For individual artists, groups, communities, projects, institutions, networks etc.


Art Moves Africa:

Travel grants for artists. ”AMA offers travel funds to artists, arts professionals and cultural operators living and working in Africa to travel within the African continent in order to engage in the exchange of information, the enhancement of skills, the development of informal networks, and the pursuit of cooperation.”


DOEN Foundation

”The international culture program enhances the sustainability of creativity and cultural expression in some specific regions in Africa, where the cultural sector has not reached a mature cycle of development yet. DOEN currently focuses on Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Senegal and North Africa.”


Heinrich Böll Foundation

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is part of the Green political movement that has developed worldwide as a response to the traditional politics of socialism, liberalism, and conservatism. HBF’s main tenets are ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights, self-determination and justice. Offices in NairobiLagos and Cape Town.


Hivos, People unlimited

Expression and Engagement Programme: The objective of the Expression & Engagement programme is to expand the space for free expression and freedom of speech and to strengthen citizen engagement. Hivos sees these as essential ingredients for an open, democratic and pluralistic society. Key focal areas: alternative and independent media, cultural networks, cultural productions, cultural spaces and festivals, Internet freedom, Transparency and accountability.


Cyrus Kabiru is supported by Mimeta

Mimeta, Center for Culture and Development:

Mimeta aims to give people access to free artistic expressions created on independent terms, in support of article 27 of the Universal Human Rights Declaration.Sign up for newsletter for regular news.


Sparkplug Foundation

The Sparkplug Foundation is a family foundation that funds start-up organizations and new projects of established organizations in music, education and community organizing. Supports projects within: grassroot organizing, education and teaching, music.


Prince Claus Foundation:

”The Grants and collaboration programme supports innovative, high quality cultural initiatives, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and initiative are limited.” Visit the website to see 2013 focus countries. Sign up for newsletter for regular news.


Pro Helvetica

Pro Helvetia is mandated by the Swiss Confederation to promote artistic creation in Switzerland, contribute to cultural exchange at home, promote the dissemination of Swiss culture abroad and foster cultural outreach.  Swiss Arts Council, liaison offices in Cairo and Johannesburg.


The African Arts trust

Grants for: studio/exhibition space, artists exchange, competitions/awards, exhibitions, materials/resources, core funding, travels, workshops, Artists proposals, education etc. Does NOT support individuals, academic research and unsolicited general appeals for the moment.


Check also for collaboration with national cultural institutes such as: the Goethe Institute, Alliance Francaise, British Council, Italian Institute of Culture, Spanish Cultural Institutes etc..



 * Arterial Network has published a Fundraising Toolkit, where you can find advice and tips to seeking grants. It’s available for free download here.