Swedish Institute Creative Force Program 2021 (Funding available)

Swedish Institute Creative Force Program 2021 (Funding available)

Deadline: January 27, 2021

Do you work internationally to strengthen democracy and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Are you based in Sweden or do you have a Swedish project partner? Apply for the Swedish Institute Creative Force Program 2021.

The Creative Force is a funding program for international projects. It is open to Swedish organisations and their partners in target countries who work through media or the arts to strengthen democracy, human rights and freedom of expression.


The program offers two types of grant:

  • Seed Funding is available for carrying out a small project or a pilot. You and your international partner can apply for up to SEK 100,000 for a project which must be completed within 12 months of funding being granted. 
  • Collaborative Projects are larger projects which should involve knowledge exchange, capacity building or method development. They recommend that you apply for this type of grant to scale-up a project which has previously received seed funding. You and your international partner can apply for a grant which runs for either max 12 months or max 24 months (from the date of being granted). For a 12-month grant you can apply for up to SEK 500,000. For a 24-month grant you can apply for up to SEK 1 million.


  • Open to 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.

Target Countries

  • In Africa, Asia & MENA:
    Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam (NB: new from 2021, seed funding only)
    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).
  • Russia:
    Important: They have removed the northwest Russia restriction. You may now apply to work with initiatives and partners in any part of Russia.


Fill in the online application form. Then submit all the documents (which you have already filled in and saved on your computer) via the online application form. Instructions will guide you step-by-step through the procedure.

Click here to start your application

For more information, visit Swedish Institute.