RM10 mln Hertitage, Arts and Culture Facilitation Fund open for application, Sarawak-related events to be given priority

Abdul Karim (centre) and Hii (second left) holding up the facilitation fund posters.

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, April 27: The RM10 million Heritage, Arts and Culture Facilitation Fund by the Sarawak government is open to receiving applications starting today until Oct 28, 2022.

Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the proposed activities and programmes must benefit the recovery of Sarawak’s heritage, arts and culture from the Covid-19 impact.

He said the events that can be applied for through this fund include workshops, classes, courses, conferences, symposiums, forums, dialogues, seminars, competitions, exhibitions, festivals, documentation (including book and film publishing), local community activities as well as other programmes that contribute to capacity building in Sarawak’s heritage, arts and culture sectors.

“The fund is open to artists (individuals), non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and non-profit organisations (NPOs) in Sarawak.

“There is no limit to each fund application. The decision lies with the committee, but be considerate and share the funding with everybody else. Don’t apply for 9 million and leave only 1 million for the others.

“While Sarawakians are to be prioritised, events that promote Sarawak organised by non-Sarawakian organisations or associations are also welcome,” said Abdul Karim when announcing the fund at Bangunan Baitulmakmur here today.

He also noted that the proposed activity or programme, whether physical or hybrid, must be held within Malaysia, but those supported by the Sarawak government and held in Sarawak will be prioritised.

All applications must be submitted to the ministry no later than 60 days before the date of the proposed events which has to be held in the year 2022.

The application form and guidelines for the facilitation fund can be downloaded from the Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts official website.

Also present at the press conference was Ministry of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts permanent secretary Hii Chang Kee. — DayakDaily