2022 Swedish Institute Creative Force Program

Deadline: January 31, 2022.

Do you work internationally to strengthen democracy and human rights? Do you use media or the arts as a means to bring about change? Are you based in Sweden or do you have a Swedish project partner? Maybe Creative Force is the programme for you. 

The creative force is a funding programme for international projects. It is open to Swedish organisations and their partners in our target countries who work through media or the arts to strengthen democracy, human rights and freedom of expression. 


  • 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 (see below).


In Africa, Asia & MENA:

  • Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • Bangladesh, Cambodia, Vietnam
  • Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen

In Eastern Europe & Turkey:

  • Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldavia, Turkey and Ukraine.
    NB: we do not grant funding to projects which include financial support to public sector partners in Belarus (state, regional, municipal).


It offers two types of grant:

1. Seed Funding is available for carrying out a small project or a pilot. You and your international partner can apply for up to SEK 100,000 for a project which must be completed within 12 months of the project start. 

2. 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 a grant which runs for either max. 12 months or max. 24 months (from the project start). For a 12-month grant you can apply for up to SEK 500,000. For projects exceeding 12-months you can apply for up to SEK 1 million.


This call for applications uses a new online applications portal. Click on this link (open until 31-01-2022). It will take you to a form on the new portal where you register and then directly write your application. You can save and return to your application as many times as you need.

In addition to the above, you must attach a number of mandatory documents. Please make sure you have completed them before you are ready to submit your application. Click on the following links to get to these documents:


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