Creative Caribbean is a new grant facility for the cultural and creative sector in 15 countries in the Caribbean. This regional support programme is part of the ACP-EU Culture Programme financed by the 11th European Development Fund and implemented globally by the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States. In the Caribbean region, the project is being implemented by UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, The University of the West Indies and the CARICOM Secretariat.
This funding will help successful applicants develop projects and initiatives to grow more globally competitive businesses, strengthen the enabling environment that supports the sector in relation to policy, planning, incentives and legislation and facilitate increased training and capacity building. It is anticipated that the funding will enable established creatives to scale their operations and assist export ready creatives to expand into new markets, including strengthening capacity to access and use digital marketing and distribution platforms.
All applications are currently under review.
Grant applications are invited to strengthen the creative and cultural industries under the following Grant Schemes:
Festival Development and Marketplace, Work Placement & Knowledge Transfer (awards up to US$179,000)
Artist Mobility – artist residencies (awards up to US$17,000)
Product Development and Content Production (awards up to US$29,000)
Small Grants for Professional Associations (awards up to US$19,000)
Eligible activities: Festival development and marketplace, work placement & knowledge transfer, artist mobility, product development and content production, small grants for professional associations.
Eligible Entity/ Categories of Persons: Existing cultural festivals, professional associations, other registered CCI entities.
Small Grants for Emerging Creative Content Originator (awards up to US$19,000)
Eligible activities: product/service development, activation of new skills, networks or market access, development of technological platforms, enhanced marketing,
Eligible Entity/ Categories of Persons: Emerging creative and cultural content originators which fall into the following categories:
- Persons actively practising for between one and five years with or without formal background training
- Established creative and cultural content originators who produce curricula and content for children, adolescents, youth and at-risk or vulnerable groups
Scaling Grants for Export-Ready Creatives (awards up to US$29,000)
Eligible Activities: Product/service development, activation of new skills, networks, market intelligence or market access, development of technological platforms, enhanced marketing.
Eligible Entity/ Categories of Persons: Established and/or export ready CCIs
CCI Festival Business Exchange Networks and Fora (awards up to US$35,000)
Two (2) grant awards for Festival Business Fora via the industry grant scheme through an open call. Stakeholder network meetings will also be held during these events.
Eligible Activities: Regional festival, development of content or business or support tools.
Eligible Entity/Categories of Persons: Secondary/tertiary institutions, Agencies/Departments (quasi-government), Local Authorities, National or Regional examining bodies; Registered Organisations, Entities and Individuals (OEIs) and those with proven track record in CCI projects.