ABOUT 1,300 individuals and organisations responded to the call by the Cultural Initiatives Support Programme (CISP), to submit proposals to source for funds from a two-million Euro grant from the European Union to support their creative and artistic works.
But Mr Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, programme co-ordinator of CSIP, said it is too early to tell the number of applicants for the various categories since the proposals are yet to be opened.
The grants, he indicated, are in two categories. A small grant for which an applicant can source for between GH˘2,000 and GH˘12,000 for the project and the big grants which gives out between GH˘30,000 and GH˘50,000.
According to Mr Gyan-Apenteng, administrative checks is being carried out by a sub-committee selected by the Steering Committee of CSIP to know the number of people who applied for the various categories or those from the regions.
"Then on the basis of the projects listed in the evaluation report, applicants will be informed and contracts will be prepared and signed after which advance payments will be made to the beneficiaries," he said.
"The list of the beneficiaries and the selected projects will be published and once the grant beneficiaries have started their work, effective monitoring will be carried out.
Mr Gyan-Apenteng said on the whole, the exercise has been successful.
This year, a total of GH˘350,000 will be disbursed under this call.