The Commission on Higher Education (CHED), in partnership with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA), has opened the call for proposals for creative projects designed to mainstream cultural education and appreciation in higher education.


The Salikha creative grants, derived from the words “saliksik” and “likha”, provide financial support amounting to a total of P300 million to Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to produce and share creative outputs for publication, exhibition, production, and other forms of public use.

CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan notes that this marks the very first time the Commission is offering grants exclusively to the development of Philippine culture and the arts in higher education.

“We are making unprecedented investments in the creative capabilities of our faculty to improve instruction and learning in the arts, culture, humanities, and social sciences. By enhancing content and pedagogy, we hope to deepen cultural knowledge and nurture pride in showcasing the unique Filipino identity,” Licuanan said.

The Salikha creative grants are open to HEIs with teaching and non-teaching staff affected by the K to 12 program implementation, as part of CHED’s continuing role to provide financial support and capability development during the transition period.

Either mono- or multi-disciplinary, proposals must be designed for research, development, innovation, and the production of creative outputs and knowledge, and must seek to make an impact on arts and culture and higher education in the country.

Creative outputs can be in the form of arts research, architecture, cinema, dance, dramatic arts, literary arts, music, visual arts, and creative industries, among others.

The total grant amounts per approved project vary from P500,000 to P10 million, depending on the type and scale of the project, as well as the capability of the institutions to implement it. The deliverables and outputs produced must also be commensurate to the size of grant provided.

Licuanan added that this project is in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s national roadmap to promote the creative arts and utilize higher education as a force for social and cultural transformation, as stated under the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

“Through Salikha, it is our hope that we inspire more members of the academe to engage in research of creative work and further promote our rich and diverse culture. And we cannot be more thankful to our partners in NCCA for helping us towards this end,” the Chairperson said.

The deadline for applications for the Salikha creative grants has been extended to September 11, 2017. For more information, please visit:

The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.

For more information, visit

CHED K to 12 Transition Program Management Unit

G/F Higher Education Development Center (HEDC)
C.P. Garcia Avenue, U.P. Diliman, Quezon City