The Arts & Literature Program

The Arts & Literature Grant aims at highlighting the importance of artistic culture and creative literature. The grant envisions the promotion of a culture of reading and research, as well as enriching and disseminating Arabic literary and artistic content on all paper and digital media.

Therefore, the scope of the program is to invest in talents from the cultural sector, develop literary and artistic spaces as well as support the preservation and protection of national cultural heritage.


  • Performing Arts

Performing arts are the essence of culture, they are the graphical or audible representation of how the people celebrate their lives. Our aim is to help boost the performing arts scene between artists at a local level, national level and regional level through possible collaborations with Arab artists as well.      

In this category, Grants are given to Performances that range from:

1- Theater (already produced plays aimed at children of all ages, which carries a cultural, social message to be performed in across Amman and the governorates)

2- Music: shows (collaborations between local musicians, musicians from governorates and/or Arab and musicians)

3- Dance (artistic performances that reflect the cultural identity of Jordan and Palestine, theatrical dances, Dabkeh).

AHSF does not support the production of plays or the production of Music albums.

*All performance content must be readily available at the time of applying for the grant as the content will be checked before approval.


  • Audio Visual

Videos, Films, Animations and Motion graphics are the modern means of knowledge sharing and are the essential tools for representations of content which can show impact and target a large audience.

The main aim of this grant section is the empowerment of educational/ edutainment productions in the fields of:

1- Edutainment Animation (2D, 3D, Graphic motion) that provide educational/edutainment content in Arabic language, covering different sectors like arts and language and others.

2- Post productions of Films covering the local scene and cultural and social issues.

3- Documentation of cultural scenes and activities and influencers but not on archaeological heritage sites.

AHSF does not support any projects that have any religious or politically focused activities.


  • Festivals and Cultural Activities

From music to portrayals of arts or dance, festivals bring people together and allows them to collaborate and work together, share knowledge and skills and promote cultural diversity.

This category allows the promotion of collaborations between artists at a local/national level and at a regional level (Arab world).

Eligible Projects:

- Festivals covering all types of art that include collaborations between artists.

AHSF does not support personal exhibitions for artists, neither does it support any festivals or activities with a commercial characteristic.


  • National Heritage

Our Cultural Heritage is our identity, and it is what differentiates us from others, Therefore, the main aim of this category is to support efforts that maintain our culture, which in turn means maintaining our identity.

The focus of the projects should be on preserving the cultural national heritage by documenting it and/or teaching it through:

1- Documentation of cultural national heritage.

2- Training(s) and workshops involving the preservation of national culture.

3- Storytelling/Hakawati art.

National heritage documentation programs do not include research projects, publications, nor the documentation of tourist and cultural sites, and sites of archaeological heritage. It is limited to the projects of documenting heritage stories, customs and traditions of the regions, artistic and cultural heritage, concluding with demonstrations to the general public.


  • Artistic and Literary Spaces

The presence of educational programs, workshops, and spaces for children and youth is essential for the development of any society. One main aim is to help in making available resources that would bring benefit and value

Eligible projects should support the organization of workshops and projects/programs that build capacities in subjects such as:

1- Creative writing in Arabic language photography, poetry in Arabic Language, graffiti, comics, art therapy.

2- Projects and platforms that enrich the Arabic language content online. 

Projects concerned with fine arts and translation projects are not eligible; the development of mobile applications and websites are not eligible; Arabic content provided on the platforms must be accurate, factual and referenced.


  • Library Development Support

Libraries are the house of books, the starting point for learning, the sacred space of silence and focus, the only place where reading is the most encouraged activity. Libraries are the headquarters for every educator and student, essential for the growth of a reading research society. AHSF is well known for its library and the support it gives to libraries across Jordan and Palestine, throughout this category, we will only keep our commitment to this noble cause.

In this subcategory, the focus of the projects should be on Existing Active Libraries that provide access to a large segment of society, promote reading and seek to create programs that help build a knowledgeable community. Library support can range from:          

1- Creating a new inventory or Expanding an existing inventory of Audio-books

2- Creating a new inventory or Expanding an existing inventory of E-books

3- Supporting the inventory of specialized books.

4- Educational and Edutainment Library Activities

5- Provision of various media that encourage reading

6- Training and capacity building workshops and projects that support existing or new library activities. (staff, Volunteers, members)

Libraries applying for a grant should be active in educational and edutainment activities or at least showing potential of engaging in such initiatives, they must include free access to a large segment of society and show ability to sustain themselves and the ability to cover operational costs including (salaries, rental costs, insurance costs, and utility bills). Grants are not given to private libraries or libraries that are part of a school or a university, libraries must be public and open to all.

(Click here for Rules and Guidelines, and application forms)