The Swedish Institute Creative Force Programme opens for applications for seed funding and collaborative projects from the Creative Force programme in 2021.

It 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.

Projects should normally take place entirely in the target country or in both Sweden and the target country. Please note that the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs advises against travelling to certain countries (or regions within countries). Information can be found on the ministry’s website (in Swedish). A Creative Force project may include partners or participants from such countries, but the project should be carried out in another target country or in Sweden.

Worth of Award

The Swedish Institute Creative Force programme 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 (30 April 2021 at latest).
  • They 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.

  • They 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).


  • 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 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
  • Your project uses media or the arts as a means to strengthen democracy, freedom of expression and human rights in the target countries.
  • Your project fulfils the specific Creative Force programme objectives for the country(s) you want to work with.
  • Your project should be based on an exchange of knowledge or best practice between partners. This can be achieved, for example, by means of training courses or similar opportunities where participants work together to develop new methods or technologies.
  • Your project targets agents of change in the partner country(s) who want to learn new skills or use new technologies to help them in their efforts to bring about change.
  • Your project’s achievements will continue to spread and have an impact after the project has finished.

How to Apply

  • Call for Funding 1 opens in December and closes in January. On this occasion, they accept applications for both types of grant, i.e. seed funding and collaborative projects.
  • 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 the documents are only available when a Call for Applications is open. Please use these – they do not accept applications which use earlier versions.
  • 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.

  • Click on the link in their website to take you to the online application form. (Please note that this application form is only accessible when a Call for Applications is open.)
  • Start by creating an account or logging in if you already have one.
  • Submit all the documents from Step 2 above (which you have completed and saved on your computer) via the online application form. Instructions on the form will guide you step-by-step through the procedure.
  • You can create and save an application in advance. This allows you to review it before you submit it. You cannot make any changes once you have submitted your application.

After you have submitted your application, you will receive an email giving you a reference number. Please give this reference number whenever you need to contact the Swedish Institute.

Deadline: Make sure that you submit your application for the Swedish Institute Creative Force programme by 15.00 Swedish time on January 27, 2021.

Click here for more details and to apply