TACLOBAN CITY – The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is encouraging individuals and organizations from the region to submit their applications for the agency’s 2024 competitive grants.

The commission will accept project proposals for the competitive grants until August 31, Veronica Amboni, NCCA project development officer, said.

The NCCA competitive grant is a program wherein a proposed project will pass through a rigorous and confidential evaluation process based on merit such as quality and relevance to the commission priorities before its approval.

The proposed projects are categorized per subcommission which includes arts, cultural and traditional arts, cultural dissemination, and cultural heritage.

“The proponents may focus on subjects they wanted to focus on if they want to focus on festival, capacity building, or seminar workshops,” Amboni said.

Those whose proposal will be approved by the commission must be implemented within the year, she added.

Amboni added that for those who will choose seminars and trainings, they must coordinate with Philippine sign language to have an interpreter that will guarantee access to information and freedom of expression of Filipino deaf.

Grantee will receive funds ranging from P50,000 to P1.5 million.

Those who are interested may only submit one project proposal and must fully accomplish the prescribed NCCA project proposal form indicating and identifying the corresponding category where the project will fall, and submit documentary requirements.

Applicants for the competitive grants must also be accredited by the commission.
The accreditation is open to civil society organizations (CSO), people’s organizations (POs), indigenous people’s organizations (IPOs), individuals, local government units (LGU), government agencies (GA), state universities/ colleges (SUC), and public schools.

To be accredited, CSO must be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission for at least three years, PO must be recognized by cultural agencies, LGU, GA, or academic institutions, IPO must be recognized or endorsed by LGU, National Commission on Indigenous People, National Commission on Muslim Filipino, academic institution or NCCA ExeCom member, while individuals must have a good track record in implementing arts and culture projects and activities and recognized by LGU, cultural agencies, GA, and academic institution.

Application for accreditation is whole year-round and valid for one year.
Interested applicants for the competitive grants and accreditation may visit the NCCA website at www.ncca.gov.ph.