Creative talents with registered and operational businesses (registered in or before the year 2018) can now apply for the Ignite Culture for grants of up to a maximum of 180,000 euro per applicant.

The grants which are open to applicants from Burundi, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda are for organizations that were registered in or before the year 2018.

 On the other hand, if your organisation is younger than this (registered in 2019 or later) and is still interested in Ignite Culture, you can apply as part of a group with an organisation which was registered in or before the year 2018.)

Basically, 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 Programme 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 Organisation of ACP (African, Carribean and Pacific) States.

“The eligible CCI value chains will include: Cultural and Natural Heritage, Performance and Celebration, Cultural Infrastructure, Visual Arts and Crafts, Books and Press, Audio Visual and Interactive Media, Design and Creative Services, Creative and Cultural Education and Intangible Cultural Heritage,” read part of the invite

The primary purpose of all projects awarded funding under this programme must be the growth and development of the cultural and creative sectors of one or more of the above listed fourteen (14) Eastern African countries. Lead applicants must be from one of the fourteen (14) countries, and the project activities will need to benefit target populations in the ACP countries in the region.

Lead applicants may apply with any of the following:
– Co-applicants from their own country
– Co-applicants from the 14 countries eligible for the fund
– Co-applicants from another ACP country in Africa as follows:

ACP West Africa – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Libera, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo

ACP Central Africa –  Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equitorial Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Sao Tome and Principe (STP), Chad

ACP Southern Africa – Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Eswatini (formerly Swaziland)

– Co-applicants from an EU member state.

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 up to 180,000 Euro, this financial support should be directed towards the following activities:

  • increased and improved production of creative and cultural goods and services, skills building,
  • upgrading of infrastructure, hardware and software,
  • improved access to financing and a supportive policy and business environment,
  • expanding access to local, regional and international markets, as well as
  • improving visibility for creative and cultural practitioners and their work throughout the Eastern Africa region.

You can apply here