NCCA calls for project proposals for 2021 competitive grants programs

August 14, 2020 | By: NCCA

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) is now accepting project proposals for the 2021 Competitive Grants Program. Deadline for submission of proposals is on September 30, 2020 (Wednesday)

Section 12.a.4 of Republic Act 7356 authorizes the Commission to give grants to artists and cultural groups which contribute significantly to the Filipino’s cultural legacy as means to extend artistic achievement. Further, Section 13.h of the same law mandates the Commission to administer the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts and give grants for the development, protection, preservation and dissemination of Philippine culture and arts.

The NCCA Competitive Grants Program is anchored on the Commission’s vision of A Filipino people with a strong sense of nationhood and deep respect for cultural diversity and aligned with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2017-2022: Chapter 7 on Culture (Promoting Philippine Culture and Values towards Bayanihan).

The NCCA Competitive Grants Program has three elements:

  1. Project-Based – eligible proponents such as Filipino citizens based in the Philippines, local government units, state universities and colleges, public schools, indigenous peoples’ organizations, peoples’ organizations, government agencies, and civil society organizations can apply by submitting a well-planned project proposal.
  2. Competitive – approval of a project proposal passes through a rigorous and confidential evaluation process based on merit such as quality and relevance to Commission priorities.
  3. Fund Transfer – approved projects are entitled to funding subject to applicable government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.


  1. Proposals received beyond the announced deadline for submission, i.e., September 30, 2020 (Wednesday) shall not be considered.
  2. A proponent can only submit one project proposal.
  3. The proponent must fully accomplish the prescribed NCCA Project Proposal Form.
  4. The proponent must indicate and identify the corresponding category where his/her project will fall.
  5. The proponent must submit the documentary requirements.
  6. Proponents must be accredited by the Commission as a pre-requisite to the approval of their project proposal. Thus, all proponents must settle and complete all pending projects from 2019 and previous years, including the liquidation of such to be able to avail of 2021 grants. [Please coordinate with this Commission’s Accreditation and Grants Processing Section (AGPS) for details.]
  7. Officials, employees, and Executive Council Members (ExeCom) and their relatives up to the fourth civil degree of affinity and consanguinity are disqualified from submitting proposals.
  8. Following the COA Auditing Rules and Regulations, approved funding for individual grantees shall be released on a “direct payment or reimbursement mode”.
  9. Pursuant to Executive Order No. 9, s.2019 on the adoption of the Cash-based budgeting system, all proposals should indicate their period of implementation anytime within the period January-October 2021.
  10. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all proposals must demonstrate adherence to minimum public health standards.
  11. The individual proponent/head of organization is required to sign all the pages of the proposal.
  12. The project proposal may be accomplished in Filipino or English.
  13. An incomplete project proposal may constrain the Commission from acting favorably on it.

All project proposals should be addressed and submitted to:

Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division (P/PFPD)
National Commission for Culture and the Arts
Room 5-C, Fifth Floor,
NCCA Building 633 General Luna Street, Intramuros 1002 Manila, Philippines
Tel No:  8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509
Fax No: 8527-2198 / 8527-2209 / 8527-2194


The NCCA requires the submission of a complete project proposal based on the indicated proposal format to facilitate proper evaluation.   Please do not hesitate to contact us at telephone numbers indicated above, should you find the proposal format difficult to accomplish.  The project proposal may be accomplished in Filipino or English. 

NCCA accreditation certificate is necessary prior to the approval of project requests.
[Coordinate with the NCCA Accreditation and Grants Processing Section (AGPS)]

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