R1.798 million to support developing arts and culture organisations in KZN

The KwaZulu-Natal Arts and Culture Department is calling on non-profit organisations and cooperatives which mainly assist priority groups such as people living with disabilities in the province to apply for funding through its Grant-In-Aid programme. The annual project is part of the department’s development plan which aims to support emerging arts and culture organisations. R1.798 million has been set aside to achieve this in the 2014/2015 financial year.

Allocation of these funds is dependent on a number of criteria, with organisations that create job opportunities as well those whose beneficiaries are more women, the youth and people living with disabilities being given first preference.

The KZN Arts and Culture Council an independent body appointed by MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha, administers the distribution of the funds and also monitors the use thereof. Members of the council ensure the money is used effectively by conducting random visits to the grant beneficiaries throughout the year.

Groups that have been funded twice will not be considered, with the exception of organisations in rural areas that have shown significant merit.

Application forms can be collected from the department’s regional offices across KZN or downloaded from the department’s website. The deadline for submissions is the 13th of June 2014.

For more information please contact:
Lethukuthula Mtshali 081 037 8321