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Tuesday, November 30, 2021


(BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien)

Deadline for letters of interest: December 14, 2021

The Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Supporting Grants Programme augments and amplifies powerful partnerships between business and arts partners to effect meaningful social change.

"BASA grant making has a significantly different purpose compared to other more conventional arts funding models,” comments BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien. “The purpose of our Supporting Grants has never been to fund projects per se, but rather to support partnerships with a clear focus on amplifying and extending these,” he explains.

Interested parties are invited to submit a formal letter of interest as a first step. Eligible applicants who meet the necessary criteria will then be invited to complete an online application. The next deadline for letters of interest is December 14, 2021, for projects commencing from April 1, 2022.

 Visit, click on the ‘Grants’ tab and navigate to ‘Supporting Grants’ for detailed criteria and further guidelines. Note that BASA's decision with regard to the outcomes of Supporting Grant applications is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.

Funded by an allocation from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC), BASA's Supporting Grant programme continues to serve as a mechanism through which business and the arts can engage and achieve mutual benefit. Through these grants, BASA equips artists/arts organisations with the tools to support an approach to a potential sponsor, and to provide such a sponsor with the wherewithal to leverage the proposed partnership, and its marketing, effectively. The grants encompass a wide range of activity, attracting corporate sector support and, where possible, BASA leverages the arts or culture project further through its own platforms and partnerships.

Enquiries may be directed to Sipho Mthiyane at