Development Grants

RELAUNCH OF THE ACT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme in 2018 and invites applications in the category of visual arts until 14 May, 2018.

After careful consideration and consultation with partners, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has reimagined the ACT Development Programme to support discipline-specific funding cycles. The first half of 2018 will see the funding of visual arts projects and in the second half of the year dance projects will be funded. Established artists or organisations are eligible for one of three grants worth R80 000. Mid-level and emerging artists or organisations are eligible for one of five grants of R30 000.

Limiting the number of applications received through discipline restrictions means that each application will receive more attention. ACT Chief Executive Officer Marcus Desando says “We are very excited about this new focus of our development programme as we see the need to give an opportunity to those disciplines that have been receiving the least of our grants in the past. But most importantly, we want to foster a grant process that will allow more concentrated attention to single disciplines at each cycle.”

ACT programme manager Jessica Glendinning says “Although we are limiting each call for grant applications to one discipline, we don’t want this to be seen as restrictive. We encourage applications for interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work with visual arts as a core component. We are interested in the ways that new media and new forms of visual arts are developing, as well as traditional arts.”

The second call for applications for this year will be made public in August 2018, when applications for dance projects will be invited. The two 2019 project cycles will focus on literature and theatre respectively.

Application forms must be completed online. 

Applications open: 16 April, 2018

Applications close: 14 May, 2018

Three grants of R80 000 each will be awarded to established artists or organisations.

Five grants of R30 000 each will be awarded to mid-level or emerging artists and organisations.

Complete the application form here

Please note:

•Independent artists and organisations with projects in the visual arts category are eligible to apply

•Projects must take place between 1 July, 2018 and 31 July, 2019

•Projects should increase organisational sustainability or skillset and have far-reaching benefits

•Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa

Allocation of grants is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of ACT. The decision with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

 

Funds available for disbursement through the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Development Programme are subject to Nedbank Arts Affinity donations. Every time clients use their Arts Affinity banking products, Nedbank makes a donation to ACT without any cost to the client. For more information or to open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account, please visit nedbankarts.co.za.


 


BURSARIES

Bursary Applications for 2018 year of study have now closed.

Bursaries of R10,000 to R20,000 for postgraduate studies in the fields of performing arts or arts administration are made available to South African students. Preference will be given to the fields of Arts Journalism and Arts Management.

Allocation of bursaries is at the discretion of the Board of Trustees of ACT. The decision with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


APPLICATIONS OPEN 13 OCTOBER 2017

Complete your form here