Think City Aims To Boost Kuala Lumpur’s Creative Economy Through Downtown KL Grants Programme

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Urban impact organisation Think City has just launched the Downtown Kuala Lumpur Grants Programme to enable communities to participate in the recovery and transformation of the historic centre of Kuala Lumpur into a creative and cultural district.

The programme is aligned with the Kuala Lumpur Creative & Cultural District Strategic Masterplan, a plan developed in partnership between Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) and Think City, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture and the National Heritage Department.

The first of two culture-based economic recovery programmes by Think City supported by the Malaysian government through an allocation in the Budget 2020, this programme will focus on Downtown Kuala Lumpur with the next to focus on a national scale.

“This programme aims to empower individuals or organisations in Downtown KL to bring their projects to fruition and enable them to play an active role in building back better—giving them the opportunity to realise enhancements to existing projects or operations,” said Think City Managing Director, Hamdan Abdul Majeed, on the grants programme, with the hope that potential applicants will consider how they can elevate the surrounding communities.

“We are looking for projects that will strengthen, transform and add value to the Downtown KL area and its communities. In view of the uncertainty we live with due to the pandemic, we will be seeking projects that can be manifested either physically, digitally or in a hybrid format to ensure a wider scope of opportunity for applicants.”

Hamdan explained that the grants programme is one of the first steps, mandated by government stakeholders, to birth a creative and cultural district in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.

“That said, revitalising Downtown KL together with the community, and deploying existing assets such as historical landmarks and heritage buildings, its green belt and world-class transportation system can reactivate lost opportunities in the area and realise our vision for the Kuala Lumpur Creative and Cultural District, which has the potential to contribute significantly to the country’s economy,” he said.

Applicants may submit proposals for projects in the areas of Business Renewal, Community Resilience, and Space Rejuvenation, and may include publications, digital content, space activation projects, community programmes, capacity-building, vocational training or innovative educational programmes, and entrepreneurial programmes.

Individuals or organisations can apply for projects of any value, provided the proposals reflect the significant sustainable impact to Downtown KL and encourages applicants to seek co-investment for their projects as the programme does not provide full funding.

Submissions for the Downtown KL Grants Programme are open from now until Oct 31st, with more information and application forms to be found on their website.

Source: Think City

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