Deadline for arts, culture and sport relief fund application is today!

In facilitating the implementation of the commitment, the department developed various mechanisms in association with Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) and National Arts Council (NAC) where prospective applicants can submit their requests for relief.

Department takes this opportunity to notify all South Africans that to date, over 6000 applications have been registered on the systems with some of those missing the following mandatory supporting documents:

  • Certified copy of South African identity document (ID) with date of certification not older than three months;
  • Valid proof of bank account;
  • Detailed bank statement showing income earned within the creative sector during the period of 12 months (March 2019 – February 2020),
  • letter from industry body confirming that you are a sectoral practitioner / summary of your profile / portfolio work / copy of your academic achievement,
  • Valid tax clearance certificate or tax number.

In light of the above, the Department takes this opportunity to urge those that have commenced with their application to urgently finalise the status of their applications and submit before the looming cut off time.

The Department further informs all prospective applicants to urgently submit their applications before (23H59) midnight as there is no extension pass midnight on the National Arts Council (NAC) online application process.   

All Sectoral prospective applicants can still urgently upload their applications on the following platforms (i.e.): 

National Arts Council (NAC) website

closing this evening and What’s up applications on 087 153 1027 under the control of Business and Arts, South Africa (BASA) closing on Wednesday, 2 September 2020 at (23H59). 

As a reminder, the second wave relief caters for the following individuals:   

South Africans working in the arts, culture and heritage sectors, who are individuals and do not have a regular / consistent salary source, relying solely on their creative work as a source of income and their earnings have been interrupted or impacted upon by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Lastly, they were not beneficiaries of the first relief. 

Note that sport relief applications should be urgently submitted to the below mentioned email link or address: and closing date is 31 August 2020. Only athletes, coaches, technical support personnel, fitness instructors or practitioners who didn’t benefit from the first wave are eligible to apply.

In relation to the sport relief application, the following mandatory documentation must accompany all applications: 

  • Certified copy of your South African Identity Document not older than 3 months,
  • Bank stamped proof of valid bank account, minimum three months detailed bank statements showing income earned from sport competitions, events, activities and fitness instructor / practitioner services rendered between March 2019 – February 2020 / signed and dated letter from your federation or organization confirming your sporting activities,

NB: If the prospective applicant is a fitness instructor / practitioner, letter (signed and dated) from an institution or organization that one has been providing health and fitness work to date and tax clearance certificate or valid tax number.

In light of the information mentioned above, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture takes this opportunity to thank all those that have taken the initiative and submitted their COVID – 19 second wave relief applications. All prospective applicants will therefore be informed in due course about the status and outcome of their applications. 

To get more information about the application process, which documents and links to utilize, one can contact the following Number 0800 724 278 or visit the following sites for more information:

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