ILOILO CITY, July 21 (PIA) -- The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is calling on individuals, groups, and organizations from Western Visayas to submit their proposals for arts and culture projects that will be implemented next year.
According to Lawrence Charles Salazar, head of the cultural heritage section of NCCA, the grants program is open to non-government organizations, civil society organizations, local government units, national government agencies, state universities and colleges, and individuals.
The programming of the competitive grants is based on the priorities identified by 19 national committees from the different fields of the culture and the arts and it was based primarily on the Philippine Development Plan for 2017-2022.
There are categories for publications of literary and cultural studies, visual arts, and research on central communities, among others.
The approved proposals in Western Visayas last year include an establishment of a barangay reading center in Sapian town, Capiz; components of festivals; a compilation of Aklanon folklore; and a publication project of the tales in Panay Island, which contains epics, myths, and folklore of central communities.
The NCCA disbursed a total of P2.5 million worth of grants last year to these projects in the region.
Organizations and groups with approved proposals will receive the grant in their bank account in several tranches, depending on the amount and the duration of the project.
For individuals, on the other hand, the grant will be in reimbursement basis, said Salazar.
The board is expected to approve the proposals in November so that those who will be given grants will be notified by December this year.
The public is also encouraged to visit the commission's website www.ncca.gov.ph or their official Facebook page to get more details of the program. (CBA/PIA6)