With the new policies being implemented by NCCA (National Commission for Culture and the Arts), the grantees for 2012 were invited to a general orientation on January 31 at the NCCA building in Intramuros, Manila.
Marichu Tellano, head of NCCA’s Policy/Plan and Programming Division, spoke at length on the proper procedures for grant application. She also explained the mechanics of the prevailing grant system for artistic and cultural projects.
Marichu Tellano of NCCA
The more than 100 grantees, coming from all disciplines like cinema, music, and history, were excited to sign the MOA (memorandum of agreement). As the new policy says, 15% of the grant will be released upon the signing of the said document.
But the early release is only applicable to group grants. The individual grantees have to secure initial funding elsewhere because NCCA will only release an amount equivalent to the submitted finished product of the project.
Further, the release of the grants will be in installments. For grants of P300,000 and below, the funding will be given in 2 tranches while grants amounting to more than P300,000 will be released in 4 tranches.
The case to case guidelines of the granted projects was issued after the sumptuous lunch of kare-kare and some other viands. Mylene Urriza handled the grants for cinema, panitikan and architecture.
Mylene Urriza and Ferdie Isleta of the Arts Section
The session ended at 3 pm with a reminder for the grantees to submit a complete terminal report for their respective projects.
Prospective grant applicants can refer to the NCCA’s website at www.ncca.gov.ph.
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