YOUTHS involved in arts and culture can apply for funds from the Sarawak Youth Creative Industry Fund to develop their talents and add value to their programmes.
State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the fund was set up in 2018 to assist youths in organising arts and culture programmes, particularly music, film, drama and theatre.
The fund is open to Sarawakians and Malaysians aged 15 to 40, who can apply as individuals, groups or associations.
“We hope those with creative skills will come forward if they are in need of funds for their programmes, ” Abdul Karim said, adding that it was not meant for business or entrepreneurship purposes.
He was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of the Sarawak Youth Development Council in Kuching.
Abdul Karim said the fund received 16 applications in 2019, of which only five were approved with a total sum of RM230,000.
Last year, 26 out of 44 applications were approved, totalling RM661,733.
As for this year, the fund has received 54 applications so far, with 11 approved, amounting to RM220,200.
The application form is available on the Youth and Sports Ministry’s website at www.myss.sarawak.gov.my
Meanwhile, Abdul Karim said his ministry had only been able to carry out a handful of its planned youth and sports programmes this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
He said the ministry had 56 programmes for youths and 41 sports programmes lined up for the year.
“Out of this, and until now, we only managed to organise seven.
“We hope to be able to organise the others later this year after more Sarawakians are vaccinated, ” he said. — By SHARON LING