Cultural Economy
Catalytic Grants

What is it

A grant programme that promotes the Northern Region of Peninsular Malaysia’s unique tangible and intangible cultural assets as enablers for economic resiliency and socio-economic growth, while highlighting the nation’s rich heritage and history.

The Cultural Economy Catalytic Grants is part of the Northern Region Archaeotourism Network & Local Economic Development, a Think City programme under the auspices of the Ministry of Finance.

When is it

The second cycle of the programme opens 23 August 2022 and closes 4 October 2022. Announcement of grantees will take place from 1 November 2022 onwards.

What’s changed

No changes. Individuals, collectives and organisations nationwide who have an interest or are actively involved in contributing to the development of Malaysian culturally significant sites are welcome to apply.

We are encouraging applications that highlight artisans and living trades, nature and ecosystem, geology, primary industries and early history.

What are the focus areas

The early focus of the programme was on Lenggong, Taiping and Kuala Kangsar. The coverage of the programme continues to include these areas however, applications from other locations in the northern region such as Guar Kepah, Sungai Batu, Lembah Bujang, Alor Setar, mangrove sites like Prai River, nature sites like Belum Forest and also Perlis are highly encouraged.

Grant Focus


Empowering local communities by upskilling and community programmes to contribute to social and economic activities


Showcasing innovative solutions and best practices to restore, conserve and preserve publicly accessible historical and cultural assets


Curating, compiling, publishing and interpreting information that can amplify the visibility of culturally significant sites

When Can You Apply

23rd August 2022

4th October 2022

1st November 2022


6 weeks


4 weeks from submission deadline

How To Apply

Applications for the grant programme are now closed.

Thank you.


All project funding will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be assessed based on project output and project outcome.

This grant is open to individuals, community-based organisations and non-governmental organisations who have an interest or are actively involved in contributing to the development of Malaysian cultural sites.

As long as your proposal targets the community within the focus sites and is aligned with the themes mentioned above, you are welcome to submit an application.

Yes! Please state the secured funding from other sources in the budget template of the application form and provide a letter of interest as evidence.

We encourage one application per applicant. All application approvals are based on project merit and relevance.

Yes! you are eligible to apply for the grant.

Completion date is determined case by case.

The grant is designed to help supplement your project funding and does not support operational costs such as administrative or overhead costs. However, we highly suggest our applicants to source for co-funding partners for their proposed projects.

No. This grant programme aims to fund seed projects that will aid in the long-term growth and resilience of the focus sites. It is to empower individuals or organisations to play an active role in building better and more sustainably.

You can apply for this through a soft copy application form (Download Method) or through an e-form (Online Method). Should you have any difficulties in the application process, please do not hesitate to contact Think City at or call/WhatsApp at +6 0174598829

All decisions made by the grants management team is final.

We would love to hear from you! Please contact Think City at or call/WhatsApp at +6 0174598829

List of Beneficiaries from Cycle 1

List of the Cultural Economy Catalytic Grants Beneficiaries Cycle 1

Applicant Project Title Grant Theme
Cing-Geo Elida Ong Rapid assessment of the Lenggong Township and surrounding Kampongs Content Creation
Prof Stephen Chia Ming Soon Local Community Cultural Heritage Interpreter Training & Young Archaeologists' Capacity Building Programme Capacity Building and Advocacy
Dr. Goh Hsiao Mei Embracing Tambun Rock Art Citizen Science Programme Capacity Building and Advocacy
Saadon bin Ishak LENGGONG –A Graphic HISTORY (Early Human Settlement 1.8 million Years ago) Content Creation
Asnan bin Mohd Yusoff (CM) Lagu-Lagu Lenggong Content Creation
Sok Yin Preserving Caves at Kinta Valley Content Creation
Roslan Abdul Rahman Kg Beng Mini Amazon ECO Challenge Capacity Building and Advocacy
Liew Suet Fun 1.Beguiled/on Larut Hills (2nd edition); 2. After Long Rainy Afternoons/ of Taiping and her people Content Creation
Tan Eu Jin/ Muhammad Azim Tan Maxwell Hill Basecamp Demonstration
Abdul Nasir bin Jalaludin Welcome to Lenggong: website rejuvenation ( Content Creation
Asiah binti Mohd Ridzuan Restoration of Perkampungan Tradisi Sukasuka Lake Retreat Demonstration
Looi Kok Keong Lenggong UNESCO World Heritage site – Publication of Lenggong local history Content Creation
Mohd Suhaimi bin Ahmad Improvement of Che Teh Fatimah Community Wakaf House Capacity Building and Advocacy
Ts Azharul Azmir bin Kamarulzaman Ceritera Menyusur Sungai Perak Content Creation
Tung Lay Chun Shun Tak Association History Gallery Demonstration
Khoo Su Nin @ Khoo Salma Nasution Cultural Heritage Mapping of Kuala Kangsar Content Creation
Abdur-Razzaq Lubis @ Abdul Razak Ayoub Taiping Zoo & Night Safari (TZ & NS) Content Creation
Keith Tan Kay Hin Producing digital audio guides for tourism at Lembah Bujang Content Creation
Chong Pai Chee Rethink, Reimagine & Rejuvenate: “Look Port Weld” –Kuala Sepetang, Kuala Sangga and Matang Capacity Building and Advocacy
Ts. Mohammad Firdaus bin Ahmad Cultural Gems: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Content Creation
Chin Yoon Khen Malaysia Heritage Site Virtual Reality Expedition Content Creation
The Habitat Foundation (Justine Vaz) A Tale of Two Hills: Telling the Stories of Malaysia’s Iconic Hill Stations Through Photography and Ethnography Content Creation
James Lim Chin Wai Book Publication & Exhibition: (Un)covering the Remains at Lenggong Valley Content Creation

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