What is the objective of the Malta Arts Fund?

The Malta Arts Fund aims at supporting artists in taking creative risks to develop new work through research, experimentation and collaboration. The newly-redesigned Malta Arts Fund is divided into three main strands: Research Support Grant, Project Support Grant and Multi-Annual Grant.


What is the difference between the three strands of the Malta Arts Fund?

  • The Research Support Grant seeks to invest in practice-based research with the aim of supporting creative practitioners to research and develop an artistic work.
  • The Project Support Grant supports the development of high-quality artistic projects.
  • The Multi-Annual Support Grant aims to invest in high-quality projects with a longer timeframe and which focus on international collaborations.


What is the Research Support Grant looking for?

This strand focuses on creative research, led by creative professionals, leading to the development of a creative concept. The fund focuses on practice-based artistic research. The Research Support Grant will support the early phases of a project with a clear research methodology and objectives, which would allow creative professionals to experiment, test their work, collaborate and develop their ideas further.


What do we mean by practice-based artistic research?

By practice-based artistic research we are referring to practical creative research led by a creative professional which aims at developing creative concepts.


What makes my project ineligible?

Projects will first be screened in terms of eligibility. Ineligible proposals shall not be processed further and shall not undergo evaluation. For a full list of ineligible conditions, please refer to the guidelines and regulations.


On what basis will my application be assessed?

The Evaluation Board will base its decision to fund your proposal upon four criteria:

  • Relevance of the research to the creative professional/s involved (40 marks);
  • Partners, collaborators and methodology used (20 marks);
  • Presentation and dissemination of the research (20 marks);
  • Management (20 marks).


What does the evaluation procedure involve?

Eligible applications will be assessed by an Evaluation Board made up of independent evaluators according to established criteria, where each criterion is allocated a number of specific marks. In order to be considered for funding, projects have to obtain an average of at least 60 marks. Nevertheless, the evaluation session and funding decisions depend on the quality of the submitted proposals and on the availability of the funds. Therefore obtaining 60 marks or more does not automatically mean that you will be awarded the funds. The Evaluation Board may decide not to allocate the total funds available for a particular call if the proposed projects do not reach the required level in terms of the fund criteria. A pitching session will also be organised for all candidates.


What is expected from the applicants during the pitching session?

The aim of the pitching session is to create an opportunity for applicants to further introduce their projects to the expert evaluators in person. The project applications will have already been reviewed by the evaluators before the pitching session. During the session, the project team should expand on the already submitted project description with comments, latest insights and additions. The pitch can be presented in a variety of formats but should not be longer than five (5) minutes.


Is there a limit on the project expenses in the budget?

There is no limit on the project expenses that are listed in the budget, however the applicant cannot ask for more than €5,000. The applicant needs to specify how will the rest of the expenses be covered by alternative sources of funding (such as crowdfunding, private sponsors, own contribution etc.) if the total expenses exceed this threshold.


Is there a minimum amount of funding which can be considered?

There is no minimum amount of funding that you can apply for.


Is collaboration with other artists or entities recommended?

Yes, you are encouraged also to seek collaboration with Public Cultural Organisations, Higher Education Institutions and also other creative practitioners.


If I am collaborating with foreigners in the project, can I include travel and accommodation costs in the budget?

Yes, you may include travel and accommodation costs in the budget for collaborating artists from abroad.


Can students enrolled in an Arts course or educators of an Arts course apply for the Research Support Grant?

Yes, students and/or teachers can apply. However, the research project cannot be part of individual modules credited as part of the education course. Furthermore, the research carried out cannot be part of the academic programme of the course.


Do I need to present the outcome of my research to the public?

It is up to the applicant to present the outcome of the research project to the general public. Beneficiaries may choose to present and disseminate their work to a selected audience.


Do I need official quotations annexed to my application form?

Yes, you are requested to attach quotations and any relevant supporting documentation to your application form. This includes quotations for all of the expenses quoted in your budget and confirmation letters of collaborators in your project.


How can I submit an application?

Applications may be submitted through the online form on: https://www.artscouncilmalta.org/funds/malta-arts-fund/research-support-grant


How many application deadlines are there each year for the Research Support Grant?

There are 2 application deadlines each year for the Research Support Grant. Deadlines can be found on the ACM website and also on the guidelines. 


Can the income include in-kind contributions from the applicant or from anyone else?

Yes, but these have to be supported by relevant documentation and also included under both the income and the expenses sections in the budget, as explained in the Budget Guidelines.


By when do I need to implement the project if I get funded?

The maximum eligible timeframe to implement the project is 6 months, and it has to be implemented within 12 months from the signing of the contract. The project implementation dates need to be provided in the application form.


Is any preference given to any specific art form?

There is no preference given to any particular art form, as long as the application proposes a high-quality artistic project which has innovation, quality and artistic development as a primary aim.