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GUIDE: How to Apply for NCCA’s Culture and Arts Competitive Grants Program

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts’ (NCCA), the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture, is now accepting proposals for the 2023 Competitive Grants until August 31, 2022.

Section 12.a.4 of Republic Act 7356 [NCCA Charter] authorizes the Commission to give grants to artists and cultural groups which contribute significantly to the Filipino’s cultural legacy as means to extend artistic achievement. Further, Section 13.h of the same law mandates the Commission to administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) and give grants for the development, protection, preservation and dissemination of Philippine culture and arts.

The NCCA Competitive Grants Program is competitive in nature since the approval of project proposals pass through a rigorous and confidential evaluation process based on merit such as quality and relevance to Commission priorities. The projects are categorized per Subcommissions—Subcommission on the Arts (SCA); Subcommission on Cultural and Traditional Arts (SCCTA); Subcommission on Cultural Dissemination (SCD); and Subcommission on Cultural Heritage (SCH), and proponents interested in implementing projects in each category shall submit a Project Proposal following the requirements and shall be addressed and submitted to:

Program Management Division (PMD)

National Commission for Culture and the Arts

Room 5-C, Fifth Floor, NCCA Building

633 General Luna Street, Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines

Telephone Nos: (02) 8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509

Fax Nos: (02) 8527-2198 / (02) 8527-2209 / (02) 8527-2194

E-mail: ppmd@ncca.gov.ph

Here are some rules for the NCCA grants program:

  • Proposals received beyond the announced deadline for submission, i.e., August 31, 2022, shall not be considered.
  • A proponent can only submit one project proposal.
  • Proponents must be accredited by the Commission as a pre-requisite to the approval of their project proposal.
  • Pursuant to Executive Order No. 9, s.2019 on the adoption of the Cash-based budgeting system, all proposals should indicate their period of implementation anytime within the period January-December 2023.
  • Due to the Covid19 pandemic, all proposals must demonstrate adherence to minimum public health standards. Expenses for such purpose (eg. Covid19 tests, purchase of face shields/masks/alcohol, etc.) shall not exceed 10% of the amount of the grant being requested.
  • Pursuant to Republic Act No. 11106 or the Filipino Sign Language (FSL) Act, proposals involving the conduct of fora, conferences, meetings, competitions, online streaming, and other similar live activities require FSL interpreter insets to guarantee access to information and freedom of expression of the Filipino deaf;
  • The project proposal may be accomplished in Filipino or English.

Interested applicants may download the forms here:

Officials, employees, and Executive Council (ExeCon) Members and their relatives up to the fourth civil degree of affinity and consanguinity as well as organizations and institutions where ExeCon Members serve as officers and incorporators are disqualified from submitting proposals.

Read more about the NCCA Competitive Grants Program here.

Open to art schools
Schools for the arts may also submit their proposals to the NCCA’s 2023 Competitive Grants Program.

Currently, the Calabarzon region houses at least three schools for the arts: the Philippine High School for the Arts and Calamba City School for the Arts in Laguna, and the Batangas Province High School for Culture and Arts in Batangas Province.

NCCA Head for Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts Section, Renee Talavera said interested applicants may register for the Grants Program accreditation.

The NCCA has been supporting schools for the arts in the country by funding their performances, training for teachers, among many others.

“Kahit wala pang isinusumiteng project proposal may register for the grants program. Kapag accredited na sila, hanggang isang taon ito. Ire-renew na lang ito para kapag naisipan ng high school for the arts na magkaroon ng proyekto, handa na sila,” Talavera said.

Interested applicants should have no ongoing project or unliquidated grant with the NCCA. Each proponent can submit only one project proposal for the Competitive Grants Program.

As it promotes inclusivity in its programs, the NCCA said proposals involving the conduct of fora and other similar live activities require Filipino Sign Language (FSL) interpret insets to guarantee access to information and freedom of expression of the Filipino deaf.

For more information on the 2023 NCCA Competitive Grants Program, you may coordinate with the Program Management Division Secretariat at telephone number (02) 8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509, fax numbers (02) 8527-2198 / (02) 8527-2209 / (02) 8527-2194, or through e-mail at ppmd@ncca.gov.ph. You may also visit www.ncca.gov.ph and Facebook page for further details. — NCCA

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