Grant of 25,000 for Cultural Organizations from The Abbara Program

Date limite : 11 nov. 2019

Organisation à but non lucratif: Culture Resource

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Grant of 25,000 for Cultural Organizations from The Abbara Program

The Abbara program was launched in 2011 in response to the sociopolitical events that swept  many countries in the Arab region and with the intent to support independent cultural groups and organizations as key actors in the processes of societal transformation by training, equipping and guiding independent cultural groups and organizations in the course of their development to help them forge the most successful structures for cultural work within diverse social, political and cultural contexts.


  • Financial support: Up to $25,000,This support component lasts for at least 12 months.
  • Training in cultural management: Abbara offers two cultural management training workshops supervised by experts in the field and carried out in collaboration with independent cultural organizations from different Arab countries. 
  • Technical support: The areas covered by the technical support are tailored to each organization on the basis of a needs assessment conducted after the first workshop.
  • Networking: The program provides a space for networking through activities organized that engage many cultural organizations from different parts of the Arab region.


  1.   This program is open to independent (non-governmental) artistic and cultural groups/organizations founded and directed by artists and/or cultural actors from an Arab country.
  2.   The scope of work of the group/organization should be mainly focused on the Arab region.
  3.   Groups that are not officially registered in the country where they operate may be considered as long as they are able to carry out their activities within established legal frameworks.
  4.   The applicant group/organization must demonstrate a clear desire to forge legal structures geared to contending with the challenges facing cultural work today.
  5.   The group/organization should have a clear perception of its role in the context of the social, cultural and artistic and how it fits together with other groups/organizations in the cultural scene. 
  6.   The group/organization must be active in the cultural sector and have a distinctive, dynamic and long-term artistic or cultural vision.
  7.   The applicant must be a small or midsize group/organization and it or its members should have no less than three years of work experience.
  8.   The group/organization must not be a previous beneficiary of an Abbara grant.

Selection Process:

A jury of independent professionals with experience in the Arts & Culture field evaluates the applications on the basis of the following set of criteria:

  • Future vision, goals and potential impact:
    1. The group’s/organization’s vision, plan and aims, and the coherence between these elements.
    2. The cultural or service activities performed by the group/organization.
  • Organizational structure, capacities, and skills:
    1. Planning
    2. Organizational structure
    3. Partnering and networking
  • The reasons for applying to Abbara:
    1. Are they reasonable and coherent? 
    2. Are the motives consistent with the needs? 

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