Application closed


Results of the latest Creative Force call for applications

We have now made our funding decisions for the call for applications which closed on 31 January 2020. Thank you for all the 83 applications we received.

See below for lists of the successful applications by region:

We understand that those of you who have been granted funding will have many questions because of Covid-19 and its effect on your projects. We will shortly be sending out contracts as well as instructions about how we want you to deal with any changes to your activity plans and budgets you may need to make. If you have urgent questions, please contact us at We hope you will make allowances if it takes a little longer than usual for us to reply.

The next call for applications (for seed funding only) will open in June. Information will be available here shortly. We look forward to receiving your applications.

What is Creative Force?

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. It 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. We 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. 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 (counting from the date of being granted). For a 12-month grant you can apply for up to SEK 500,000. For a 24-month grant you may apply for up to SEK 1 million.

Who can apply?

  • 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).

Which countries are included?

  • 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

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.


Get some inspiration. Have a look at our project database to get an idea of the kinds of project we support.

Check whether your project is suitable for Creative Force.

  • 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 fulfills 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