For Arts, Culture and Heritage Individuals

This second window of Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) Relief Funding aims to provide short-term emergency support for those working in the creative industries who have been affected by the shutdown of venues, festivals and other events due to the COVID-19 crisis – this includes practitioners in the performing arts and heritage sectors, technicians, sound engineers, roadies as well as other support workers in the live performance industry. Successful applicants will receive a grant of up to R6 600.



South African individuals working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors. Working individuals in the creative industries who:

  • Do not have a regular salary source;
  • Rely solely on their creative work as a source of income; and
  • Whose income has been severely interrupted or stopped by the COVID-19 crisis.

Please note these exclusions – ie you will not qualify and may not apply if any of the following are applicable:

  • Organisations, e.g. an NGO, NPI, NPC, (Pty) Ltd, etc.
  • Permanent or fixed-term contract employees. These may be considered on the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme or should explore other relief interventions available to businesses and labour.
  • Those who do not rely solely on the income earned from participating in art, culture and heritage activities.
  • Beneficiaries of the first cycle of DSAC’s Relief Fund or its provincial counterparts, or any other government COVID-19 response support.
  • Group applications (choirs, bands, etc).
  • Individuals in the fields of visual arts, craft and design should apply to the Department of Small Business Development.


Via WhatsApp

  • Send a WhatsApp and say ‘Hi’ to 087 153-1027. Follow the simple instructions to apply in English, isiZulu, Afrikaans, Sepedi, Tshivenda or Xitsonga.
  • Apply between 19 August and 2 September 2020.
  • No applications will be accepted after midnight on 2 September 2020.


  • You can apply online via the NAC portal. Applications in English only and you will need to register or log in to proceed.
  • Apply between 17 and 31 August 2020.
  • No applications will be accepted after midnight on 31 August 2020.

Note: Once you have selected the platform on which you want to apply, please continue on this platform for the duration of your application and ensure you only submit ONE application per person. Multiple or duplicate applications on one or both platforms may result in disqualification.


Enquiries: or 0800 724 278
Closing Date: 31 August (online) or 2 September (WhatsApp)

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