2019 HEVA Fund: The Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women In Creative Enterprise Fund

Deadline: February 25, 2019.

The Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund! Applications for both are now open and will run between 25th January and 25th February 2019.The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is a two-year seed financing facility looking to support individuals, groups, communities and organisations working in the creative enterprises in Kenya, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage. The facility on offer is a grant/loan hybrid. HEVA is looking to invest between KES 500,000 and KES 3 million in each successful venture.

The Young Women in Creative Enterprise Fund, established in collaboration with the Goethe Institut as part of the Jenga CCI creative economy intervention, focuses on supporting Kenyan women in creative enterprise in order to build the competitiveness of creative industry products at home and in the East Africa market.




  • You must be a Kenyan citizen resident in Kenya, with a business that is legally registered and operational in Kenya.
  • You must have been in business for at least 2 (two) years*.
  • Your business must be women-owned or have majority shareholding amongst women aged between 18 and 35 (an organization structure diagram showing how the organisation is structured and how the positions of the organisation, with the names, ages and occupations of their holders relate to one another will be required as part of your application)
  • Your business must trade in one of the following arenas:

Fashion and apparel manufacturing
Digital media, television and film
Live music events, festivals, fairs and markets
Hair, beauty and cosmetic products
Creative arts educational enterprises

  • You must have financial records for at least a year, e.g M-pesa statements, bank statements, audits, etc.
  • You must have been in operation for at least 3 years
  • You must have at least three full time employees

* Community-based organizations (CBOs), trusts and charities do not qualify.



The Cultural Heritage Seed Fund is open for application by individuals, groups, communities, businesses and organisations who can demonstrate that their project will be a venture, project or activity based in cultural heritage. They will also demonstrate their overall commercial value, and revenue potential from the local and/or international tourism sectors, as well as substantial impact in cultural ecosystems and communities.



  • You must be an individual, group, community or organisation working in music, film, fashion, gaming, performing arts or tangible heritage.
  • Your project, idea, company must have a direct link to cultural heritage development that falls under any of the following ventures:

Festivals: Cultural, literature, film, music, theater etc.

Cultural Products: Fashion, costumes and textiles, jewelry & accessories, furniture and decor items, games, music albums etc.

Tangible Heritage: Museums, archives, libraries, historic and cultural sites, community spaces and placemaking, typography, indigenous crafts etc.

Cultural Education: Artistic practice, artistic education, research, journalism and publications, digital platforms (YouTube channels, blogs, vlogs, independent media) etc.

  • You should demonstrate experience and public engagement in the cultural heritage field.
  • You must have work related financial records for the past financial year such as invoices, LPO’s, bank statements etc.
  • You must be a Kenyan citizen who is resident in Kenya, and/or part of a business or organisation which is registered and operational in Kenya*.

* Community-based organizations (CBOs), trusts and charities do not qualify.




The Cultural Heritage Fund and The Young Women In Creative Enterprise Fund

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