Funding schemes of Südkulturfonds

The Südkulturfonds offers two types of funding schemes: The Ongoing Grant programme and the Call for Proposals programme.

Ongoing Grant programme

Depending on the amount of the contribution, submissions can be made throughout the year (at the latest 4 weeks before the start of the project) three times a year (see submission deadlines). As a rule, the amount of the grant is based on the travel, transport and accommodation costs of a project in the fields of music, performing arts, literature, film and visual arts.

The programme supports residencies, literary translations, live performances, exhibitions, film screenings, etc. This grant is exclusively for projects showcased in Switzerland and in collaboration with a Swiss venue or partner.


Call for Proposals programme

Open calls for proposals set impulses. They take place within a given time frame and have a specific focus in terms of target group, region, sector, topic and output. Criteria and focal points of an open call are described and specified in the respective call. For each open call, an ad hoc jury is appointed consisting of artlink staff and external national and international experts.

The Südkulturfonds currently works with three different types of calls:

New Stage supports individuals, collectives and organisations working in the field of arts and culture who are experimenting with innovative ideas and solutions to present, perform and tour works – in alternative spaces beyond black boxes and white cubes.

Currently we do not have any active open calls.

Past calls for proposals:

  • airtime! – Artist Features on Swiss Radio
  • What are you working on?
  • «And – Action!»

Travel Network Grant invites five cultural organisers and promoters, based in Africa, Asia, Latin America and non-EU countries in East Europe to Switzerland for a guided research trip of several days. The visit is designed to promote exchange between the visitors and the host country’s cultural scene(s). It offers the opportunity to discuss future collaborations across disciplines, countries and continents. Travel Network is organised in cooperation with Pro Helvetia’s department for International Affairs.

Currently we do not have any active open calls.

Past calls for proposals:

  • Incubator: Call for workshop proposals

Response supports individual artists and art collectives based in Africa, Asia, Latin America and non-EU Eastern European countries to provide an artistic response to or commentary on current political, social, economic or cultural issues and events on a local or global level.

Currently we do not have any active open calls.

Past calls for proposals:

  • Call for entries – Grant 100 ARTISTS

What is Südkulturfonds?

Südkulturfonds is financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and administered by the Office for Cultural Cooperation, artlink. Südkulturfonds supports productions and events by and with artists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe (non-EU countries) through deficit guarantees and project contributions. The aim of this funding activity is to facilitate access to the local cultural market and professional networks for artists from the Global South and East.

The Südkulturfonds offers two funding formats: 1) Ongoing Grant Programme and 2) Call for Proposals Programme.

On the one hand, the Südkulturfonds supports artists from countries in which the SDC is implementing a country or regional programme as part of its international cooperation. On the other hand, it supports the projects of artists from countries which, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), are entitled to development funds.

Eligible countries and regions can be found in the Südkulturfonds country list. Partner countries from Swiss development cooperation are given priority. These countries are marked in yellow on the list.

artlink manages the Südkulturfonds on behalf of the Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC).


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