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Cultural Development Fund

What is the Cultural Development Fund?

The Cultural Development Fund is a mechanism developed on the rational provided in the National Cultural Policy 2016 – 2026. It is a technical and financial complement to the ongoing work of individuals and community organizations who are engaged in the work of.

I. Safeguarding Belize’s tangible and intangible heritage

II. Developing Belize’s cultural and creative industries. The official launching of the fund and its requirements is January 30th 2019 for activities conducted during April 2019 to March 2020.

What is the source of the funds?

The base fund is derived from the consolidated quarterly revenues of the National Institute of Culture and History and additional funding when available. This means the amount of funds available for disbursement can vary depending on the revenues collected in a particular quarter. Revenues are derived primarily from the collections at archaeological sites; however, NICH will seek additional sources of funding in an effort to fund the respective cultural activities. Therefore, the amount available in the fund may vary depending on adverse conditions which can affect overall revenues.

Eligibility

Who can apply for funding?

Individuals who are seeking financial and or technical assistance greater than $500.00 and are registered with NICH as cultural workers and are listed as any of the following:

  • Musician
  • Singer
  • Researcher
  • publisher
  • writer
  • craft person
  • film maker
  • designer
  • promoter

Organizations that are seeking financial and or technical assistance greater than $1000.00 and are legally registered and who are also registered with NICH and are listed as a:

  • National cultural organization
  • community based cultural organization
  • art gallery
  • Community Museum 
  • Creative industry association
  • recording studio
  • film production company
  • pomotion company

NOTE: Kindly take note that these lists are not exhaustive. Any individual or organization promoting culture through tangible or intangible methods is encouraged to apply.

For what purposes can an application be made?

Priority will be given to the following areas:

  • Activities for the safeguarding of Belize’s intangible (living heritage) cultural heritage may apply for either technical and or financial assistance. Priority is given to cultural elements that are endangered or at risk of being lost.
  • Activities which are geared toward language revitalization and transmission.
  • Activities for the teaching and transmission of the creative arts including: visual (painting, sculpting, photography, literary (writing and publishing), performance (dance, drama, music) and audiovisual (film and animation).
  • Activities which are geared toward the development and the professionalization of creative artists and cultural workers.
  • Activities which focus on capacity-building, education, economic growth and sustainable development in culture and history.
  • Activities for the development and professionalization of festivals.
  • Activities geared toward research and presentation on areas of study related to Belize’s culture and history.

Priority will be given to activities which focus on:

  • Dialogue and exchange among various age groups
  • Youth participation, and
  • Gender equity,
  • The engagement of older citizens, and
  • Cross-cultural dialogue and collaboration

Funding and Support

What type of assistance is provided?

Individuals and organizations may apply for either technical or financial assistance or both.
Technical assistance includes requests for NICH to provide training or expert help. E.g. expert facilitator on dance, or assistance with setting up stage lighting and sound or preparation of a request for international funding.

Application Period

When to apply?

The following indicates the due dates of proposals for the respective period in which the technical and/or financial assistance is required for fiscal 2019 to 2020.

Cycle 1 May 31st 2019 For technical and/or financial assistance for the period May – September 2019
Cycle II  August 30th 2019
For technical and/or financial assistance for the period October – December 2019
Cycle III November 29th 2019
For technical and/or financial assistance for the period January – March 2020
Cycle IV February 28th 2020 For technical and/or financial assistance for the period April – June 2020

Conditions

Submitted proposals must be in accordance with the conditions below:

1. Applying individuals are registered with NICH. (Register at a House of Culture in your district or at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City). (Include a copy of NICH Registration Certificate)

2. Applying Organizations are legally registered and are also registered with NICH. (Register at a House of Culture in your district or at the Bliss Center for the Performing Arts in Belize City). (Include a copy of your company registration and NICH registration certificate.)

3. Being able to demonstrate community need and benefit.

4. Applicant must demonstrate experience in planning and implementing projects.

5. Projects awarded will be monitored by a NICH representative.

6. Funds will be disbursed in phases. The final payment will be given on submission of a report within two months of the completion of the activity.

7. Acknowledgement of the National Institute of Culture and History in marketing and promotion.

8. No more than two proposals can be submitted per year including for technical and financial assistance.

9. Funding awarded in one year does not imply or guarantee funding will be awarded in subsequent years

National Institute of Culture and History Cultural Development Fund Application Form 2019 – 2020

Note: Submission is to be verified and submitted with the approval of the Coordinator of the House of Culture in your District. Submissions from Toledo can be sent directly to bcdf@nichbelize.org.