WHO WE ARE
The Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) was established in 2017 with an initial USD2.6 million in capitalisation from the Caribbean Development Bank. It is a multi-donor fund, which supports the development of the creative industries (CI) sector in the Caribbean. CIIF’s goal is to enable the region’s cultural and creative industries to be globally competitive.
CIIF completed a pilot cycle of operations and grant funding between 2018-2023. The fund awarded 30 grants resulting in directly serving over 500 stakeholders across our 19 BMCs. CIIF also launched and piloted technical assistance to the CIs in Haiti from 2020-2023, through dedicated grant funding valued at USD198,000, directly serving 90 beneficiaries.
In June 2023, CIIF was granted approval and additional resources for a further period of operations to 2027.
WHAT WE DO
The CIIF is designed to provide support to the Caribbean region’s CI sector through technical assistance. Alongside facilitating industry training, research and business development activities, CIIF provides grant funding for innovative projects within the cultural and creative industries, aligned to three grant streams - Enabling Environment, Data Intelligence, and Improved Competitiveness of Creative MSMEs (micro, small and medium enterprises).
CIIF has five priority sub-sectors:
1. Fashion & Contemporary Design
2. Visual Arts
3. Audio-visual (Film, Animation, Gaming)
4. Festivals and Carnivals
Taking lead from CIIF’s guiding pillars, projects and partnerships are expected to demonstrate a significant measure of innovation, collaboration and sustainability.