CULTURAL FUNDING

 

Agencies we fund

Funding The Culture Sector In Fiji

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.

  • Fiji Arts Council
  • Fiji Museum
  • National Trust of Fiji
  • Multi-Cultural Centres
  • Fiji Heritage Foundation
Cultural Grants

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)

  • What is Cultural Grants?
  • Programs supported
  • Information Kit for Applicants
  • Projects supported.
  • Fiji Museum Archaeological Impact Assessment
Search for Cultural/Heritage funding

 


CULTURAL FUNDING

Agencies we Fund

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.

Art

  • Fiji Arts Council
  • Fiji Multi-Cultural Centre

Archaelogical/ Museumology

  • Fiji Museum

Heritage Management

  • National Trust of Fiji
  • Fiji Heritage Foundation

 

CULTURAL GRANTS

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.

PROGRAMS SUPPORTED

The 7 programs eligible for funding under the Cultural Grants Program:

Program 1
Program 2
Program 3
Program 4
Program 5
Program 6
Program 7

Community Cultural DevelopmentDance/Meke
Literature and History
Music
Performing Arts Touring
Visual Arts and Crafts
Capital Infrastructure (beautification of village historical or heritage sites)

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
? Individual artists, craftspeople, musicians, composers
? Community-based organizations conducting cultural workshops
? Local arts and cultural organizations or professional bodies
? Local government authorities and tertiary institutions
? Other government ministries/departments who would like to jointly fund cultural programs/projects with the Department of National Heritage

**conditions apply.

How to apply?

Program 1: Community Cultural Development

If intending to apply under Program 1 you are to submit the following:

  1. Written proposal from community with endorsement from your local Provincial office.
  2. State various cultural revival programs you would like undertaken
  3. Mail or hand-deliver applications

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:

  1. Name of individual or organization
  2. Address, phone, fax and email contact
  3. Individual/Organization profile – information about the individual or organization including details about previous cultural activities and/or current activities
  4. Title of project/activity to be funded
  5. Details of project/activity to be funded – in 2-3 paragraphs describe the project/activity including those who will benefit from it (directly and indirectly)
    • Objectives of project/activity – list them only
    • Location of project/activity
    • List those who will directly and indirectly benefit from the project/activity
    • Duration of project/activity
    • Budget of project/activity
    • Declaration and signature of applicant – Please insert the declaration statement below at the end of your proposal with your signature and date:

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.

Note:

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 required to furnish a short report and receipts as proof for acquittals no later than 45 days from commencement of project. At this stage you can seek advice from the Department on the compilation of report and acquittals.

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:

PROJECTS SUPPORTED

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.

Reports tabulated by the Fiji Museum regarding sites mapped can be accessed here:

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:

  • To provide funding for the undertaking, promotion and sponsoring programmes on Fijian language, culture and the study of ethno-history and ethno-geography.
  • To provide funding to help develop the management, leadership and entrepreneurial skills of the indigenous Fijians and Rotumans.
  • To sponsor research into languages, art and culture of indigenous Fijians and Rotumans and the better understanding of their culture and heritage.

Refer to:

http://www.itaukeitrustfund.com.fj/index.php/projects/project-guidelines

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:

  • Business Development Fund (BDF)
  • Capacity Building Fund (CBF)

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:

  • promote social, cultural and economic self-sufficiency;
  • improve legal access to facilities or resources necessary for social, cultural and economic sufficiency;
  • improve health, living standards and quality of life;
  • involve protection of representative, endangered or threatened species;
  • conserve unique habitats or ecosystems;
  • promote the sustainable management and use of natural resources;
  • conserve or restore sites of significant historic, environmental or cultural heritage;
  • raise awareness of, or improve access to, historic, environmental or cultural heritage;
  • develop local communities’ capacities, particularly for indigenous ecological knowledge development;
  • improve cooperation and communication between communities; and
  • encourages peace, security and greater understanding between peoples, cultures and communities.

Making an application:

http://www.communitymatters.govt.nz/Funding-and-grants—Trust-and-fellowship-grants—Pacific-development-and-conservation-trust

NEW ZEALAND AID PROGRAMME

NZAID has numerous funding initiatives for the Pacific including Fiji, a few of which is outlined below:
New Zealand Partnerships for International Development Fund Refer to: http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/nz-partnerships-international-development-fund
Pacific Island Countries Participation Fund. Refer to:http://www.aid.govt.nz/funding-and-contracts/other-funds/pacific-island-countries-participation-fund

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:

http://www.ausaid.gov.au/business/other_opps/Pages/default.aspx

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:

  1. Cultural sites;
  2. Objects and collections of objects from a museum, site, archive, or similar institution;
  3. Forms of traditional cultural expression.

Refer to:

http://suva.usembassy.gov/cultural_preservation.html

CHRISTENSEN FUNDS

The Christensen Funds focuses on specific issues that fall within the four main programmatic themes:

  1. Sustaining Foodways and Livelihoods within Biocultural Landscapes and Seascapes
  2. Ensuring Socio-ecological Resilience of Landscapes and Seascapes
  3. Celebrating and Revitalizing Cultural Expression
  4. Promoting Knowledge Systems and Bio-cultural Education

Refer to:

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.

Refer:

http://www.ambafrance-fj.org/Co-operation-and-Cultural-Policy and

http://www.ambafrance-nz.org/Pacific-Fund-Applications-for-2012

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.

Refer:
http://www.acpcultures.eu/?lang=uk

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).

View: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/index.php?lg=en&pg=00013

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.

View: http://whc.unesco.org/en/intassistance/

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.

View:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/culture/themes/cultural-diversity/diversity-of-cultural-expressions/call-for-funding-requests/