Only one week remains to apply for the ACT Building Blocks Programme The open closes on Saturday 31 October 2020.


The Building Blocks Programme has historically been one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework. In 2020 ACT proudly presents and updated curriculum that will speak to current challenges and tangible business solutions for sustainability in the arts and culture sector.

The Building Blocks Programme is a capacity building programme with a focus on small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners in the form of Masterclasses focused on;

  • Digital Skills
  • Marketing
  • Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation
  • ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts

Through the Building Blocks Programme we strive to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists. The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “The arts and culture & the creative sector have been hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and the national lockdown, besides the need for a financial injection in the sector, we have also learnt that the environment is more dynamic than we thought and that agility is most needed. With that in mind we at ACT are very excited that we can offer this programme nationally and to more participants than previously possible. We are very much appreciative of the grant from the National Arts Council and we can’t wait to welcome the next cohorts of this important programme.

Applications Open: 5 October 2020

Applications Close: 31 October 2020

Application Details:

Online application form:


Important: Due to capacity only 5 companies/oganisations/artists from each province in South Africa will be selected to participate.



* Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa. Allocation of grants is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision about all applications for funding is final and no further correspondence will be entered into.


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Notes to editors

Over 25 years of arts funding

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes ACT provides support to 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. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.


The National Arts Council was established in April, 1997 through an act of parliament (Act no.56 of 1997). The vision of the NAC is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures. The NAC offers financial support to arts organisations and individuals involved with projects in dance and choreography, literature; multi-discipline; theatre and musical, theatre, visual arts and craft.