The North Africa Cultural Program (NACP) is a three-year program (2019-2022) launched by AFAC and funded by the Swiss Cooperation Office. The program is dedicated to the five countries of North Africa - namely Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt - and comprises two support schemes, a National Fund and a Regional Fund. Together, the two funds aim to strengthen independent arts and culture entities, encourage regional collaborations, and focus on supporting distribution, circulation and dissemination of artistic works in all fields.
The deadline for the National Fund is 1 August 2019.
The deadline for the Regional Fund is 1 November 2019.
AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, trainings and cultural events. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.
AFAC’s work is divided into five strategic areas: providing grants, developing training programs, building and sharing knowledge, broadening the pool of supporters for the arts, and cultivating appreciation for and engagement with contemporary arts and culture productions by connecting them with audiences.
Through an open call scheme, the NACP 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 trans-boundary 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.
Nationally, support is in the form of core and program funding to strengthen the structures of independent arts and culture entities and for their increased engagement and outreach, as well as the training and skill-building of young artists and emerging professionals.
Regionally, the program supports artistic projects that are created regionally; the distribution, dissemination and circulation of artistic works and productions to broad audiences; the documentation, archiving and sharing of data, knowledge, and contemporary practices in arts and culture; as well as exchanges on the development of frameworks for arts and culture education and cultural policies.
The Regional Fund grant scheme provides project support for either one or all of the following support areas:
- Programmatic collaborations
- Distribution, dissemination and circulation initiatives whose goal is to connect art productions with audiences in the Arab region
- Documentation, archiving and sharing of data, knowledge, and contemporary practices in arts and culture
- Development of frameworks for arts and culture education, cultural policies, and a critical discourse on the arts in the region
The Regional Fund provides 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 National Fund provides between $75,000 and $200,000 per grant, to begin in November 2019 and end by March 2022. Applicants are encouraged to show other streams of funding.