Create Now Funding Programme

Malaysian performing artists, visual artists and independent musicians are encouraged to apply to the Create Now Funding Programme that aims to support practice and operations of Malaysian artists, collectives and arts organization during the COVID-19 public health crisis.

The goal of the Programme is to cultivate and support artistic development and presentation of ideas in imaginative ways despite physical limitation to resources. It provides an opportunity to adapt arts practice, explore new ways of working and experiment with new forms/ideas.

The programme seeks:

  • Ideas that contribute towards the diverse cultural expression of the arts and promote Malaysian artistry and talents.
  • Ideas with a digital outcome, presented in different ways as a way to connect and interact with local and international audience in light of concerns around COVID-19.
  • Works such as but not limited to storytelling videos, podcasts, audio files, Facebook or Instagram live event (that will later on be saved on your feed), video content, streaming, or any other digital output on other relevant digital platforms.



The Create Now Funding Programme supports up to a total of up to RM1,500 per application for individuals and RM3,500 per successful application/ submission of idea(s) for collectives and arts organisations.

Proposed projects to be considerate of guidelines stipulated by the Recovery Movement Control Order, gathering restrictions put in place by state or federal governments or within the defined environment given by the Government for e.g. social distancing.

Given the limited resources, CENDANA may prioritise funding to lower income artists and/or small and medium arts organisations who’s core business is in the arts sector, in small and medium spaces (<500 pax) and in public spaces.

CENDANA’s funding programmes are introduced to provide financial assistance in the form of a conditional grant to individual(s), duly incorporated and registered companies, associations, societies, bands or collectives in Malaysia.

The funding support is conducted through an evaluation process by the Management against stipulated criteria and strength of relevant supporting materials provided during the application.

Kindly email your enquiries to to find out if your projects can be supported under this scheme.