Important dates

Launch of call: 04.05.2021

Deadline for applications: 04.06.2021

Deadline to submit questions: 24.05.2021

Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to announce the open call for proposals for the 2021 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. Collaboration across disciplines
    1. Collaboration between filmmakers and performing artists for the production of filmed performances;
    2. Collaboration between visual artists and performing artists for the production of art projects that involve film or video installations;
    3. Collaboration between cultural heritage researchers, performing artists and filmmakers for the re-enacting and documentation of intangible cultural heritage.
  2. Theatre outside of a theatre building
  3. Documentation and promotion of Albanian contemporary artists
  4. Production, documentation and exhibition of digital art projects

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

Prior to launching the 2021 call for grants applications, the Swiss Cultural Fund has the pleasure to invite artists and other professionals of the independent cultural scene in an interactive information and discussion session.
SCFA’s objective of this meeting is to receive suggestions from members of the community on potential topics of interest and project typologies that can be supported through our local grants scheme in realistic timelines, budgets and pandemic-related restrictions.
Your voice is important to us. If you would like to participate, please save the date and confirm by filling the form in the link below.

https://forms.gle/3Nm5NNZ8YsiVz9TS9

Monday 29 March 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

New opportunities for the independent cultural scene in Albania are presented

Tirana – The second phase of the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania (SCFA) is launched. In a video conference attended by about 100 people, were presented some of the achievements of the first phase, as well as new opportunities for support in the period 2021–2023.

During his welcome address, the Ambassador of Switzerland in Albania, Mr. Adrian Maître said that Albania has talent and cultural potential [that is] worth promoting. The new phase of the project will continue to promote the potential of an independent cultural scene in Albania and create opportunities for networking, fundraising and project implementation.

Mr. Dritan Mezini, head of the CBTL organization and manager of SCFA said that the implementation of SCFA on behalf of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC is both a pleasure and a responsibility. “We all know that the ecosystem of projects supported by the Swiss Government is determined by serious rules and standards. We as a team follow the same rules and standards.” – He said.

The second phase of the SCFA introduces a higher budget for support of projects from young and emerging artists as well as independent cultural organizations. The new structure in call programming makes it possible for projects to have longer implementation times. The exclusive focus on local artists creates the opportunity for 50% more support for them, compared to the first stage. As a result, more projects will be supported with grants and more artists will benefit from the capacity building program.

Among the other innovations of the second phase, were mentioned info-sessions, as well as the organization of two Swiss Arts evenings – a unique first-hand experience in improving the knowhow, expertise and international exposure of the Albanian art community.

The meeting ended with a presentation of 20 projects supported during the first phase of SCFA, as well as a Q&A session with conference participants.

For those who found it impossible to participate in the video conference, a recording of it will be published on the project’s Facebook page.

The Swiss Cultural Fund is a project of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and is implemented by the Center for Business, Technology and Leadership CBTL.

Following the call for the creation of virtual tours of cultural sites, we present the selected project for support.

We take this opportunity to thank every applicant for their time, energy, involvement and interest! We welcome and encourage each and every one of you to apply in our upcoming calls.

Project: Virtual tour of Gjirokastra Castle

Applicant: Shoqata Sektra

Implementation time: 21 days

 

To: Application package for the Open Call “for the design and implementation of virtual tours of cultural sites” launched on 1st October 2020.

The purpose of this corrigendum is to publish the correction in the Application package and in the Application form.

The first change is in the Albanian language Application Form on page 7, section “Financial Plan”. The corrected text in the budget table under “Amount requested from SCFA” now reads as follows: “Maximum grant-requested to SCFA is 2,200,000 Lek” complying with our intent, as already expressed through our Application Guidelines Document page 2 , paragraph “What kind of expenses are reimbursable?” which also reads: “Maximum grant-request to SCFA is 2,200,000 LEK.”

The second change is to our application deadline, which will be extended from 15th of October to the 22nd of October.

 

We would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.

The Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania would like to notify the applicants of the Sixth Local Grants Call and the Third Regional Grants Call, about a delay in the publication of winners.

The results of both calls are expected to be released in mid-May.

We would like to thank you for your patience and understanding.

RELEASE DATE: 23 January 2020

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1 April 2020

CONTACT: [email protected]

In the context of empowering cross-border dialogue and to enhance intercultural understanding through arts in the Western Balkans, Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania invites local and regional cultural organizations to submit proposals for the design and implementation of an Art Residency Program that emphasizes this aspect.

The mission of the fund is to bring together a group of talented artists from different backgrounds and countries of the region and offer them the space, time and context to produce art works that explore and comprehend relationships and coexistence despite political discordance.

Applications are welcome from cultural organizations from Albania or the region, with proven experience in organizing, managing or being partners in previous art residency programs.

If you are interested to apply, please carefully read the application guidelines before submitting your proposal.

In case of unclarities please send your questions by 20th of March 2020 to [email protected].

RELEASE DATE: 2 August 2019

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 September 2019

EXTENDED DEADLINE: 15 October 2019

CONTACT: [email protected]

Music is an intricate form of art. As such, it poses logistical challenges. For young artists in Albania, these challenges can become an obstacle, discouraging them to explore their talent and skills.

Although public and private educational institutions provide certain infrastructure, there is a lack of an independent collaborative atmosphere, in which young and emerging artists can work, collaborate and produce together.

If music of high artistic value is supported, it can influence society and generate development opportunities.

In Albania there is a number of young promising artists in the genres of rock, jazz, alternative, and electronic music. They often lack mentoring and facilities such as: rehearsal space, recording equipment, promotional infrastructure, staging etc.

Therefore, to boost creativity among young musicians, the Swiss Cultural Fund in Albania, invites cultural organizations to submit proposals for a music production workshop (MPW), through which a group of young musicians can create and explore their creativity with the support of qualified mentorship and logistics.

Applications are welcome from cultural organizations with proven experience in the field.

If you are interested to apply, please carefully read the application guidelines before submitting your proposal.