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Call For Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP5) Funding Applications

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Call For Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP5) Funding Applications

The National Arts Council South Africa (NAC) is pleased to announce a new Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP 5) call for arts and culture applications for the 2024-2025 financial year.

The PESP is a special government initiative geared towards employment creation for artists, creatives, heritage sector workers and cultural workers following the impact of COVID-19 in the sector. PESP 5 aims to provide an economic stimulus to support sector initiatives that create jobs in the creative and cultural sectors. Applicants are encouraged to propose projects that will create employment opportunities in the sector, as well as a multiplier effect in the creation of employment opportunities beyond the sector itself.

We hereby invite individual art practitioners and registered arts organisations, community arts centres and venues active in the disciplines of craft, dance, literature, multidiscipline, music, musical theatre, and visual arts to apply for funding. Only one application will be supported from both a natural person (individual) and a juristic person (organisation or company).

Projects should demonstrate the ability to be sustainable over a period of time.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for all types of arts or culture projects such as creation, composition, workshops, showcases, exhibitions, script writing, residencies, performances, and other art-related activities. Applications presenting content and offering training in South African Indigenous art forms and intellectual property are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must demonstrate impact and value for the communities in which they are implemented.

Since this year marks 30 years of democracy in South Africa, applicants are also encouraged to propose projects to celebrate this milestone. 

Funding thresholds are as follows:

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Allocation of up to R800


Applications must propose at least 80 job opportunities including the number of artists to be employed, national footprint, capacity building, audience development, focus on youth participation and inclusion of vulnerable groups.


Allocation of up to R500


Applications must propose at least 50 job opportunities including the number of artists to be employed, capacity building, audience development focus and a bias on marginalised arts and vulnerable groups.


Allocation of up to

R300 000

Applications will be assessed based on the artistic merit of the project at the discretion of panel members, and should focus on youth and vulnerable groups as


Applications requesting more than the maximum allocation budget as indicated above will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, 21 June 2024 at 23h59. Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

Manual applications can be requested from or by calling 011 010 8850/011 010 8886. This service is reserved only for those who lack access to internet services.

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered, and no exceptions will be made. Funding guidelines can be downloaded from


PESP is a Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme earmarked for supporting the creation of employment opportunities for the sector, and therefore no provision has been made for appeals.

For more information, contact or call 011 010 8850/011 010 8886

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. Only one application, will be supported whether submitted by an individual or an organisation/company, be it a natural person or a juristic person.

Declaimer: All applicants who failed to comply with the NAC funding guidelines for this call will receive their Non-Compliance Decline Letters before the official outcomes date to allow them to solicit other funding opportunities.

The letter will not contain the specific reason for the decline. The letter will however contain contact details of the relevant Arts Development Officers to assist in providing specific reasons for the decline.

Applicants who will require a specific reason for their Non-Compliance Decline Letters are thus requested to contact the Arts Development Officer who will be cited in the letter to assist them with detailed reasons for the decline of their application. In addition, the NAC will also publish a spreadsheet containing the project numbers and specific reasons for each Non-Compliance Decline Letter issued.

Please click on the links below to download the PESP 5 call for funding applications advert and funding guidelines:

Call for PESP-5-Funding Advert Final

PESP-5-Funding-Guidelines Final


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