Following the calls launched on April 25th for:

  • Grant proposals for cultural actions;
  • Consultancy for capacity building;

the Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the successful applicants. All applications were carefully evaluated by a trilateral board representing SCF, SDC and independent expert. We take the opportunity to thank once again everyone who applied in our calls for 2022. We received a high number of quality applications and the decisions were not easy. The winning proposals are:

2022 Grant Calls

  1. Elsa Demo – When the lights are off

Cycle of writings in the genres of analysis, critique (review) and essays on cultural and artistic events in Tirana and in those cities where events take place.

2. Bes Bitraku – On how to become a man, a feminist view

An original theatre play that deals with a severe social issue, that of being raised with the traditional concepts of masculinity in pheripherical Albania. The play will treat boyhood as opposed to the misogyny, tradition and partiarcalism.

3. Olsi Hoxha – Occasional photos

“Occasional photos” is a community driven analogue photography project that aims at a contemporary photographic publication, through the inclusion of new talents from youth and marginalised communities. The work will be produced by the talents under the guidance of expert Jochen Rohnen.

4. Robert Bisha – On the road, piano solo

The “On the Road” piano solo concert tour by Robert Bisha arises from the desire to decentralize artistic adventures from the capital to the almost unnoticed villages in Malesi, Zadrime and Mirdita. A Piano on a van is introduced to village children but also to adults.

5. Klaudia Piroli – without a voice

“Without a voice” by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, directed by Klaudia Piroli aims to make theater as accessible as possible to the marginalized and to raise awareness in remote communities about women’s rights.

6. Mardit Lleshi – Saggio

A concert tour aimed at promoting the authentic creativity of contemporary music. Based on the title of the work “Saggio” (used in classical music for scholastic purposes) the authors aim to treat the concept from its opposite point of view, going beyond traditional contours of music.

7. Sabian Hasani – Cultural Heritage in Albania through my lens

A photographic series of various cultural heritage sites to promote the value and exploration of cultural heritage in Albania amongst locals

8. Trio Reve – Romantics of Albanian Classical Music

Trio Rêve will organise four concerts under the title “Romantics of Albanian Classical Music”, promoting authentic Albanian music arranged for classical trios and offered in public places for a wider and comprehensive approach.

Consultancy for capacity building

In merit of budget efficiency, qualification, proposal quality and clarity, the evaluation board selected SEKTRA as consultant on capacity building .

Important dates

Launch of call: 25.04.2022

Deadline for applications: 25.05.2022

Deadline to submit questions: 15.05.2022

Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the open call for proposals for the 2022 grants.
This call is open to applicants that fall under one of the following categories:

  • Young or emerging artists or culture experts (individuals) whose activity is related to the Albanian independent cultural scene;
  • Informal groups of young or emerging artists or culture experts. In this case, one single individual must represent the group;
  • Organisations whose activity and scope of work are related to the Albanian independent cultural scene. Organisations are required to design proposals that involve young or emerging artists or culture experts;

SCF invites eligible applicants to submit proposals based on the following thematic areas:

1.        Theatre on the move

2.        Instrumental music on the move

3.        Photography

4.        Cultural heritage documentation

5.        Cultural research and/or documentation 


6.        Virtual reality, interactive technologies or digital art

If you are interested to apply, please download the application package in the link below.

Important dates

Launch of call: 25.05.2022

Deadline for applications: 25.05.2022

Deadline to submit questions: 15.05.2022

Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the open call for capacity building consultancy.
Under the Capacity Building pillar there are included Training Packages for the Local Grant Applicants:

  • Training Package 1 including nutshells courses into:
    • Writing a grant proposal;
    • Understanding SCF calls and application process;
    • Use of digital tools in Art and Culture to document and promote cultural events and artistic products.
  • Training Package 2 including nutshells courses into:
    • Project management under SCF support;
    • Event organization and logistics;
    • Communication strategy;
    • Financial management;
    • Narrative and financial reporting.

This Program is designed to provide trainings on how to write project proposals with cultural backgrounds and how to use technology in this field, for the young artists, organizations and other sectorial stakeholders, and equip them with the knowledge and tools required to achieve excellence in cultural grant applications. The trainings are aimed to be fit for the local art community.

The Capacity Building instrument especially targets potential emerging artists with innovative initiatives that will be interested to apply for the projects under the local calls for proposal, which will be issued during this project or other similar-related projects. 
If you are interested to apply, please download the application guidelines in the link below.

The Swiss Cultural Fund organised on January 28th the Information Session and Open Discussion in regards to the upcoming 2022 calls for application.

Following a survey about the challenges and issues of the independent cultural scene for implementing cultural projects outside of Tirana, 65 young artists and cultural professionals attended the online webinar.

The SCF team highlighted that during 2022 up to ten projects will be supported by grants. The info-session was followed by an open discussion about SCF’s objective to further the geographical distribution of its support on cultural projects – based on the answers of more than 100 young and emerging artists and culture professionals who filled the survey.

This is the second information session organised during the second phase of the project.

You can watch a recording of the webinar our facebook page.

2021 was the first year of the second phase of the Swiss Cultural Fund. This year brought us even closer to young artists, culture professionals and the wide audience.

The survey and information session that we organized with the community of artists in the end of March, helped us better understand how we could help the independent cultural scene in Albania in the context of the consequences of the pandemic. The 2021 calls were drafted on the basis of this discussion and resulted in the highest number of applications that the Swiss Cultural Fund had received since its inception.

Through the projects that we supported during this year, we managed to bring the theatre to marginalised communities, to document folkloric traditions and dances, to present the innovations of digital art with young artists, to bring to attention thepage2image1682688

the activity of young musicians and the interventions of artists in public spaces, as well as to take a look at the history of Albanian music videos.

We would like to close this year by thanking for the contribution all those who participated in our discussion on calls, the applicants for their patience and interest, and of course the implementing teams of the eight SCF projects for their hard work and results.

In 2022 we will aim to make further progress with our initiative to strengthen the independent cultural scene in Albania.

In the meantime, we are pleased to share with you the following results:

Following the calls launched on May 4th for:

  • Grant proposals for cultural actions;
  • Consultancy for the organisation of info-sessions and networking events;
  • Consultancy for capacity building;

the Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the successful applicants. All applications were carefully evaluated by a trilateral board representing SCF, SDC and independent expert. We take the opportunity to thank once again everyone who applied in our calls for 2021. We received a high number of quality applications and the decisions were not easy. The winning proposals are:

2021 Grant Calls

  1. Anila Balla – The Rape (Përdhunimi). Two completely opposite monologues in content, but with one thing in common: sexual discourse. As two thematic contradictions, they also come as a directorial and acting concept.
  2. Was Bleibt Kollektiv – Nostalgia. A colletion of filmed choreographic miniatures about memories, realities that are lost, or only found in the archives of the subconscious.
  3. Tirana Art Lab – Tirana Floating Archive. A digital platform documenting past and present artistic interventions in public space in Tirana from the 1990’s until today.
  4. Bulevard Team – Tie in. Tie-In is a program including: a video installation, music performances and talks about the music video in Albania from the 90’s till today.
  5. CFDVA.TRA. Promotion and film and digital documentation of Rrajca Dance, wedding rites, traditional Rrajca dress through the performance of young artists and cultural heritage experts. Enlivening the cultural life of the community as well as creating opportunities to generate income.
  6. Gerald Jaupi – City with no (ide)ntity. Illustration of the disintegration of the city identity through the medium of digital art
  7. Qendra Multimediale “Shteg” – Music trail (Shteg muzike). Development and promotion of contemporary musicians of the independent music scene, on the online platform www.shteg.al.
  8. Zeta – Mineral Policy. Four artists in the field of contemporary art will create and exhibit in Bulqiza and Tirana.There will also be a discussion panel.

Consultancy for the organisation of info-sessions and networking events

In merit of qualification and experience, the evaluation board selected Mr. Kristi Komino as consultant for the organisation of info-sessions and networking events.

Consultancy for capacity building

The evalation board did not select a consultant for capacity building in this call.

Important dates

Launch of call: 04.05.2021

Deadline for applications: 04.06.2021

Extended deadline for applications: 14.06.2021

Deadline to submit questions: 24.05.2021

Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the open call for the organisation of info–sessions, networking events and community building.
A Review and Expert Opinion on the Effectiveness of the first phase of the Swiss Cultural Fund recommended a strengthened communication strategy, in order to guarantee bigger community engagement.Based on this feedback, the SCF team is working to design and implement:

  • Info-sessions between SCF and community members of the independent cultural scene;
  • Networking events, between SCF, grant beneficiaries, cultural actors and general audience;
  • Community engagement through the strengthening of SCFs presence on social media and web.

In order to achieve the above-mentioned goals, through this call, SCF is looking to hire a qualified consultant.
If you are interested to apply, please download the application guidelines in the link below.

Important dates

Launch of call: 04.05.2021

Deadline for applications: 14.06.2021

Deadline to submit questions: 24.05.2021

Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the open call for capacity building consultancy.
Under the Capacity Building pillar there are included Training Packages for the Local Grant Applicants:

  • Training Package 1 including nutshells courses into:
    • Writing a grant proposal;
    • Understanding SCF calls and application process;
    • Use of digital tools in Art and Culture to document and promote cultural events and artistic products.
  • Training Package 2 including nutshells courses into:
    • Project management under SCF support;
    • Event organization and logistics;
    • Communication strategy;
    • Financial management;
    • Narrative and financial reporting.

This Program is designed to provide trainings on how to write project proposals with cultural backgrounds and how to use technology in this field, for the young artists, organizations and other sectorial stakeholders, and equip them with the knowledge and tools required to achieve excellence in cultural grant applications. The trainings are aimed to be fit for the local art community.The Capacity Building instrument especially targets potential emerging artists with innovative initiativesthat will be interested to apply for the projects under the local calls for proposal, which will be issued during this project or other similar-related projects.
Through this call, SCF intends to hire a consultant or an organization to undertake the following consultancy tasks.
If you are interested to apply, please download the application guidelines in the link below.

In relation to the calls launched on May 4th:

  • 2021 Grant Calls
  • Consultancy for capacity building
  • Organisation of info-sessions, networking events and community building

we are publishing the answers to the questions that we received until May 24th. Please click in the button below to download the document.