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CISP Small Grants disbursed

By James Harry Obeng                            


After months of waiting impatiently for the disbursement of grants under the Cultural Initiative Support Program (CISP) of the European Union (EU), the first batch of small grants are now due for disbursement.


However, this may also come short of the high-pitched expectations of many applicants as a smattering as only fifty (50) applications, out of the total of over 1,700 applications received by the Program Management Unit (PMU), is to receive the grant under the small grants.


“We have now signed the first contract agreements for the first batch of grantees to receive their monies through bank transfers”, stated Mr Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, the Program Coordinator of the CISP, in an interview with the Spectator at his office.


He indicated that upon the Call for Proposals, launched in February, this year, with a deadline pegged at March 31, the PMU received a total of over 1,700 applications from the public, a figure which exceeded the initial projections of the grant managers.


But only fifty applicants are now to benefit amounts ranging between GH¢ 500 and GH¢2000, a situation Mr Gyan-Apenteng said followed the report of an Evaluation Committee whose findings “weeded out” an initial 700 applications “because they didn’t fill the forms properly”, bringing the number of valid applications left to 900.


“The valid applications were further evaluated by the committee after which we selected the 50 applicants who are now going to receive their monies”, he stated, stressing that the final number reflected both the quality and quantity of applications received from the ten regions in the country.


“So the regions with the highest number of applicants ended up having the greatest number of beneficiaries”, Mr Gyan-Apenteng noted, as he gave the breakdown of beneficiaries in each region; Greater Accra 10, Ashanti 11, Brong Ahafo 4, Eastern 6, Western 6, Central 3, Volta 4, Northern 2, Upper East 2 and Upper West 2.


The recipients come from such fields as music, dance, drama, visual arts and crafts, film production and heritage.


Mr Gyan-Apenteng told the Spectator that his outfit has presented its program estimates to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the European Union (EU) “for it to be signed for the Call for Proposals for the Big Grants to commence, likely this October”.


The CISP is the result of a two million Euro European Development Fund (EDF) grant, which was provided by the European Union to the Government of Ghana to support the cultural sector. It was prompted by the need to make up for the shortfalls and weaknesses in implementing the country’s Cultural Policy.


There are two types of grants under the CISP; ‘Small Grants’ and ‘Big Grants’. The sum total of money available for disbursement under this Call this year is GH¢350,000. The Small Grant is between GH¢2,000 and GH¢12,000 whereas the Big Grant is between GH¢30,000 and GH¢30,000 and GH¢50,000. 


The work of the CISP is undertaken by a Program Management Unit on behalf of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the National Commission on Culture and supervised by a Steering Committee.










September 18, 2008 - Posted by | News

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