Apply for HEVA Funds: Cultural Heritage Fund and Young Women In Creative Enterprise Fund 2019 for East Africa

Apply for HEVA Funds: Cultural Heritage Fund and Young Women In Creative Enterprise Fund 2019 for East Africa

Deadline: February 25, 2019

Applications are now open for two HEVA funds: The Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund! The two facilities contribute to the sustainable growth of creative enterprises in Kenya. HEVA also intends to continue their work within the region, focused on strengthened relationships, targeted market intervention and holistic business development.

Do you own a creative business that works with music, film, fashion or gaming? Apply to one of HEVA’s funds dedicated to East Africa’s creative industries.

About Cultural Heritage Seed Fund

The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund supports culture and heritage startups in Kenya working directly in the areas of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming and performing arts – as well as tourism projects which celebrate and preserve our heritage. This fund is open for application by individuals, groups, communities, businesses and organizations working on ventures, projects or activities based in cultural heritage.

The facility on offer is a grant/loan hybrid. HEVA is looking to invest between KES 500,000 and KES 3 million in each successful venture.

About Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund

The Young Women in Creative Industries Fund is designed to support young women in creative enterprises looking to increase their production capacity, launch new product lines, invest in new technology and expand their distribution networks in the East Africa market. In addition to the loan facility, successful applicants will receive tailored financial facilities and targeted business support. The fund is open to woman-owned or majority-women owned businesses working with fashion, crafts, digital media, music performance, hair, beauty and cosmetics as well as creative education enterprises.

The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund, established in collaboration with the Goethe Institut as part of the Jenga CCI creative economy intervention, focuses on supporting Kenyan women in creative enterprise in order to build the competitiveness of creative industry products at home and in the East Africa market. The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund is a loan facility. HEVA will invest up to KES 1,000,000 in each successful business, to be paid back over a maximum period of 18 months.

Eligibility

  • Open to creative businesses that work with music, film, fashion or gaming in East Africa

Cultural Heritage Seed Fund 

  • Open for application by individuals, groups, communities, businesses and organisations who can demonstrate that their project will be a venture, project or activity based in cultural heritage. They will also demonstrate their overall commercial value, and revenue potential from the local and/or international tourism sectors, as well as substantial impact in cultural ecosystems and communities.
  • You must be an individual, group, community or organisation working in music, film, fashion, gaming, performing arts or tangible heritage.
  • Your project, idea, company must have a direct link to cultural heritage development that falls under any of the following ventures:
    • Festivals: Cultural, literature, film, music, theater etc.
    • Cultural Products: Fashion, costumes and textiles, jewelry & accessories, furniture and decor items, games, music albums etc.
    • Tangible Heritage: Museums, archives, libraries, historic and cultural sites, community spaces and placemaking, typography, indigenous crafts etc.
    • Cultural Education: Artistic practice, artistic education, research, journalism and publications, digital platforms (YouTube channels, blogs, vlogs, independent media) etc.
  • You should demonstrate experience and public engagement in the cultural heritage field.
  • You must have work related financial records for the past financial year such as invoices, LPO’s, bank statements etc.
  • You must be a Kenyan citizen who is resident in Kenya, and/or part of a business or organisation which is registered and operational in Kenya*.
    • * Community-based organizations (CBOs), trusts and charities do not qualify.

Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund

  • You must be a Kenyan citizen resident in Kenya, with a business that is legally registered and operational in Kenya.
  • You must have been in business for at least 2 (two) years*.
  • Your business must be women-owned or have majority shareholding amongst women aged between 18 and 35 (an organization structure diagram showing how the organisation is structured and how the positions of the organisation, with the names, ages and occupations of their holders relate to one another will be required as part of your application)
  • Your business must trade in one of the following arenas:
    • Fashion and apparel manufacturing
    • Digital media, television and film
    • Live music events, festivals, fairs and markets
    • Hair, beauty and cosmetic products
    • Creative arts educational enterprises
  • You must have financial records for at least a year, e.g M-pesa statements, bank statements, audits, etc.
  • You must have been in operation for at least 3 years
  • You must have at least three full time employees
    • * Community-based organizations (CBOs), trusts and charities do not qualify.

Application

For more information, visit HEVA Funds.

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