Eligibility for Funding from the Western Cape Cultural Commission

This document explains which projects are eligible to apply for funding from the Western Cape Cultural Commission.

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To be eligible for funding from the WCCC, the project should fall within the ambit of the performing, visual or literary arts; addressing natural or human sciences; a cultural-historical field or youth’s cultural awareness and involvement. Projects should also take place within the boundaries of the Western Cape Province and be presented by an organization that is eligible.


Organisations eligible for funding:

The following organizations are eligible to apply for funding from the WCCC:

nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations (NGO’s, CBO’s, Article 21 Companies, but not Pty (Ltd) companies) established specifically for the promotion and development of one or more of the following activities:

  • The visual, performing or literary arts
  • Natural or human sciences
  • A Cultural-Historical field
  • Youth’s cultural awareness and involvement

Organisations not eligible for funding:

  • Local government
  • Provincial government
  • National government
  • Companies and other entities for profit
  • Schools colleges and universities
  • Churches or orgniasations operated or principally supported by a church or religious organization
  • Political parties
  • Labour unions
  • Individuals
  • Organisations that did not comply with previous Grant Conditions
  • Charities
  • Organisations without a constitution or a bank account


The financial year of the WCCC is from 1 April to 31 March.

Annual grants:

  • Applications for funding must be submitted on the prescribed business plan before 16:00 on 29 June at any of our three offices. No late applications will be considered.
  • Applications will be considered by the WCCC during July and successful applicants be notified and first payments made by the end of August.
  • Incomplete applications lacking any of the supporting reports, statements and other documents required will not be considered.
  • If an organization submits a financial report for the previous year that is not audited, no payment of any subsidies will be made until an audited statement is received.

Ad Hoc Projects:

  • Applications for ad hoc projects must be submitted and date-stamped by Arts and Culture at least 6 weeks prior to the date of the project.
  • Although also treated as ad-hoc applications, applications for annual arts and culture festivals must be received 6 months in advance.
  • Please note that your application is no guarantee of funding.
  • You will receive a letter either informing you that a subsidy has been approved or that your application has been unsuccessful.
  • After the completion of your project, you must return your completed and signed report a.s.a.p. On receipt of your report, assuming that everything is in order, your subsidy will be forwarded to you within 3 weeks.

Funding for Cultural Councils:

Registered cultural councils will receive notification of the cut-off date for funding applications. Organisations won’t be able to apply for funding in the same financial year (1 April-31 March) that they were registered as cultural councils.

The content on this page was last updated on 15 March 2014