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 and development programmes, ACT provides support for a broad range of arts and culture activities, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

“We are delighted to announce that we have recently been made a beneficiary of the MySchool / MyVillage / MyPlanet programme,” says ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. “If you sign up to the My School Card, every time you purchase items from participating retailers such as Woolworths, Engen, Quick Shops and Bidvest Waltons or if you shop online at, the Trust receives a nominal donation.”

With every purchase, a percentage of the transaction is donated to ACT which helps the organisation to continue its efforts toward the advancement of the arts and culture sector in South Africa. Since inception, the Trust disbursed more than R22 million to more than 800 projects across the country. Additionally, more than R2 million has been made available for undergraduate studies in the arts, more than 500 practitioners and artists were given free access to arts management short courses and more than 150 recipients have been acknowledged through the annual ACT Awards for making a lasting impact on arts and culture in South Africa.

It is free to sign up. Please make the Arts & Culture Trust your beneficiary of choice. Click here to apply. If you already have a My School Card and wish to make the Arts & Culture Trust one of your three chosen beneficiaries, please click here to update your details.

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