Cultural Heritage for Inclusive Growth is a two-year pilot programme being rolled out with local partners in three countries, Kenya, Columbia and Vietnam. In Kenya, seed grants and skills training to support cultural heritage will be offered to individuals, groups, communities and organisations working in creative enterprises, in the fields of music, film, fashion, crafts, gaming, performing arts, and tangible heritage. Using the hashtag #CultureGrows, the Kenyan programme aims to promote both social engagement and a wider understanding of the key role that Kenya’s diverse cultural heritage can play as a valuable contributor to economic growth, stimulating tourism, creating jobs and enhancing the investment climate.
Among the implementing partners is Book Bunk Trust, a charitable trust focused on the renovation and restoration of heritage library spaces as well as the installation of new libraries into public spaces, which will be supporting the preservation and promotion of the McMillan Library – Kenya’s oldest library. Other partners are Chao Tayiana, the writer and Founder of African Digital Heritage, Mount Kenya University in partnership with the University of West of Scotland, who will spearhead training in cultural heritage skills all over the country. Heva Fund will extend grants for entrepreneurs and small business in the creative economy with the first of its seed funding applications already underway.