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SI Creative Partnerships Programme (Sweden)

Organisation: Swedish Institute (SI)

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Freedom of expression

Funding Size: SEK 200,000 to SEK 2,000,000

Deadline: 15/02/2023

  • Eligibility Criteria:
    – Swedish organisations (legal entities) from civil society and the public or private sectors. The organisation must have been registered in Sweden for at least two years.
    –  The project partner may represent civil society or the public or private sectors in the target country. Formal or informal cultural actors, networks of journalists, or other types of media organisations also qualify as partners.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Sweden, Africa, Eastern Europe, MENA, Western Balkans & Türkiye
  • Application language: English

The Swedish Institute is pleased to launch a new initiative, the Creative Partnerships Programme, which will grant funding to Swedish organisations and their international partners in civil society, culture, and the media. The programme will support projects which aim to promote democracy, human rights, and freedom of expression.

Creative Partnerships awards funding to projects which:

  • aim to strengthen democracy, human rights and/or freedom of expression in one or more of the programme’s target countries.
  • aim to strengthen the professional capacity of people who are in a position to bring about change in the organisations or sectors they work in.
  • involve the project partners in knowledge exchange, network building and/or the development of innovative methods.
  • are sustainable. This means that the methods and results of the projects live on and continue to be used after the project has formally ended.
  • are firmly rooted in the partner country and reflect needs that have been identified and formulated locally rather than by the Swedish partner.
  • do not have a profit motive.

There are two types of funding:

Seed funding

  • This type of grant is available for preparing or planning a cooperation project. The applicant and their partner organisation can apply for up to SEK 200,000 for a project which must be completed within 12 months from the starting date.

Cooperation projects

  • This type of grant is available for larger projects which aim to bring about an exchange of knowledge with the partner organisation and/or the wider target group or strengthen their professional capacity. The applicant and their partner organisation can apply for up to SEK 2 million for a project which must completed within 24 months from the starting date.

The target group of the project should be agents of change, opinion makers, and drivers of democratic development in the target country. These can be influential leaders in civil society, the business sector, education, culture, the media, and public administration. They should specifically be people who are in a position to bring about change in the organisations or sectors they work in.

See here to learn more and apply.

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