Sustaining support grants – Roberto Cimetta Fund

Within the context of supporting international mobility and exchange of artists and cultural operators,the Roberto Cimetta Fund is running a fund to support project and organisation restructure and sustainability with the aim of rooting initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators who are working on projects in their region (venues, networks, platforms). This fund aims to create a leverage effect that could contribute modestly to restoring a balance between Arab and European components in the exchange, as well as Arab-Arab exchange. The maximum amount for each grant is 3000€ and can, if necessary, be part of a co-financing effort. Only artists and cultural operators from the Arab world can apply to this fund. The expert and management committees of the Roberto Cimetta Fund will monitor the selected projects during their implementation.

This call for applications is open from 1st August 2015 for two months until 30th September 2015. The evaluation and selection processes will take place during the months of October and November 2015. The results will be announced on 1st December 2015. Four projects at least will be selected. The funds provided must be used within two years, unless agreed otherwise.

A Steering Committee composed of representatives of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Roberto Cimetta Fund will meet to evaluate this “experimental” phase and decide if it should be continued or re-defined.

The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to strengthen projects that emerge following the benefits of a travel grant and at the same time support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives.

Applications can be made in Arabic, English and French.


It is possible to make a request online as from 1st August 2015 here. You can visit the RCF website at this address: