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Thursday, November 13, 2014


Deadline: December 12, 2014

The National Arts Council (NAC) has opened applications for arts funding for 2015.

Individuals and registered arts organisations involved in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline have until December 12, 2014, to submit their applications for project funding.

This will be the NAC’s only round of funding for next year across all seven arts fields. Post-graduate students who wish to pursue their arts studies abroad are also encouraged to apply.

Projects should be of national significance, focusing on the creation of new works and on overall arts development. Those that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields are also encouraged to apply.

Says NAC CEO Rosemary Mangope: “At the National Arts Council we are committed to changing the landscape of South Africa’s creative industries. Key to this transformation is not only supporting SA’s existing centres of arts excellence, but also identifying and fostering emerging talent nationwide – those organisations and individuals that will be our future standard-bearers for the arts, both nationally and internationally.

“In our on-going efforts to ensure the arts are as inclusive as possible, we are particularly keen to encourage funding applications from arts organisations and individuals that support the involvement of women, youth and those living with disabilities. We also welcome applications from students who are not only interested in studying abroad, but also committed to returning to SA to share the knowledge and experience they have gained with their peers.”

Successful applications will be notified on April 15, 2015. This year, the NAC awarded grants totalling over R18 million to applicants drawn from all nine South African provinces, plus an additional R9 million in special project funding to 13 flagship arts organisations.

Application forms and funding guidelines are available from the NAC office on 011 838 1383 or downloaded from

The NAC will judge submissions in line with its guidelines and annual performance plans.