The African Culture Fund (ACF) is a pan-African organization, funded in February 2018 with the dual function of not only helping the professionalization of the creative sector, but also that of being an instigator for creation of local African philanthropy by stimulating private sector investment.
ACF is registered in the Republic of Mali with which a headquarters agreement has been established. It benefits in particular from the support of the African Union.
The originality of this Fund is that it is an initiative that emanates from artists and cultural actors of the continent who are the main contributors, and who are committed to the professionalization and development of the creative sector.
ACF finances and supports artists and cultural actors throughout Africa, through calls for proposals in the following disciplines:
- VISUAL ARTS (cinema, plastic arts, photography, video arts, digital arts, design, sculpture, decorative arts, audiovisual, etc.)
- PERFORMING ARTS (music, dance, theater, street arts, puppetry, etc.)
- STRUCTURING AND DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS
Since its creation, ACF has already launched three Calls for proposals which have generated more than 1,900 applications from 42 African countries and 10 countries in the diaspora.
Thanks to the invaluable support of individual patrons and institutional partners (DOEN Foundation, FORD Foundation, OPEN SOCIETY Foundations, Fondation Festival sur le Niger, Seychelles Art Projects Foundation, Fonds Maaya, Afrikayna, BICIM, SONAVIE), ACF was able to finance (September 2020) 161 projects from artists and cultural organizations in Africa.
More info on ACF: https://www.africanculturefund.net/