CBN Creative Industry Financing Initiative

The Central Bank of Nigeria in partnership with the Banker’s committee recently launched Creative Industry Financing Initiative (CIFI) aimed at improving access to low-cost sustainable funding for entrepreneurs in the creative/IT sector.

The program, though not a grant, offers one of the lowest interest rates in the country at 9%. And it is open to youths with business ideas in Fashion, IT, Movie and Music.

Target Market

  • Designers – seed funds of N4.0 billion
  • Information Technology – N5.5 billion
  • Student Software development – N1.0 billion
  • Movie Production – N3.0 billion
  • Movie Distribution – N4.0 billion

Prize money

  • The maximum amount an individual beneficiary can access.
  • Fashion – N3 Million payable in 3 years at 9% interest with 36 months moratorium.
  • Student Software development – N3 Million payable in 3 years at 9% interest with 18 months moratorium.
  • Information Technology – N50.0 million payable in 10 years at 9% interest with 36 months moratorium.
  • Movie Production – N50.0 Million payable in 10 years at 9% interest with 24 months of moratorium.
  • Movie Distribution – N500.0 million payable in 10 years at 9% interest with 24 months of moratorium
  • Music – N500.0 million payable in 10 years at 9% interest with 36 months of moratorium

Eligibility

  • Must b a Nigerian with business domiciled in the country.
  • Must have an existing business in the creative industry.
  • Or a tech company engaged in the creative industry
  • Or a student of higher learning engaged in Software development.
  • The business must be in any of the verticals: Fashion, IT, Movie production and distribution and Music.

How to apply

Visit the CBN website here to learn about the application process.

Management Team

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