AFAC Grant for Creative and Critical Writings and Funding up to 50,000

Date limite : 15 avr. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC)

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AFAC Grant for Creative and Critical Writings and Funding up to 50,000

AFAC's Creative and Critical Writings program offers its 2020 grant, provides support to critical writings on the arts and culture, theatrical writings, children and youth literature (including both the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature as well as original stories), graphic novel, short story, poetry, in addition to online publishing platform. 

Launched in 2018, Creative and Critical Writings is a new grants program that builds on AFAC previous support for literature through the Literature Grant and the AFAC Novel Writing Program, but which expands into areas that are in need of support.

Eligibility:

  • As for individuals:
  1. AFAC is open to receive project applications from all Arab individuals working in the fields specified above. Project applications are accepted irrespective of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, gender or religion.
  2. Applications in this category can be also submitted by relevant Arab or non-Arab institutions (publishing houses, online literary platforms, …) as long as the final product is in Arabic.
  3. 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).
  4. Applicants who have a current open grant can't apply.
  5. Each applicant (individual or institution) is entitled to only one application per grant cycle.
  • As for projects:
  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 writers 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.

Funding:

  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. 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 remaining project budget within 90 days of receiving the grant, the latter will be canceled.
  3. The AFAC grant covers project-related expenses (including writer's 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.

Supporting Materials:

  • It is mandatory to submit samples of previous works/projects (up to three maximum) unless the project applicant is applying with is his/her first work.
  1. For Theatrical Writing; the project must be submitted by the playwright, and the final output should be a theatrical text published as a book. The following supporting materials are required: Curriculum vitae of the applicant, one or two chapters from the play.
  2. For Critical Writings: and it includes writings in literary criticism, fine and visual art criticism, film criticism and other cultural and artistic subjects. The project must be submitted by the author, and the final output must be a book. The following supporting materials are required: Curriculum vitae of the applicant, the work methodology, One or two chapters from the book, The book references.
  3. Children and Youth Literature: and it includes the adaptation of classical Arabic and international literature for youth, where the project must be submitted by the author. A resume of the original story and its author, samples from the applicant's previous work if available and a chapter from the adapted text are required. The program will also support the publishing of original children and youth literature, in which case the project must be submitted by the publishing house. The manuscript(s) to be published are required. 
  4. Graphic Novel: the project must be submitted by the author and the final output should be a published book. The following supporting materials are required: A synopsis of the book, one or two chapters from the novel, including text and illustrations from the novel, Curriculum vitae of the applicant.
  5. Publishing of Short Stories and Poetry; the project must be submitted by the publishing house or the author. The full manuscript(s) to be published is required.
  6. Online Publishing or support to a literary online platform. The project must be submitted by the platform, with a description of its previous work and of the new proposed project, including details about the content and the editorial line. The curriculum vitae of the editorial committee is required.
  • 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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