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Closing date:  17 June 2022         Outcomes date:  10 September 2022  



The National Arts Council South Africa (NAC) is pleased to announce a new call for arts and culture applications for the 2022-2023 financial year. We hereby invite individual arts practitioners and registered arts organisations, institutions and community arts centres to apply for funding.  

Only one application will be supported from both a natural person (individual) and a juristic person (organisation/company).


The invitation is open to practitioners who are active in the disciplines of dance, multidiscipline, music, and theatre to submit their applications for project funding. Only applications for productions, concerts, showcases and/or performances will be considered. Applicants presenting content in South African indigenous art forms are encouraged to apply.


Please note that other types of projects in the performing arts, such as, creation, composition, capacity building, workshops, research, script writing for theatre, residencies and other related activities will be catered for in a separate call.  Practitioners involved in the disciplines of craft, literature and visual arts will be invited to apply in the next call during this financial year.


In each of the four (4) arts disciplines mentioned above, namely, dance, multidiscipline, music, and theatre, the proposed projects must have capability to address at least two of the five (5) critical focus areas below:


  • Social Cohesion and Nation Building
  •  Marginalised communities and Indigenous arts with a focus on rural areas
  • Addressing social ills such as xenophobia, gender-based-violence, bullying and other violent crimes, including drugs and gangsterism
  • Creating employment opportunities for women and people with disabilities, with a focus on rural / marginalised areas
  • Creation of New Works and innovation


This call appeals to arts practitioners to present projects that can continue to educate, entertain, and enlighten audiences.  Proposed projects must demonstrate impact and value for the communities in which they operate. 


The maximum amount applied for should not be in excess of R500 000 for dance, multidiscipline and music projects.  The maximum threshold for theatre and/or musical theatre productions is R800 000. The allocation will be in line with redress and transformation imperatives of the NAC.


Applications must be submitted on or before Friday, 17 June 2022 at 17h00. Applicants need to register and complete the online application form using the following link:

Manual applications and/or Funding Guidelines can be requested from or 087 7000 683 or the NAC offices. This service is reserved only for those who have lack of access to internet services.  


Funding guidelines can be downloaded from


Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered, and no exceptions will be made. For more information, contact or call 087 7000 683. The NAC reserves the right to allocate funds according to its priorities.  No applicant is automatically entitled to funding. All funding is at the discretion of the NAC.


National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113. 66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, 2113. Email: