1 November 2020

The Commonwealth Short Story Prize 



The Commonwealth Short Story Prize is awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words). Regional winners and the overall winner receive prize money and the opportunity to be published online by Granta magazine. English stories, as well as, stories in the Bengali, Chinese, French, Greek, Kiswahili, Malay, Portuguese, Samoan, Tamil and Turkish languages are accepted. Translated entries from any language into English are also eligible. If the winning story is a translation, the translator receives additional prize money.

More info here




14 December 2020

Mobile Photo Awards 


The Mobile Photo Awards is the longest running international competition open exclusively to photographs shot & edited on all mobile phones and tablets.

The Mobile Photography Awards has 20 photo categories. Every image entered may be placed in up to two (2) categories. All category winners receive MPA prize packs and are included on the exclusive MPA Exhibit Tour, with further opportunities for fine art sales.

The MPA Exhibits are a feature for the winning images from the annual competition and are chosen from thousands by a jury of twenty photographic professionals, journalists, teachers, artists and leaders of the photography, mobile photography and art worlds.

More info here







Innovate Grant is a new initiative that supports artists and photographers through quarterly grants. Innovate Grant distributes (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. Grant cycles are seasonal.

Winners will be featured on their website and will receive a one time unrestricted grant. All applicants retain the right to the work they submit. 


More info here





South Africa

The foundation has two residency programs, namely:

Full Residency Program

Full residencies are awarded competitively to artists from the whole of Africa. The Thami Mnyele Foundation offers two Full Residency Program scholarships per year. Applicants are evaluated by an independent committee of art professionals, who are appointed by the Board of the Foundation.

Short Residency Program

Short Residency Programs are awarded to artists from the whole of Africa, who have been invited to participate in cultural projects in the Netherlands and are in need of accommodation in Amsterdam for a short period. The Short Residency Program offers artists free studio and housing for a set period of time. The Short Residency Program does not include an allowance for living and material costs, medical and legal liability insurance and traveling expenses, nor does the Foundation assist in visa application.

More info here



Rolling Basis

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund


This year, in response to the extensive need in the creative community for monetary support and career guidance, Adobe have decided to expand the program. In addition to the new Creative Residents this year, they are excited to announce a $1 million Creative Residency Community Fund. This fund will enable Adobe to support many more creators by funding their projects and hiring them for Adobe-commissioned projects.


The motto of the Creative Residency program is “Create. Share. Activate. Empower.” As always, the creators they select will be passionate about creating personally fulfilling work, sharing their journeys, and activating fellow creatives to craft the careers they want by empowering them with knowledge.

More info here



13 November 2020

Mobile Movie Makers Cape Town Film Festival

South Africa


MMOCA, Mobile Moviemakers Film Festival Cape Town, is an online mobile moviemaking film festival. 2020 is its first edition as well as the first in its kind in the whole of Southern Africa.

MMOCA invites all aspiring filmmakers, entrepreneurs and others to submit short movie clips in the categories Documentary, Fiction and Advertisement. Filmmakers can register until the 15th of October and submit their videos until the 13th of November on their Film Freeway platform. Entry for students is free, for all others it is R100. Every entry stands a chance to win great prizes. The award winners, chosen by their jury of experts, will receive a production grant of R10 000 and a jury price of R5000.

More Info here



30 October 2020




YICCA is an international call for artists. All kinds of contemporary artworks are allowed in the art contest: drawings, paintings, sculptures, photographs, graphics, mix media, video, installations and performances. The competition's aim is to promote the enrolled artist, giving them chance to join the international market of contemporary art. Internationality and networking make this art call a huge chance for the artists, which can win a cash prize and have the opportunity to exhibit the submitted works in an art gallery of a European city. Jury's final decision will lead to a selection of 18 artists that will participate in the final exhibition.

More Info here



11 October 2020

Bag Factory, 2020 Cassirer Welz Award

South Africa

Now in its tenth year, the Cassirer Welz Award recognises excellence in emerging artists (under 35) specialising in sculpture, drawing and painting, who will benefit from a period of intense studio time and support to develop new work for a solo exhibition.


The winner of the award will receive: 

A ten-week residency at the Bag Factory 

R 25,000 towards the artist's residency stipend, materials, and production costs

The opportunity to showcase new work produced during the residency in a solo exhibition at the Bag Factory (with a virtual component) and more 

More info here



12 October 2020

African Culture Fund

Solidarity Fund for African Artists and Cultural Organizations


The African Culture Fund is a pan-African organization that aims to support the professionalization of the cultural and creative sector of African countries through innovative artistic projects that it finances.

More info here



International Journalist's Network (IJNet) - Global

IJNet delivers the latest on global media innovation, news apps and tools, training opportunities and expert advice for professional and citizen journalists worldwide.

Miscellaneous Journalism Opportunities throughout the year

International Women's Media Foundation IWMF - Global 

The IWMF works to unleash the power of female journalists to transform the global news media. Their fellows and grantees — both freelance and staff journalists — become experts in reporting in under-served regions, generate must-read stories, align with top outlets, and bring critical issues affecting women and others to light.

Awards and Programs

Global Investigative Journalism Network GIJN - Global 

The Global Investigative Journalism Network is an international association of journalism organizations that support the training and sharing of information among investigative and data journalists—with special attention to those from repressive regimes and marginalized communities.

Funding and Grants for Africa





FotoRoom - Global

FotoRoom is an online space showcasing works of contemporary photography ranging in genre, theme and style, and made by artists from all over the globe.

International Photography Awards (list)

Photography Grants, Funds and Fellowships (list)

International Photography Festivals (list)

Photo Contest Guru - Global

An online portal of photography contests, funding, grants and awards.

Grants and funding

Photography Competitions

LensCulture - Global

LensCulture is one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching resources for discovering contemporary photography talent around the world.

Miscellaneous Awards and Competitions throughout the year





On The Move: Cultural Mobility Information Network - Global

A cultural mobility information network with members in over 20 countries across Europe and internationally. Their mission is to encourage and facilitate cross-border mobility and cooperation.

VANSA (Visual Arts Network of South Africa)

An industry organisation supporting the development of the visual arts sector.

African Writers Trust - Africa

The African Writers Trust is a body that aims to bridge the divide between African writers and publishing professionals living in the diaspora and on the continent, bringing them together in order to promote synergies and to foster knowledge and learning between the two groups. 

Journalism.co.za - South Africa 

The site is intended both as a resource for working journalists in Southern Africa and a teaching tool for the (Wits) university programme. It also allows media companies to find new talent, to promote services, award programmes, training or events in a multitude of ways. 

FilmDaily.TV - Global

A source for film and documentary grants, production budgets, templates and online courses. 

Film Grants Africa 2020



Opportunities Include: grants, funding, jobs, fellowships etc.


Opportunities For YouthGlobal

Empowering youth through access to information and opportunities.

Opportunities for Africans - Africa

Connecting Africans to the latest life changing opportunities

Opportunity Desk - Global

The largest platform for international opportunities

Opportunities Forum - Global

A forum where various opportunities like education, jobs and entrepreneurial ideas are shared for the benefit of diverse cultures.

OYA Opportunities - Global

Bringing all the opportunities from all over the world in one platform, making it easy to find your dream opportunity.

Funding Opportunities - Global

Making Opportunities accessible to organizations and individuals

Prince Claus Fund - Select Regions

The Prince Claus Fund stimulates the freedom of cultural expression worldwide

Arts and Culture Trust - South Africa

South Africa's premier independent arts and culture funding development agency. Pro-active agents of change in the creative economy. 

National Arts Council (NAC) - South Africa

The vision of the NAC is to promote through the arts, the free expression of South African cultures. 

British Council SSA Arts - UK and Sub-Saharan Africa

The British Council is the United Kingdom's international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.