Grants of up to €180,000 for Enhancing the Capacity of Cultural and Creative Industries
The Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) is inviting applications for ACP-EU Programme: Enhancing the capacity of the cultural and creative industries in the Pacific (Pacific) to strengthen the competitiveness of the cultural and creative industries of ACP countries.
This initiative supports the commitment of the European Union (EU) and the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) to promote the socio-economic development of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries.
The specific objective is to increase the capacity and sustainability of cultural and creative industry initiatives in the Pacific. It will do this by:
Supporting national and regional development priorities in the fields of culture and creative industries.
Increasing knowledge, research and learning related to culture and the creative industries for capacity, programme and policy development.
Improving the skills of artists, creative and cultural enterprises, organisations and operators for the development of the creative and cultural industries.
Facilitating access to financial support for artists, creative and cultural enterprises, organisations and cultural operators so that they can better support, develop and promote with artists, cultural knowledge holders and communities that they employ or work with.
Specifically, the grant scheme priorities are to provide dedicated support to practitioners in the culture and creative sectors with the scope of four (4) main strands which lead to:
The creation of high-quality goods and services
Improved access to national, regional and international markets
Increased visual literacy education; and
Improved access to sustainable financing and reduction in dependency on international financing arrangements.
In addition to these four strands, proposals may cover any of the following cross-cutting areas.
The overall vision of the Grant Scheme is to build a vibrant creative and cultural industries sector that recognises and supports the Pacific cultural knowledge, innovation, and creativity as enablers for sustainable livelihoods and resilient communities.
A total of €2,100,000 is available under the Grant Scheme. Funding is available under three (3) grant categories– small, medium and large.
Small grant: €5,000 – €12,000
Medium grants: €12,001 – €70,000
Large grants: €70,001 – €180,000
Eligible countries for the Grant Scheme include:
Papua New Guinea
Federated States of Micronesia
Activities proposed must:
Focus on one or more of the eligible activity strands AND
Align with national country development priorities for the enhancement of the culture and creative sectors AND
Link to both national Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Regional Culture Strategy priorities.
Eligible countries and Target groups
The Grant Scheme targets creative and cultural enterprises, entities and organisations that are actively participating in the cultural and creative sector in the Pacific. These could be Governments or non-governmental agencies, community groups, artists associations, sole traders or small or larger businesses, with the purpose of supporting the cultural and creative sectors.
Eligible countries for the Grant Scheme include: Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Timor Leste, Marshall Island, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu, Niue, Vanuatu, Palau
Be a legal entity of at least one Pacific ACP country; AND
Have attended an information sharing and project design session AND
Submit a completed Request for Proposal along with a completed Capacity Assessment (using the template provided); AND
Identify and focus on one or more (1) Strand(s)
If you are an NGO or an organisation have a track record of managing at least one (1) project in the culture and creative sector within the last five (5) years, with a value of at least 50% of the amount of being requested from the ACP-EU CCIP grant. OR if you are a business demonstrate an annual turnover equivalent to the value of 50% of the amount of the amount of being requested from the ACP-EU CCIP Grant Scheme; AND
Be directly responsible for the preparation and management of activities being funded AND
Have been established for at least three (3) years in one of the Pacific ACP countries AND
Have been established for at least six (6) years in one of the Pacific ACP country; AND
Individuals/artists may apply through their own business or through a community/association with which they are affiliated or registered or a joint submission made by at least 2 or more individuals or artists in one of the ACP countries of the Pacific;
Be able to submit audited accounts from previous year of operation;
Provide a letter of support from individuals, organisations you have worked with in the past or artists, partners and organisations you plan to work with on the project. If working with an indigenous community a letter of support must come from a relevant body such as elder’s council, etc
For more information, visit https://www.spc.int/procurement/micro-public-tenders/request-for-proposal-rfp-21-196-acp-eu-programme-pacific-enhancing