The ACP-EU Culture Program: Support for the Cultural and Creative Sectors in West Africa – AWA (Art in West Africa) is one of the six regional projects selected under the ACP-EU Program Culture, a joint initiative of the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States, through the establishment of the new decentralised regional mechanism intended to strengthen the competitiveness of cultural and creative industries in ACP countries.
This project has two objectives, namely: to support the revitalisation of the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries all along the value chain (creation, production and distribution) in the 16 West African countries; and to help support the development of the digital economy in West Africa by supporting cultural and creative industries actors in their digital transition.
The program will be implemented over a 40 month period (December 2020 – April 2024) by the consortium of Institut français de Paris and Centre Culturel Kôrè de Ségou.
As part of the implementation of this project, a first call dedicated to support for the structuring of operators of the cultural and creative sector in West Africa has been launched. The maximum amount of the grant awarded under this call is 150,000 euros.
Eligible for this call are associations, NGOs, umbrella organisations for culture, foundations, cultural enterprises in the private sector, incubators, start ups, all under local law which mainly carry out their activity in the cultural and creative sector and who have had a legal existence and a fiscal and administrative address for at least 3 years in one of the 16 target countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.