$1 mil earmarked for cultural grants



Prime Minister, Dr. Huber Minnis.

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis revealed Monday that government has allocated $1 million in its new budget to fund a cultural grants programme.

The initiative will provide Bahamian artists with a new avenue to receive monetary assistance for the advancement of their craft.

“We shall appoint a non-political board to head a special fund to support the development of Bahamian artists, novelists, sculptors, filmmakers and play writers who are involved in projects of cultural significance,” said Dr. Minnis.

“Although the government will feed the fund, it will be open to donations from anyone; including the private sector.”

The grants will range between $1,000 and $25,000, and can according to the prime minister, be used to support artistic initiatives which will add to the country’s cultural development.

“No Bahamian artist will have to come to me or any politician to get a grant. It’s an independent program,” asserted the prime minister.