Freedom to Create Grants: money for global arts development

April 25, 2010

Freedom to Create Grants

Rolling deadline

Through grant making, Freedom to Create offers funding to projects that use the arts to create transformational change in the developing world. The organisation invites applications for funding to support projects that use art forms to educate, build, heal, and inspire people – from educating communities on a particular issue, to inspiring people to change the status quo, to building arts capacity.

The following requirements must be met to be considered for a Freedom to Create grant:

* Projects must be run by a registered non-profit organisation
* Projects must fall into one of six sectors: Education, Health, Social Harmony, Urban Regeneration, Freedom to Create, or Designs for Life
* Projects must indicate how their results will be measured – both quantitatively and qualitatively
* The project itself must be located in a developing country, and is ideally a country most in need. To further assess whether a country may be eligible for funding, please see the list of Emerging and Developing Countries in the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Report or the United Nation’s Human Development Index.

Preferred Projects – One or more of the following qualifications will be of particular interest:

* Are based in the world’s harshest places and least developed countries
* Offer a new approach to issues and challenges
* Are designed to deliver sustainable change
* Offer ambitious ideas
* Include strong ways of measuring the project’s impact on society

Excluded Projects – Grants are unable to support:

* Individual artists
* Educational scholarships
* Organisations that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, or sexual orientation in policy or in practice
* Programmes that promote sectarian religious activities
* Programmes that promote impermissible lobbying
* Programmes which contravene the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
* Projects located in the developed world, such as Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. However, please note that organisations based in these countries are welcome to apply for funding if their programmes are located in the developing world.
* Costs not directly associated with the project’s implementation.

Freedom to Create
Level 46
UOB Plaza 1
80 Raffles Place
Tel: 65 62105560

4 Responses to “Freedom to Create Grants: money for global arts development”

  1. i need your help am artist from congo DRC

  2. C. Cecil Dennis III Says:

    I would love to recieve informations and a help booklet on how to obtain grants for educational and health assistance for 350 orpahans in Liberia, West Africa and the renovation of the orphanage school and home in they live.

    Thanks for you usual consideration and i look forward to hearing from you.

    • Thank you for writing me. I would suggest that you start by learning about grants…from what they are and where to find them, to how to write one: Also, if you scroll through my previous posts of NOV 2008, you will also find posts about gifts-in-kind and other opportunities to procure educational materials, school supplies, and whatnot “things” for your school and the orphans themselves. It sounds like your organization may need a development consultant–therefore, I suggest you first talk with any local nonprofits and then, national nonprofits to see if they can assist you in getting a volunteer development consultant out to your place for an assessment of your needs, and then, be able to train you and your staff in fundraising methods, including income-generation projects, for your programs. Some international organizations to look for volunteer development professionals: Volunteer Service Organization, Peace Corps, DED (German Development Service), Save the Children, and Oxfam. I hope this will help you get started. Please do not hesitate to send me any more questions.

      Kelly N Patterson

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