The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), led by its chairman Arsenio “Nick” J. Lizaso, executive director Al Ryan S. Alejandre, deputy executive director Marichu G. Tellano, and Supervising Officer for Administration Bernan Joseph R. Corpuz, is now accepting project proposals for the 2021 Competitive Grants Program to be submitted on or before September 30, 2020.

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: 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; 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; and Fund Transfer, approved projects are entitled to funding subject to applicable government accounting and auditing rules and regulations.

Interested organizations or individuals must submit only one project proposal; they 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; due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all proposals must demonstrate adherence to minimum public health standards; the proponent must fully accomplish the prescribed NCCA Project Proposal Form; they must indicate and identify the corresponding category where his/her project will fall; and they must submit the documentary requirements.

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

For more details, please contact P/PFPD, through 8527-2192 (TL) loc. 509 / 8527-2198 / 8527-2209 / 8527-2194, through email address or visit NCCA website at