The British Council and DEMO have announced that they are accepting the applications for the Communities Empowerment programmes – DICE Creative Hubs, under which a grant of PKR1,070,000 will be given to eight organizations working in eight different creative categories mentioned by the council.

The aim of the programme is to empower and support eight projects creating a meaningful and powerful content. “Enabling like-minded people to come together to dream, share, imagine, innovate and explore ideas”, said the statement from the organization.

The categories mentioned in the press release include Fine Arts and Handicrafts, Software Development, Music and Performing Arts, Literature, Film-making, Architecture – Interior design and Industrial design, Fashion and Textile and lastly Graphic Design.

The statement said, “DEMO together with the selected organisations, will be co-designing creative hub activities in the form of meet-ups, workshops, dialogues, online marketplaces, performances, showcasing, screening events and more to strengthen the sustainability of their creative practices in the ecosystem”.

To be eligible for the programme and the grant, the applicants should have been operating for at least 1-5 years in their respective industry with revenue less than PKR 5 Million per annum.

“The programme is open for small organisations or artists collectively working in the creative industry, including but not limited to, art galleries, design studios, makerspaces, co-working spaces, fab labs, or artists–run spaces are welcome to apply”, added the press release.

Talha Chishti, Head of Programmes at British Council Pakistan while sharing his vies regarding the programme said, “DICE Creative Hubs is a wonderful opportunity for the Pakistani creative industry to collaborate and work together on the pressing issues of their communities and create a meaningful impact for the community members”..

The last date to apply for the programme is 11 February 2021.

The eight selected organizations will be given the grant and they will execute the DICE Creative hub activities by the end of March 2021.