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Tuesday, October 6, 2020


Deadline: Applications Close October 31, 2020

The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) returns with a strong, redesigned and relevant Building Blocks Programme geared for the entrepreneurial arts practitioner. The programme is funded by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the open call runs from October 5 to 31, 2020.

The Building Blocks Programme has historically been one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework. In 2020, ACT proudly presents and updated curriculum that will speak to current challenges and tangible business solutions for sustainability in the arts and culture sector.

The Building Blocks Programme is a capacity building programme with a focus on small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners in the form of Masterclasses focused on:

Digital Skills


Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation

ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts

Through the Building Blocks Programme, ACT strives to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists. The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “The arts and culture & the creative sector have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, besides the need for a financial injection in the sector, we have also learnt that the environment is more dynamic than we thought and that agility is most needed. With that in mind, we at ACT are very excited that we can offer this programme nationally and to more participants than previously possible. We are very much appreciative of the grant from the National Arts Council and we can’t wait to welcome the next cohorts of this important programme.”

Applications Close: October 31, 2020

Please visit this link for the online application form

Important: Due to capacity, only five companies/organisations/artists from each province in South Africa will be selected to participate.

 * Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa. Allocation of grants is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision about all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

(To link direct to the Arts & Culture Trust’s site, click on the ACT logo to the right of this article or visit