On behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) artlink manages the grant scheme Sudkulturfonds, which facilitates access to the Swiss cultural market and to professional networks for artists and cultural practitioners based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries).
Sudkulturfonds supports individual artists, art groups and collectives as well as cultural promoters and institutions working in the visual arts, performing arts, written arts and culinary arts. The Sudkulturfonds specifically welcomes transdisciplinary projects and collaborations.
The Sudkulturfonds only supports projects by artists from countries and territories eligible for official development assistance (ODA). Artists from SDC partner countries are given priority for support. The list of all eligible countries as well as an overview of the Sudkulturfonds beneficiaries of the last years can be found in the download area.
The Sudkulturfonds offers two types of funding opportunities:
- The Ongoing Grant Programme accepts applications throughout the year
- The Call for Proposals Programme offers three grants targeting specific themes, practitioners, regions or disciplines.
Ongoing Grant Programme
The Ongoing Grant Programme supports works and projects by artists across disciplines who are from and based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries). This grant is exclusively for projects showcased in Switzerland in collaboration with a Swiss venue or partner. The programme supports residencies, literary translations, live performances, exhibitions, screenings and more. Applications for this grant scheme must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the event. Deadlines for the submission of funding requests:
- CHF 5,000 or more: January 31, April 30, August 31, November 30
- CHF 4,999 or less: evaluated on a rolling basis
For specifics on the individual funding formats, for application guidelines and submission deadlines visit the Sudkulturfonds website.
Call for Proposals Programme
Sudkulturfonds issues three types of call for proposals each year: New Stage, Travel Network, Response. Each of these proposals targets a specific region, theme, practitioners and artistic practices.
Current open calls within the Call for Proposals Programme can be found on this website. Once the call for a proposal is launched, grant documents outlining all application requirements can be found on the Sudkulturfonds website.
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New Stage supports individuals, collectives and organisations working in the arts and culture who are experimenting with innovative ideas and solutions to promote, perform, showcase and tour work.
Response supports individual artists and art collectives based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries) in their artistic response to and commentary on current political, social, economic and cultural issues and events at local or global level.
Travel Network invites five cultural presenters and promoters, based in Africa, Latin America, Southeast and Southwest Asia, and Eastern Europe (Non-EU countries) to a guided group visit of several days to Switzerland. The visit is tailored to promote an exchange between the visitors and Switzerland’s cultural scene. The objectives are to expand intercontinental networks relevant to the professional development of the participants and to provide an opportunity to develop future collaborations across disciplines, countries and continents.