Ministry of Culture to accept coronavirus relief applications starting March 18.
The first round of applications for the Ministry of Culture's coronavirus relief package for the cultural and arts sectors will be accepted between March 18 and April 10, with applications processed in batches to speed up allocations. Review of the first batch is expected to be completed by the end of March, with funds distributed in early April at the soonest. After April, the Ministry will review the pandemic situation and make a follow-up announcement regarding a second round as soon as possible.
Arts and cultural businesses may apply for either or both of two subsidy types, namely subsidies for reducing operational difficulties and for boosting response to the situation. In each round of such subsidies, businesses will be eligible for a maximum of NT$2.5 million across both categories. Individuals in these industries, meanwhile, can apply for a maximum of NT$60,000 in subsidies for reducing operational difficulties.
The subsidies are divided into two categories — one focused on reducing operational difficulties and one on boosting responses. The former are available to assist with costs including staff pay, event cancellations/postponements and associated refunds, and venue/equipment rentals.
The latter, meanwhile, are aimed at aiding the arts and cultural industries in responding to the impact of the pandemic through boosting operational capabilities during this period, planning for innovation and development, training staff, organizing rehearsals, improving technical capabilities, and conducting digital marketing campaigns. As such response efforts require time, these subsidies will apply to efforts extending beyond March 31.
The Ministry is committed to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic on the principle of focusing first on prevention and relief, followed by rapid revitalization efforts. After the March 12 announcement of the Measures, a special relief-and-revitalization budget was passed on March 13 with the support of the Legislative Yuan, which together with the Ministry's package of relief subsidies, relief loans, administrative preparations, and stimulus measures, accounts for a total investment of NT$1.5 billion in sheltering the arts from the coronavirus.