HEVA Funds: The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund 2019 for Kenyans.

Are you a Kenyan citizen and resident in Kenya? Are you individual, group, community or organization working in music, film, fashion, gaming, performing arts or tangible heritage? HEVA Funds is excited to launch and open a call for applications for two funds: The Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund! Applications for both are now open and will run between 25th January and 25th February 2019.

Cultural Heritage Seed Fund overview

In collaboration with the British Council, they have established a seed financing facility for cultural heritage businesses.  This facility shall support and stimulate creative economy startups who are directly involved in sustainable exploration and inclusive development of cultural heritage. It will also target increasing commerce through creative industry methodology, and focus on increasing revenues from the local and international tourism sectors.


The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is a two-year seed financing facility looking to support individuals, groups, communities and organizations working in the creative enterprises in Kenya, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage. The facility on offer is a grant/loan hybrid. HEVA is looking to invest between KES 500,000 and KES 3 million in each successful venture.

Eligibilities and requirements

The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is open for application by individuals, groups, communities, businesses, and organizations who can demonstrate that their project will be a venture, project or activity based on cultural heritage. They will also demonstrate their overall commercial value, and revenue potential from the local and/or international tourism sectors, as well as substantial impact in cultural ecosystems and communities.

To be selected, you must be an individual, group, community or organization working in music, film, fashion, gaming, performing arts or tangible heritage. Your project, idea, company must have a direct link to cultural heritage development that falls under any of the following ventures:

Festivals: Cultural, literature, film, music, theater etc.

Cultural Products: Fashion, costumes, and textiles, jewelry and accessories, furniture and decor items, games, music albums etc.

Tangible Heritage: Museums, archives, libraries, historic and cultural sites, community spaces and placemaking, typography, indigenous crafts etc.

Cultural Education: Artistic practice, artistic education, research, journalism and publications, digital platforms (YouTube channels, blogs, vlogs, independent media) etc.

You should demonstrate experience and public engagement in the cultural heritage field, you must have work-related financial records for the past financial year such as invoices, LPO’s, bank statements etc. You must be a Kenyan citizen who is resident in Kenya, and/or part of a business or organization which is registered and operational in Kenya.

The deadline is February 25, 2019

Apply here

For more information, visit Heva Fund

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