ACP-EU Culture Program: Support for Cultural and Creative Sectors in West Africa

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ACP-EU Culture Program: Support for Cultural and Creative Sectors in West Africa

Deadline: 17-Apr-21

The Consortium of the ACP-EU Culture is calling proposals for ACP-EU CULTURE PROGRAM: SUPPORT FOR THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS IN WEST AFRICA) – AWA (Art in West Africa).

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It is one of the six regional projects selected under the ACP-EU Program Culture, a joint initiative of the European Union (EU) and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), through the establishment of the new decentralized regional mechanism intended to strengthen the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries in ACP countries.

The program is implemented over a 40-month period (December 2020 – April 2024) by the consortium Institut français de Paris (IF) and Centre Culturel Kôrè de Ségou (CCK).

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The objective of the structuring fund is to support the professionalization of cultural operators over three years and to make their action sustainable.
Fifteen (15) operators will be selected to benefit from this fund.
A multiannual agreement will be signed between the consortium of the ACP-EU culture (West Africa) – AWA program and the operators selected with a view to defining strategic objectives for sustainable cultural development, integrating reflection on new business models.
The fifteen (15) selected operators will also benefit from a capacity building program planned over the duration of the project (3 years) at the rate of a maximum 14-day session / year and an annual networking event.
The selected operators undertake to participate by designating a person in charge of the structure who will follow the training and networking sessions.
Funding Information

An amount of € 150,000 will be granted per beneficiary. This amount will be disbursed at a maximum of € 50,000 per year over 3 years.
The aid granted must be between 20% and 70% of the annual activity budget of the candidate structure.
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Are eligible for this call, associations, NGOs, umbrella organizations for culture, foundations, cultural enterprises in the private sector, incubators, startups, all under local law which mainly carry out their activity in the cultural and creative sector and who have had a legal existence and a fiscal and administrative address for at least 3 years in one of the 16 target countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo).
Types of Eligible Activities

For this call, the activities described according to the three axes mentioned below are eligible:

Axis 1: Creation / production of quality goods and services at a competitive cost, and in increased quantity in a dynamic of professionalization.
Axis 2: Access to markets at the national, regional and international levels, circulation / dissemination / promotion of ACP goods and services as widely as possible
Axis 3: Access to funding facilitated via innovative mechanisms, allowing co-financing and aiming to reduce the dependence of ACP cultural operators on international financing.
Eligibility Criteria

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To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

Being an artistic, cultural organization operating in one of the 16 target countries, and having at least three (03) years of legal and functional experience (provide proof of legal existence)
Providing a document retracing the biography of the person in charge of the organization and the organization chart of the structure
Providing activity reports and financial statements of the organization for the last two years (2019 and 2020)
Providing the 2021-2023 action plan of the organization (provisional budget and technical proposal according to the models provided) and a development strategy over the 5 years of the organization
Being directly responsible for the preparation and management of the funded activities
Providing a letter of recommendation from at least one recognized reference person in the discipline exercised by the organization or a certificate of successful completion.
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