The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce an open call for applications for the ACT Development Grant in Literature. Applications for the ACT Development Grant in Literature will be accepted until Sunday, 30 June 2019.

 The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and its longstanding partner Nedbank are proud to announce the first of two sets of ACT Development Grants for the 2019 funding cycle. ACT invites professional, creative literature projects, planned for realisation between July 2019 and July 2019, to apply.

Each ACT Development Grant iteration is divided into two sets of grants, one set is disbursed to emerging/mid-level artists and organisations and the other to established artists and organisations. One of the aims of projects submitted for consideration should be to increase organisational sustainability or the individuals’ skillset. Projects should also have far-reaching benefits.

To be eligible for the emerging/mid-level ACT Development Grant, organisations must have one or more years’ experience working professionally and experience at managing budgets of less than R50 000.

Emerging/mid-level artists must have been working professionally for at least one year.

For artists to be considered established, they must have been working professionally for five or more years and have a proven track record of successful projects with budgets exceeding R50 000.

For organisations to be considered established, they must have been in operation for three or more years and have a proven track record of successful projects with budgets exceeding R50 000.

Emerging/mid-level artists or organisations are eligible for one of five grants, each worth R30 000. Established artists and organisations are eligible for one of three grants, each worth R80 000. To apply for either set of ACT Development Grants, artists and organisations are invited to complete the online application form.


Applications open: Tuesday, 02 April 2019

Applications close: Sunday, 30 June 2019


Relaunched in 2018, the ACT Development Grant now features two calls for discipline-focused applications at different times of the calendar year. This first set of grants for 2019 focus on projects and works with a strong literature focus. We encourage applications for interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work with the nominated discipline as a core component. We are interested in the ways in which new media and new forms of arts are developing alongside traditional arts. This can include works of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, plays, new media literature etc. ACT CEO Marcus Desando says, “With this new discipline focused grant-making, we have seen a number of very interesting collaborative works come to the fore and this cycle promises to be no different. We are excited to see how interdisciplinary interpretations can be translated using literature.”


As the flagship programme of the partnership between ACT and Nedbank, the ACT Development Programme has supported more than 800 organisations and projects nationwide over the past 24 years, a contribution valued at more than R21 million in total. Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank says, “At Nedbank, we are cognisant of the power that lies in storytelling, not only in preserving our country’s rich heritage, but also in translating everyday experiences through literature. It is for this reason that we continue to support initiatives such as the ACT Development Grant in Literature through the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme.”


Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa. Allocation of grants is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.



The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitter at or like the trust’s Facebook page at

The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of ACT. Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R20 million through the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to Nedbank clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111, or go to Nedbank Arts Affinity for more information.