Call for Arts Funding for Dance, Theatre, Music and Visual Arts in the Southern African Region 2012/13

(Western Cape Government)

Pro Helvetia is pleased to announce a call for funding applications for the period 2012-2013. This arts funding is made available through a renewed agreement with the Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation (SDC) who, for the past 13 years, has supported the arts in the Southern African region.


The funding is available for projects in dance, theatre, music and visual arts that provide increased public exposure of high-quality contemporary work across national borders (eg presentation of a South African work in Zimbabwe). Priority countries are South Africa, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, but motivations for opportunities in other SADC countries will be considered.

The primary focus of this funding is to assist in the distribution of new and existing works to a broader Southern African audience. Projects will be supported for up to a maximum of R50 000 and applicants are encouraged to seek additional funding from other sources.

1. The funding will be available through four consecutive calls, as outlined below:

First Call 2012
The call for funding is made from 26 March 2012.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 2 May 2012.
Decisions concerning the allocation of funding will be released by 14 May 2012.

Second Call 2012
The call for funding will be made on 16 July 2012.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 3 September 2012.
Decisions concerning the allocation of funding will be released by 15 September 2012.

Third Call 2013
The call for funding will be made on 10 December 2012.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 4 February 2013.
Decisions concerning the allocation of funding will be released by 15 February 2013.

Fourth Call 2013
The call for funding will be made on 25 March 2013.
Deadline for receipt of applications is 2 May 2013.
Decisions concerning the allocations of funding will be released by 17 May 2013.
Projects funded under this call are to be completed by 31 December 2013.

Note: Approximately six projects will be funded per call.

2. As the primary objective for this funding is to support the mobility of performances and distribution of exhibitions, applicants should have at least letters of expression of interest from the host or venue. Programmers/hosts should in turn have letters of acceptance from artists/organisations they have invited.

3. Applicants are encouraged to describe how their project/performance will contribute to the increased capacities of the cultural sectors in the respective countries by strengthening networks and creating links. While the emphasis is on performance and exhibition, opportunities for the mutual exchange and collaboration should not be ignored.

Pro Helvetia's overall objective with this funding is to contribute to the development of a strong, independent, well-networked and organised and high-quality arts sector in the region that manages to create livelihoods for innovative young professional artists, who create a role for the professional arts in providing an independent voice in society.

High-quality projects are therefore sought that can effectively partner with Pro Helvetia towards making this vision a reality.

4. Applicants are requested to download the application form from the website:

5. As the amount available for this funding is modest, applicants are requested to submit their budget with the following line items included:

  • Daily allowance of no more than R170 per day per person.
  • Travel.
  • Accommodation (limited to R500 per person).
  • Insurance.
  • Marketing and publicity.
  • Artists fees.


Additional budgetary items that pertain specifically to the project activities should also be indicated.

Indication should be given about part-funding that might be available from other sources, as well as any contributions in kind that might be as a result of the partnership/relationship with the host/receiving organisation.

The maximum funding per project is R50 000. The amount awarded will depend on the individual needs of the project.


For more information, please contact:

Nomalanga Nkosi
Pro Helvetia Johannesburg
Swiss Arts Council
Fourth Floor, 87 De Korte Street
Heerengracht Building
PO Box 31532
Johannesburg, 2017

Tel: 011 403 1880

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