Gov’t offering entertainment grants of up to $1m re COVID – Grange | Loop Jamaica

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The Government is offering cash of up to $1 million to registered small companies and umbrella organisations within the entertainment, culture and creative industries.

The amounts that range between $400,000 and $1 million are the biggest offerings to date from the Government to entities and/or individuals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, in making the announcement, said the size of the grants to companies and organisations would depend on the entity and the size of the industry they serve.

“Within the sector, you have large organisations, such as JaRIA, JAVAA and the Jamaica Federation of Musicians; and you have small business entities say in theatre, in dance, in film, that will also be considered for grants,” said Grange.

To be eligible for grants, companies and organisations must have been in operation prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and be able to prove they were using company registration documents, tax compliance certificates and event flyers.

The entities must also be signed up to the Ministry’s e-Registry, and must have an account (with any local bank) in Jamaican currency.

The application portal on the ministry’s website at www.mcges.gov.jm is now open, and the deadline for application is Wednesday, March 17 at midnight.

“It’s a small window… (and) I want to encourage those entities to apply now.  We want to provide these funds to you for capacity building, capacity strengthening, and also to provide these small registered entities with funds to restart after the COVID devastation… before the end of the financial year,” said Grange.

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