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Monday, January 20, 2020


(Right: Ashraf Johaardien)

Next deadline: January 28, 2020  (Outcome March 3, 2020) – See the rest of the deadlines below

BASA continues to synergise business and arts relationships with its 2020 Supporting Grant cycle.

Business And Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) champions business investment within the arts, cultural and heritage sector. To this end, the BASA Supporting Grants programme is calling for applications throughout 2020.

Says CEO, Ashraf Johaardien, "BASA is a public-private partnership that formed part of South Africa’s strategy to secure greater involvement in the arts, and support from businesses in South Africa. In line with that, the purpose of the Supporting Grants Programme is to amplify and augment the impact of partnerships between arts and business partners."

Funded by a generous allocation from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DAC), the Supporting Grants Programme assists in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country, by providing vital financial support to a project that is in an already existing business and arts relationship.

Since inception, BASA has disbursed an astounding R40 million to more than 1,600 projects, which have leveraged over R515 million in sponsorship from the business sector – that equates to R19 million of business support for every R1 million of Supporting Grant funds during the 2018/2019 financial year.

"To apply for a BASA Supporting Grant, applicants have to adhere to a rigorous process that has been designed to add value to an already existing partnership between an arts organisation and business sponsors," explains BASA Grants Officer, Sipho Mthiyane.

"Both the arts applicant and the sponsor must submit a joint application on the prescribed forms and clearly demonstrate how the partnership benefits both the sponsor and the recipient. New, emerging and established arts projects that already have sponsors on board are eligible, and forms are available for download from the BASA website."

Interested applicants must take note of the following key dates, when they can apply for BASA’s 2020 Supporting Grants:

Closing date / Outcome available
January 28, 2020 / March 3, 2020
May 18, 2020 / June 30, 2020
July 20, 2020 / August 25, 2020
October 19, 2020 / November 24, 2020

Supporting Grant guidelines and application forms are available for download from

Enquiries may be directed to Sipho Mthiyane at

BASA Supporting Grants are made possible through the generous support of DAC.