The President’s Fund for Creativity is one of a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening inclusivity, community development and well-being through cultural participation and creative expression. The programme forms part of a diverse portfolio of schemes and initiatives to maximise the potential of Malta’s creative growth by encouraging engagement in the cultural sectors, facilitating cultural exchange, and championing cultural rights.
The potential of creative expression in fostering social and cultural change and regeneration has been shown and proven in a number of contexts, including those characterised by socially challenging environments, poverty, and exclusion. This understanding is the basis for The President’s Fund for Creativity.
The programme provides recognition and support at the highest level of the State to exciting initiatives built on the values of equity, diversity, inclusiveness, and sustainability, in the sector of Culture and the Arts and in the Social Sector respectively – especially those working with disadvantaged groups, to engage the groupsin creativity and arts-driven projects and increase their level of integration and engagement in society.
The President’s Fund for Creativity is linked to the implementation of Arts Council Malta’s ongoing strategy – with a particular focus on championing cultural rights and providing further opportunities for people to engage in creative expression.
The Programme is specifically linked to important priorities articulated in the Council’s ongoing strategy, namely – to invest in:
• A wider spectrum of quality work that inspires community cultural exchange and engages with a broader range of people – both as participants and audience
• Artists and organisations that promote cultural diversity and address cultural inclusion and accessibility
• Championing cultural rights.
The Fund forms part of our funding programmes for community exchange, which aim at investing in:
• Increased cultural participation across Malta and Gozo
• Better understanding and engagement between artists and communities
• More diversity in cultural programming
• More importance devoted to a culture that is much more representative of Maltese society in general
• Sustainable development.
The President’s Fund for Creativity aims at:
• Supporting organisations and institutions that target the social needs and well-being of the community, especially disadvantaged and hardly-reached groups – with a special emphasis on children, youth, senior citizens, hardly-reached groups, disabled people, people with different ethnic backgrounds – through cultural participation and creative expression
• Providing disadvantaged groups with accessibility to a wide range of quality art experiences and art-engagement activities, as well as acting as a platform for young promising talent and intergenerational as well as intercultural dialogue
• Incentivising the contribution of organisations active in the arts and culture sector towards community development and collaborative arts projects.
The Programme is divided into two strands:
Strand 1 | Organisational Development
Strand 1 is aimed at supporting capacity building and development, of organisations active in the field of Arts and Culture in line with the aims of The President’s Fund for Creativity, as established earlier on in Section 1 of the Guidelines and Regulations.
Strand 2 | Projects / Programmes
Strand 2 is aimed at supporting projects or programmes that target the aims of The President’s Fund for Creativity, as established earlier on in Section 1 of the Guidelines and Regulations. The application may seek support for a pilot initiative, or for the development of an initiative that the Organisation has already tried and tested.
The President’s Fund for Creativity is coordinated by Arts Council Malta, under the patronage of H.E. The President of Malta
Who can apply?
Groups, Collectives and Consortia; Registered Cooperatives; Schools and higher education institutions or public institutions and Voluntary Organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations.
The deadline to apply is Monday 15th May 2023 at noon. Late applications cannot be accepted.