Call for Applications: Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2018 (1st Round)

Call for Applications: Swedish Institute’s Creative Force Programme 2018 (1st Round)

Deadline: January 25, 2018

Do you work to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Creative Force funds international projects of this kind. If you have a project idea and a partner in one of the target countries, the programme may be able to help you.

Creative Force provides funding to collaborations between Sweden & the programme countries to promote democracy & freedom of expression by using culture & media It is a funding programme for international projects which work though media or the arts to strengthen basic freedoms and rights. It offers two types of grant:

  • 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.


  • 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).


  • 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).

Eligible Countries

  • 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
  • In Eastern Europe & Turkey:
    Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Turkey
  • Russia:
    Northwestern Russia


  • 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.


Upload and fill in the application form for the type of grant and the region/country that you are applying for. Choose from the list below.

Now save the completed form on your computer.

You must now upload and fill in the appropriate following documents:

Now save these completed documents on your computer.

You must also obtain a Certificate of Registration for the Swedish applicant organisation and save it on your computer.

How to Submit

  • Click on this link to take you to the online application form
  • Start by creating an account.
  • Submit all the documents from Step 2 above (which you have completed and saved on your computer) via the online application form. Instructions on the form will guide you through the procedure.
  • You can create and save an application in advance. This allows you to review it before you submit it.

For more information, visit Creative Force.