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Press Release: Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP3) New Call for Project Funding Applications

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Press Release: Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP3) New Call for Project Funding Applications

For Immediate Release                                                                     22 June 2022

The Presidency has made funds available for another Employment Stimulus
Programme in the sector to be disbursed via the NAC and other funding agencies.
This Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP3) is a continuation of
the previously announced government’s initiative geared towards employment
creation for artists, creatives, heritage sector workers and cultural workers.

The National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) is therefore delighted to announce
that the PESP3 Call for Project Funding Applications opened on Monday, the 20th
of June 2022 and will be closing on the 29th of July 2022.

This invitation is open to practitioners who are active in the disciplines of craft,
dance, literature, multidiscipline, music, theatre and visual arts, to submit their
applications for this funding.

The main aim of this PESP3 is to provide an economic stimulus to support
initiatives that create jobs in the creative and cultural sectors. Through this
initiative, it is anticipated that the funding will create employment opportunities
in the sector and also become a multiplier effect in the creation of employment
opportunities beyond the sector.

The funding threshold for PESP3 is up to R3 million for applicants who propose to
create at least 200 job opportunities including the number of artists to be
employed and their project should have a national footprint, capacity building,
audience development and focus on youth participation.

There are varying thresholds for different funding streams and all details
pertaining to applicable individuals, organisations and venues are available on the
NAC website. All applicants are urged to be cautious in making submissions for
the funding streams best aligned with their envisaged outcomes paying attention
to the employment potential of endeavours. All projects will be assessed on their
artistic merit, alignment with NAC outcomes and proposed economic benefit.

All applications must be submitted on or before Friday, 29 July 2022 at 17h00.
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 8850/087 0000 683. However,
manual applications are reserved only for potential applicants who lack access to
internet services.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered, and no exceptions will be

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