In connection with a two-year pilot project (2020/2021), Pro Helvetia is again awarding creation grants for Swiss creators of comics this year. The awarded sum of CHF 20,000 per grant is intended to ensure the realisation of selected projects in the comics field. Eligible for a creation grant are arts practitioners from Switzerland who are regularly present in the comics scene and who have already had a comics production or work of a similar scope published in a specialised publication or on digital media.
The first such call for applications in the pilot project was concluded in December 2020 and proved highly successful. 61 projects were submitted, 24 of them from the German-speaking part of Switzerland, 35 from the French-speaking and 2 from the Italian-speaking part. The 10 projects selected by the specialist jury reflect the high quality and the diversity in terms of both content and style of comics created in Switzerland.
The following comics creators were awarded a creation grant in 2020: