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Thursday, January 19, 2012


The ACT Development Programme, funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity, is open for applications on an ongoing basis.

The current funding cycle comes to a close on January 31, 2012. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) website at to submit applications online. The outcome of applications submitted by the end of January will be announced on March 15.

The funding cycles for 2012 are as follows:

Cycle 1: February 1– May 30, 2012, with the final outcome being available by June 25, 2012
Cycle 2: May 31– September 30, 2012, with the final outcome being available by November 13, 2012
Cycle 3: October 1– January 31, 2013, with the final outcome being available by March 15, 2013

The Development Programme has been designed to enhance the continued development of arts and culture in South Africa and provides support for artistic excellence in creative production, professional development and training for the youth in the form of once-off grants.

Requests in support of the first phase of the creation of innovative, cutting edge new work are considered. Craft, Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature, Visual Art and New Media initiatives are eligible. New Media is limited to research. Development-related grants for new work and grants to supplement large production budgets for an existing film project will not be considered.

Applications for grants for development of creative practitioners, arts managers or professional arts organisations are also considered for support through the programme. Efforts that would develop technical skills related to creative production (especially in new technologies), arts administration and management, arts marketing, publicity and public relations, arts fundraising and short-term internships (at professional arts organisations in South Africa) will be considered for support.

The Development Programme is also aimed at youth development. Grants for training young people under the age of 25 are made available and Craft, Dance, Music, Theatre, Literature and Visual Art projects and programmes are invited to apply for support.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. To received updates follow ACT on Twitter at!/actorgza or like the Trust’s Facebook page at

The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme is one of four multi-award winning programmes. Since inception it has raised over R15 million in support of 670 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide. Donations to the Nedbank Arts Affinity programme are made at no cost to the client through donations on credit cards as well as savings, current and investment accounts. To become involved and make a difference in supporting arts and culture in South Africa visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (364663). For more information visit