Culture Fund And Sweden Award New Grants Worth US$336,050

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe and the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) have announced grants worth up to US$336,050 awarded to 40 projects and programmes.

These are for the first cycle of 2014.

Culture Fund and SIDA award grants

Culture Fund and SIDA award grants

In 2014, the Culture Fund Board is supporting the Zimbabwean arts and culture sector through two broad mechanisms; Board strategic intervention to sector needs and a grants programme open to all sector actors. Project proposals are assessed by a Technical Advisory Committee of Experts (TACE) while the final resolutions to fund for both mechanisms are made by the Board of Trustees. The recently approved grants were allocated to the following Culture Fund programme clusters:

  • PEOPLE CULTURE – Broad Participation with Gender, Equity focus
  • CULTURE – XPRESSION – Promotion of Talent and Artists Rights
  • CRE8TIVE INDUSTRIES – Development & Marketing
  • RESEARCH & DOCUMENTATION – Evidence based development and Knowledge Management

The criterion used by the Board in assessment of project proposals includes implementation partner capacity to coordinate and implement; creativity and innovation; society impact; tangible and intangible outputs and outcomes; as well as project sustainability beyond current funding. In the case of repeat grants, project activities should have been successfully implemented and grant fully accounted for.

During the current cycle, a total of 179 applications requesting more than US$2,378,302.51 were submitted to the Culture Fund. The amount requested by applicants was way beyond the current funding capacity of the Culture Fund. 10 projects were therefore awarded grants with the Board giving the following reasons for excluding the rest:

o    Grant applications submitted with insufficient relevant information

o    Lack of consistency between objectives, activities and budgets in the application

o    Unrealistic budgets to listed activities

o    Repeat applications lacking freshness in creativity, innovation

o    Implementation timetable of listed activities expired

o    Project proposal submitted outside mandate of the Culture Fund

o    Projects that benefitted previously and are still implementing activities

The Culture Fund board has scheduled the next round of assessment of applications submitted to the Culture Fund towards the end of the 3rd Quarter of 2014. Submissions of grant applications are welcome throughout the year.

Support to the Board approved projects as per lists below was made possible by a long standing partnership between the Culture Fund and Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida). The Sida funding has also been used to co-fund projects supported under Culture Fund programmes in partnership with the European Union and HIVOS Foundation. Sida has been injecting an average of US$1 million annually since 2007 to the development of the arts and culture in Zimbabwe. These funds are administered by the Culture Fund and annually audited by KPMG. In 2012 Sida allocated an additional grant of around US$ 1,3 million for the resuscitation of the Harare City Library. The refurbishments were successfully completed in 2013, restoring one of the most important historical buildings in Harare and promoting the reading culture among Zimbabweans.

For more details on who the recipients were, click here.