The African Cultural Fund (ACF) is currently accepting applications for its Solidarity Fund for African Artists & Cultural Organizations (SOFACO) in order to support creation and resilience to African artists facing the COVID-19 crisis.
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Types of Project
For this first call “Special Covid-19 / Artist“, ACF supports requests in the following two categories of projects:
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- Category 1: Applications for subsistence grants
- These are requests made by any artist or creator in a situation of vulnerability to the Covid-19 crisis. These requests relate to food grants, health grants and professional grants.
- Category 2: Requests for assistance to creation
- These requests relate to artistic creation or innovation projects adapted to the context of Covid-19 in Africa.
- For any request made within the framework of this call, the amount to be granted by the ACF is 2,000 (Two thousand) US Dollars per artist.
- The funding covers a period between 4 months minimum and 6 months maximum.
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The present call covers all African continent countries.
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To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:
- Be an artist with at least five years of experience, practicing and residing in Africa (proof required);
- Hold an artist card or equivalent document (provide a copy of the card or document);
- Provide a document showing your biography, your artistic career, your artistic approach and an overview of your artistic works (3 pages maximum);
- Demonstrate a situation of vulnerability (or a shortfall) arising from the Covid-19 health crisis;
- Submit a project request for subsistence (food grant, health grant or professional grant) or for assistance to creation (artistic creation or innovation within the context of Covid-19).
- Provide a letter of recommendation from at least one recognized reference person in the discipline you practice (pointing out the need and urgency to support you).
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The selection procedure follows five (05) steps:
- Recording and filing of files;
- Administrative examination of requests;
- Assessment by the award committee (Jury);
- Approval of the list of selected projects;
- Approval of funding allocation.
Applications will be assessed by an independent selection committee made of professionals working in the African cultural sector and knowledgeable of the artistic realities in the different African regions.
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The selection committee will assess the applications using four (04) criteria:
- Originality/innovation/creativity of the project or concept;
- Technical quality of the application;
- Financial quality of the project;
- Relevance to the current African or regional context and/or to the situation of the Covid-19 (situation of vulnerability of the artist compared to the Covid-19).
For more information, visit https://www.africanculturefund.net/en/call-for-proposals-3-acf-solidarity-fund-for-african-artists-cultural-organisations-sofaco/