Grants for Performing Arts Projects Valued Up to 50,000 Offered from AFAC
The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

Grants for Performing Arts Projects Valued Up to 50,000 Offered from AFAC


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Date limite
15 avr. 2020
Niveau d'études
Pays éligibles
Région éligible
Toutes les régions

AFAC urges all performing artists to submit their creative projects, and win performing arts program grant. This grant is open to classical, folk, and experimental theater, including but not restricted to contemporary dance; public intervention performances, street art, live art, interactive and site-specific format, documentary theatre, and festivals. It also supports playwriting, acting, directing, dancing, and choreography workshops.


As for individuals:

  • AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in arts and culture. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.

As for institutions:

  • AFAC also accepts proposals from local, regional and international institutions whose projects are related to Arab culture. These include artistic, cultural, social and educational institutions, curators, centers and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, that are engaging with contemporary Arab arts and culture.

And generally:

  1. Recipients of two consecutive grants can't apply unless two years had passed since the last grant (e.g. If a grantee had received two grants in 2016 and 2017, s/he can apply again in 2020).
  2. Applicants with a current open grant can't apply.
  3. Each applicant (individual or institution) is entitled to only one application in the same category.

As for projects submitted:

  1. AFAC will not provide support retroactively, i.e. to projects already completed. For projects that have already started, AFAC will cover the expenses that will occur only after the signature of the contract if the project is selected.
  2. Projects may be implemented anywhere as long as they are created by Arab artists or – as in the case of non-Arab institutions - relevant to the Arab region.
  3. The project’s time frame should not exceed 24 months.


  1. The program provides annual grants ranging from a few thousand U.S. dollars up to a maximum of fifty thousand U.S. dollars.
  2. The AFAC grant covers project-related expenses (including artist fees). In the case of institutions, a small percentage of the grant (not exceeding 15%) can be allocated for certain running costs. AFAC and the jury reserve the right to determine whether the proposed running costs items are relevant or not.
  3.  AFAC does not offer mobility grants. Travel costs can be covered by the AFAC grant only when they are part of the implementation of a project.
  4. When the grant from AFAC exceeds ten thousand dollars yet only covers a portion of the project’s overall budget, the grantee is obliged to raise 70% of the remaining budget in order to be awarded the grant. In the event that the grantee is unable to procure 70% of the project's remaining budget within 90 days of receiving the grant, the latter will be canceled.

Supporting Materials:

  • For each field as follows:
    1. For projects involving the staging of a play/performance, the following supporting materials are required: A full theatrical text, and Proof of committed space, schedule of rehearsals and dates of performances.
    2. For projects involving the writing and staging of a play, a sample of the theatrical text is required.
    3. For dance projects, the following supporting materials are required: Samples of content and material, Dramaturgical intention or orientation, and a video in progress.
    4. For projects involving training and workshops, the following supporting materials are required: Curriculum of the training, and for Trainers; CVs and agreement/commitment letter from the trainers attesting to their participation.
    5. For projects that include the publication of a book, the following supporting materials are required: Table of contents, and one sample chapter of the book.
    6. For projects that include touring, the following supporting materials are required: a presentation of the actual final work (ideally a video of the performance), Information about collaborations in touring, and Proof of a committed venue(s).
    7. For projects that involve multiple performances (e.g. Festivals), the following supporting materials are required: Proof of consent of participating works and committed venue(s), and samples from the participating works.
  • For projects that involve work with external consultants, a commitment letter from this second party is required.
  • It is mandatory to submit samples of previous works/projects (up to three maximum) unless the project you are applying with is your first work. Applications lacking in supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material. 
  • For all projects, including a detailed budget.

About the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture:

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture - AFAC was founded in 2007 through the initiative of Arab cultural activists as an independent foundation to support individual artists, writers, researchers, intellectuals, as well as organizations from the Arab region working in the field of arts and culture. Since its launch, AFAC’s programs have steadily expanded to cover cinema, photography, visual and performing arts, creative and critical writings, music, documentary film, in addition to funding research, training and cultural events. Based in Beirut, AFAC works with artists and organizations all over the Arab region and the rest of the world.

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