RCF - results of the first call for sustaining support grants

The Roberto Cimetta Fund (RCF) is pleased to announce the results of the first call for applications for the funding line to support sustainability. This funding line aims to promote cultural and artistic initiatives lead by Arab artists and cultural operators developing local projects (venues, networks, platforms).


The call received 380 online requests in two months (December 2014 – January 2015) and 125 written applications (34 in English, 37 in Arabic and 54 in French). 47 applications out of 125 were considered eligible having complied with the aims and criteria of the call. The evaluation of the applications was made by the Expert Committee of RCF and took place from February to March 2015. The final selection was approved by the Steering Committee and the Board of Directors of RCF in April 2015.


The selected projects are:

1) Ettijahat (Syria/Lebanon) a project run by confirmed cultural actors. Ettijahat will receive funding to sustain the urgent work undertaken for the benefit of Syrian artists. The funding will concern equipment and salaries. This project allows for networking between artists and operators and more specifically for solidarity with artists in conflict situations in Syria.


2) Mansion (Lebanon) is an initiative entirely run on a voluntary basis by a collective of artists. The mansion is a historic building in Beirut currently resisting against attempts by real estate to illegally tear down the building for gains in market shares.  Supporting this project is a way of responding to this urgency as well as promoting an open vision of culture and arts in daily and direct contact with local inhabitants.


3) Ayanken Production (Tunisia) is based in the rural area of Sidi Bouzid. Ridha Tlili set up his production house in 2012 in order to explore all forms of filmmaking with young people of the region. He runs workshops and helps them to produce their first films. Ayanken will receive funding to employ a person in charge of communication to promote the films made and develop their website.


4) 18 (Morocco) based in Marrakech is run by an experienced cultural operator working closely with local inhabitants while being open to all artistic disciplines and initiatives in the region and beyond. The venue was set up in 2013 in the medina of Marrakech. The funding will be provided to renovate the venue and to buy equipment.

The four projects will run through June to December 2015 and also beginning of 2016 for some of them.


The countries where the actions of the 47 eligible projects took place are as follows: Egypt (8), Israël (1), Lebanon (1), Morocco (17), Palestine (4), Sudan (1), Syria (1), Tunisia (8), Yemen (1). 8 projects took place in rural areas only, 23 in urban areas and 13 in a mix of rural and urbain areas. The average age of project leaders was 32 years old. 13 project leaders were women and 34 were men. The artistic disciplines involved were : music (7), visual arts(2), visual arts mosaic (1), visual arts illustrations (1), theatre (4), puppet theatre (1), multidisciplinary (13), dance (4), cinema (5), photography (2), live arts (2), writing (1), literature (1).


A new call for applications for the sustaining of projects fund will be launched in July 2015. The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication hope that this fund can serve to support the financial autonomy of local independent cultural initiatives


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