Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) encourages projects between creatives and businesses, with a focus on online collaborations, to submit expressions of interest to be considered for grant support.
According to BASA CEO, Ashraf Johaardien, “There is real power that comes from deep collaboration between the right partners, and the purpose of the Supporting Grants’ platform is to ignite partnerships that are able to effect meaningful social change. As the South African government contemplates risk-adjusted approaches to resuming economic activity, it seems an opportune time to support and amplify business and arts partnerships that are exploring digital frontiers or innovating in virtual spaces.”
Johaardien explains why the BASA Supporting Grants platform offers a slightly different lens to conventional funding in that the focus is on amplifying and extending existing partnerships between arts and businesses: “The public-private partnership that led to the formation of BASA in 1997 was a key part of South Africa’s strategy to secure greater involvement in as well as support for the arts from businesses in South Africa. To this end, the Supporting Grants programme was designed to assist in activating sponsorship for a cross-section of arts projects in different regions of the country, by providing financial support to a project that is in an already existing business and arts relationship.” He adds that, while the team is encouraging applications between digital collaborators, all planned business and arts partnerships are eligible for consideration.
The application process for Supporting Grants has now been simplified, with interested parties merely submitting a formal letter of interest as a first step, and BASA then inviting eligible applicants to complete an online application. There is no deadline, and applications are considered throughout the year. Visit http://tiny.cc/basaSG for criteria and application guidelines, or e-mail enquiries to email@example.com
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Business and Arts South Africa NPC (BASA) is repositioning its current programmes to respond proactively to the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis.
“The current situation has amplified the necessity for refining how we execute our strategy,” says Boitumelo ‘Tumy’ Motsoatsoe, BASA’s Head of Programmes. “The pandemic has plunged the whole world into crisis, compelling both individuals and organisations to increase their agility and to speed up responsiveness. BASA believes this kind of dexterity and design thinking can both be applied to and support the creation of meaningful employment opportunities for youth, as well as contributing to essential skills development to the creative sector.
“If there is anything that this pandemic has highlighted, it is the growing inequality in [a] country that sees the underprivileged being further marginalized and excluded. Our aim with all our programmes is to ensure that we make our processes and initiatives as holistic, inclusive and accessible as possible; and that we continue to be deliberate about offering those with limited skills and knowledge an opportunity to participate in the creative economy.”
In line with this, BASA is implementing several key changes to its current programmes:
SCALE-UP, partnered by Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), will reconnect with previous participants and offer opportunities to apply for further training, as well as customized mentorship and funding, in an effort to deepen the impact of the relationships, and to help individuals and organisations scale-up in a meaningful way.
The Debut Programme, partnered by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture (DSAC), is aimed at young emerging creatives from all nine provinces. This year, the programme aims to reach two communities in each province and will be increasing collaborations and strategic partnerships with local municipalities, hubs, organisations and entities. This will extend its reach to anyone with limited or no access to information, training and skills development. Participants will be selected from each province, along with nine provincial liaisons, who will be given an opportunity to build their administration and facilitation skills.
BASA will also be launching the Debut Programme Alumni Network, which aims to facilitate continued relationship-building through online engagements, training and other opportunities. Webinars planned will cover an array of key topics pertaining to digital skills and legal advice and will also feature discussions around wellness.
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