Apply to participate in the ACP-EU Culture Program: Ignite Culture for Eastern Africa Creative to get
a grant of up to £180,000 to develop programs and projects to grow their own ventures.
Application Deadline: September 15 2021
This funding will help successful applicants develop programs and projects to grow their own ventures, and do cultural work and support within their target communities. It will also go a long way towards making their efforts more sustainable. Alongside supporting creative and cultural workers to grow their businesses, enter and adapt to expanded and digital marketplaces, and upgrade their workspaces and collaborations, the facility will support efforts around building skills, and developing ways to enable better working environments for creative businesses.
Through grant financing of between 30,000 Euros and 180,000 Euro, this financial support should be directed towards the following activities:
Lead applicants may apply with any of the following:
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Applications must be made online through the ACP-EU Culture Programme East Africa: Ignite Culture online application system. All applications must be made in English. The ACP-EU Culture Programme East Africa: Ignite Culture team recognises that for many applicants in the Eastern Africa region, English 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 English 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 work on applications.
The deadline for the submission of applications is 15th September 2021, 11:59 pm East Africa Time after which it will not be possible to submit any further applications on the online system. Further calls for proposals will be released in 2022 and 2023.
ACP-EU Culture Program: Ignite Culture is a new and exciting grant facility for the cultural and creative sectors in 14 countries in Eastern Africa.
This Eastern Africa focused fund is part of the global ACP-EU Culture Program which is being implemented by HEVA , in partnership with the British Council Kenya with the financial contribution of the European Union, and with further support from the Organization of ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) States .
This funding will help successful applicants develop programs and projects to grow their own ventures, and do cultural work and support within their target communities.
It will also go a long way towards making their efforts more sustainable.
Alongside supporting creative and cultural workers to grow their businesses, enter and adapt to expanded and digital marketplaces, and upgrade their workspaces and collaborations, the facility will support efforts around building skills, and developing ways to enable better working environments for creative businesses.
clarifications :30th August 2021 12 pm (EAT)
requests for clarification
2nd September 2021 12pm (EAT)
Applications will be examined and evaluated by HEVA Fund and British Council with the possible assistance of external assessors. All fully completed and submitted applications made to the online application system before the deadline will receive written notification of decisions made about their submission. All applications will be assessed following the steps listed below:
Step 1 – Initial Sieve: This is a simple check to ensure the application meets the eligibility criteria. Only those that meet the criteria will move to the next stage.
Step 2 – Business Panel: Panel members assess the businesses by looking at:
Step 3 – Creative Panel: Panel members generate a shortlist through an assessment of:
Step 4 – Pitch Sessions: The organisations that make the shortlist to stage 4 are invited for a pitch session, to allow further explanation of their proposed project and additional assessment by the panel members. The aim of this stage is to see how well the applicants understand their organisation, finances, project, and sector.
Stage 5 – Due Diligence: To better understand the status of the organisation and its operations as well as the viability and sustainability of the proposed project.
Stage 6 – Contracting: Applicants who have made it through due diligence are considered successful applicants. They are called for a conversation about project milestones, eligible grant amounts, and contracting. Once the contract is signed, fund disbursement and project implementation can begin.
Opt-out at any time. No strings attached.