IDB Cultural Development Program Grant Call for Proposals 2014

The Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Cultural Center has announced a call for proposals for its Cultural Development Program. In August 2012, the Barbados Association of Drama Educators (BADE) was among the 50 proud recipients of a grant under this Program, which supports innovative proposals that showcase creativity and promote socially impactful cultural projects across the region.

IDB’s Chief of Operations, Christel Saab posing with students from Trinidad and Tobago at the launch of the Caribbean Secondary School Drama Festival.

IDB’s Chief of Operations, Christel Saab posing with students from Trinidad and Tobago at the launch of the Caribbean Secondary School Drama Festival.

The 2014 objectives continue to be to: (1) recognize and stimulate the training activities of cultural development centers; (2) communicate and disseminate institutional or communal experiences worthy of being used locally or regionally; (3) promote the restoration and preservation of historical cultural heritage; (4) support the education of cultural facilitators and the development of artistic manifestations such as craft making, visual and plastic arts, music, dance, theater, literature, or any other area of cultural expression that benefits individual and community development; and (5) support their sustainability.

Representative of the IDB Barbados Country Office, Joel Branski, said that he is heartened by the strides the Country Office has made in the past two years in some of the most important Bank’s focal areas.

“In Barbados, we have been able to improve our portfolio disbursement performance to our third best figure in thirteen years while promoting the IDB’s mandate for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) to build relationships with communities. From this we have seen increasing interest being shown in the IDB’s social development programs and contests. Recently, the Caribbean Center of Excellence for Youth Entrepreneurship won the Juscelino Kubitschek Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions in economics and finance, and social, cultural, and scientific achievement, and we have had a number of institutions entered in the IDEAS Contest. We certainly hope that a number of Barbadian institutions would also take up this Cultural Development Program opportunity to benefit from IDB grant funding,” Branski noted.

Only legally registered non-profit institutions which have been registered for no less than five years and with a minimum of five years of experience in the cultural and artistic fields may apply. The Program supports cultural activities and may not be used to cover the salaries, administrative expenses, and/or food or similar items of the institution applying for the funds. In the recent past, the IDB has provided a grant of US$5,000 to the Pinelands Creative Workshops to support the “Music and Culture as a Tool for Development” project and a grant of US$7,000 to BADE to host a technical workshop for drama teachers to be held alongside the Caribbean Secondary Schools Drama Festival, which concluded on December 13, 2013.

Projects to be considered under the program must be submitted through the online electronic form before February 28, 2014 at http://bit.ly/1hIx0bg. Printed proposals or those received via email will not be accepted. Please review the guidelines in order to prepare proposals: http://bit.ly/1gSccwK.

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