Funding Overview

Funding Overview

This information has been compiled to assist you with your application to access funding from the National Arts Council (NAC)

Who is eligible for funding?

Individuals and formally registered institutions, organisations and groups can apply for funding. All applicants must be South Africa citizens and over eighteen years of age. Organisations and individuals can only be funded once per financial year.


Individual applications are for a single applicant who is undertaking a project. This is meant to benefit individual creative writers, scriptwriters, choreographers, composers, crafters or painters, etc. In cases where several people are working collaboratively on a project, one member of the group should take the lead in applying.

Organisations / groups/institutions

An organisation is a group of people intentionally organized to accomplish an overall common goal. Applications from formally registered organisation are acceptable.

These guidelines are applicable for arts projects funding and study bursaries.

NAC Funding Programmes

Applicants may apply for funding under the following programmes:

Social cohesion and nation building

It is important that funding allocation is underpinned by equity, inclusivity, diversity and participation of various groups of people (women, youth, vulnerable people and in particular people living with disabilities)

Innovation, design and creation

Content creation lies at the heart of the creative industries. It aims to promote excellence and innovation in new works. New innovative designs and works have intrinsic and economic value which brings in the element of dynamism and vibrancy to the arts. Research and development are the essential elements in the creation of new works.

Arts platforms/showcases/ exhibitions/festivals

Arts content creation and distribution are important for audience development, audience engagement and for the consumption of the arts.

Strategic Initiatives

Strategic initiatives focus on working with partners to leverage available funding, build sustained capacity and achieve real impact for the arts community. These initiatives raise the profile of the sector. They have the potential to develop and promote the arts significantly locally, in the continent and globally.

Capacity building

Through support for the provision of training and education, this programme will offer grants and scholarships to help grow the talent of art practitioners, arts managers and other industry related professionals

Applications for funding for each of the above mentioned programmes should conform to the following art disciplines which the National Arts Council supports according to its mandate namely:

Craft, Dance/Choreography, Literature and Publishing, Music, Theatre/Drama, Multi-discipline and Visual Arts.

The maximum period for which funding may be requested is twelve (12) months.

Administration compliance

Applicants are required to submit all documents listed in the application form. Faxed, unsigned, e‐mailed and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered and will automatically be disqualified.

Closing dates for applications

Deadlines for applications are published in major national newspapers and on the NAC website. Late applications will not be considered.  Organisations and individuals can only be funded once per financial year.

Reservation of rights

The NAC reserves the right to allocate funds according to its priorities. This does not invoke the constitutional rights of any applicant. No applicant is automatically entitled to funding. All funding is at the discretion of the NAC.


In terms of section 12(1) of the NAC Act, any person who feels aggrieved by any action or decision that the Council has taken or made in terms of the Act, may within 30 days from the date on which the action or decision in question was made known by the Council, appeal to the Minister of Arts and Culture. The appellant shall, within 30 days from the date on which the action or decision in question was made known by the Council, give notice in writing to the Council of his/her intention to appeal and deliver the notice by registered or hand‐ delivered post. The notice shall contain:

  • The name and address of the appellant
  • The grievance
  • The reasons for the grievance