Announcement on applications to the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme 30 November 2020

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Announcement on applications to the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme 30 November 2020

A note of gratitude

The National Arts Council wishes to thank the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector for the overwhelming response to the call for applications to the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) geared towards employment creation and retention initiatives for artists, creatives, heritage and cultural workers.

Stream 1, intended to promote job retention by means of a wage subsidy, closed on 20 November, 2020, and Stream 2, aimed at soliciting proposals that demonstrate opportunities to create WORK in order to get the sector moving and income flowing, closed on 27 November, 2020.

We are on track

We are pleased to confirm that we have received exciting, innovative and trail-blazing projects demonstrating how the sector can respond with agility to new ways of developing, promoting, selling and creating art, culture and heritage programmes, projects and products. Coming on stream are projects that reimagine audience interaction with the arts, culture and heritage, the creation of new paradigms for viewing and understanding the place of the arts, culture and heritage during this time of the Covid-19 pandemic.


The NAC commenced the approval process today. It revealed that that some compliant and worthy projects under- or overvalued their opportunity costs. To this end, a necessary leg has been added to the approval process for clarity. Applicants will be interviewed to obtain more accurate information about their projects. Therefore, approval announcements will be delayed by a few days.

Announcement dates will be on For more information, contact The NAC reserves the right to allocate funds according to its priorities. No applicant is automatically entitled to funding. All funding is at the discretion of the NAC.

National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113. 66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, 2113. Email:


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