Applications open for Arts, Culture and National Heritage NGOs
The budget for arts, culture and national heritage is in the region of R560 million. The NLB has warned that applicants must be aware that the number of applicants is increasing and the budget has to be shared by all compliant applicants. Applicants should therefore not rely solely on receiving an NLDTF grant, and must investigate all other possible income sources.
“It is critical that in order to ensure success, applicants must prepare their proposals fully and honestly – and early,” says Charlotte Mampane, CEO of the NLB.
“We are inundated every year with applications from all quarters, many more than we can afford or accommodate, and we simply cannot entertain those that have not been properly put together.”
This year the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) is restricting the maximum the size of grants to be allocated, and the call for applications has identified capped amounts for each sub-sector. This is in order to address the challenges of equitable distribution, and the increase in number and value of applications that the NLB has being seeing in the past.
This capping of the application value will result in more structured and focused applications that will lead to quicker turnaround times.
Applicants are requested to prioritise the projects and budget line items for which they apply, and to ensure that they are not relying only on the NLDTF for the realisation of their projects.
The NLB stresses that there will be no retrospective funding and that no applicant is guaranteed funding or the amount they applied for, if successful.
Late and incomplete applications will also not be considered.
Application packs will be available free of charge and if anyone tries to sell them, applicants should contact the NLB Toll-free Fraud Hotline on 0800 012 013.
The Chairperson of the Arts, Culture and National Heritage Distributing Agency, Mrs Thoko Mkwanazi-Xaluva said, “In adjudicating applications, the Distributing Agency will focus on applications from the Northern Cape, Free State and North West where the minimum target of 5% of the grant allocations has not been met. Projects, in disadvantaged rural and previously disadvantaged areas will also be prioritised. We will also prioritise festivals and film production that focus on indigenous genres”.
“The NLB will establish help desks across the country from 25 February to 5 April to ensure that all prospective applicants understand the process and submit compliant applications for consideration”, said the NLB CEO.
NLB Chairperson, Prof Alfred Nevhutanda said, “The NLDTF has allocated over R17 billion since inception and in the region of R3, 5 billion in the arts and culture sector alone. With the continued support of lottery players, we will continue to make a difference”.