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Wednesday, March 18, 2020


Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) recognises that the actual and projected impact of Covid-19 will have a particularly devastating effect on the creative sector.

We recognise that the widespread cancellations of festivals, concerts, productions, exhibitions, events and cultural programmes locally and internationally due to the Covid-19 pandemic is a Sword of Damocles hanging over the livelihoods of artists globally. We are aware that there are likely not very many arts and culture organisations that will have adequate reserves to sustain them through these uncertain times.

In light of this, we are working hard to ensure that there is no interruption to the BASA Supporting Grants programme and applications for the next round are now open. We also confirm that an agreement has been signed with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC) for the second iteration of the DAC Debut Programme.

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Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) Supporting Grant Programme is designed for artist/arts organisations and businesses to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country. This is done by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing relationship between a business and arts organisation.

To apply for a BASA Supporting Grant, 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. BASA allocates funds to the project once it has assessed how the partnership benefits both the sponsor and the recipient.

Supporting Grant applications forms are now available in English, isiZulu and seSotho.

Once the grants have been approved, the projects and sponsors can be further profiled through Business and Arts South Africa’s media partners. In addition, successful partnerships are also encouraged to enter the BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard.

Closing date: May 18, 2020
Outcome available: June 30, 2020

Closing date: July 20, 2020
Outcome available: August 25, 2020

Closing date: October 19, 2020
Outcome available: November 24, 2020

It’s important to note that BASA Supporting Grants are not another form of public subsidy to cap budgets, matching grant or to make up shortfalls, but are very specifically aligned to projects that are already linked to business or corporate support and leverage opportunities.

NB: repeat Business Sponsors applying for Supporting Grants are required to be paid up members of Business and Arts South Africa (NPC).

The guidelines and application forms are available on