Individuals; institutions; community groups and organizations are eligible for funding.

Types of projects

  • Creative writing (writing and research grants, including autobiographies, novels, short stories, drama, folklore, and children’s literature).
  • Literary festivals and conferences
  • Poetry by established writers
  • Commissioned research
  • Literary magazines
  • Story telling
  • Residency programmes
  • Workshops (submit names and CV’s of facilitators, list of participants and detailed content of the workshop)
  • Publishing subsidies for publishing houses (to apply directly to the NAC. Publishing houses can apply for maximum of 5 books. Applications should have marketing and distribution plan/strategy of the published material they are applying for. Individuals who wish to have their manuscripts published should approach publishing companies/publishing houses to apply on their behalf).
  • Publishing courses (short courses) from reputable institutions


The following budgetary items may be considered

  • Writer’s grant (check requirements with NAC)
  • Artists fees
  • Publishing costs
  • Research costs
  • Workshop costs
  • Mentors’ fees
  • Other relevant project related costs

Time frame

The maximum period for which funding may be requested is twelve months


Applicants must submit at least one example of existing text that they are applying for with theapplication when applying for a writing grant.


  • Individual bursaries are offered for studies toward a post‐graduate degree in publishing and/or creative writing.
  • Institutions are advised to apply directly to the NAC on behalf of undergraduate students.

Categories not funded

  • Publishing in the form of CDs.
  • Writing in other subjects that are not of creative writing genre.
  • Vanity press.
  • Competitions, prize money and adjudication.
  • Running costs
  • Purchasing of books
  • Individuals applying for publishing
  • General magazines
  • Book launches

Arts Development Officer

Mr Andrew Nkadimeng


Contact No: +27 (0)11 838 1383

Please Note

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.