Africa: Opportunities




Zimbabwe: Athletes and Artists Relief Fund

Description: Financial relief fund of ZW $ 20 million by the Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation for athletes and artists. The Ministry, through the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe  and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe is inviting applications for the relief fund from artists, cultural professionals and institutions who have been affected by COVID-19.
Eligibility: Registered artists, artist associations/ groups/ organisations and cultural professionals who have been working in Zimbabwe for the past two years
Deadline: 31 July 2020
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Botswana Ministry of Youth Empowerment, Sport and Culture Development Relief Fund
Description: A financial relief fund for  the art and cultural sector  to provide artists and cultural professionals with an allowance of up to P2 500.
Eligibility: Botswana citizens above 18.
Deadline: 14 June 2020, 04:30 pm.


Kenya Cultural Centre: Stimulus Program
Description: Open call for the 100million stimulus package requesting for 2-4 minute videos of story telling, spoken word, drama/plays, radio theatre, percussions.
Theme: Socio-economic impacts of Covid 19

Register here

Creativity is Life Grants: Africalia
Description: This punctual solution aims at supporting the production of artistic works during, in response to or following the crisis. The goal is to give a voice and a space for expression to artists from a variety of backgrounds, focusing on emerging artists’ works, with the aim of making “visible” and “audible” cultural actors who are little highlighted and particularly vulnerable to this crisis
Target:Artists of all disciplines resident in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Zimbabwe
Grant Amount: €1,500 per artist
Deadline: June 2, 2020

Call for Applications here

Cooperation and Cultural Action Service of the Embassy of France: Institut Français Morocco
Description: Call for projects to support the Moroccan  cultural and creative sector that has been affected by COVID-19 and to strengthen social cohesion by enabling the implementation of artistic actions towards populations whose access to culture is limited
Deadline: 20 May 2020

Art Jameel
Description: Support funding for independent practitioners who work on a per project basis and whose practice have been affected or cancelled as a result of COVID-19
Eligibility: Independent artists based in the Middle East and North Africa
Deadline: 7 June 2020

Hear My Voice: Poetry Relief Fund
Description: Support fund for poets who have lost income due to cancelled events and bookings due to Covid-19 through live streaming performances
Eligibility: South African freelance poets
Apply for Funding

South African Filmmakers Relief Fund
Description: To provide financial support to all key players in the film making industry and to link filmmakers to one another
Eligibility: South African actors, casting agents,theatre-makers, filmmakers,  gear rental companies, technical crews and every single person working on a shoot
Apply for Funding

Business and Arts South Africa (BASA): Artists Relief Grants
Description: Funding to support creatives who have been infected or affected by the Covid-19 pandemic either by being diagonised with Covid-19 or have cancelled lost income due to cancellations or postponements  as a result of being infected with Covid-19 or due to the National State of Disaster and subsequent lockdown
Eligibility: Individual artists, freelance creatives or independent contractors who are citizens of South Africa

Download PDF (BASA Artist Relief Grants Guidelines and Criteria)

AfDB Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab: #AFRICAvsVIRUS Challenge
Description: Opportunity to create tech and non-tech solutions to tackle some of the most pressing challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic to be implemented in Africa and worldwide
Eligibility: Socially committed citizens worldwide, problem solvers, creative minds, health experts, programmers, graphic and web-designers
Deadline: 15 April 2020

Smart Africa: Call for Proposals
Description: Digital solutions to tackle the Coronavirus pandemic in Africa
Eligible Applications: African startups and innovative SMEs or other African entities
Fund Amount: Open Bid
Deadline: 2 April 2020, 2pm (GMT+2)

Download PDF (covid_19_impact_response)


Online Platforms/ Trainings

Africa Digital Media Foundation: Webinar
Topic: Life After COVID for African creatives
Description: Life after COVID-19, what do African creatives need to weather the impact of COVID-19 on the industry and their livelihoods?
Date:  16 April 2020, 4PM (EAT)

Africa Tech and Creative Group / ResiliArt Online Debate
Topic: State of Creativity in Africa
Date: Saturday 9 May 2020, 2pm – 3.50pm (WAT)
RSVP here

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe / ResiliArt Online Debate
Topic: Artists and creativity beyond crisis
Date: May 14, 11am (Zimbabwe Time)


ResiliArt Kenya

Topic: Crafting and reshaping the creative economy for resilience and sustainability in the context of Covid-19
Date: Thursday 21st May 2020, 4PM EAT
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Virtual Showcases / Submissions


Visit National Gallery in Bulawayo Virtual Tour



NewThinking Development

NewThinking Development is seeking young people from any profession and background with good writing skills to explore the effects of the pandemic on young people’s lives and their livelihood. The series seeks to amplify the voice of the young person in Zimbabwe on how the coronavirus has affected their lives and livelihood. To suggest practical solutions/ recommendations for government, business and society to help support young people during response and recovery from the pandemic. The opinion pieces will be published in a NewThinking Review Publication that will be made public with credit to the writers.

Register Here





Creatives Garage: Lock In Festival 

Dates: 25 – 28 April 2020
Description: Creatives Garage is working diligently on a completely virtual festival! Utilising our resources and hopefully the ingenuity of creatives, we will reach out to the socially distanced with an engaging and immersive experience whose scale has never hitherto attempted in Kenya