The ACP-EU CULTURE PROGRAM: SUPPORT FOR THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS IN WEST AFRICA) – AWA (Art in West Africa) is one of the six (06) 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 ACP-EU CULTURE PROGRAM: SUPPORT FOR THE CULTURAL AND CREATIVE SECTORS IN WEST AFRICA-AWA has a double objective, namely: on the one hand, to support the revitalization of the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries all along the value chain (creation, production and distribution) in the 16 West African countries and on the other hand, to help support the development of the digital economy in West Africa by supporting cultural and creative industries actors in their digital transition.

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

Thus, as part of the implementation of this project, a fourth call dedicated to the support for the promotion of west African cultures is launched. The amount of the grant awarded under this call per project is a maximum of 25,000 euros.


Objectives of the call

The objective of this call is to promote the cultural and creative contents of West Africa, by promoting support for creation and production, image education and the development of means of dissemination and distribution (physical and digital) of cultural goods.

This is the last call of the AWA project; 34 cultural operators will be beneficiaries of this valorization fund. The projects presented must be implemented during the period from March 1 to December 31, 2023 (10 months).



Types of eligible entities / organizations

Artists or groups of artists, associations, NGOs, umbrella organizations of cultural organizations, foundations, private sector cultural companies, incubators, startups, all under local law which mainly carry out their activity in the cultural and creative sectors and that have a legal or administrative recognition or a legal existence and a fiscal and administrative address for at least three (3) years in one of the 16 target countries (Benin , Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo) are eligible for this call


Types of eligible activities

For this call, the following activities are eligible:

Axis 1: Creation / production of quality goods and services at a competitive cost, and in increased quantity

  • • Support for cultural projects in remote areas and audiences far from the cultural offer;
  • • Support for live performances (dance, theater, music, etc.), writing residencies and the creation of multimedia content (digital and video games);
  • • Cultural mediation projects in museums and cultural tourism sites;
  • • Support for the circulation of works and cultural content (traveling exhibitions, tours, etc.).

 Axis 2: Access to markets at the national, regional and international levels, circulation / dissemination / promotion of ACP goods and services as widely as possible

  • • Support projects for traditional distribution channels (performance halls, cinemas, galleries, radio stations community, etc.) and innovative ones (digital platforms, web radio, social networks, etc.)
  • • Support projects for digital media and television producing or broadcasting local cultural content (support for producers and broadcasters).

 Axis 3: Improved and extended image education

  • • Arts education and image education activities, especially for young audiences.

NB: For this call, film productions are not eligible or any other program/project or segment already funded by other EU/OACPS support mechanisms in the West African sub-region.


Duration of projects

Projects submitted must be implemented during the period of March 1 to December 31, 2023 (10 months) for scheduling reasons as the AWA project will end on April 14, 2024.




General conditions of eligibility of funding requests

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • • Being a cultural, artistic organization operating in one of the 16 target countries, and having at least three (03) years of legal existence and being functional (provide proof of legal existence);
  • • Having directly implemented, over the past three years at least one project in the cultural and creative sector, for an amount of at least 50% of the amount of the requested grant;
  • • Being directly responsible for the preparation and management of the funded activities;
  • • Providing activity reports and financial statements for at least one year over the last two years (2020 or 2021) of your organization;
  • • Providing your organization’s 2023-2024 action plan
  • • Providing a letter of recommendation from at least one recognized reference in the discipline practiced by the artist or organization or a certificate of completion
  • • Provide the electronic version of the budget but also scanned and signed by the organization’s legal representative
  • • Providing a third party bank statement (RIB) issued by your bank.

Note: When submitting the application, candidates must provide all of the documents listed above.

The beneficiaries of the call for proposals undertake to mention in any communication about their project that it is co-financed by the ACP-EU Culture Program: Support to the Cultural and Creative Sectors in West Africa – AWA, implemented with the financial contribution of the European Union and the support of the Secretariat of the OACPS – Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States.

 The Program Consortium encourages them to register their professional profile on the CultureXchange networking platform:


Reminder of the exclusion criteria

The following types of actions are not eligible:

  • • Actions consisting solely or mainly of financing the participation of individuals in workshops, seminars, conferences and congresses;
  • • Actions consisting solely or mainly of financing individual scholarships for studies or training;
  • • Actions aimed at raising funds or promoting the visibility of the applicant or his partner / partners;
  • • Actions constituting discrimination against individuals or groups on the basis of their race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, fortune, birth or any other status;
  • • Actions directly or indirectly supporting political parties or actions of a propaganda, proselytizing or pornographic nature or actions contrary to the policies of the European Union.

The third party must not be affected by any of the exclusion criteria referred to in point 2.6.10 of the PRAG (

Note: The selected third parties will be asked to sign a third party declaration. It should also be noted that that this call is subject to the terms of the EU grant award.




Applications selection procedure

The applications selection procedure comprises five (05) steps:

  1. Registration and classification of applications.
  2. Administrative review of applications.
  3. Evaluation by the award committee (Jury).
  4. Approval of the list of selected projects.
  5. Approval of funding allocation.

Applications will be evaluated by an independent selection committee made up of professionals working in the cultural sector and familiar with the artistic realities of the West African region.

Criteria for evaluating proposals

The selection committee evaluates the applications according to four (04) criteria.

  1. Organizational capacity of the organizational structure. (25 points)
  2. Involvement of local communities in the project; (25 points)
  3. Qualitative and quantitative improvement of local cultural and creative contents; (25 points)
  4. Contribution to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goal 4 (education), Goal 5 (gender equality) and Goal 11 (sustainable city); (25 points)

Grant amount and terms of funding

A maximum amount of 25 000 € will be granted per beneficiary. The grant should be between 20% and 70% of the global budget of the operation. It is capped at €25,000 and will be paid in two installments, 80% upon signature of the contract and the balance representing the remaining 20% upon presentation of validated reports and supporting documents at the end of the year. An auditor’s report on the expenditure will be provided in accordance with the terms and conditions of the EU grant.

Activities Deadline
Announcement of the launch of the call November 21, 2022
Deadline for admissibility of requests for clarification December 10, 2022
Deadline for clarification December 15, 2022
Deadline for submission of proposals December 30, 2022
Announcement of the results of the evaluation by the selection panel February 15, 2023
Notification of funding allocations February 16, 2023
Signing of Grant Agreement Protocols From February 20, 2023

How to apply?

Applicants must complete a funding application form (download here) and submit it online via the following link :

  • • Applications sent by any other channel will not be accepted.
  • • Applications can be submitted in English or French.
  • • The deadline for submitting proposals is December 30, 2022 at midnight GMT.
  • • Incomplete requests will not be taken into account.
  • • The applicant will receive an automatic acknowledgment email once the application has been received.
  • • The results will be disseminated on the consortium partners’ website and social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram).

Only successful candidates will be contacted. 


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