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Friday, October 31, 2014


Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), launched a mobile fundraising campaign at the ACT Scholarships Final. ACT is South Africa’s premier independent arts, culture and heritage funding and development agency with a proud track record of playing a strategic role on the arts and culture sector consistently since 1994.

“This campaign is a wonderfully convenient and affordable opportunity for arts lovers to make a contribution to the development of arts, culture and heritage in South Africa,” said ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. “While we take delight in what the Trust has achieved over the past 20 years, we have to take cognizance of the challenges ahead. The volatile economic climate over the past few years necessitates strategic thinking to ensure the sustainability of ACT.”

Since 1994, ACT disbursed more than R21 million to more than 800 projects from across the country. ACT also made more than 60 bursaries from 1996 to 2008 available and has awarded 12 Scholarships to the value of more than R1.2 million since 2009. Between 2011 and 2014 more than 450 arts practitioners from across South Africa attended ACT arts management Master Classes.

An external evaluation and subsequent surveys found that, in summary, activities selected for support by ACT added to the vibrancy and dynamism of the sector, both through the support of existing organisations and the support of new, interesting initiatives that might not have developed without support from ACT.

To make a donation of R25 to the Arts & Culture Trust send a text message with ‘ACT’ to 41426. For more information, visit