Get up to €13,000 for Artistic Innovators in the Arab region in the Culture Resource Production Awards Program 2021 (Ages 15-35)

Do you originate from an Arab country and are between the ages of 15 and 35? 

Then apply for the Culture Resource Production Awards Program 2021 for an opportunity to get a grant of up to €13,000.

Application Deadline: November 8 2021


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  • Grants of up to €8,500 are available for projects in literature, music, performing arts and visual arts and of up to €13,000 for projects in cinema and video.


  • Applicants must be between 15 and 35 years old as of the next first of January. Applications submitted by individuals not in this age bracket will be discarded;
  • Applicants must originate from an Arab country regardless of ethnicity and citizenship status or whether they are currently residing in the Arab region or abroad;
  • Application is open to artists of all disciplines: Performance arts, visual arts, literature, music, cinema/video, etc.

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Application Instructions

Application rules

  • Applications are accepted once a year and they are evaluated once a year as detailed in the program schedule, above.
  • To apply, please register on the Production Awards online application website (see link below) with a username and password. Please bear in mind that the production awards for the cinema/video category have a separate application form.
  • Applicants may save their applications in progress at any point and return to them later.
  • Application forms that are incomplete or lack the required attachments and supporting documents will not be considered.
  • The projects proposed in the applications must be completed within at most 18 months after the date the contracts are signed between the grantee and Culture Resource.
  • The grant may not be used to purchase machinery or equipment.
  • By accepting the grant, recipients commit to citing Culture Resource, its logo and the phrase, “This work has been produced with a grant from Culture Resource” in all outputs of the project.

Application instructions

  • Please follow the following steps in order to create an account and register on the online applications platform:
  • Enter the online applications site and fill in the required registration information.
  • After clicking the “register” icon, you will receive a link by email. Click on the link to activate your account.
  • Once you activate your account, you can re-enter the online application platform using your email address and password. You will then find the application form which you can fill out online.

About the Culture Resource Production Awards Program

The program supports artists and writers from the Arab region, below the age of 35, by offering grants to enable them to produce their first creative projects.

Grants of up to €8,500 are available for projects in literature, music, performing arts and visual arts and of up to €13,000 for projects in cinema and video. Every year, 20 projects are selected for the grants, four in each artistic category.

The program helps give young people the opportunity to create original works and develop new forms of artistic and literary expression.

Since it was first launched in 2004, the Production Awards program has provided around 300 grants to artistic innovators in the Arab region.

Program Goals

The Production Awards program aims to support and encourage the artistic and literary productivity and creativity of a new generation of young artists and writers from the Arab region.

Grants are available for the following disciplines:

  • Performing arts: Development and production of theater, dance and other performing arts works.
  • Visual arts: Development and production of art works, exhibits, installations and books in the various visual arts disciplines, including sculpture, engraving, photography and light art
  • Literature: Creation and publication of novels, shorts stories, poetry collections and theater texts.
  • Music: Creation and recording of audio and audiovisual music works.
  • Cinema/video: Production of short, medium-length and feature fictional, documentary, animated and experimental films and videos works. Grants are available for projects in the development, production and post-production stages.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • The call for application will be issued in September 2021.
  • The application deadline is 8 November 2021 at 16:00 Beirut time.
  • The Production Award recipients will be announced in the beginning of March 2022.
  • After the deadline for submissions for each round, all applications submitted for that round are screened in terms of the eligibility of the applicant and the fulfilment of the application requirements, including the full completion of application form and inclusion of the required supporting documents and attachments.
  • Applications that meet all the requirements are submitted to an independent jury for each of the five categories. The composition of the juries changes with each round. Each jury consists of three artists and writers with recognized expertise in their disciplines.
  • The juries assess the applications and select the grantees on the basis of a set of established assessment criteria which are applied in each round. The criteria include: the quality and relevance of the project, originality, practicability of the projected budget and feasibility of completion by deadline.
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