To learn more about the application process, please go over the questions below and view the AFAC -Info Animation. If you require further clarification on the application process, please e-mail [email protected] or contact us by phone at 009611-747761.
What forms of arts and cultural production does AFAC support?
AFAC has two grant-giving tracks: a general open call for proposals and special programs. The general open call funds projects in five categories: cinema, performing arts, visual arts, music, and RTR (research, training and regional events). Currently AFAC runs four special programs: The AFAC Novel Writing Program, AFAC's Documentary Program, The Arab Documentary Photography Program and Crossroads.
How can I apply for a grant from AFAC?
All calls for proposals are announced on the website. AFAC only accepts applications during the call cycle. As soon as we announce a call, applicants can begin to fill out applications online. AFAC only accepts applications that are completed online. Please do not send applications by e-mail or mail or try to apply outside of the call for proposal period. Application supplements and supporting work can be sent by mail, but preferably uploaded to sites such as YouTube, Vimeo, DropBox or other similar services. Each call for proposal remains open for approximately five months.
When can I apply?
The general call for applications is divided into two calls: In November, we open the call for proposals in the categories Visual Arts, Literature and Performing Arts which closes in April of the next year. Following the jury evaluation process, the awarded grants in these three categories will be announced in June on our website.
The other call in the categories Cinema, Music, and RTR (Research, Training and Regional events) Opens in April and the awarded grants will be announced in December.
Does AFAC accept applications from individuals with no institutional backing?
Yes, AFAC supports both individuals and organizations. Approximately 75 percent of our grantees are individuals, while the remaining 25 percent are made up of institutions.
In which languages can I submit my application?
Applications for the general call for proposals in the categories of Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Cinema, Music, and RTR (Research, Training and Regional events) can be submitted in Arabic or English. Applications for Literature can be submitted in Arabic only.
Do you accept requests from non-Arab applicants?
AFAC invites all Arab individuals working in the cultural and artistic spheres to send their project proposals regardless of age, years of experience, country of residence, ethnicity, religion or any other factor.
AFAC also accepts proposals from institutions whose project's content are related to Arab culture; this includes NGO's, cultural /educational institutions and centers and organizations, governmental and non-governmental, concerned with culture and the arts.
For cinema applications, a non-Arab producer can apply for a grant provided that the film director is Arab.
What is the minimum and maximum funding amount I can apply for?
AFAC grants range from a few thousand dollars up to a maximum of $50,000. The jurors present their evaluation of applications to the AFAC board of trustees, which has the final say on granted amounts.
Does AFAC offer scholarships?
No, AFAC does not grant scholarships.
Does AFAC offer 100% funding for projects?
Yes, AFAC can support 100% funding to certain projects. After a decision is made to award a grant, the jurors recommend the percentage of the requested amount to be awarded for each project to the AFAC board of trustees, which has the final say on granted amounts.
Is it possible to submit a funding request for the creation of a website dealing with culture and literature?
Yes, it is possible to apply for the creation or upgrade of a website dealing with culture, literature and/or the arts.
Does AFAC support the production or scripting of feature film projects?
Yes, AFAC supports the production of any cinematic endeavors – short, documentary and feature films, from the development through the post-production stage. Applicants can request support for any stage of the filmmaking process.
Does AFAC support workshops /seminars on culture and the arts?
Yes, AFAC helps fund workshops on arts and culture.
Is it possible to submit applications for funding throughout the year?
No, applications can only be submitted during the open call period.
Is it possible to apply for a grant without attaching examples/samples of previous works?
No, examples and samples are required. If it is an applicant’s first major project, applicants should submit samples from the proposed project, e.g. a chapter from a novel, a film treatment, an act from a play or a chapter of research.
Is it possible for the same organization /individual to submit applications for more than one project?
Yes, it is possible for an organization/individual to submit applications for projects in different categories, provided that applicants apply separately for each project. Applicants may only apply for one project per category per application cycle.
Does AFAC reconsider projects rejected during a previous cycle?
Yes, but applicants must submit a new application, even if it is for the same project that they applied for during the previous cycle.
Are grantees eligible to apply for grants in future cycles?
Yes, grantees may apply for additional grants. However, grantees that have received grants during two consecutive calls for proposals must wait two years before applying again. This leaves the chance for other applicants to benefit from AFAC’s grants.
Are applicants notified when their applications are received?
Yes, applicants will automatically be notified of their application’s receipt upon electronic submission. Please note that AFAC does not return application materials sent by mail.