What are the documents required to apply for the program?
Copies of contracts / agreements / work requests that were canceled indicating the amounts lost by the applicant in the months (March, April, and May) for the year 2020 to be approved (signed and sealed) from both parties, and attaches that indicate the cancellation by the second party and if this is not available, all correspondence between the two parties is attached (an e-mail) that includes what is stating the contract with the company, scope of work, cost of work, date of disbursement of payments, date of contract and execution of work, and what indicates that the contract has been canceled
If all of the above is not available: new correspondence (a new email) is prepared between the two parties that includes what indicates the contract with the company and the company’s license number, the scope of work, the cost of work, the dates of disbursement of payments, the contracting date and execution of the work, and what indicates that The contract has been canceled.
I have a company with 15 employees. Can I apply for the program?
Yes, applications are allowed for companies employing less than 20 employees
Should the bank account be sealed?
An electronic bank account can be submitted including the bank letterhead.
Will we be notified if we were rejected?
Yes, all applicants will be informed of the result, whether they were accepted in the program or rejected.
When will the recipients of the grant be announced?
After completing the application evaluation process and conforming to the program criteria.
When will the application stage for the phase 2 be closed?
Two weeks after the registration was opened, on the 14th of July
What is the difference between the Phase 1 and the Phase 2?
The scope of the program has been expanded and companies with 10-20 employees are allowed to apply for the grant.
What is the value of the grant for each individual or company?
The value of the grant varies according to the evaluation and the documents provided, but it ranges between AED 15,000-75,000 maximum in Cash.
How can I apply for the support program?
You can apply for the program by visiting our website: mckd.gov.ae and filling in the form available with all of the required details.
I got my license in January 2020; can I apply for the program?
No, the license must have been issued at least six months ago i.e. October 2019 or earlier
My residency expired last month; can I still apply?
Yes, according to the decision of the Federal Authority for Citizenship and Residency, expired residencies have been extended until the end of 2020.
Is the program restricted to citizens, or can foreign creators apply for the program?
Citizens and expats residing in the UAE can apply for the program
Do I need to pay the amount back to the Ministry, and what is the time period?
This support is a grant and is not required to be paid back.
What is the period of time to obtain financing?
It depends on the accuracy and completion of documents in the form where the evaluation and audit stage begins, then providing support if the criteria is met.
Will everyone who applies get financial support?
No, we have a clear criteria for applications that will be evaluated. Applications that fulfill the criteria and those are mostly affected will be receiving the grant.
I work independently without an official license; can I get support?
An individual without a license cannot apply for the program.
Can free zone companies apply, or companies registered with the local economic development departments ?
All companies registered in the UAE can apply for the program
I have a small company, can I apply?
Yes, you can apply to the National Creative Relief Program.
What areas of creative and cultural industries does the program support?
The segments of cultural and creative industries eligible for financial grants include the following:
Natural and cultural heritage which includes museums, monuments, historical places, natural heritage, cultural education, intangible cultural heritage
Performing arts, which include music, festivals and exhibitions
Visual arts and crafts, which includes fine art, photography, crafts and other ways of digital reproduction of works
Press and Literature includes writing for books, magazines, newspapers, libraries and archives.
Audiovisual and interactive media including movies and video, television and radio, interactive media, electronic games
Design and creative services including fashion design, interior design, landscape design, architectural design and services, design and advertising services, jewelry design, culinary arts, technology and software design.
What is the criteria for obtaining financial support?
Applications for individuals and companies will be evaluated by the following criteria:
The size of loss incurred by an individual or a company during March, April and May as a result of cancellation of contracts or work
The amount of financial difficulties on individuals and companies in view of the available cash amounts in relation to financial obligations in the next 3 months
Track record for producing creative content in the UAE since 2019
Steps that are taken by the applicant to sustain their business for the time being
Who is eligible to receive this grant through The National Creative Relief Program ?
Support includes the following categories:
Creative Individuals who are citizens and residents in UAE and hold a license to operate their business.
Small companies operating in the cultural and creative industries sector that employ 20 people or less.