Madad is an independent grant association that collects donations from individuals, organisations, companies, and banks to fund local arts and culture projects.
Their aim is to fund projects that bring culture to the underprivileged, supporting associations that offer trainings, theatre or music performances, culture lectures, festivals or even schools that offer culture programs in marginalised societies of Cairo and small cities across Egypt.
In their event entitled Awzenkom Maana (We Want You With Us), taking place on 2 December, Madad will announce its 10 newest grantees for round three in addition to unveiling presentations from three selected projects it successfully funded in the first and second round: Rahala, Bel Masry, and Qibly.
Among the round three grantees are Al-Kheima project, which brings theatre festivals to Minya gonvernorate, Warshet Tebaah (Print making workshop), which will offer a four-month printmaking workshop to children with special needs, Warshet Comics (Comics workshop) which will introduce the youth of Fayoum to comics with a workshop, and Vitamin Ghena (Singing Vitamin) that, through Damietta’s culture centres, will develop musical skills and expand them to new genres such as classical music.
Eight additional projects will be up for a vote to select three more projects for Madad to support, making a total of 13 grantees in its upcoming round.
Between 2012 and 2015, Madad reached their target of 320,000 EGP worth of donations to support 50 arts and culture projects around the country.
Though Madad is open for donations, their central model of generating funds is based on a network of 50 donors who have agreed to provide 5,000 EGP annually for the first three years of Madad’s launch. These donors will also bring in three additional donors from his or her own circle, who will donate a minimum of 1,000 EGP per year in the first three years.
Awzenkom Maana conference takes place on Wednesday 2 December, at 6:30
GrEEK Campus, American University in Cairo, Downtown
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