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Monday, May 4, 2015


Closing Date: May 13, 2015

Growth in applications reflects extensive reach of BASA Supporting scheme.

The first round of BASA Supporting Grants for the 2015-2016 period saw an increase in applications from across South Africa, reflecting the growing reach of this important incentive for business and arts partnerships.

‘We definitely saw a growth in the number of new applicants and recipients and are excited to have them on board,” says Mandisa Tshiqi, Business Services Officer at Business and Arts South Africa.

“Last year, one of BASA’s goals was to increase our accessibility and the fact that we had a wider variety of organisations from different parts of South Africa applying for grants is evidence that we had an impact in that regard. A total number of 11 grants were approved by the Board for this first tranche.

This round is supporting projects partnering with business from Cape Town, Durban, Limpopo and other provinces.”

Unlike a conventional grant scheme, BASA Supporting Grant scheme was created with the very specific goal of developing business sponsorship of the arts. Grants are only awarded to add value to an already-existing relationship between an arts project and a business (or several businesses). The BASA Supporting Grants Scheme is available to both newcomer, emerging and established arts projects and sponsors.

An example of a recipient that has worked with multiple sponsors in making a successful BASA Supporting Grants application is the Box Project, a visual art project overseen by Durban company Ilifindo. Starting on May 1, 2015, and running for four months, the Box Project is a city beautification project that uses electricity boxes to assist the city’s campaign against vandalism and create a platform for young local artists to showcase their talents. The Box Project is being supported by five sponsors - Red Bull Holdings South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Plascon, Step Up, Converse and Tommy.

To apply for a BASA Supporting Grant, generously supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, both the arts applicant and the sponsor must complete the application forms, which are designed to encourage the two partners to work together and identify areas of potential benefit. The forms are available in English, isiZulu and seSotho. Applications must be made at least 12 weeks before the start of a project.

Successful partnerships from 2014 are also encouraged to enter the 18th Annual Business Day BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard.

The next closing date is 13 May 2015. For application forms and guidelines log onto or contact BASA on 011 447 2295 or email: