freedoms. Creative Force has a special focus on women, children, young people and minorities.

SI will give precedence to projects with a communicative dimension which possess the potential for wider dissemination and which will help to shape opinion and encourage discussion of the issues raised.

Types of funding and duration

Creative Force Africa offers two types of funding:

  1. Seed funding is available for such purposes as contact visits, exchanges of experts and planning trips. There are two calls for seed funding per year. Maximum project duration is from the application deadline until 31/12 of the same year. The maximum amount that can be applied for is SEK 100,000.
  2. Funding for collaborative projects is available for larger-scale initiatives with a maximum duration of 24 months from the application deadline. Sums in the range SEK 100,000 − SEK 300,000/year (maximum SEK 600,000) may be applied for. For projects that run for more than 12 months, approved interim reports are required before remaining funds may be disbursed.

Funding covers

  • Travel, accommodation and subsistence
  • Temporary costs directly connected with the project (such as equipment and supplies, translation, expert participation)
  • Project management costs/fees charged by Swedish or non-Swedish partners where such costs are essential to the successful completion of the project. These costs are to be motivated in the project application and must not exceed 30% of the total project budget.
  • Administrative costs (such as telephone, Internet and documentation). Remuneration for administrative costs may not exceed 5% of the total sum applied for.
  • Audit costs (compulsory) and costs for evaluation

DETAILS BY REGION

1. Creative Force Africa

Creative Force Africa aims to promote freedom of speech and the development of democratic structures, with particular emphasis on women’s rights.

Projects may be carried out in Sweden and/or in one or more of the programme countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe). Priority will be given to initiatives that are carried out in programme countries and to regional collaborations.

2. Creative Force Middle East and North Africa

Creative Force Middle East and North Africa aims to promote freedom of speech and the development of democratic structures, with particular emphasis on women’s rights.

Projects may be carried out in Sweden and/or in one or more of the programme countries (Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen). Priority will be given to initiatives that are carried out in programme countries and to regional collaborations.

3. Creative Force Western Balkans and Turkey

The Creative Force Western Balkans and Turkey aims to promote freedom of speech and the development of democratic structures, with particular emphasis on women’s rights. It also aims at achieving stronger democracy, equitable and sustainable development and closer ties with the EU and its fundamental values.

Projects may be carried out in Sweden or in one or more of the programme countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey). Priority will be given to initiatives which take place in programme countries and to regional collaborations.

4. Creative Force Eastern Europe

Creative Force Eastern Europe aims to promote freedom of speech and the development of democratic structures, with particular emphasis on women’s rights.

Projects may be carried out in Sweden or in one or more of the programme countries (Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia and Ukraine). Priority will be given to initiatives which take place in programme countries and to regional collaborations.

5. Creative Force Russia

Creative Force Russia aims to support freedom of speech, democratic structures and human rights by means of mutual learning processes and sustainable networks between actors in the fields of culture and the media in Sweden and in Russia.

Projects may be carried out in Russia or in Sweden. Priority will be given to initiatives which take place in north-western Russia, especially in the smaller cities and rural areas, and in the North Caucasus.

Deadlines

In 2015 there will be two calls for funding with deadlines on 21 January and 15 May.

The application period begins six weeks before each respective deadline. At the beginning of the application period you will find updated information about the terms of the programme as well as all the necessary application documents on this website.

Application

  • Applications for each regional Creative Force programme are to be submitted via our online application form.
  • Before registering the application, make sure you read the instructions carefully.

 

For more information on how to apply, visit Creative Force Programme.

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