BASA held an online workshop to provide greater clarity on the application process and eligibility criteria of the Supporting Grants programme. The webinar was live-streamed on the BASA Facebook page on 12 April 2022 and was facilitated by BASA Head of Research, Madeleine Lambert. Interested parties who were unable to attend the webinar live are encouraged to visit BASA’s Facebook page, where a recording of the entire proceedings has been saved for post-viewing.
From its inception, BASA’s Supporting Grants programme has committed to augmenting and amplifying powerful partnerships between business and arts partners to effect meaningful social change. “BASA grantmaking has a significantly different purpose compared to other more conventional arts funding models,” commented BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien. “The purpose of our Supporting Grants has never been to fund projects per se, but rather to support partnerships with a clear focus on amplifying and extending these,” he explains.
The next deadline for letters of interest is 29 April 2022 for projects taking place from August 2022. Applicants should take note that a range of criteria is considered, including but not limited to the scale and impact of the project, artistic merit, feasibility, contribution to social cohesion, and the reach of the proposed project, all in relation to the funding available for disbursement. Preference is given to projects that offer tangible benefits to their business sponsor(s), and since BASA is a membership organisation, preference is also given to projects where both the arts organisation and business sponsor(s) are BASA members.
BASA Membership registration is quick and simple. Visit https://basa.co.za/, click on the ‘Grants’ tab and navigate to ‘Supporting Grants’ for detailed criteria, further guidelines and templates. Note that BASA’s decision with regard to the outcomes of Supporting Grant applications is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. Enquiries may be directed to BASA Grants Officer, Sipho Mthiyane, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notes to Editors
Funded by an allocation from the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), BASA’s Supporting Grant programme continues to serve as a mechanism through which business and the arts can engage and achieve mutual benefit. Through these grants, BASA equips artists/arts organisations with the tools to support an approach to a potential sponsor, and to provide such a sponsor with the wherewithal to leverage the proposed partnership, and its marketing, effectively. The grants encompass a wide range of activity, attracting corporate sector support and, where possible, BASA leverages the arts or culture project further through its own platforms and partnerships.