APPLY | Open call for artists to apply for relief funding

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  • The funding is said to be distributed per province through a number of development agencies.
  • The relief will be paid out in the form of once-off payments to successful applications. Successful individuals will receive a maximum of R15 000 while organisations with be capped at R30 000.
  • All applications should be submitted before midday of 12 November in order for successful applications to be informed by 1 December.


The Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture together with the Department of Small Business Development set up a fund to provide relief to organisations, enterprises and individuals working in the craft, design, visual arts and audio-visual sectors. With both departments contributing an equal amount of money, the fund is worth R22.28 million. 

In speaking about the relief, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa said: 

We, as a Department are committed to ensuring that artists are supported as we gradually return to normality, albeit, under strict health protocol; and to pick up the pieces as we begin the journey to full economic recovery.

With the fund set up, the departments are calling for applications for relief funding from entities and practitioners in the craft, design, visual arts and audio-visual industries. 

The two departments have describes these industries as follows: 

  • Crafters: Practitioners involved in the production of utilitarian and decorative items made using techniques including grass-weaving, beadwork, quilting, embroidery and mixed media. 
  • Designers: People concerned with product, fashion, textile, and jewellery design. 
  • Audio-visual artists: This refers to television and music producers, directors, camera operators, lighting technicians, sound technicians, costume designers, hair and makeup artists, editors, photographers and animators. 
  • Visual artists: Artists working to make paintings, sculptures, prints, ceramics, drawings, installations and performance art and photography. 

Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni added that the department endeavours to: 

promote and empower all SMME’s & Cooperatives regardless of their sector but partnering with the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture which is the most pertinent institution to support and promote our artists and crafters is a natural marriage”

The relief will be paid out in the form of once-off payments to successful applications. Successful individuals will receive a maximum of R15 000 while organisations with be capped at R30 000. 

The funding is said to be distributed per province through the following development agenies: 
1. The Eastern Cape Development Corporation 
2. The Free State Development Corporation
3. The Gauteng Tourism Authority 
4. Trade and Investment KZN
5. The Limpopo Economic Development Agency 
6. The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency 
7. The Bokone-Bophirima Craft & Design Institute 
8. The Northern Cape Economic Development Agency  
9. The Craft & Design Institute in the Western Cape 

All applications should be submitted before midday of 12 November 2020. Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications by latest 01 December 2020. Payments to successful applicants are anticipated to be finalised by latest 23 December 2020. 

Application forms can be accessed on the Department of Small Business Development’s and the and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture websites.

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