How to apply for NAC funding?

Manual application forms are available via email ( or from the NAC offices or by calling the NAC office on 011 010 8886 and 087 7000 683. These applicants will be required to sign a register when delivering manual applications. Late submissions post the deadline date and time will not be accepted.

Who is eligible for funding?​

To enable our vision of vibrant, sustainable arts community that enriches lives through the free and creative expression of South Africa’s cultures / through strengthening artistic and cultural creation, groups or individuals can apply for funding.


Individual applications are for a single applicant who is undertaking a project. This is meant to benefit individual creative writers, scriptwriters, choreographers, composers, crafters or painters, etc. In cases where several people are working collaboratively on a project, one member of the group should take the lead in applying.


Students can apply for local and international bursaries. Bursaries are offered to students studying towards an arts qualification. Bursaries are offered towards an Arts qualification at any institution of Higher Learning and Further Education Training levels in South Africa and abroad.


An organisation is a group of people intentionally organized to accomplish an overall common goal. Applications from formally registered organisation are acceptable.

What type of funding do I get from NAC?

This information has been compiled to assist you with your application to access funding from the National Arts Council (NAC)

R100 000 is the minimum amount for which a project/organisation can apply for. The maximum amount that can be applied for should not be in excess of R500 000.

The NAC reserves the right to allocate funds according to its priorities. This does not invoke the constitutional rights of any applicant. No applicant is automatically entitled to funding. All funding is at the discretion of the NAC.