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Friday, April 13, 2018


Deadline: May 10, 2018

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has announced the relaunch of the ACT Development Programme in 2018 and invites applications in the category of visual arts until May 10, 2018.

After careful consideration and consultation with partners, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has reimagined the ACT Development Programme to support discipline-specific funding cycles. The first half of 2018 will see the funding of visual arts projects and in the second half of the year dance projects will be funded. Established artists or organisations are eligible for one of three grants worth R80,000. Mid-level and emerging artists or organisations are eligible for one of five grants of R30,000.

Over the years, the number of applications received in each cycle has increased dramatically. Limiting the number of applications received through discipline restrictions means that each application will receive more attention.

ACT Chief Executive Officer Marcus Desando says: “We are very excited about this new focus of our development programme as we see the need to give an opportunity to those disciplines that have been receiving the least of our grants in the past. But most importantly, we want to foster a grant process that will allow more concentrated attention to single disciplines at each cycle.” Nedbank has supported South African arts through the programme for over two decades with funding totalling over R21 million and hopes that these changes will increase the impact of the grants.

“From every part of our country, phenomenally talented visual artists and dancers will have the opportunity to enhance their craft and contribute to building our nation through their respective disciplines. They are the next generation of artists who will take South African arts and culture to even greater levels,” says Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.

As in previous years, the development programme seeks imaginative South African projects that will increase organisational sustainability or individual skills, and have far-reaching benefits for the arts or greater community. “Although we are limiting each call for grant applications to one discipline, we don’t want this to be seen as restrictive. We encourage applications for interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary work with visual arts as a core component. We are interested in the ways that new media and new forms of visual arts are developing, as well as traditional arts,” explained programme manager Jessica Glendinning.

The second call for applications for this year will be made public in August 2018, when applications for dance projects will be invited. The two 2019 project cycles will focus on literature and theatre respectively.

Application forms must be completed online. For more information, application guidelines and the application form visit the website at

For a direct link to the development programme page visit

Applications open: April 16, 2018
Applications close: May 10, 2018
Three grants of R80,000 each will be awarded to established artists or organisations.
Five grants of R30,000 each will be awarded to mid-level or emerging artists and organisations.
Please note:
•Independent artists and organisations with projects in the visual arts category are eligible to apply
•Projects must take place between July 1, 2018, and July 31, 2019.
•Projects should increase organisational sustainability or skillset and have far-reaching benefits
•Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa