Government disburses on an annual basis grants through the Department to various cultural agencies from the Fiji Arts Council to the Fiji Heritage Foundation. Similarly, a commitment towards heritage by the former is the continuous support provided through to projects administered through the Department and its agencies.
The Department also provides financial support to cultural projects through its Cultural Grants Programme.
Furthermore as the lead cultural agency in the sector, a greater task of the Department as well is to search and provide assistance where possible to those in the sector that which to access funding other than assistance provided by the Department. A non-exhaustive list (to be updated continuously)
The Department of National Heritage, Culture & Arts provides an annual grant to the following institutions to assist in the facilitation of their responsibilities including the implementation and management of heritage, culture and art activities.
|What Is The Cutlural Grants
The Department of Culture & Heritage provides financial and other support for the arts and culture in Fiji through its new Cultural Grants Funding Program. The scheme, initiated since 2003, emphasizes Government’s support for arts and culture. Allocation of funds is recommended by the Cultural Grants Committee (CGC), members of which are selected by the Department, and the implementation of successful applications/projects are then, in most cases, managed by the Fiji Arts Council.
Cultural Grant is to provide financial assistance in promotion, protection, safeguarding of all Culture in Fiji.
The 7 programs eligible for funding under the Cultural Grants Program:
Community Cultural DevelopmentDance/Meke
See Guideline if you wish to know more about each programs:
INFORMATION KIT FOR APPLICANTS
Who can apply? **
? Communities at villages, tikina and/or provincial level
How to apply?
Program 1: Community Cultural Development
If intending to apply under Program 1 you are to submit the following:
For Programs 2-7
If intending to apply under Programs 2-7 you are to submit 2 copies of your proposal using the following as a guide:
The applicant certifies that the information in this submission is, to the best of His/her/its knowledge, true and correct. The applicant understands that any omission or false statement made in the submission may result in the withdrawal or the non-approval of the request.
Applicants are encouraged to discuss their applications with the Department prior to their submissions. The officers of the Department have no decision-making role in relation to the allocation of grants. Any information given by staff should be seen as information only.
If you are requesting assistance for purchase of equipment e.g. musical instruments you are to submit 3 quotations and select the supplier you most recommend.
Your submission may be approved in part or not at all. If approved in part, you may be required to furnish 1/3 or 50% of total cost of your request according to the decision of the Cultural Grants Committee.
All successful applicants are also required to acknowledge the support of the Department of National Heritage, Culture & Arts in all promotional material associated with the project.
Refer to the Guidelines for more information:
Some of the projects that have received funding through the Cultural Grants Assistance can be found here
FIJI MUSEUM ARCHAEOLOGICAL IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
The provision of assistance to the Fiji Museum to facilitate their mapping of cultural sites around the country as mandated in the POAPI Act is important. The Department proposes to make this a permanent programme so that resource owners and public make an informed decision regarding any development that may affect the cultural and heritage values of ancestral land.
SEARCH FOR CULTURAL/HERITAGE FUNDING
|GOVERNMENT & STATUTORY BODY FUNDING
|Various government Ministries and statutory bodies in Fiji have different areas and levels of financial assistance available which can be accessed from their various websitesITAUKEI TRUST FUND BOARD
The iTaukei Trust Fund Board provides funding:
PACIFIC ISLAND FORUM SECRETARIAT
PIFS manages various funding schemes which are available to member countries. An assistance scheme available that can assist cultural industry players is the PIFS Marketing Support Fund. The fund was established to assist micro, small and medium enterprises of the Forum Island Countries with limited financial resources and access to capital. Refer to guidelines:http://www.forumsec.org/resources/uploads/attachments/documents/Forum%20Secretariat%20Marketing%20Support%20Fund%20%28MSF%29%20guidelines.pdf
PACIFIC ISLANDS PRIVATE SECTOR ORGANISATIONS
PIPSO was formed out of the Pacific Plan adopted by PIF Leaders. PIPSO emphasizes the importance of the private sector to the sustainable development and growth in the Forum Island Countries (FICs). As such it encourages national private sector organizations to register and become members so that they can enjoy the financial assistance available. There are 2 forms of assistance available:
DEPARTMENT OF INTERNAL AFFAIRS, NEW ZEALAND
The Pacific Development and Conservation Trust was established by the New Zealand Government on 23 May 1989 following a funding of $3.2 million received from the French Government in recognition of the events surrounding the destruction of the Greenpeace ‘Rainbow Warrior’ Ship in Auckland Harbour in 1985.
The trust provides grants to groups and individuals in the South Pacific (Fiji included) that:
Making an application:
NEW ZEALAND AID PROGRAMME
NZAID has numerous funding initiatives for the Pacific including Fiji, a few of which is outlined below:
AUSTRALIAN AID PROGRAMME
The Australian Government has a range of AID programmes including those that qualify as grants to facilitate funding for projects in developing countries. These can be accessed through:
AMBASSADORS FUND FOR CULTURAL PRESERVATION (AFCP)
The Embassy of the United States of America (Fiji) operates the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) an annual competition which supports projects in the following categories:
The Christensen Funds focuses on specific issues that fall within the four main programmatic themes:
http://www.christensenfund.org/funding/ for more information.
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL PACIFIC FUNDS
Through the French Embassy Cooperation and Cultural Policy in Fiji and other countries in the Pacific, the institution will endeavour to utilize funds available from its budget or mobilize funding from international and regional donors notably the Economic, Social and Cultural Pacific Fund, aka as the Pacific Funds.
JAPANESE OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE
Through its bilateral cooperation with Fiji, the Embassy of Japan-Fiji provides direct assistance to various projects that fall within its ambit of priorities. These can be accessed for possibilities of funding in future.View
ACP CULTURES.EU FUNDS
THE EU-ACP SUPPORT PROGRAMME TO CULTURAL INDUSTRIES IN ACP countries is funded by the European Commission, managed and implemented by the Secretariat of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP). The general objective of the Programme is to contribute to poverty reduction and sustainable development through the promotion of an enabling environment for creativity, cooperation and exchanges, independence and viability of the cultural sector in the ACP States, as well as the safeguarding of cultural diversity and fundamental cultural values.
It aims at reinforcing the capacities of policy and decision makers, cultural operators and certain domains of culture and cultural industries in the ACP countries.
2003 UNESO CONVENTION FOR THE SAFEGUARDING OF THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE – INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE.
The Convention foresees the possibility for States Parties to submit requests for international assistance for programmes and projects for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (see ICH-04 form and instructions from the form page).
1972 UNESCO CONVENTION FOR THE POTECTION AND MANAGEMENT OR NATURAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE.
International Assistance under the World Heritage Convention is granted to the State Parties to the World Heritage Convention, in order to help them protect the World Cultural or Natural Heritage located on their territories and inscribed on the World Heritage List, the List of World Heritage in Danger or on their Tentative List.
INTERNATIONAL FUND FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY
IFCD caters for funding requests for projects and preparatory assistance requests that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector at the national and/or local level, primarily through activities facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.