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A Call for a Three Year Arts Organisation Support Funding

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A Call for a Three Year Arts Organisation Support Funding



The National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) is inviting registered arts organisations/companies within the arts sector to apply for the three-year Arts Organisation Support Funding. Arts organisations active in the disciplines of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-disciplines are invited to submit their three-year business plans by specifying which key pillar/s their Programme addresses.

The funding will be allocated in line with the five key strategic pillars of the NAC reflected below:

  • Social Cohesion and Nation Building
  • Innovation, Design and Creation
  • Arts platforms/Showcases/Exhibitions/Festivals
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Capacity Building

Proposed projects should be of national significance and should have impact on communities.  The creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, job creation, capacity building in arts entrepreneurship and facilitation of access to the arts will be taken into consideration. Furthermore, proposals that promote environmental sustainability, nation building and social cohesion and have a strong community base will be preferable. Proposed artistic programmes must demonstrate impact and value for the communities they operate in. The project applied for must fulfill two (2) or more of the following arts outcomes, namely; economic value, creative value, social value, therapeutic value and educational value.  This invitation also encourages arts organisations that support the involvement of women, youth and people living with disabilities particularly in historically disadvantaged areas to apply.

Consideration will be given to organisations that have the capacity and proven track record to implement arts programmes within the required timelines. In addition, organisations should demonstrate the capacity to utilise the funding with integrity and compliance within the principles and practices of sound governance.

Applicants are required to complete the relevant application process on-line, submit all the required compliance documents and comply with the funding criteria and guidelines which are obtainable from the NAC offices, website and via email on request.  Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered and no exceptions will be made. Funding is at the discretion of the NAC.  The NAC reserves the right to allocate funds according to its priorities. If you do not hear from the NAC by 30 September 2019 consider your application unsuccessful.

Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link: To view other supporting documents such as the criteria, requirements, guide to business plan and an outline of the NAC programmes please follow this link

Funding guidelines can be downloaded from

Closing date:  28 June  2019 at 17H00            

Outcomes: 31 August 2019

For more information, contact Mr. Thato Monamodi at the NAC Office.

Tel: 087 7000 683    Email:

National Arts Council, P O Box 500, Newtown, 2113

66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct,

Newtown, 2113 Tel: 087 7000 683     Fax (011) 838-6363




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