BASA has expanded the scope of its Supporting Grants programme. While the existing opportunities for funding for arts organisations and business sponsors are still available, eligibility is now extended to support South African artists and creatives infected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

While the usual focus of the BASA Supporting Grants programme is on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses that aim to meaningfully impact society through shared value and social cohesion, the widespread cancellation of festivals, music concerts, exhibitions, productions and other events in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic is nothing anyone could have anticipated, and it’s clear that the effect on the creative sector continues to be devastating.

To date BASA’s funding campaign has raised just over half a million rand from a range of individuals, businesses and academic institutions.

This amount has been supplemented with funds redirected from other areas of operation to provide support to 159 individual artists with grants to the value of almost R1,3-million (February 2021). Further grants of up to R10 000 specifically for medical assistance are available for creatives who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 or who have been hospitalised as a result of Covid-19.

Grants will be awarded on a first-come basis to the first 67 eligible applicants and will close thereafter. Please ensure you download and read criteria and guidelines below before submitting your application.


Supporting information, links and documents related to BASA Artist Relief Grants.

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