Culture Fund Awards Over US$ 1 million for the Culture Impacts Programme

The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust envisions an inclusive society characterized by improved well-being for all. It harnesses resources for the creative sector in order to make impacts on the broader Zimbabwean society by engaging the transformative power of Arts and Culture. The Fund facilitates the advancement of a sustainable and vibrant Culture in Zimbabwe that contributes to broad participation by Zimbabweans in their cultural life and development of their country. It contributes to cultural and economic growth through strategic partnerships and programmes with among others Government, local authorities, business and international funding organizations. In its programming Culture Fund endorses Good Art as a medium for stimulating development activities that yield measurable results and leave traceable footprints benefiting Zimbabweans.

In the new Culture Impacts programme the Culture Fund partners with the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Danish Government through the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) and the European Union (EU) Delegation in Harare. This programme will foster social cohesion, peace and poverty reduction among Zimbabwean communities. It will strengthen the broad participation by Zimbabweans in all spheres of society through platforms that foster free expression; advance gender equality; promote, assert and defend human, cultural and socio-economic rights within communities.

The Culture Funds runs a transparent grant application process targeting Zimbabweans and Zimbabwean residents. Project proposals were assessed for their ability to effectively address the Culture Impacts objectives within the implementation period. The overwhelming response to the call saw over 500 project proposals requesting more than 10 times the total available funds for the programme. The Culture Fund board has awarded grants worth just over US$ 1 million invested in 41 projects.

Many grant applications were unsuccessful in this instance due to limited funds and for the following reasons among others:

  • Project proposal submitted out of programme scope
  • Project proposal deemed more suitable for other funding streams
  • Previously supported grantees whose projects were poorly implemented
  • Projects whose outcomes for Culture Impacts were ambiguous
  • Applications whose budgets were unrealistic to the call
  • Infrastructure development project applications with high risk of non-completion
  • Project proposals lacking requisite information

The Culture Fund Board is pleased to announce the awarding of grants to the following successful applicants:

PROJECT NAME RECIPIENT (USD)GRANT
1 MULTI-LINGUAL MUSIC CD AND DVD Albert Nyathi 20,000.00
2 OWN YOUR RUBBISH Laurie Macpherson 23,500.00
3 INTERNATIONAL IMAGES FILM FESTIVAL FOR WOMEN (IIFF) Women Film Makers of Zimbabwe(WFOZ) 35,000.00
4 WOMEN’S ARTS FESTIVAL (WAFEST) Young Voices Network 35,094.00
5 WOMEN IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP DIALOGUE STIMULUS Hub 30,000.00
6 PRACTICE NORMS THAT REINFORCE GENDER EQUALITY (TV SERIES) Afrovision Entertainment 50,000.00
7 TRADITIONAL VILLAGE AT GREAT ZIMBABWE National Museums and Monuments 19,000.00
8 PROMOTING AN UNDERSTANDING OF DISABILITY RIGHTS Zimbabwe Deaf Media Trust 17,610.00
9 INTWASA ARTS FESTIVAL KOBULAWAYO Intwasa Arts Festival 17,000.00
10 BEITBRIDGE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF ARTS Beitbridge Arts Festival 15,000.00
11 JIBILIKA DANCE FESTIVAL Jibilika Dance Trust 18,000.00
12 GALLERY DELTA FOUNDATION FOR ART AND THE HUMANITIES Gallery Delta Foundation 20,000.00
13 ZIMBABWE INTERNATIONAL BOOK FAIR (ZIBF) 2015 Zimbabwe International Book Fair 50,000.00
14 CAPACITY BUILDING OF DRAMATIC ARTISTS PROJECT Almasi Productions 20,000.00
15 EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES THROUGH ARTS AND CULTURE Pamberi Trust 50, 000.00
16 DICTIONARY OF SHONA NAMES Professor George P. Kahari 16,000.00
17 SOUTHERN AFRICAN POLITICAL & ECONOMIC SERIES (SAPES) SAPES Trust 30,000.00
18 RADIO DRAMA: GENDER BASED VIOLENCE SAVANNAH Trust 49,325.00
19 TISU.COM THEATRE INSPIRED SOCIAL UNITY FOR COMMUNITY Edzai Isu & Tisu.com 25,000.00
20 BUDDIES FOR LOVE Patsime Trust 35,000.00
21 ANIMATED FOLKTALES Ignatius T. Mabasa 26,420.00
22 SHOKO FESTIVAL’S COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ARTISTS PROGRAMME Magamba Network 24,000.00
23 SHORT FILM PROJECT Zimbabwe International Film Trust (ZIFT) 30,000.00
24 MWANA WAMWARI Nick Zemura 10,000.00
25 DIARIES OF A DISEMPOWERED AFRICAN GIRL CHILD Vivian Lucas 10,000.00
26 NATIONAL CULTURE POLICY AND ACTION PLAN Ministry of Sport Arts and Culture 30,000.00
27 NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL ZIMBABWE ARTS PROGRAMMES National Arts Council Zimbabwe 40,000.00
28 RURAL SCHOOLS THEATRE TRAINING Umkhathi Arts 16,000.00
29 ISIPHIWO SAMI TALENT SEARCH IYASA 12,000.00
30 CHILDREN PERFORMING ARTS WORKSHOP (CHIPAWO) CHIPAWO Trust 20,000.00
31 3RD MANICALAND SCHOOLS FOLK, DANCE AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Bembera Arts Ensemble 20,000.00
32 MAKUNUN’UNU MAODZAMOYO EDUCATIONAL FILM Jesesi Mungoshi 23,670.00
33 DEFENDING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN & YOUTH IN HONDE VALLEY (CRAFTS) STEP Zimbabwe 35,000.00
34 ENHANCED LEADERSHIP ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS FOR WOMEN Lupane Women Centre 44,515.00
35 RURAL CONSTITUTIONAL THEATRE CAFÉ Victory Siyanqoba Trust 30,000.00
36 YOUTH CULTURAL ARTS FESTIVAL (YOCAF) Youth Cultural Arts Festival (YOCAF) 20,000.00
37 NHERERA ZVIRANGE PROJECT Elias Machemedze 5,000.00
38 MUSICA FESTIVAL Young and Emerging local artists 5,000.00
39 MBIRA SUN-SPLASH Dzimbanhete Arts Interactions 11,284.37
40 ARTISTS RESIDENCY Nompilo Nkomo 2,000.00
41 FNB ART FAIR Village Unhu 5,000.00
* CULTURE FUND MOBILITY IMPACTS (TBD) 28,000.00
GRAND TOTAL 1,023,418.37