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Culture Fund releases grants

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A TOTAL of 23 artistes and culture groups from different parts of the country will soon receive grants worth over $178 000 from the Culture Fund Trust of Zimbabwe successful project proposal submissions.

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Culture Fund said in a statement this week the second funding cycle for 2014 covered various disciplines that tallied with the fund’s programme clusters.

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“Grants worth $178 154,80 were awarded to 24 projects and programmes. During this cycle, a total of 131 grant applications were submitted requesting some
$1 894 078,85, an indication that the grant requests far outweigh available funding,” the statement read.

Among the successful applicants was NewsDay Senior Features Writer Phillip Chidavaenzi who is set to self–publish his second novel titled The Ties That Bind, a sequel to his NAMA award–winning debut The Haunted Trail, published by Longman Zimbabwe in 2006.

Other prominent artists whose applications were successful are writers Memory Chirere, Shumirai Nhanhanga, Zimbabwe Women Writers’ Association and short film producer Rudo Idah Chakanyuka, Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts (IYASA) well as the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Trust (ZIFFT).

The grants worth $178 154,80 were availed in collaboration with Sweden and Denmark as an investment in the country’s arts, culture and heritage sector.

Culture Fund provides financial and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions and activities aimed at developing the culture sector and wealth creation in Zimbabwe.

The Culture Fund partners for this grant programme were the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (Sida) and the Royal Danish Embassy Office (RDEO) in Harare.

Sida has been injecting an average of $1 million annually since 2007 to the development of the arts and culture in Zimbabwe.

Recently, RDEO poured out a grant of $900 000 to support the development of arts and culture through the Culture Fund.

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