Find out about Covid-19 relief funding for cultural, creative industries

Government has once again called on sections in the cultural and creative industries, who were negatively affected by Covid-19, to apply for relief funding.

This is a once-off payment to successful applicants.

The maximum threshold for successful individual applicants stands at R15 000 and R30 000 for small, medium, and micro enterprises (SMMEs), organisation or cooperatives.

“As the Department of Small Business Development, we endeavour to promote and empower all SMMEs and cooperatives, regardless of their sector,” Minister of Small Business Development, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni, said on Monday.

The department is working alongside the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture to build a fund that will offer relief to organisations, enterprises as well as individual practitioners in the craft, design, visual arts and audio-visual sectors.

Both departments will contribute an equal amount of money to establish a fund, totalling R22 282 000.

“We, as a department, are committed to ensuring that artists are supported as we gradually return to normality, albeit under strict health protocols, and to pick up the pieces as we begin the journey to full economic recovery,” Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, said.

Who can apply?

Crafters who produce a broad range of items using a range of materials, skills and techniques such as grass-weaving, ceramics, beadwork, wirework, wood, jewellery, paper, fabric painting and printing, quilting, leatherwork, pewter, glasswork, embroidery and mixed media.

Audio-visual artists including producers, directors, art directors, camera operators, people involved in lighting, runners, sound, costume, hair and makeup, on-set photographers, post production, and animation.

Visual artists involved in fine arts (including painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics and drawing), contemporary art (such as performance art and installations) and photography. Freelancers (independent contractors) in the sector are also eligible.

“The craft sector usually overlaps with certain design disciplines, but today’s announcement is that design, as a specific sector, will also benefit from this relief. Design includes a wide range of different subsectors such as product design, fashion design, textile design, and jewellery design and so on,” the departments said.

Do you qualify? Download and complete the application forms on The Department Of Small Business Development and The Department Of Sports And Recreation websites.

Applications are open from the 2nd of November 2020 and close on the 12th of November 2020 at 12 pm.

Applicants will be informed about the outcome of their applications by latest 1 December 2020.

Payments to successful applicants are anticipated to be finalised 23 December 2020 at the latest.


The funding will be distributed per province by nine designated hubs and development agencies. This includes:

  • The Eastern Cape Development Corporation (ECDC),
  • The Free State Development Corporation (FDA),
  • The Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA),
  • Trade and Investment KZN,
  • The Limpopo Economic Development Agency (LEDA),
  • The Mpumalanga Economic Growth Agency (MEGA),
  • The Bokone-Bophirima Craft & Design Institute (BBCDI), the North West
  • The Northern Cape Economic Development Agency (NCEDA) and the
  • The Craft & Design Institute (CDI), the Western Cape





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