Arts Funding: Opportunities You Must Apply For

Individuals and organisations within the sphere of Arts and Culture sometimes fail to see the wealth of opportunities that are presented to them due to a lack of awareness of the various funding opportunities that are available.

It is for your benefit to ensure you are visiting these links often and signing up for their email newsletter alerts to ensure you are notified of these various funding projects.


  1. Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) 2016-2017 applications now open for submission click here
  2. Department of Arts & Culture E-Forms Ensure that you are a registered supplier with your regional province such that you may be contacted for commissioned performances. click here
  3. Pro Helvetia And FundingPro Helvetia Johannesburg has for some time been investing in transnational collaborations, exchanges and joint projects among organisations and creative practitioners operating across the SADC region, with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). Our investments are focused on projects, networks and platforms that have a shared interest in building a stronger regional creative fabric. click here
  4. British Council Funding: click here
  5. The Mobility Funding Guide For Africa: This Cultural Mobility Funding Guide presents a mapping of FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES for INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL MOBILITY, focused on the African continent. click here
  6. International Fund For Cultural DiversityThe International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) has opened a call for funding. The main objective of IFCD is to invest in projects that lead to structural change through the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production, distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions including cultural goods, services and activities, as well as through the reinforcement of institutional infrastructures deemed necessary to support viable cultural industries at the local and regional levels. click here
  7. Heritage Studies BursaryThe Department of Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries from students who wish to pursue studies in Heritage related programmes. The bursary will fund undergraduates studies only. The bursary is available for strictly 30 outstanding academic performers. click here
  8. National Lotteries Funding: Sometimes this might be the worst funding application process to endure, I have personally experienced this when working on Arts administration but it can sometimes yield positive outcomes. click here

BASA: Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) has a Supporting Grant programme designed for artist/arts organisations and businesses to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation.

To apply for a BASA Supporting Grant, both the arts applicant and the sponsor must complete the application forms, which are designed to encourage the two partners to work together and identify areas of potential benefit. BASA allocates funds to the project once it has assessed how the partnership benefits both the sponsor and the recipient.

Supporting Grant applications forms are now available in English, isiZulu and seSotho.

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