The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Regional Council Ile-de-France are opening an artistic and cultural mobility funding ine between the Ile-de-France region (City of Paris and surrounding region in France) and the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestinian territories, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria.

A series of open calls will be launched as from 1st September 2014 every three months until the funding has been provided. The trips of the grantees must take place before end of 2017. Artists and operators living and working in the Euro-Arab geographical region can candidate for a travel grant if they respect the criteria below.


The Roberto Cimetta Fund and the Regional Council Ile-de-France aim to promote initiatives lead by Arab youth and contribute to the renewal of Arab culture in Arab societies through learning and the sharing of experiences.


Applicants should have a well-prepared travel plan and chose a destination that can enrich their work in one of the eligible regions (Ile-de-France, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria. Arab applicants who wish to travel to Ile-de-France can be hosted in residence, take part in a tour or other artistic production. The hosting organisation must not be funded by the Regional Council Ile-de-France. The artistic results of the trip should be visible in the Ile-de-France region. Grants will be directly transferd on the bank accounts of the selected artists on their return and on presentation of a report.


The aim of the applicant’s project must promote cultural diversity in one way or another. Cultural diversity is an ethical imperative to respect other cultures despite cultural differences. Supporting cultural diversity means accepting difference based on common cultural values and references. It also means supporting freedom of expression where the confrontation of ideas is promoted to further mutual understanding.


The first open call for travel grants will open on 1st September 2014 until 30thSeptember. A second call will be launched on 1st December 2014 and a third call on 1stMarch 2015, and so on until all the funds have been allocated.


Applications can be made in Arabic, French and English.


The following specific criteria apply to the fund:


i)    The artistic results of the trip must be visible in the Ile-de-France region in one way or another (exhibition, performance, publication, workshop, etc.).

ii)   Cultural diversity must be supported. This implies that the trip must lead to preparing, producing, or researching about a cultural or art project that is open to all cultural expressions and promotes exchange between cultures.

For more details: and the website of the Regional Council Ile-de-France or contact:

If you want to apply please visit this website from 1st September 2014 onwards, click on “Apply for a travel grant”, fill in the information required. If your request is considered eligible you will receive a link to the online application form that you will have to fill in and submit before the deadline (30/09/2014).