01 November 2019 11:59 pm Beirut time



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North Africa Cultural Program (NACP) – REGIONAL FUND

Through an open call scheme, this program provides up to three-year institutional and programmatic support to active arts and culture entities based in each of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, as well as for transboundary projects that promote joint artistic collaborations, distribution, and the professionalization of arts and culture practices among those five countries and with the rest of the Arab and African regions.

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The Regional Fund aims to strengthen long-term joint projects and regional exchanges.
The Regional Fund grant scheme provides project support for either one or all of the following support areas:

1) Programmatic collaborations, including but not limited to:

  • Residencies.
  • Training.
  • Platforms.

Research-based exchange programs

2) Distribution, dissemination and circulation initiatives whose goal is to connect art productions with audiences in the Arab region, including but not limited to:

  • Existing regional distribution platforms such as Festivals, Biennials, Digital Distribution Platforms etc.
  • New/alternative distribution initiatives, such as those making use of digital technologies as a way to spread creative work.
  • Cultural and artistic programming by networks/coalitions of spaces in the different North African countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt) and beyond.
  • Attached workshops with audiences (especially young audiences) that aim to cultivate an appreciation for the arts.

Projects supported under this scheme must be complemented with marketing and promotion strategies and audience engagement plans that ensure the project’s outreach.

3) Documentation, archiving and sharing of data, knowledge, and contemporary practices in arts and culture, including but not limited to:

  • Market and audience mapping and documentation.

Initiatives that render archives and documentation accessible to artists, practitioners, and scholars for the production of publications, artworks, performances and scholarly research Studies, programs, collaborations and creation of networks and joint projects.

4) Development of frameworks for arts and culture education, cultural policies, and critical discourse on the arts in the region, including but not limited to:

  • Networks/collectives/coalitions/civil society organizations exchanging and developing cultural policy frameworks in the North African countries.
  • Initiatives that develop regional frameworks for arts and culture education, be it a plan to integrate arts and culture education in school curriculums or models for alternative art academies.
  • Advocacy work related to areas of cultural policies and art education.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Arts.
  • Culture entities.

Required Languages

 English, French or Arabic.

Eligible Countries

Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt.

Program Period

2.5 years between November 2019 and March 2022.

Grants Announcement

The grant winners will be announced and published on the AFAC website and Facebook page after the jury meetings conclude.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

The program is open to receive applications from arts and culture:

  • Organizations, Collectives, Exhibition platforms, Spaces (with programming having potential wide outreach and connectivity), Consortia of diverse local institutions, led by an arts and culture organization, Networks & Social enterprises whose main field of work is arts and culture.
  • Local entities based in one of the North African countries. International and foreign organizations, including UN agencies, are not eligible.
  • Applicants may be non-profit, social enterprises, registered, and non-registered entities.
  • For this particular program, institutions with an open grant in another AFAC program can apply.

AFAC will not consider applications submitted by:

  • Individual applicants.
  • Organizations of less than two years in operation.
  • Members of the Board of Trustees of AFAC, their business partners or family members.
  • AFAC staff members, their business partners or family members.
  • Members of NACP readers and jurors’ committees.

Single outputs like film, performance, exhibition, musical album, etc. are not covered by this grant.

Opportunity Cost

(Accelerators For Startups)

  • The Regional Fund provides a total grant between $150,000 and $300,000 per grant, to begin in December 2019 / January 2020 and end by March 2022.
  • Applicants can apply to one or all four of the project support areas but the maximum budget is not to exceed $300,000.
  • The total running and staff costs should not exceed 30%.
  • Applicants are encouraged to show other streams of funding. The jury reserves the right to determine the amount of the grant and the relevant proposed expenses.
  • Proposed activities and institutional strengthening components must be completed within the duration agreed to in the signed contract, during which grantees are expected to submit the necessary financial and narrative reports.

How to Apply

First Step: Create an account from here.

Second Step: Fill the application form here.

Note: Applicants must include in their budgets the fees for an annual audit for the duration of the grant.

Grant Contracts

  • As soon as the grant winners are announced, AFAC will draft a grant contract to be signed by the grantees. The contract will include start and end dates, grant amount, budget breakdown, financial requirements, payment schedule, general provisions, implementation and amendments, required reports and expected results and outputs.
  • The grant will be disbursed in instalments. The number of instalments will be decided in accordance with the grant amount and the proposed project implementation plan.

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This Schomlarship Published by:
Nedaa Megahed/ Egyot

Reviewed by” Amina Hamed / Egypt
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MARJ3 Scholarships team