Arab Fund for Arts and Culture: The North Africa Cultural Programme, Cycle II

The North Africa Cultural Programme (NACP) | Cycle II is a four-year programme (2024–2027) dedicated to five countries in North Africa – Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Tunisia – and comprises two support schemes: a National Cultural Opportunities Fund and a Regional Competitive Creativity Fund.

Through a combination of open application processes and invitation-based calls, both funds aim to strengthen independent arts and culture entities, including institutions, collectives, networks, and spaces, with an emphasis on regional partnerships, and a particular focus on engaging young audiences and extending outreach to underserved or remote areas beyond urban centres. Furthermore, NACP provides tailored capacity-building, training, and mentorship opportunities to the organisations and projects it supports within the programme.

The National Cultural Opportunities Fund scheme is dedicated to arts and culture institutions and spaces in each of the five North African countries. It offers institutional and programmatic support for entities with a track record of strong public programming, and who contribute to the diversification of cultural activities in city centres and peripheries equally. Grants range from up to 60,000 USD over three years to up to 120,000 USD over three years.

The Regional Competitive Creativity Fund scheme supports collaborative projects established through partnerships involving at least one entity based in North Africa and one or more entities located across Africa and the Arab region. It aims to strengthen existing and well-established collaborations that were initiated prior to the NACP Cycle II opportunity, while also encouraging the development of new, robust collaborations in a deliberate and thoughtful manner.

The Regional Competitive Creativity Fund covers activities such as: residencies, training, research-based exchange programmes, workshops with communities, distribution, dissemination, and circulation initiatives, cultural and artistic programming, and more. Funding ranges from 10,000 USD with capacity-building and networking meetings to up to 150,000 USD over three years.

Deadline: 5 March 2024

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