Trust Africa 

Trust Africa supports higher education development programs under equitable development for 7 regions. They have grants for collaborative projects, capacity building and research grants. These grants are mostly between African Institutions. More Information>>


Art Moves Africa (AMA) 

Art Moves Africa supports mobility within the African continent by providing the costs of travel, visa and travel insurance for the duration of stay. AMA doesn’t support fees, accommodations, or per-diem. See details for  application process or more information >> 


 African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) 

The thematic focuses of AWDF include arts and culture along with other focuses like women’s Human Rights, economic empowerment and livelihoods.  Grant applicants include: organisations can be local, national, sub-regional or regional African women’s organisations, from any part of Africa. Local womens organisations should send in the names of two referees, one of who should be a member of a women’s organisation that operates nationally. Details on main grants  and more information >> 


West African Research Association (WARA) 

WARA is part of Boston University African Studies Center. The WARC Travel Grant program promotes intra-African cooperation and exchange among researchers and institutions by providing support to African scholars and graduate students for research visits to other institutions on the continent. Funded through a grant from the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the US Department of State, WARC Travel Grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500. Competition open only to West African nationals affiliated with institutions of higher education. Travel grant funds may be used to attend and present papers at academic conferences relevant to the applicant's field of research; engage in collaborative work with colleagues at another institution etc. More information>>


Southern Africa Trust 

Southern Africa Trust primarily funds for capacity of civil society to engage in and influence public policy. Promotes multi-country linkages and comparative learning across different country-level experiences of national policies. More information >>


TY Danjuma Foundation (Nigeria) 

TY Danjuma funds programs in Nigeria by promoting initiatives that support access to health, education and income generation. 


Tanzania Culture Trust Fund (Tanzania) 

The Tanzania Culture Trust Fund is a joint effort by the Government of Sweden and the United Republic of Tanzania in collaboration with culture stakeholders. This initiative aims at promoting and strengthening the cultural sector in Tanzania. Cultural exchange is one of the three categories of grants provided (the others are for building capacity and production nationally) and grants are provided for exchange with all countries. This Fund continues within a bilateral framework but is not restricted to cultural cooperation with the donor country. More information >>


Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF) (Nigeria) 

Their areas of focus for funding cover policy advocacy and creating partnerships for development in the core areas of disaster management, education and health. More information >>


National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) (South Africa) 

NAC funds various projects in the visual arts that include Art teaching at community level, research and documentation, travel costs and accommodation for touring productions etc. Funding is available for individuals, community groups, institutions and organizations. NAC also provides financial assistance for conference for applicants presenting a paper only if the conference organizers cover other costs, like accommodation, transport within their country and meals. More information>> 


The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center 

The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, through conferences and residency programs, supports the work of scholars, artists, thought leaders, policymakers and practitioners who share in the Foundation’s pioneering mission to “promote the well-being of humanity.”


The Nordic Fund 

The Nordic Fund has grants awarded to conferences, exhibitions, festivals and research. Projects may be centred within or outside of the Nordic Region. For guidelines and more information >>



The Hivos Culture Fund (HCF) supports cultural and artistic expression in several countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and Eastern Europe. They support independent artistic initiatives in developing countries that contribute to developing and professionalizing the cultural sector, work for the broad dissemination of cultural products, and are proponents of exchange on an equal basis between artists, both nationally and internationally. 


Commonwealth Foundation  

The Commonwealth Foundation,  promotes arts and culture across countries that are members of the Commonwealth. The Foundation occasionally helps young artists and groups of artists from developing Commonwealth countries to travel to another Commonwealth country to participate in cultural events. Every two years, under the Commonwealth Arts and Crafts Awards, ten artists and craftspeople under 35 are selected for major awards to travel and study in another Commonwealth country. The commonwealth countries in Africa include: Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi,Mauritius, Mozambique,Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. 


The Deutsche Kultur International (Germany - Africa) 

The Deutsche Kultur International  promotes German art abroad and art from abroad in Germany, exchange projects, programmes and opportunities from artists.


Danish Center for Culture and Development (DCCD)(Denmark - Africa) 

DCCD promotes cultural co-operation between Denmark and the developing countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Latin America, and the Middle East. DCCD answers to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It provides project funding for the presentation and promotion of art and culture from the developing countries in Denmark and exchange and cooperation between the cultural sectors of developing countries and Denmark.


Swedish / South African Culture Partnership Program (Sweden – South Africa) 

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in South Africa and the Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs (NCCA) administer the Swedish / South African Culture Partnership Program. Applications for joint arts and culture projects between organizations in Sweden and South Africa are received in both countries and funding can be granted for a maximum period of 3 years. 


Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA) (Sweden – Africa)

SIDA has a Division for Culture and Media within their Department for Democracy and Social Development and their Artists’ International Mobility Programs are active in the field of culture and development. 


UNESCO: Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme

 The main mobility program for artists run by UNESCO is the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme. This is open to young professional artists in a large variety of arts disciplines. In 2004/2005 the program offers 57 fellowships for artists at 48 partner institutions in 27 countries. More information >>


Prince Claus Fund 

The Prince Claus Fund supports activities in the field of culture and development by granting awards, funding, promoting networks and cultural activities. They support people and organizations in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Fund encourages exchanges on topics related to culture and development, supports intercultural networks and the organization of conferences and meetings at various venues, primarily in Africa, Asia and Latin America.


Commonwealth Foundation: Civil Society Responsive Grants 

Civil Society Responsive Grant are awarded primarily to support the participation in an event of people from more than one developing Commonwealth country. The grant may be used for the cost of airfares, accommodation and subsistence, and monitoring, evaluation and reporting. The commonwealth countries in Africa include: Botswana, Cameroon, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi,Mauritius, Mozambique,Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. More information >>