The President’s Fund for Creativity is one of a series of initiatives aimed at strengthening inclusivity, community development and well-being through cultural participation and creative expression. The programme forms part of a diverse portfolio of schemes and initiatives to maximise the potential of Malta’s creative growth by encouraging engagement in the cultural sectors, facilitating cultural exchange, and championing cultural rights.

The potential of creative expression in fostering social and cultural change and regeneration has been shown and proven in a number of contexts, including those characterised by socially challenging environments, poverty, and exclusion. This understanding is the basis for The President’s Fund for Creativity.

The programme provides recognition and support at the highest level of the State to exciting initiatives built on the values of equity, diversity, inclusiveness, and sustainability, in the sector of Culture and the Arts and in the Social Sector respectively – especially those working with disadvantaged groups, to engage the groupsin creativity and arts-driven projects and increase their level of integration and engagement in society.

The President’s Fund for Creativity is linked to the implementation of Arts Council Malta’s ongoing strategy – with a particular focus on championing cultural rights and providing further opportunities for people to engage in creative expression.

The Programme is specifically linked to important priorities articulated in the Council’s ongoing strategy, namely – to invest in:

• A wider spectrum of quality work that inspires community cultural exchange and engages with a broader range of people – both as participants and audience
• Artists and organisations that promote cultural diversity and address cultural inclusion and accessibility
• Championing cultural rights.

The Fund forms part of our funding programmes for community exchange, which aim at investing in:

• Increased cultural participation across Malta and Gozo
• Better understanding and engagement between artists and communities
• More diversity in cultural programming
• More importance devoted to a culture that is much more representative of Maltese society in general
• Sustainable development. 

The President’s Fund for Creativity aims at:

• Supporting organisations and institutions that target the social needs and well-being of the community, especially disadvantaged and hardly-reached groups – with a special emphasis on children, youth, senior citizens, hardly-reached groups, disabled people, people with different ethnic backgrounds – through cultural participation and creative expression

• Providing disadvantaged groups with accessibility to a wide range of quality art experiences and art-engagement activities, as well as acting as a platform for young promising talent and intergenerational as well as intercultural dialogue

• Incentivising the contribution of organisations active in the arts and culture sector towards community development and collaborative arts projects.


The Programme is divided into two strands:

Strand 1 | Organisational Development
Strand 1 is aimed at supporting capacity building and development, of organisations active in the field of Arts and Culture in line with the aims of The President’s Fund for Creativity, as established earlier on in Section 1 of the Guidelines and Regulations.

Strand 2 | Projects / Programmes
Strand 2 is aimed at supporting projects or programmes that target the aims of The President’s Fund for Creativity, as established earlier on in Section 1 of the Guidelines and Regulations. The application may seek support for a pilot initiative, or for the development of an initiative that the Organisation has already tried and tested.

The President’s Fund for Creativity is coordinated by Arts Council Malta, under the patronage of H.E. The President of Malta

Who can apply?

Groups, Collectives and Consortia; Registered Cooperatives; Schools and higher education institutions or public institutions and Voluntary Organisations enrolled with the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations. 


The deadline to apply is Monday 15th May 2023 at noon. Late applications cannot be accepted.


Click here to download guidelines and download application template for Strand 1 and Strand 2

Click here to download Access Support Top-up guidelines. 

Applicants are required to register a new profile as from January 2021. 

Apply here


Application Deadline: 15th May 2023

Ranking Order - Strand 1

Applicant: Opening Doors Association

Reference number: PTP102-23-2584

Project Title: Leading by Example: Inclusion at all Levels

Amount awarded: €45,000 (3 years)

Opening Doors Association is a voluntary organisation that promotes the involvement of adults with intellectual disabilities in the artistic sector. It offers artistic sessions, produces performances, and organises inclusive workshops in collaboration with diverse communities. The organisation intends to cover part of the annual cost of its freelance administrator. The administrator's role ensures the smooth running of artistic programs for adults with intellectual disabilities, fostering their social integration in the creative industry. Opening Doors is committed to inclusivity and believes in diversity in leadership. The funding will allow the organisation to continue its commitment to members, support artistic programmes, and develop new works and collaborations over the next three years.

Ranking Order - Strand 2

Applicant: Gabriel Caruana Foundation

Reference number: PTP205-23-2593

Project Title: Layers of Being

Amount awarded: €30,000 (3 years)

‘Layers of Being’ explores the thematic of healing, care and wellbeing through artistic practice, together with different communities, celebrating strength in diversity. The project involves intergenerational and intercultural communities, particularly those facing issues of loneliness and isolation. The project involves an interdisciplinary group of artists including social practice artists, musicians, textile artists and performance artists. Encounters of caring and healing as a lived, shared experience will start the process in the first year: ‘Fabric of Being’, together with elderly and migrant participants. This will progress into the second year: ‘Perceptions of Being’, during which youth are actively involved in exploring and interpreting connections between the self, society and emotional health through sonic and visual expression. In a celebration of the journey experienced together, the third year: ‘Being: Resonation’ will be collectively thought out to share the highlights of the past journey of collaboration and diversity, while encouraging possible futures with the public.