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CLOSING DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2023 at 23:59       OUTCOMES DATE: 08 December  2023


The NAC Strategy supports capacity building as an essential element for developing the arts to ensure excellence.  Bursary funding aims to provide support to aspirational arts practitioners in the acquisition of relevant arts qualifications and arts related knowledge and skills base.  The funding of bursaries is an essential element for developing the arts to ensure excellence. Through support for the provision of training and education, the NAC offers grants for bursaries and residency programs to help grow the talent of students, art practitioners, art technicians, arts administrators, and other industry related professionals. This ensures that South Africa has a sustainable pool of talented artists and leaders.


The National Arts Council is pleased to announce the call for bursary applications for the academic year which begins in January 2024. The invitation is for registered education and training institutions that are involved in studies or provision of tuition in the fields of theatre, dance, crafts, literature, multidiscipline, music, visual arts, cultural policy, arts, and culture management as well as any arts related course to apply for Block Institutional Bursaries.


Block Institutional Bursaries are earmarked for undergraduate students who will be studying in South Africa during 2024. Institutions that apply for funding are required to support undergraduate students for the duration of their undergraduate studies, subject to successful completion of each year of study. Institutions should be prepared to enter into a service level agreement with the NAC in the fulfilment of this requirement.  Institutions will be required to prioritise women and people living with disabilities in their selection processes.


  • Closing date for applications:              06 October  2023 at 11h59 midnight
  • Outcomes:                                             08 December 2023


Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered, and no exceptions will be made. Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

For more information, please contact Arts Development Officers as listed on the NAC website.

Issued by: The National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113

66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct,

Newtown, 2113. Tel: 087 700 0683 Email: