ADMAF Grants Scheme
INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS
The Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation (ADMAF) is a non-profit organization that seeks to nurture artistic, cultural and creative development and practice among the people of Abu Dhabi as well as across the UAE. With a commitment to education and community engagement, it aims to complement Abu Dhabi’s cultural vision by upholding the highest standards of excellence in the realm of social responsibility.
ADMAF believes that the diversity of the UAE’s culture and heritage is a resource that is to be nurtured. ADMAF believes in supporting cultural and artistic expression not only for the current generations but for future generations as well. The ADMAF grant programme is a targeted initiative to assist in the promotion, protection, revitalisation and upholding of the UAE traditions, heritage and contemporary expression.
What categories are considered for funding?
ADMAF offers grants in a number of categories to assist individuals and groups to achieve these shared goals. Grants are offered in the followed categories:
Cultural Citizenship: ADMAF supports UAE nationals – as individuals or groups – to uphold and develop local cultural expression.
Community Arts: ADMAF supports initiatives by and for a wide variety of social groups across the U.A.E, regardless of age, class or ability. By providing access to the arts and promoting cultural expression, ADMAF aims to give a voice to the marginalized and underprivileged as well as those located in remote areas. It provides grants to individuals and community groups.
Arts Education: ADMAF seeks to establish platforms of inspiration for children and young people so that they may develop their creative thinking, realize their talents, build upon the nation’s rich cultural heritage and broaden their horizons of possibility and opportunity. It provides grants to individuals, educational institutions and educational groups to provided added value to the core academic syllabus; extra-curricular activities; and capital development.
What activities are considered for funding?
Throughout all of the above categories, ADMAF accepts applications for the development of the following artistic and cultural disciplines:
- The Performing Arts (including music, dance and theatre)
- Visual Arts & Design (including painting, photography, sculpture, cartoons, applied arts)
- Traditional arts (including calligraphy, storytelling, handicrafts, Islamic arts)
- Film and Video (including production, animation, screening)
- Literature (including journalism, poetry, creative writing)
Benefits: Through this grant programme, ADMAF hopes to achieve the following:
- Increased number of active arts practitioners among UAE nationals
- Increased number of arts and culture activities for participation and attendance by UAE nationals
- Increased profile of UAE arts and culture
- Increased community involvement in the preservation and development of cultural heritage and contemporary expression
- Increased cultural practices, artistic skills, and levels of production
- International recognition of the value of UAE arts and culture
- Archive & documentation of the UAE’s traditional and contemporary arts and culture.
Who can apply?
Any registered organisation, group founded by constitution/memorandum, or individual, who seeks to undertake an initiative in the aforementioned categories and artistic disciplines. All applicants must submit references.
What is not funded?
- Activities that are already underway
- Projects where the artists fees are not appropriate
- Purchase of a business, building or vehicle
- Applicants who have failed to fulfil the obligations of a previous grant from ADMAF
- Recurrent funding for organisations
- Operational/Administrative activities
- Commercial activities
ADMAF welcomes applications from individuals and organizations across the UAE, who seek to further artistic practice and add value to society through the arts and culture.
For projects taking place between January and May, the application deadline is 28 October.
For projects taking place between June and September, the application deadline is 28 April.
For projects taking place between October and December, the application deadline is 1 September.
To download the applicaiton form, please click here.
To view the ADMAF Grant Programme information for applicants, please click here.