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Sunday, March 16, 2014


As the largest funder of NGOs in South Africa, the National Lotteries Board (NLB) receives an increasingly high number of applications for funding from welfare, arts, culture, heritage, environment, sports and recreation bodies with every call for applications.

“In the last call for applications, we received in excess of 14,000 funding applications requesting R40 billion from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF). The budget of the NLDTF is in the region of R2 billion per annum,” said Prof Alfred Nevhutanda, Chairperson of the NLB.

The increase in the number of applications is as a result of the nationwide information sharing workshops and helpdesks that were set up by the NLB at the time of the calls for application.

Nevhutanda expressed concern at the level of dependence that NGOs place on the NLDTF. The large number of applications and the larger amounts that are requested play a role in the turnaround times of applications.

“We urge applicants to present more focused applications rather than submitting their entire project budget to the NLDTF for funding”, said Nevhutanda. “We have to spread lottery funding as wide as possible so that all South African NGOs benefit from this Government initiated funding drive.”

In the Arts, Culture and National Heritage sector (closing date 18 April 2013), 17% of the applications had been adjudicated at the time of this press release which was February 11, 2014.

Unaudited allocations in the Arts, Culture and National Heritage sector in the period April 1 to December 31, 2013, represents 97 grants with an amount of R423 million allocated.

“The new legislation signed by President Zuma in December, 2013, makes provision for full-time Distributing Agencies. This will help speed up the adjudication process. We will also look at more targeted calls in the areas that receive less funding,” added Nevhutanda.