FDA Call for Applications: Cultural Accès Programme

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Deadline: 24-May-21

The French Development Agency is accepting applications for its Cultural Accès Programme to finance and support cultural projects in Africa in order to foster social ties and strengthen collaboration between African and French cultural agents.

The programme seeks to partner civil society organizations (CSOs) with locally or regionally operated cultural establishments (conservatories, public art schools, etc.) who will then present a joint proposal for a project responding to a local need.

Funding Information

  • Partner projects lasting one year eligible to receive up to €15,000 per year.
  • The granted amounted may not surpass 50% of the project’s overall budget.
  • Partners must co-fund at least 50% of their proposed projects (with either cash or securities) from a source other than the Institut français or the AFD.

Eligibility Criteria
Project proposals must be submitted by partners made up of one African and one French entity whose partnership is rooted in equal cooperation and an exchange of good practices. Eligible entities include: associations, foundations, locally or regionally run cultural public establishments having been in operation for at least two (2) years. All entities must meet the following criteria:

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  • Be legally registered with the relevant authorities and be able to provide legal documentation of the group’s status, its board members, its governing bodies or shareholders as well as proof of good governance and transparency in its decision making process.
  • Have a bank account in the name of the African entity able to receive an international wire transfer.
  • In order to be considered eligible, a project must:
  • take place in Africa with the exception of Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria,
  • projects shall last for a maximum period of one year,
  • show cultural cooperation between an entity based in France and one based in Africa,
  • use culture as means of creating social ties within the local population, particularly individuals with limited Accès to cultural events. This may be done in the follow (non-exhaustive) ways:
  • an art education project
  • direct appeal to marginalized groups (young people, women, etc.)
  • organization of meetings with professionals in the field of arts and culture
  • cultural exchange programmes and arts education in schools
  • boosting arts outreach programmes
  • programmes involving skill sharing/social action
  • clearly present the aims and expected results of the project (including a direct impact on social ties)
  • meet the requirements for financial support by:
  • demonstrating strong and enduring collaboration between the partners
  • featuring a high quality project (purposeful, feasible, impactful, enduring)
  • incorporating the SDG and the idea of creating social ties
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Special consideration will the given to projects:

  • proposed by women and/or are organised around increasing equality between men and women
  • engaging the African diaspora in France
  • featuring capacity building/education
  • engaging individuals living with a disability
  • The following are not eligible for consideration:
  • Projects that are based solely on art or on a live event
  • Projects proposed by private businesses (LLC, PLC, etc.)
  • Projects proposed by an individual applicant
  • Political, partisan, or religious projects
  • Projects receiving funds from the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture, the French Development Agency or the Institut Français de Paris (IF).

For more information, visit https://www.pro.institutfrancais.com/en/programmes-and-projects/acces-culture

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