Support for the cultural and creative sectors


In order to support the commitment of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) to promote the socio-economic development of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries, the ACP-EU Culture Programme has just launched a regional scheme to strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries of ACP nations.

With a budget of € 26 million divided between six regional hubs, one per ACP region, this decentralised mechanism will contribute to the multiplication of financing opportunities for operators and a more equal distribution of financial aid between the regions concerned.

Organised around consortia of international, regional and national organisations promoting cultural and creative industries, the regional windows will respond to the needs of ACP operators in a targeted manner, by publishing calls for proposals at least once a year in the different cultural and creative sectors.



Within the framework of support to Central Africa, the dedicated regional hub was organised around the consortium led by the Interarts foundationECCAS, the French association Culture et développement, and the National Institute of Arts in Kinshasa.

Call for proposals

Call for proposal in support Central African cultural and creative industries.  Priority areas are described as follows:

  • increasing the number and quality of cultural and creative goods and services;
  • facilitating access to national, regional and international markets as well as the circulation, dissemination and promotion of goods and services;
  • promoting image education for the general public, in particular young people; 
  • promoting the access to financing through innovative mechanisms.

Deadline: 8 June 2021, 12.00 GMT

Information on how to apply here.


 The East African hub is managed by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities, and the HEVA Fund, Africa’s premier financing, business support and knowledge facility for the cultural and creative industries.


Support for cultural and creative industries in West Africa will be implemented by the consortium led by the French Institute and the Kôrè Cultural Centre, Mali.

Calls for proposals

  • Call for proposals in support of the “professionalisation of cultural operators”. The call is open until 17 April 2021.

           For more information, visit the website of the Kôrè Cultural Centre in Ségou, Mali.

  • Call for proposals to support the “promotion of West African cultures”. The call is open until 15 May 2021.

           For more information, visit the website of the Kôrè Cultural Centre in Ségou, Mali. 


For Southern Africa, support for cultural and creative industries will be organised by Music in Africa and the Goethe Institute. The budgetary envelope dedicated to this support amounts to € 3.8 million.


In the Caribbean, UNESCO, the University of the West Indies and Caricom have joined forces to organise support for operators in the cultural and creative sectors in the region.


The South Pacific Community and Queensland University of Technology will organise activities to support the development and growth of the region’s creative and cultural industries.


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