Mophradat: Open Calls

Apply by 1 April and 1 October

Mophradat creates opportunities for artists from the Arab world through an inventive approach to funding, commissioning, collaborating, and gathering.


These grants support artists (individuals, collaborations, or collectives) to develop their practice. Among other activities, the grants can be used to pursue threads of research, stage an event, make new work, publish, travel, take part in a residency or workshop, or present an exhibition or performance. The grants can cover part or all of the proposed activity or project. Approximately fifteen grants are awarded each calendar year, with an average value of US$5,000. Results are communicated within four weeks of the deadline to apply. Grant recipients are selected by an external advisory committee. The advisors’ names are published after grant recipients are announced.


  • Applicants must come from the field of contemporary arts (all disciplines are welcome). However, given the scale of our grants, applications for feature films production are not given priority.

  • Applicants must be primarily engaged with artistic concerns and aim toward high artistic merit.

  • Activities or projects can take place anywhere in the world, but must be by artists or arts practitioners from or living in the Arab world, and/or engaged with the Arab world.

  • The proposal must be achievable and completed within twelve months of the grant submission deadline.

  • Applications to attend degree-based study programs (such as MAs or PhDs) are out of the grant program’s scope and will not be considered.

APPLICATION Please fill in the online form below, upload your work samples, upload your completed PDF application form and click ‘submit’ at the bottom left of this page. For audio and visual links, please gather them in one word document and add them as a work sample to your application.  Supporting material sent through Wetransfer or similar platforms will not be considered. You can download the fillable PDF application form here: PDF application form Grants for Artists The form is best completed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Applications can ONLY be submitted in English or Arabic. Only completed PDF application forms with supporting material uploaded through this page will be accepted. Applications received by email will not be considered. 


  • All applicants, whether selected or not, receive a response to their applications.

  • Due to the high volume of applications and the confidentiality of the selection process, Mophradat does not provide individual feedback explaining the reason an application was not selected.

  • If selected, a grant agreement will be signed between the recipient and Mophradat.

  • Funds will be released in a two-stage process: 80 percent when the grant agreement is signed, and the remaining 20 percent on project completion.

  • A narrative summary of what was achieved and a financial report must be submitted by the date included in the grant agreement before the second installment is made.

*By applying for a grant, you agree that if you are selected, you will endeavor to realize your proposal. If the proposal is not realized to an appropriate level of completion, you may be asked to partially or fully reimburse Mophradat.

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