2019 Swedish Creative Force funding program

Deadline: January 24, 2019.

Are you an organisation that works internationally to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about positive change? Creative Force funds projects of this kind. If you have a project idea and a partner in one of our target countries we may be able to help you.



  • 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
  • In Africa and Middle East & North Africa (MENA):Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
    Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • In Eastern Europe & Turkey:Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Ukraine and Turkey
  • Russia:Northwestern Russia



It is a funding programme for international projects. It is open to Swedish organisations and their partners in our target countries who work though media or the arts to strengthen democracy, human rights and freedom of expression. It offers two types of grant:

Seed Funding is available for carrying out a small project or for preparing a larger project for which you plan to seek funding. You and your international partner can apply for up to SEK 100,000 for an initiative which must be completed within 12 months of funding being granted. We recommend that you apply for seed funding before you apply for a grant for a larger collaborative project.

Collaborative Projects are larger projects which should involve knowledge exchange, capacity building or method development. We 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 up to SEK 500,000 per 12-month period. A project may last 24 months at most from funding being granted (in other words, you can apply for max. SEK 1 million).



Below you will find the various documents you need for your application. Download, save them and fill in the application form for the type of grant and the region/country that you are applying for. Make sure you choose the correct form because the programme objectives differ. Please note that you must use the application forms for 2019 which are available here. We do not accept applications which use earlier versions.

Seed Funding
Application document – Africa & MENA
Application document – Eastern Europe & Turkey
Application document – Russia

Collaborative Projects
Application document – Africa & MENA
Application document – Eastern Europe & Turkey
Application document – Russia

Now, download, save and fill in the appropriate following documents:

Budget form Seed Funding
Budget form Collaborative Projects
Letter of Intent (seed funding only)
Memorandum of Understanding (collaborative projects only)
Organisation assessment Seed Funding
Organisation assessment Collaborative Projects
Risk analysis (collaborative projects only)

You must also obtain a Certificate of Registration for the Swedish applicant organisation and save it on your computer. Please note that we do not accept certificates of registration which were issued more than 12 months before the date of your application.




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