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 Board Members Morgan DaCosta (Chairman), Lorna Reid, Jason Gilbert and Mary Anne Kosa. Experienced members from the Cayman Islands arts community may be invited to assist with 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

Standard conditions for grants when receiving funds from the CNCF:

Acknowledgment of the support of the CNCF whenever feasible – that is to say, in all printed materials, public performances and/or events, media releases and interviews and you will include the following statement in all publications and printed materials funded by the CNCF: Made possible with a grant from the Cayman National Cultural Foundation.

Completion of an Activity Report Form at the end of each project or an updated report for each review session until project is completed.  Please note that failure to complete and submit the form may result in exclusion from future grant consideration.

Provision when asked, with images and audiovisual materials that we can use to celebrate artistic achievement. CNCF may also publish information relating to the activity we have funded. This may include, but may not be limited to, images, video, press release, grant amounts and upcoming events.

For more information about applying for a grant download the complete instruction document HERE. 

Past Recipients of Grants for the Arts


Year Name Type of Art
2016 Sherla Ferguson Ebanks with Yuri and Kenya Ferguson Caymanians in the Isle of Pines – non-fiction publication
2016 Malcolm Ellis Tripping Through – film production
2016 Simone Scott Brac Autumn Festival
2016 Michael Powery Yin Cayman Islands Poetry Festival
2016 Georgette Bodden New York Fashion Week – fashion design
2017 Nicole Durrant Dancing Our Africa – African contemporary dance workshops, lectures and performances
2017 Cassandra Shea Hospice Care – documentary film production
2018 Badir Awe Luna’s Ring – film production
2018 Martin Keeley Shifting Tides – non-fiction publication
2018 Melody Allenger World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) – performing arts
2018 Jaeden Hanna World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) – performing arts
2018 Carlie Tibbetts World Championships of Performing Arts (WCOPA) – performing arts
2021 Deborah Beal Be Brave, Benjamin! – fiction publication
2021 Michelle Bryan Fiction publication
2021 Glenroy L. Bodden Non-fiction publication