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What is a grant?

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In a heartbeat

A grant is money you can apply for to fund your project. Unlike a loan, you don’t have to pay back a grant. However, you do have to demonstrate that your project is worth doing and that you are the right person to do it. Most grants available in Malaysia range from a few hundred ringgit, to tens of thousands and whatever amount you ask for, you have to show exactly how the money will be used.

A closer examination

A grant is money given to an individual or organisation for a specific purpose. In the performing arts, this is often a project with a clearly-defined goal. For example, conducting a workshop for young artists, staging a performance, or organising an event.

In many countries, but not ours, there is considerable public (governmental) funding for the performing arts. Here performers and producers have to depend on scarce organisation-sponsored grants for their projects. A great majority of those offering local grants are foundations, such as Yayasan Sime Darby and the Japan Foundation of Kuala Lumpur.

While the list of locally available grants is short, the commitment of grant-givers, or grantors, is great. While motivation may vary a little (for example, JFKL and the Goethe-Institut  encourage projects that use arts and culture to build bridges between countries), generally the grantor recognises the vital role the arts play in culture and society, and the benefits they bring to individuals. They set up grants to empower those who have the ideas, creativity and drive but need funding to bring their projects to completion.

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