Project Funding

Project Funding

Due to budgetary constraints, the NAC may not be in a position to fund the entire budget of a project.

Applicants are therefore advised to seek further funding from other sources. Generally, funding will be for artistic programmes. Quotations for costs should accompany the application form and applicants MUST declare all other sources of funding. The maximum period for running a project is twelve months. Where administrative costs amount to more than 15% of the total budget, this expenditure should be justified. Organisations and individuals are funded once in a financial year.

Projects applied for must be located at the address indicated on the form. Any change of address must be communicated to the NAC offices within seven (7) days of such a change.

Types of projects

  • Animation design and multimedia design
  • Art catalogues
  • Arrangement and documentation of other persons’ music works (this may be considered when permission has been obtained from copyright owners)
  • Art teaching at community level
  • Book fairs
  • Community outreach projects
  • Conference (to be led by institutions and organisations)
  • Creation of new work/products, e.g. ceramics, pottery, wood carving, embroidery, applique, tapestry, weaving and textile design, new choreographic works, script writing
  • Creative writing (writing and research grants, including autobiographies, novels short stories, drama book, folklore and children’s literature)
  • Exchange programmes in South Africa and abroad
  • Exhibitions
  • Fashion design with a cultural element
  • Festivals, including literary festivals (these will be considered only if they have a community participation component)
  • Literary magazines
  • Music compositions
  • Music conferences
  • Music tuition
  • Musical theatre
  • Participation at a conference (applications will be considered if the applicant will be presenting a paper at the conference)
  • Performances, including creation and performance of new choreographic works
  • Poetry performance
  • Poetry writing by established writers. Unpublished poetry/writer (submit a minimum of three contributors to the anthology)
  • Publishing courses (short courses) from reputable institutions
  • Publishing subsidies for publishing houses (to apply directly to the NAC. Publishing houses can apply for a maximum of five (5) books). Applications should have a 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 who must apply on their behalf

  • Research and documentation
  • Research for script development
  • Residencies
  • Script writing for drama plays (applicants must submit a synopsis of the play)
  • Story-telling
  • Puppetry
  • Touring productions and exhibitions in South Africa and abroad (this is applicable only when a substantial amount if funding has been raised from other sources)
  • Workshops (submit names and CV’s of facilitators, list of participants and detailed content of the workshop. Workshops must be outcomes based)
  • Writers’ grants (Applicants must submit at least one example of existing text that they are applying for with the application when applying for a writing grant). Writers are urged to register with professional bodies. Literary magazines and publications should have an editorial committee/staff and such names must be submitted with the application. Budding writers are required to submit a letter of acknowledgement/appointment of a supervisor to mentor their work.

Budgetary items that may be considered

  • Accommodation for touring productions
  • Accounting and auditing fees
  • Administration costs
  • Artists fees (rehearsal fees, performance fees, production crew, choreographers, crafters allowances, facilitators fees, etc.)
  • Costumes and props
  • Exhibition costs
  • Instrument hire
  • Mentor’s fees
  • Production and printing of catalogues
  • Publicity costs
  • Research costs
  • Travelling costs for touring exhibitions
  • Venue hire (theatre, hall, gallery, exhibition space)
  • Workshop costs
  • Writer’s grants and other related project costs

The maximum amount that can be applied for should not be in excess of R500 000.

Touring Projects

Applications for touring projects will only be considered if the proposed tour contributes to the national profile of the company or group and adds value to the lives of South Africans in general.

Applicants who have been invited to perform abroad should have some form of financial support from the host country or host organisation.

The host country/organisation should send proof of costs that they will cover such as, accommodation, food, daily subsistence allowance and transport within the country. A letter of invitation from the host organisation should also accompany the application to the NAC. The NAC cannot consider any application for overseas travel if the required documentation is not provided. In all cases, the NAC cannot be the sole funder.


Residencies may be supported when an artist is invited by an institution and when the grant includes travel costs, accommodation and an honorarium for the artist. The applying institution must submit a letter of acceptance of residency by the artist as well as a signed memorandum of understanding or contract between the organisation and the artists outlining the traveling and accommodation arrangements as well as the honorarium. An artistic profile should accompany your application.


The NAC may provide financial assistance when the applicant is delivering a paper on condition that the conference organisers are covering other costs such as accommodation, transport within their country and meals. Under normal circumstances, funding will not be provided to full‐time academics that have university‐ based funding sources for conference attendance.


The purpose of a workshop should be outcomes‐based. The workshop should be aimed at providing both skills and mentorship for intended participants. Ideally, there should not be more than 10 and not less than 5 participants in the proposed workshop. (This is not a strict limitation; rather, the NAC merely advises that this number will be manageable and effective for training). The workshop proposal should show evidence that the participants will acquire particular skills and clear objectives of the workshop should be stated. The organisation or individual applying to organise a workshop must submit a detailed programmed outline for the workshop before the NAC can approve any grant. The organisation or individual applying for the workshop must provide detailed credentials of the facilitator. Such a facilitator/s must be a credible individual in the category of arts funding applied for. The organisation or individual applying for the workshop must provide a list of the participants to be trained. The list must include the full details and particulars of the participants.