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Saturday, October 3, 2015


KZN deadline: October 22, 2015

The Distributing Agency for Arts, Culture and National Heritage (ACNH), established in terms of the Lotteries Act (No. 57 of 1997), as amended, is once again in the position to consider applications for funding from the proceeds of the National Lottery aligned to regulations.

Items 2 and 3 of part 1 of Gazette No. 33398 states that:

(2) The priorities for Distributing of Funds must contribute to developmental needs, enhancement of social & moral responsibility, and economic viability of programmes designed to advance rural, under privileged and poor communities.

(3) Of the total allocation available, for distribution by a Distributing Agency at least 50% shall be directed towards the following areas:

d) Support for the cause designed to protect and promote traditional knowledge and cultural expressions;

e) Promotional work of arts and craft produced by groups of disabled people and women;

f) Development and preservation of cultural heritage sites for revenue generation including tourism, attraction and economic viability for the community and/or;

g) Promote and support entrepreneurial development through training of women and providing necessary infrastructure and facilities for farming projects as a primary response to economic development and reduction of unemployment level.

In adjudicating applications the ACNH Distributing Agency will focus on the following areas:

Development and production of original South African Visual Arts and Crafts, as well as music, dance and theatre. Focus should be on training and provision of required equipment and tools.

Organisations involved in the production of short films and documentaries with distinctive indigenous content.

Identification, research, documentation, conservation and exhibition of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (cultural traditions, oral history, performance, rituals, and popular memory).

Restoration of heritage sites identified and supported by the relevant statutory heritage authorities such as the National Heritage Council (NHC) and South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).

Environmental protection with emphasis of education and awareness programmes for communities.

Farming projects, with a strong focus on empowerment of women, youth and people with disabilities.

Projects or programmes which aim to develop, promote, preserve and protect indigenous languages and literature.

The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) will give preference to applications from organisations that advance rural, under-privileged and poor communities that support transformation and development.

Applications will be considered from appropriately registered Arts, Culture, Environment and National Heritage organisations that submit all the required documents and information, as outlined in the 2015 Guidelines.

The KwaZulu-Natal deadline for applications is October 22, 2015.