Deadline reminder for ACT Professional Development Programme applications

Arts and culture organisations, associations, cooperatives, networks, individual artists and practitioners interested in creating jobs and contributing to the sustainability of arts and culture have until 30 September 2014 to apply for Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) funding.

The newly structured Professional Development Programme, funded by Nedbank Arts Affinity, is designed to support the development of a reliable, sustainable and vibrant arts and culture sector in South Africa. Once-off grants of up to R60 000 each will be awarded in each funding cycle, and applicants are reminded that the closing date for submissions is fast approaching.

Qualifying applicants have another opportunity until the end of March 2015 to apply for once-off grants for a range of activities that support their professional advancement on an on-going basis; and stimulate the industry through the development of cutting-edge professional South African work.

ACT Chief Executive Officer, Pieter Jacobs, explains: “When we reviewed the structure and criteria for our grant making programme, it was vital for us to assess the current funding structures and mechanisms for the arts in South Africa. The ACT Trustees identified a dire need for the support of professionals and platforms that enable the development and presentation of professional work.”

“Preserving South Africa’s rich arts and culture heritage through job creation and the development of talent has been a priority for Nedbank for a number of years. The Professional Development Programme, together with the contributions made to the Arts and Culture Trust on behalf of our Nedbank Arts Affinity clients demonstrate our commitment to the cause” says Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Nedbank Cause Marketing.

Pieter Jacobs adds “The Professional Development Programme makes provision for the support of a range of activities including the development of new South African work, presentation, publication, exhibition or performance of new South African work, research, market development as well as support for the development of arts administrators and managers.”

For more detailed information and to apply, please see ACT’s website, The current funding cycle closes on 30 September 2014, with results announced in November.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) heralds its 20th year with changes to the format of its funding programme, refining its practical vision towards greater sustainability for the industry.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts, culture and heritage funding and development agency, and celebrates 20 years of existence in 2014. The ACT Professional Development Programme is supported by Nedbank Arts Affinity. For more information visit

The Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme includes a range of products that Nedbank clients can choose from. Every time they use their accounts (to save, invest or transact), Nedbank donates to the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), at no cost to clients. Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has donated nearly R15 million to support more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 DO GOOD (36 4663). For more information please visit

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