Call for Applications: PESP 3 Arts Funding in South Africa

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The funding, now in its third phase, aims to provide economic stimulus to support sector initiatives that create jobs in the creative and cultural sector. It is expected that the funding will create employment opportunities in the sector and a multiplier effect in the creation of employment opportunities beyond the sector itself and is part of the government intervention to reactivate the sector to Economic Recovery and Reconstruction (Economic Recovery and Reconstruction Plan – ERRP), following the devastation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Terms

  • Only one application will be supported by both a natural person (individual) and a legal person (organization/company).
  • Projects must demonstrate their ability to be sustainable over a period of time.
  • The invitation is open to practitioners active in the disciplines of music, craft, dance, literature, multidisciplinary, theater and visual arts.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply for all types of projects such as creation, composition, workshops, showcases, exhibitions, screenwriting, residencies, performances and other art-related activities.
  • Applications featuring content in South African Indigenous art forms are encouraged to apply. Proposed projects must demonstrate impact and value for the communities in which they are implemented.

Eligibility

People

  • Individual applications are intended for a single applicant (an individual) undertaking a project.
  • In cases where multiple people are working collaboratively on a project, one member of the group should lead the application.
  • All applicants must be South African citizens and over the age of 18.
  • Projects can be implemented in South Africa, across the continent or overseas.
  • Individuals are invited to submit projects aimed at stimulating the vast arts and culture sector.
  • Applications from individuals working for a government department and/or entity will not be accepted.
  • Individuals under the government’s Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) and Internships/Apprenticeships will be eligible to apply.

Organizations/institutions

  • Applications from officially registered South African arts and cultural organisations/groups and institutions are acceptable.
  • All principal applicants must be South African citizens and over the age of 18.
  • Projects can be implemented in South Africa, across the continent or overseas.
  • Applicants should consider that some countries may still experience COVID-19 related restrictions and therefore travel may be affected.
  • Registered arts organizations are encouraged to submit projects aimed at stimulating the broad arts and culture sector.
  • A principal applicant working for a ministry and/or government entity will not be accepted.
  • A principal applicant working under the Government’s Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) and Internships/Apprenticeships will be eligible to apply.

The funding thresholds are as follows:

  • Allowance up to R3 million. Applications must offer at least 200 job opportunities, including number of artists to be hired, national footprint, capacity building, audience development, focus on youth engagement and inclusion vulnerable groups.
  • Venues: up to R2 million. Applications must offer at least 120 employment opportunities, including the number of artists to be hired, capacity building, a focus on audience development, and a bias for marginalized arts and vulnerable groups.
  • Other projects: Up to R1 million. Applications will be assessed on the basis of the artistic merit of the project at the discretion of the members of the jury, and should focus on young people and vulnerable groups as beneficiaries.
  • Projects below R1 million. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of the artistic merit of the project at the discretion of the members of the jury.
  • Applications exceeding the maximum allocation budget stated above will not be considered.

Applications must be submitted no later than July 29 at 5 p.m..

Applicants must register and complete the online application form here.

Manual applications can be requested by email at [email protected] or by calling 011 010 8850/087 0000 683.

Note: Late and incomplete applications will not be considered and no exceptions will be made.

Funding guidelines are available here.

For more information about this call, contact [email protected] or call 011 010 8850/087 0000 683.

View original call here.

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