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First phase of UAE's National Creative Relief Programme to give grants to 87

First phase of UAE's National Creative Relief Programme to give grants to 87

The rescue fund for creatives was announced in May

The UAE government launched a grant scheme to support freelancers and SME in the creative field
The UAE government launched a grant scheme to support freelancers and SME in the creative field

A government programme has given grants to 50 freelancers and 37 companies.

Led by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development (MCKD) and launched in May, the fund offers grants of AED 15,000 to AED 50,000 grants to people and SMEs experiencing financial difficulties due to COVID-19.

Successful freelance applicants will receive enough to cover their outgoings for a month, while businesses are to get 70 per cent of what they need.

Loss of income and company sustainability were among the factors considered when awarding the grants.

The programme is open to freelancers, citizens and residents, as well as small businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

A further helping hand has been extended to creatives in the UAE's capital.

Warehouse421 in Abu Dhabi introduced a fund to revive creative projects axed because of COVID-19.

Visual artists, curators, literary creatives, designers and musicians aged 21 and above could apply to cover the costs of producing and finalising projects that are currently on hold, while isolating at home.

Some of the finished works will have the opportunity to be exhibited at Warehouse421, which is currently closed as a precautionary measure.

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