As part of our mission to facilitate and preserve all forms of artistic expression in Cayman, the Cultural Foundation awards financial grants to individuals, groups and organisations to help further development, to assist in bringing a worthy project to fruition, or in some cases to support an ongoing project or programme. The CNCF Grants and Award Committee meets during the March Review and the September Review to review the applications to determine if an application has merit and decide if the dollar amount applied for should be granted, or granted in a reduced amount. The committee members are Morgan DaCosta, Board Member and Chairman; Lorna Reid, Board Member; and Giselle Webb, volunteer. Experienced members from the Cayman Islands arts community may be invited to assist the committee if additional expertise is required for a specialised project. CNCF has awarded grants for training, productions, publications, attendance at festivals, film and special projects.

financial grants

Grants for the Arts

APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE SEPTEMBER REVIEW: 15 JULY 2022

Thank you for your interest in CNCF’s Grants for the Arts (GFA), our funding programme for arts activities that ‘engage’ people in the Cayman Islands and help individual artists and arts groups to carry out their work. ‘Engage people’ means people being stimulated or inspired by, and getting actively involved with/in, the arts. This could include taking part in an arts activity or creating a work of art.

Our grants are for individuals who are resident in the Cayman Islands and have been resident in the Cayman Islands for the preceding twelve (12) months and operate in the Cayman Islands. They are for activities carried out over a set period and which:

  • engage people in the Cayman Islands in arts activities; and
  • help artists and arts groups in the Cayman Islands carry out their work.

Cash grants are awarded as follows:

INDIVIDUAL ARTIST
Practical Endeavour: Production of a piece of Theatre, Dance, Music and Song, Film, Literary, Crafts. Culinary, etc.
Award Amount: Maximum CI$3,000

Arts Research: Quality interrogation of one or more aspects of Caymanian folk traditions, cultural arts or humanities discipline, leading to the submission of a publication-worthy paper of no less than 5,000 words.
Award Amount: Maximum CI$3,000

ART ORGANISATIONS/GROUPS
Practical Endeavour: Production of a piece of Theatre, Dance, Music and Song, Film, Literary, Crafts, Culinary, etc.
Award Amount: Maximum CI$6,000

Arts Research: Quality interrogation of one or more aspects of Caymanian folk traditions, cultural arts or humanities discipline, leading to the submission of a publication-worthy paper of no less than 5,000 words.
Award Amount: Maximum CI$6,000

Links to download the application form, application guidelines and sample budget can be found below. You can also submit your form directly to CNCF. 

Persons/groups who receive a grant must complete an Activity Report at the end of each project or an updated report for each review session until project is completed.  Failure to complete and submit the form may result in exclusion from future grant consideration.

APPROVED GRANTS FOR THE ARTS IN RECENT YEARS

 

Artistic Work Description
Caymanians in the Isles of Pines Historical non-fiction publication
Brac Autumn Festival Cayman Brac community event
Cayman Islands Poetry Festival Cayman Islands community event
Dancing Our Africa African contemporary dance workshops, lectures
and performances
Marvelous Mangroves Myths and legends from around the world
Luna’s Ring Local film production
World Championships of Performing Arts Performing arts competition
Beach Day at Beach Bay Children’s storybook