Understanding that artists cannot innovate without start up support, Cambodian Living Arts has created the Dam Dos Grant programme, under which artists can apply for grants to fund individual projects and research efforts.
With this grant, CLA hopes to see more creativity, capacity built, and research in the arts and culture.
So Phina, CLA’s programme manager for knowledge, networks and policy, said the Dam Dos Grants were part of CLA’s five-year strategy focus on development, creative thinking, advocacy, and promoting awareness of the arts among the younger generation. Also, CLA’s mission is to be a catalyst for a striving arts scene. Thus, CLA created the grant programme to help artists explore new artistic and cultural ideas.
“There are two types of grants,” Ms Phina said. Project grants have a clear budget and time frame. They are for artists who want to create or research new art projects. The other type is the mobility grant. These allow artists to apply for funding to join seminars, conferences or short study courses in Cambodia or throughout the Asian region.
Ms Phina said the grants would be handed out from January to December next year. The largest grant size is $2,500, but the committee would scrutinise applications carefully before bestowing this amount, she said. Mobile grants offer a maximum of $500 which may cover flight fare, accommodation, and meal etc..
“What is unique about this grant is that the grant is developed to offer for those who haven’t had such chance before.the grant will ensure to all community based troupe, artists from indigenous ethnic group, artist with disability able to apply.
They can apply in Khmer,hand written form, and can send applications in voice or video form, if they wish,” Ms Phina said.
To obtain an application form, visit the website of Cambodian Living Arts. Recipients of the project grants will be announced in December.