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 is a new initiative which replaces the Creative Force programme. It is open to Swedish organisations and their partners in our target countries. Projects funded by the programme should help to create better conditions for democratic development and respect for human rights and freedom of expression in the countries covered by the programme.
Creative Partnerships is open to projects in the following countries (by region):
Projects should be carried out mainly in the target country(s). However, in countries where the political situation makes this impossible, project activities may take place in Sweden or a third country.
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Creative Partnerships awards funding to projects which:
This type of grant is available for preparing or planning a cooperation project (see below). You and your international partner(s) can apply for up to SEK 200,000 for a project which you must complete within 12 months from the starting date.
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. You and your international partner(s) can apply for up to SEK 2 million for a project which you must complete within 24 months from the starting date.
The target group of your 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.
Your project’s target group can be found:
Important: The project cannot formally start before we have made our funding decisions. You will not receive funding for any activities which take place before that date.
If you have any questions, please refer first to the FAQs below. If you do not find the answer there, you can contact us at creativepartnerships(at)si.se.
We have one Call for Applications per year which is open from December to February (exact dates will vary).
The exact dates are shown in the timeline above.
You write your application directly in our online application portal, see link further down. There you will find a form where you register and then write the application. You can save and then return to your application as many times as you need.
In addition you must submit a number of mandatory attachments. Make sure they are all correct and complete before you submit your application. Below you will find links to the templates you must use:
Contact us at [email protected] if you need accessible documents.
You must also send proof of the following:
You will find more information about this in the application portal under Checklist. See also FAQ 14 below.
The templates for the mandatory attachments are in English. You and your project partner should write the application together in Swedish or English. Choose the language which is easiest for both of you.
If you are interested in seeing all the application questions without going into the portal, you can find them here in this test application for cooperation projects.
Link to the application portal
When your application is ready in the portal and you have uploaded the mandatory attachments (see Step 2) you can submit the application. The deadline is 23.59 (Swedish time) on 15 February 2023. Make sure you start in good time; the portal stops accepting applications at 23.59. We cannot accept applications submitted by email.
If you have filled in anything incorrectly or have missed something the portal will indicate this when you click on submit.
When you have submitted the application, an email will be sent automatically to the email address you gave in the portal. This is the address we will use to communicate with you. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, check your spam. We may need to get in touch with questions about your application. If you do not reply, your application may be disqualified. We would therefore encourage you to add the Swedish Institute to your contacts to make sure that emails do not end up as spam.
For more details visit: Swedish Institute website.