In recognition of the integral part artists and creatives play in the cultural economy of the UAE, the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development (MCKD) in collaboration with the Arts Council and the Cultural and Creative Industries is launching The National Creatives Relief Programme offering freelancers and SMEs in the UAE the opportunity to apply for a grant between Dh15,000 to 50,000 for loss of earnings in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The programme aims to ensure the sustainability of cultural production in the country and cement the UAE’s position as an incubator for creativity, arts and culture.
The National Creative Relief Programme is open to both citizens and residents of the UAE who are either independent or freelance creatives or small enterprises working in the creative and cultural industries sectors. Applicants must: have a history of business in the country in 2019; hold a commercial freelance licence from development departments or free zones whose income is from independent employment contracts and not a full-time salary; be over 18 years old: with loss of income as a result of cancellation of contracts or work in March, April, and May; and have made efforts to sustain their business during the current period.
Those eligible will be asked to supply; a copy of their work permit; a copy of their Emirates ID; a copy of passport with UAE residency visa; official bank statements for the last six months; copies of cancelled contracts/works/agreements that affected the income in March, April and May; and copies of financial commitments in May, June, and July.
Freelancers, entrepreneurs and small businesses in the cultural and creative industries can apply for the grant on the MCKD website beginning on Sunday 17 May. Applications will be open for seven days. Good luck!
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