Special Covid-19 Call for Individual Artists and Cultural Organizations in Africa

Deadline: 20-May-21

In light of this context, the African Culture Fund (ACF) is launching this 3rd batch of calls for projects, this time for both individual artists and cultural organizations, in the framework of the Solidarity Fund for Artists and Cultural Organizations in Africa (SOFACO), in order to support African artists who are severely affected by the harmful effects of Covid-19.
Over the past few months, the entire world has been experiencing an unprecedented health crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic (Covid-19). This global crisis has resulted in paralyzing human activities that could lead to predict immeasurable negative impacts on the development of the countries in the world.

Funding Information

For any request made within the framework of this call, the amount to be granted by the ACF is 3,000 (Three thousand) Euros per artist and 5,000 (Five thousand) Euros per cultural organization.
The funding covers a period between 4 months minimum and 6 months maximum.

Types of Eligible Projects

For this third call “Special Covid-19 / Artists and Cultural Organizations”, ACF supports requests in the following two categories of projects:

  • Category 1: Applications for subsistence grants These relate to food grants, health grants and professional grants
  • Category 2: Requests for assistance to creation These requests relate to artistic creation or innovation projects adapted to the context of Covid-19 in Africa
  • Individual artists may apply for the following types of aid support:
  • Subsistence grant (food grants, health grants)
  • Assistance to creation
  • Cultural Organizations may apply for the following types of aid support:
  • Professional grants
  • Assistance to creation

Geographic Coverage
The present Call covers all African continent countries.

Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:
Individual Artist

  • Be an artist with at least five years of experience, practicing and residing in Africa;
  • Demonstrate a situation of vulnerability (or a shortfall) arising from the Covid-19 health crisis;
  • Submit a project request for subsistence (food grant, health grant or professional grant) or for assistance to creation (artistic creation or innovation within the context of Covid-19).
  • Documents to be provided by selected candidates only
  • An artist card or equivalent document (provide a copy of the card or equivalent document);
  • A document showing your biography, your artistic career, your artistic approach and an overview of your artistic works (3 pages maximum);
  • A letter of recommendation from at least one recognized reference person in the discipline you practice (pointing out the need and urgency to support you).

Cultural Organization

  • Be an artistic cultural organization operating in Africa, with at least five years of experience.
  • Documents to be provided by selected candidates only
  • Proof of legal existence;
  • A document showing the artistic career, process and an overview of the artistic works of your organization (maximum 3 pages);
  • A résumé (biography) of the head of the organization;
  • A letter of recommendation from at least one recognized reference person in the field of competency of your organization (pointing out the need and urgency to provide financial support to your organization)

Category 1: Applications for subsistence grants
These are requests made by any artist or creator in a situation of vulnerability to the Covid-19 crisis. These requests relate to food grants, health grants and professional grants.
Category 2: Requests for assistance to creation
These requests relate to artistic creation or innovation projects adapted to the context of Covid-19 in Africa.

For more information, visit https://www.africanculturefund.net/en/launch-of-the-sofaco-batch-no-3-call-for-proposals-special-covid-19-individual-artists-and-cultural-organizations/

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