The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust (Culture Fund) is an independent, not for-profit, non-partisan and development-oriented civil society organization established in 2006. It is registered in accordance with the laws of Zimbabwe. The Fund focuses on investing in Zimbabwean cultural, artistic and heritage initiatives, to create more wealth and better lives for Zimbabweans.
The organization was founded after the realization that funding towards cultural activities in Zimbabwe was inconsistent and piece-meal. Local stakeholders and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) therefore created an all-encompassing vehicle that had capacity to coordinate the various initiatives in Zimbabwe’s cultural and creative sector.
Since then, the Culture Fund has promoted a dynamic, diversified and sustainable culture sector imbued with Zimbabwean values and identity.
The Culture Fund’s Role in Zimbabwean Society
Funding Arts, Culture and Heritage
The organization’s key role is to provide grants and technical support to individuals, registered companies, artists’ work groups, cultural organizations and institutions.
The Fund recognises the critical role that the arts and culture plays as a contributor towards national development. To achieve sector growth, the Fund works in partnership with multi-lateral agencies, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) civil society, the business community, government departments and parastatals.
The Fund’s longstanding and main funding partner is Sida. Other funding partners include the European Union (EU), United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Development Programme Dialogue Financing Facility (UNDP DFF). These collaborations foster international development cooperation and channels resources to cultural agents and development projects in Zimbabwe.
Operating within a complex web of development, wealth creation and nation-building efforts, cultural initiatives cannot operate in a vacuum. The Culture Fund therefore brings together multiple stakeholders in the Zimbabwean cultural sphere and other sectors in integrating society; using the arts and culture as an important vehicle for achieving sustainable development.
The Mandate of Culture Fund
The Culture Fund has a mandate to build capacity in the culture sector through multi-dimensional strategies. These include investing in creative ideas by way of grants and technical assistance.
The fund also creates an enabling environment for mainstreaming arts and culture into the national development agenda. Its vision and mission are couched in a set of organizational values and implemented through three strategic goals.
A dynamic, diversified and sustainable culture sector imbued with Zimbabwean values and identity which contributes towards wealth creation.
To contribute to the growth of the culture sector in Zimbabwe by providing finance and technical support to cultural practitioners, institutions and activities.
- The Culture Fund believes that all its business practices should be tested for integrity and that operations should be efficient and quality never compromised.
- The Culture Fund is committed to being held accountable for adding public value and being open and transparent before its stakeholders.
- The organization promotes bold and creative behaviour while appreciating the importance of achieving a balance through acting as a non-partisan player in the Culture Sector, in all choices and activities.
Strategic Objectives | 2014 â€“ 2016
- Objective One: Establish a sustainable Fund with a strong fund management capacity
- Objective Two: Identify talent and create platforms and spaces for creativity and innovation in order to grow the Culture sector
- Objective Three: Enable access to finance, markets, capabilities and skills for cultural agents
- Objective Four: Enable research, preservation and promotion of Culture; focus on heritage and environmental sustainability in Zimbabwe