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Funding Overview

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Funding Overview

Who is eligible for funding?​

To enable our vision of vibrant, sustainable arts community that enriches lives through the free and creative expression of South Africa’s cultures / through strengthening artistic and cultural creation, groups or individuals can apply for funding.


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.


Students can apply for local and international bursaries. Bursaries are offered to students studying towards an arts qualification. Bursaries are offered towards an Arts qualification at any institution of Higher Learning and Further Education Training levels in South Africa and abroad.


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

What type of funding do I get from NAC?

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

There is no set minimum amount for which an individual/organisation can apply for. The maximum amount that can be applied for should not be in excess of R350 000.

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.

The categories/disciplines that the NAC funds are in line with the broad mandate of the NAC. Applicants may apply for funding under the following disciplines:

Applications for funding for each of the above-mentioned disciplines must have the capability to address at least four of the six (6) critical focus areas below:

  1. Social cohesion and Nation Building;
  2. Unearthing marginalised and indigenous arts in rural areas;
  3. Addressing social ills such as xenophobia, and gender-based violence;
  4. Supporting the involvement of women, youth employment opportunities and people living with disabilities;
  5. Creation of new works through digital media; and
  6. Capacity Building and Arts Entrepreneurship.

How to apply

All applications must be made on the official NAC application form or through the Grants Management System through the NAC website