Frequently Asked Questions
What does the NAC do?
The NAC is a funding institution for the arts; it is an entity of the Department of Arts and Culture.
Who can apply for funding from the NAC?
South African art groups, individuals, organisation or companies and institutions.
Where can I register my organization/company or group?
Section 21 projects can be registered at the Department of Social Development while others (close corporations, private or public companies) can register at the department of Trade and Industry.
What time of the year is funding available?
Applications for bursaries are advertised during September every year. Closing dates are usually at the beginning of the year for project funding and international projects. Specific closing dates are published each year
What is the maximum amount of money that can be applied for?
The maximum grant for project funding is R100 000 and one million rand for company funding.
How frequently can a single project be funded?
Once a year.
Why would I not get funding?
If the application form is incomplete or outside the funding criteria of the NAC the applicant may not get funding.
How many projects do you take in a year?
The number varies each year. It is dependent on the number of applications received and the budget available.
How long does the funding process take place and how are the applicants notified on the outcomes?
The funding process takes a period of about 4months and applicants are notified in writing.
How is the NACs funding programme publicised?
It is publicised online only.
What are the types of funding projects that are available?
Bursaries (national and international), projects and company funding.
What are considered as art disciplines?
The NAC recognises and funds seven art disciplines: visual art, craft, dance, music, theatre, and literature and multi discipline.
What does multi discipline mean?
It refers to more than one art form (example dance and visual arts together).
Where can I get application forms?
Forms are available online and can be mailed to applicants.
For how long should a project be in order to be funded?
The minimum period is six months while the maximum is twelve months.
Can I remove or ignore any information in the application that does not apply to me?
It is important for the applicants to fill in the entire form and write NA (not applicable) in parts where the information does not apply to them.
Which documents must be included?
- A recently certified copy of a South African ID (Identity document) of the project coordinator.
- Curriculum Vitae of the project coordinator.
- Two certified reference letters (written by a person that’s not a member of the organization and does not have financial interest in the organisation).
- Tax clearance certificate
- Registration certificate
- Audited financial statement(optional)
What is the difference between a tax clearance and a tax exemption certificate?
A tax clearance certificate shows that an individual does not owe tax. A tax exemption certificate shows that a person is exempted from paying tax.