The President’s Award for Creativity provides recognition and support at the highest level of the State to organisations, especially those working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, to engage these groups in creativity and arts-driven projects and thereby increase their level of integration and engagement in society. The Award is managed by the Office of the President and Arts Council Malta.

The Award aims to :

  • Support organisations and institutions that target the social needs and well-being of the community at large, especially the more vulnerable sectors and hard to reach groups – with a special emphasis on children, youth, the elderly, hard-to-reach groups, people with different abilities, people from different ethnic backgrounds –through creativity and the arts
  • Provide accessibility to disadvantaged groups to a wide range of quality art experiences and art-engagement activities, as well as act as a platform for young promising talent
  • Incentivise the contribution of arts organisations towards community development and collaborative arts project

Who can apply

Organisations, entities and institutions based and operating in Malta, working in the field of social or community development or active in any cultural and creative field, are all eligible.

Individuals are not eligible.

Eligible organisations can be:

  • Schools and higher education institutions, public institutions, organisations, or entities
  • Private organisations active in the non-governmental social or voluntary sector and registered with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations (CVO)
  • Private organisations active in the professional creative sector (arts, heritage, media, creative businesses) having an officially recognised legal status (CVO registration, Foundation, Association, Company, Partnership, Cooperative, etc.)

The Award encourages collaboration between organisations active in the field of Arts and Culture and organisations active in the social field.

As a means of strengthening interventions, two or more organisations can collaborate to develop a project and ensure that the professional delivery of the project is maintained both from the artistic quality perspective as well as in terms of the care and attention needed  by the identified participants.

Joint applications bringing together two or more organisations, preferably from both the social and the artistic fields, shall be favourably considered, on condition that the application clearly demonstrates the added benefits to the community.

Selection criteria

Criterion 1 : Community development and well-being

Criterion 2 : Widening of participation in cultural life

Criterion 3 : The quality of the project

Criterion 4 : Project Management

After you apply

A project may be allocated a maximum of EUR 6,000; which goes up to a maximum of EUR 8,000 where the project involves 2 organisations or more – where at least 1 organisation is active in the cultural and creative sector, and at least 1 organisation is active in the social sphere

The fund is competitive and will be evaluated according to the established criteria.

Proposals will first be screened in terms of eligibility. Proposals which are not eligible in terms of the procedure stipulated by the guidelines will not be processed further and will not undergo evaluation.

After you submit your application form at Arts Council Malta, an independent evaluation board will evaluate your project. A pitching session will also be organised. During this session, applicants have the opportunity of presenting comments, latest insights and additions to the already submitted project description.

On the day indicated, you will receive your result notification from Arts Council Malta. 

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