Arts & Culture Trust

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20 De Korte Street Johannesburg City Centre, Greater Johannesburg 2000

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africaís premier independent arts and culture funding and development agency.


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A number of focused funding and development programmes implemented by ACT support a broad range of activities nationally. Through the Professional Development Programme the Trust makes funding available to individual artists, practitioners and arts and culture organisations and institutions in the form of once-off grants. The Scholarships Programme facilitates the allocation of three grants to pursue undergraduate performing arts studies and the annual ACT Awards recognises and celebrates excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity. Through the presentation of arts management master classes, ACT develops administration and management skills of practitioners, which in turn increases the capacity and sustainability of arts organisations and institutions. The Arts & Culture Conference presented by the Trust aims to share information, knowledge and research with stakeholders of the creative economy with a view to develop, enable and inspire the sector.

ACT is the oldest arts funding agency in democratic South Africa. Since 1994 it has advanced its position towards becoming a self-sustaining perpetual Fund for the continued development of arts and culture. ACTís programmes offer a low-cost high-impact proposition for businesses wanting to achieve their Corporate Social Investment (CSI), BEE or marketing objectives within the arts and culture sector. The Trustís model has seen it disburse more than R22 million over the past 22 years. ACT has also reached a degree of operational sustainability and sponsors and philanthropists can rest assured in knowing that their valuable contribution to the Trust Fund directly benefits South African artists and organisations.

ACT provides funding for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. It embraces all aspects of arts and culture advancement such as training, the creative process, and the development of sustainable infrastructure.

Structured ACT funding programmes support projects that contribute to improving the quality of life in communities where it is most glaringly needed. This is done in conjunction with extending support to innovative projects, which renew and advance the arts in South Africa. In all these endeavours, ACT covers the broad spectrum of the arts from grassroots and community-based projects to professional initiatives.

ACT funds are allocated to projects by an independent Board of Trustees, comprised of leading arts practitioners and administrators. By using ACT as the conduit for corporate social investments in artistic and cultural activities, private sector companies rest in the secure knowledge that their investment is being judiciously applied to maximum effect.

Go to for more information about ACT including our funding programmes, criteria for assessment or to submit an application online.

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