Request for Applications for Grant-In-Aid Funding: 2020/21 Arts and Culture

The City of Cape Town’s Arts and Culture Branch invites applications for funding from Arts, Culture and Heritage organisations and institutions located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Town.

Proposals should focus on providing creative and innovative cultural programmes and/or services through arts, culture and heritage that:

1. develop youth (those up to the age of 35 years) to be positive role models and improve their sense of self-worth (through e.g. leadership, creative excellence, tackling social issues, identify, self-esteem);
2. provide youth with skills that contribute to personal growth and career development, including practical skills as well as transferable skills (e.g. communication, team work, problem-solving);
3. introduce youth to career possibilities in the arts, culture and heritage sectors;
4. promote social inclusion by fostering an understanding/appreciation for cultural diversity that is relevant to a specific community or place; (through e.g. different art forms, cultural or heritage practices)
5. help support and build communities by addressing social challenges in innovative ways (e.g. substance abuse, bullying, gender-based violence, LGBTIQ);
6. increase opportunities for up-skilling of emerging creative practitioners;
7. provide a response to Covid-19, exploring relevant issues (e.g. loss, vulnerability, stigmatisation, togetherness);
8. engage with environmental and sustainability concerns including challenges around climate change;
9. expose youth to the sector to foster an appreciation for the arts and cultural diversity, with the aim of building larger cultural audiences; and
10. build audiences in the arts, culture and creative sectors through alternative methods and platforms (accounting for social distancing regulations).

Applicants to note that the branch aims to maximise its Return on Investment (ROI) through a collaborative funding model which will include a skills transfer component and project output alignment to the IDP and business objectives.

All applicants must have a proven track record of relevant project management experience of no less than two years. Applicants must be realistic when drafting their proposals as funding is limited and the City will not fund entire proposals. Funding will be distributed between the four City geographical areas. Not all applicants will receive funding.

Proposals for Grants-in-aid must be made in writing on an official application form (available from ALL sub council offices and online – Project proposals must be confined to municipal responsibilities and further the strategic aims of the City as set out in the IDP, Economic Growth Strategy and Social Development Strategy, as well as support the City’s endeavours to build an opportunity city, a safe city, a caring city, an inclusive city and a well-run city.

When preparing their budget applicants should take note of the Grants in Aid Policy, which is available on request or from the City’s website (above).

Applicants should be registered as a non-profit organisation (i.e. NPO, NGO, Section 21, Trust, etc.) and must supply all accompanying documents as specified in the Required Documents section.
Please take care to read the application form thoroughly, and allow time to complete all forms and prepare all supporting documentation.

Please hand-deliver the completed application, with supporting documentation, to the Arts and Culture Branch or Social Development and ECD Department Offices that are closest to you:
Arts and Culture Branch:
1st Floor, 44 Wale Street, Cape Town
Northern Area:
22nd Floor Tower Bock, Civic Centre, 12 Hertzog Boulevard, Cape Town – Genevieve Adams
1st Floor, Bloemhof Building, 112 Edward Street, Bellville – Andiswa Pilisani

Eastern Area:
94 Van Riebeeck Street, Omniforum Building 1St Floor, Kuilsriver – Gillian Adriaanse

Southern Area:
200 On Main, C/o Main and Bowwood Road, Claremont – Wayne Van der Poel

Central Area:
Unit 201, Block 2, Tijger Office Park, De Hannes Louw Drive Parow ( North) -Vusi Magagula

Closing Date: 27 November 2020

Only hard copy documents will be accepted. No e: mail, late or incomplete applications will be considered.

All applications for grant-in-aid funding will be assessed in accordance with the Grants Policy and conform to the Municipal Financial Management Act, Act 56 of 2003.
For queries contact Arts and Culture at: or 021 417 4013.