Issue of July 7, 2019
Mt. Province
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NCCA calls on culture & art workers to apply for grants
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts calls on more Cordilleran culture and art workers and advocates to avail of the grants they are offering. Those interested have until July 31 to submit their proposals.

NCCA Arts Section Project Development Officer Niño Selibio announced the opening of the 2020 competitive grants during a press briefing in Baguio City,  recently.

Selibio said the NCCA continues to fulfill its mandate of preserving, developing and promoting of Philippine arts and culture by giving grants to projects aligned to the preservation and promotion of cultural heritage and the arts. 

“We are encouraging artistic creation and empowering the artists and cultural workers as the national agency for arts and culture is now accepting proposals for projects to be implemented in 2020. We are also looking for implementing partners of projects which have been conceptualized by the NCCA,” he said.

Selibio explained that through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts, the NCCA provides assistance to civil society organizations, people’s organizations, indigenous peoples organizations, individuals, local government units, government agencies, state universities and colleges and public schools through its grants program, and institutional programs such as the outreach program, resource persons and experts bureau program, and the technical assistance program.

The NCCA competitive grants are anchored on its vision: “Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well-being” and aligned with the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022: Chapter 7 on culture promoting Philippine culture and values.

Projects are categorized into arts, heritage, cultural dissemination, and cultural communities and traditional arts.

Selibio said in 2018 at least 14 projects were approved worth at least P2.8 million  while in 2019, at least 16 projects were approved and implemented in the Cordillera amounting to at least P4M.

Of the 14 projects in 2018, three projects were under the cultural heritage, three in the arts, one in cultural dissemination and seven under the cultural communities and traditional arts. For 2019, two projects were under the cultural heritage, four in the arts and 10 under the cultural communities and traditional arts.

NCCA Subcommittee on Cinema member Joel Arthur Tibaldo encouraged his fellow filmmakers to avail of the grants and opportunities that the NCCA is offering particularly in the projects and activities of “indie” filmmakers or full length filmmakers in Baguio City and the Cordillera.

Deadline for the submission of proposals and letters of intent is on July 31. The proposal must be submitted to the Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division led by Division Chief, Bernan Corpuz, at Room 5-B, fifth floor, NCCA Building, 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila.

Guidelines and project proposal forms may be downloaded from and respectively. Proposals may also be submitted via email,,, and

For inquiries on the NCCA grants programs, contact Joseph Corpuz, chief of the P/PFPD through the following: direct line 522-2084, trunkline 527-2192, and email address,, or

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