Grant opportunity: ‘Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development’ launches Thursday, April 21

The Caribbean cultural and creative sector is to benefit from a three million Euro Grant Support Programme, with significant funding from the European Union (EU) and support from the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (ACP). The project will be launched virtually on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at 11:00 EST – that’s 10:00 am Jamaica timeon Zoom.

Paintings in the late Barrington Watson’s artist’s studio in Orange Park, St. Thomas. (My photo)

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The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, (UNESCO), the CARICOM Secretariat and The University of the West Indies have joined forces to implement the project titled Creative Caribbean – An Ecosystem of “Play” for Growth and Development” in the amount of Euros 3 million.

The three-year project that will be implemented in 15 Caribbean countries aims to develop a robust creative economy in the region by strengthening the enabling environment and providing grant support for industry and training initiatives.

The Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) targeted for grant support include music, fashion, festivals, film, animation and new media, visual and performing arts, among other areas of entertainment – a sector that provides millions in revenue and in which thousands of people find full-time and part-time work.

The project is expected to strengthen research and data collection on CCIs, to facilitate market access opportunities, to support the development of national artists registries, Cultural policies and Creative Industry Development Acts to incentivise the sector. It will also provide grants to creative and cultural practitioners to grow more globally competitive businesses and enhance their professional development.

A performance at the National Gallery, Kingston, a few years back. (My photo)

“It is an unquestionable fact that the impact of COVID-19 on the cultural and creative sectors was tremendously significant, yet CCIs play a notable role in the economy and recovery from the pandemic. The Creative Caribbean project seeks to shift the paradigm from “the struggling artist” to creating an enabling environment where creatives are incentivized to produce and thrive and become a key driver of sustainable development in the region,” explains Saadia Sanchez-Vegas, Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean.

Artists and Cultural Entrepreneurs from the following countries are eligible to apply for grant support under this landmark project: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Festivals are special. Jamaica Carnival in Kingston, 2017. (My photo)

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