The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce that applications for the ACT Professional Development Programme will open on 22 May 2020.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.


We are looking to support South African artists in producing high-quality, innovative local art that serves our communities and the larger sector:

  • Projects that present innovative ways to serve communities and reach audiences.
  • Projects of an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature.
  • Projects that showcase high artistic and professional merit.
  • Projects to take place between September 2020 and September 2021.

To be eligible for the emerging/midlevel, ACT Professional Development Grant organisations must have been operating professionally for at least one year and have experience of managing budgets of less than R50 000.

To be considered established, organisations must have been in operation for three or more years and have a proven track record of successful projects with budgets exceeding R50 000.

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 with regard to all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


A total of nine grants will be awarded for this open call:

Emerging/Midlevel artists and organisations are eligible to apply for one of six small grants of R30 000 each, while established artists and organisations are eligible to apply for one of three grants of R80 000 each.

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Deadline: Sunday, 12 July 2020.