ACT Building Blocks now open for applications

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) calls for applications for the Building Blocks Programme, sponsored by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

New, emerging or established South African arts, culture or heritage organisations are invited to submit funding enquiries for Special Grants up to a maximum of R200,000 in total, and Once-off Grants ranging from R10,000 to R50,000.

The ACT Building Blocks Programme aims to build the capacity of South African arts, culture and heritage organisations and other community organisations in order to strengthen these economically, culturally and socially.

The programme is aimed at cultural organisations that serve the community at large and is not intended to serve individual artists. The programme focuses on sustainable capacity building for organisations that provide broad access to the arts.

Applicants are required to complete an Application Form by 31 December 2010. Please visit the ACT website at for more information about the programme, to submit an online application or download instructions on how to submit an application manually.


About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier, independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society.

Structured ACT funding programmes support projects that contribute to improving the quality of life in communities where it is most glaringly needed. In tandem with this, ACT supports innovative projects which renew and advance the arts in South Africa.

In all these endeavours, ACT covers the broad spectrum of the arts, ranging from grassroots and community-based projects to professional initiatives. Go to for more information about ACT, its funding programmes, criteria for assessment and submission of applications online.

About the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a founding sponsor of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). The Netherlands has an active policy of stimulating international cultural exchange with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding. The Netherlands was one of the first donors to take an active role in culture and development: “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits” (article 27(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights). Under its ‘Culture and Development’ programme, the Embassy of the Netherlands supports initiatives that stimulate the further development of the cultural sector and infrastructure in South Africa. Account:
Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
011 712 8403


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