HEVA, in partnership with the British Council and as part of the global ACP_EU Culture Programme, has established a finance facility for the support of creative and cultural industries in 14 countries in Eastern Africa: ACP-EU Culture Programme (East Africa): Ignite Culture.
This Eastern Africa-focused fund is part of the global ACP-EU Culture Programme which is being implemented by HEVA, in partnership with the British Council with the financial contribution of the European Union, and with further support from the Organisation of ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States.
Welcome to the second call for applications for the ACP-EU Culture Programme(Eastern Africa): Ignite Culture! Ignite Culture’s first application call was launched in August 2021 and awarded grants to our first cohort of 19 organisations in 2022. This grant was designed to enable organizations to successfully develop new ventures, programs and projects for their target communities and demographics, which will go a long way to making their own work and the work of their target communities more sustainable.
(Organizations in this case means:associations,businesses,NGO’s,Public or government institutions,local authorities,universities,cultural institutes,museums,art centers,agencies,collectives,consortias,etc.provided they demonstrate legal and administrative autonomy.)
Grants of up to a maximum of 180,000 euros for the support of Creative and Cultural Industries(CCIs) in 14 countries in Eastern Africa.
Implemented by HEVA, in partnership with the British Council Kenya with the financial contribution of the European Union, and with further support from the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (OACPS).
Call for applications open from 6th July -17th August 2022
Eastern Africa’s largest grant fund for creative and cultural industries: Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
This grant will enable recipients to design, implement and engage in any suitable activities that
- Strengthen the creative and cultural ecosystem in which practitioners and organisations operate in Eastern Africa;
- improve the access and visibility of the diverse creative and cultural sectors in Eastern Africa;
- promote the economic growth of the creative and cultural sector in the Eastern Africa region.
Through this grant financing of between 30,000 euros and 180,000 euros, prospective applicants should direct any financial support toward the following activities:
- increasing the quality and/or quantity of creative and cultural goods and/or services
- improving visual literacy of audiences, visibility of makers and access to the new markets for creative and cultural goods and services from Eastern Africa
- building appropriate,industry-ready skills and capacity for young people entering the cultural and creative sectors
- improving the capacity and knowledge of Eastern Africa’s creative and cultural practitioners on policy, legal and financing frameworks impacting the sector and increasing their ability to advocate for more supportive policy and legal structures.
- The lead applicant organization must be registered, domiciled and operational in at least one of the 14 target countries, with the directors resident in the country. The lead applicant may have a co-applicant from any other eligible African country or an EU member state country.
- The lead applicant organization must demonstrate that a minimum of 51% ownership (by shareholding/directorship) is held by citizens of any one of the 14 eligible countries of the Eastern Africa region.
- The lead applicant organization must demonstrate that it was registered no later than 31st December 2017
- The lead applicant organization must have audited statements either for a half-year period or a full-year period for the years 2017 and/or 2018.
- The lead applicant organization must have directly implemented 50% within the creative and cultural sector of the amount of the grant requested, at any time between Jan 2017 and December 2018.
The lead applicant organization must be working in any of the following value chains:
- Cultural and Natural Heritage: Museums, archaeological and historical places, cultural landscapes, natural heritage, archives, cultural preservation work, cultural food and cuisine, hair, beauty and cosmetic products.
- Performance and Celebration: Performing arts, recorded music, festivals (music, film, theatre, poetry etc), fairs, feasts Cultural Infrastructure: Physical infrastructure, digital infrastructure
- Visual Arts and Crafts: Fine arts, photography, crafts
- Books and Press: Books, newspapers and magazines, other printed matter, e-books, physical libraries, virtual libraries, book fairs
- Audio Visual and Interactive Media: Film, TV, radio, podcasting, vlogging, video games, Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and new media
- Design and Creative Services: Fashion, apparel and accessories design, interior design and decorative home, graphic design, architecture
- Creative and Cultural Education: Training, workshops, curriculum development
- Intangible Cultural Heritage: Oral traditions and expressions, rituals, languages, social practices, food and cuisine practices, hair, beauty and cosmetic practices
- Applicants may submit one (1) application for the 2022 call for applications.
- Applicants must begin the application process by watching the how-to-apply video (https://youtu.be/HcvMNsbPT7c).
- Applications must be made online through Submittable.
- All applications must be made via the English or French application form. The ACP-EU Culture Programme East Africa: Ignite Culture team recognises that for many applicants in the Eastern Africa region, English and/or French will not be their first language. This will be considered and allowances made during the application review process. The review panels are briefed to focus on the quality of the proposed projects and not the quality of the language they are written in.
- Hand-written applications will not be accepted.
- The online application system is designed to allow applicants to save drafts they are working on before submitting. It is also possible for applicant partners to both access and collaboratively works on applications.
Application Deadline: August 17, 2022Application ClosedOfficial link