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Oct 18, 2019

$27K for Cultural Development Projects

A third tranche of money from the Cultural Development Fund of the National Institute of Culture and History was disbursed today at the Bliss Centre for the Performing Arts. The fund was created to assist those who work in preserving the tangible and intangible culture of Belize. Today, fourteen persons and organizations received cheques totalling twenty-seven thousand dollars to help with their individual projects. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Twenty-seven thousand dollars in grants were split between some fourteen organizations and persons in the third cycle of the Cultural Development Fund. The fund was launched by the National Institute of Culture and History in June; then in July of this year twenty-five thousand dollars was issued.  The initiative provides micro-financing and other support to persons in the creative and cultural industries.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Culture

“Happy I am to be a part of this event this afternoon that will see so many more of our groups and individuals receive from the Cultural Development Fund. Earlier this year, we launched the Cultural Development Fund; it is our second ceremony for distribution of cheques, but if you remember when we launched, we also did some distribution then so it is more accurately the third distribution. In June, which was the first round of distribution, we had a Pok-Ta-Pok team receiving; we had the Chocolate Festival and we had the National Garifuna Council. And then the second in July we had thirteen recipients and we had people from the music video genre, we had theatre, we had animated film, we had music development, concerts for local performers, we had pageantry. We had Emancipation Day and the recipients at that time were UBAD, Miss Universe, Square Peg Players, the National Library Service, Miss East Indian and Tekwani and Duende, which I am understanding is the highlight of the National Film Festival that will come up in early next month, November.”


Thirty-five applications were submitted, fourteen of which were awarded today. The process of selection is reviewed by a selection committee and works with the perseveration of the tangible and intangible culture in Belize.


Dr. John Morris, Director, Institute of Archaeology

“This cultural development fund. I think it is a very good concept. I like the process that we do to get to the end point where we can give out the funds. It helps that everyone can fill out a form, state their objectives and then it is reviewed and it is reviewed without bias because I am part of the review and as you can tell, there is no one here that does archaeology. So no one here got grant for archaeology. But hopefully, somewhere down the line people in archaeology, the ones who are tour guides, tour operators, crafts people who make replicas or so can apply for these funds too.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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