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ACP-EU Culture commits €3M to Caribbean creative sector

On 21 April 2022, the Caribbean hub of the ACP-EU Culture Programme – led by the University of the West Indies, UNESCO and CARICOM – simultaneously launched its project “Creative Caribbean” along with its first call for proposals in support of the cultural and creative industries in 15 countries of the region.

With a budget of €3 million, Creative Caribbean is a flagship project for the region. Indeed, this is the first time that the Caribbean creative and cultural sector has had such a budget to strengthen its growth and development. And it is a step in the right direction of economic recovery after two long years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thus, through its grant programmes, the project aims specifically to :

  • Strengthen and streamline the ecosystem development framework for the region’s cultural and creative sectors;
  • Increase the creation and production of quality goods and services that are competitive at global, local and regional levels; and stimulate job creation;
  • Increase the skills of Caribbean cultural and creative operators to optimise their financial security in order to stimulate their growth and facilitate their access to finance through innovative mechanisms that reduce their dependence on international funding.

Towards an enabling environment for CCI competitiveness

As part of its support to the competitiveness of the cultural and creative sectors in the region, Creative Caribbean has launched a first call for proposals open to cultural operators and artists in 15 Caribbean countries, who can choose to participate in one of the two grant programmes set up by the project.

Firstly, a grant programme designed to create a favourable environment, based on the following axes:

  • Promoting visual literacy and performing arts in schools;
  • Establishing national registers of artists, professionals and cultural and creative industries with a view to setting up a regional creative register;
  • Developing/revising cultural policies, implementation plans and legislation at national level;
  • Promoting entrepreneurial incubation and acceleration in collaboration with creative hubs and creative cities initiatives.

Secondly, a second grant programme is reserved for strengthening the cultural and creative industries based on the following axes:

  • Festival markets, professional integration and knowledge transfer;
  • Artist mobility and residencies;
  • Product development and content production;
  • Small grants for professional associations;
  • Small grants for emerging creative content creators;
  • Scaling grants for export-ready creatives;
  • CCI festival business exchange networks and fora.

Submissions will be accepted until 16 June 2022.

For more information on how to participate, please visit:



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