We support artists and cultural practitioners across disciplines with funding schemes promoting a broad range of artistic practices and intercontinental collaborations.

đź’ˇTightened SOUTH CULTURE FUND conditions as of June 2023

We are delighted with the numerous submissions we have received since the beginning of the year!

We have already distributed a large part of the funding in the first half of 2023. The following handling applies until the end of the year:

  • Max. submission amount of CHF 3,000.00 per project (exception film)
  • Deadline of 15 November 2023 for submissions over CHF 5,000.00 will be waived (exception film)
  • Solely artists from SDC priority countries can be supported

We thank you for your understanding.

South Cultural Fonds

On behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) artlink manages the grant scheme South Culture Fund, 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).

South Culture Fund 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 South Culture Fund specifically welcomes transdisciplinary projects and collaborations.

The South Culture Fund 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 South Culture Fund beneficiaries of the last years can be found in here.

The South Culture Fund 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.

For specifics on the individual funding formats, for application guidelines and submission deadlines visit the South Culture Fund website.

Call for Proposals Programme

South Culture Fund issues three types of call for proposals each year: New Stage, Travel Network and 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 South Culture Fund website.

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Incubator: Call for Workshop Proposals

Are you an artist keen to share your skills with others? Incubator is an initiative calling for workshop proposals to equip artists with the hands-on knowledge required to successfully design, coordinate, and facilitate online workshops.

We are inviting artists of all disciplines with an active creative practice of 3 years or more to explore our six workshop categories and submit their proposal.

Proposal submissions open: September 1, 2023
Deadline for proposal submission: October 1, 2023 (23:59 CET)

An initiative of the South Culture Fund (Switzerland) in partnership with Meta Arts (India), Heritage Space (Vietnam), Lugar a Dudas (Colombia) and Global Landscapes Forum (Indonesia, Germany).

Category A. Immigration, Migration, Mobility
Production Partner: Heritage Space

Category B. Gender and Equity

Production Partner: Meta Arts

Category C. Climate Action

Production Partner: Meta Arts

Category D. Indigenous, Afro, and Caribbean Cosmogonies

Production Partner: Lugar a Dudas

Category E. Food Futures

Production Partner: Global Landscapes Forum

Category F. Conservation through Creation

Production Partner: Global Landscapes Forum