Ignite Culture is a new 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, Caribbean and Pacific) States.
This funding will help successful applicants develop programmes 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.
Creative talents who have registered and operational businesses (registered in or before the year 2018) in Burundi, the Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda will be welcome to apply. Lead applicants can also partner with other ACP countries in Africa.