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.


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
5.    Music

Taking lead from CIIF’s guiding pillars, projects and partnerships are expected to demonstrate a significant measure of innovation, collaboration and sustainability.  


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Grant Funding Opportunities

CIIF currently awards funding via calls for proposals/applications for the priority sub-sectors: Visual Arts, Music, Fashion and Contemporary Design, Audio Visual (Film and Animation) and Festival and Carnivals. Selection is via a series of competitive public calls for applicants. Applications are currently closed until 2024.  

Other Opportunities

There will be ongoing opportunities and calls for participation in grant projects under implementation. There will also be opportunities for participation in training programmes and access to knowledge resources under our Community of Practice portfolio.

Registration for our Proposal Writing for the Cultural and Creative Industries e-learning course re-opens soon.


If you are an experienced practitioner with at least 5 years’ experience in consulting, you are invited to apply to our CIIF Consultants' Directory. Subscribers are considered for CIIF consultancies relevant to their qualifications and experience.


CIIF developed the Creative Industry (CI) Profiles with the aim of addressing the primary constraints to the growth of CIs in the Caribbean. These include financial, capacity building, networking, access to CI data and market barriers that are impeding the growth of smaller scale creative enterprises in the Region, despite global growth trends for this sector. The CIIF List provides valuable information as at 2020 on the resources available in each country which are relevant to building a robust and globally competitive CI sector.

View our first 10 profiles.


CONTACT OUR TEAM: ciif@caribank.org

Ms. Malene Joseph
Fund Coordinator, CIIF
Ms. Tameka Lee Roberts
Project Officer, CIIF

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