DCAS Applications for Support now being accepted: Western Cape

The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) invites registered arts and culture organisations and institutions, artists groups, individuals involved in artistic expressions and arts and culture events companies to submit their online applications for project funding for the 2021/22 financial year. All applicants must be South African citizens based in the Western Cape.





  1. Performance and Celebration

Choreographic works, Technical training, scriptwriting, circus, performances, comedy, magic, mime, puppetry, poetry, drama plays, storytelling, musical theatre, Music tuition/ compositions/ conferences /arrangements etc, festivals incl. Literary festivals, Touring productions and exhibitions in South Africa and abroad


  • Exposure and talent identification
  • Skills training and art teaching
  • Job creation
  • Increase participation of designated groups
  1. Visual Arts and Crafts

Fine arts, Craft design and development, Public Art, photography, gallery exhibitions

  • Increase in new artistic work and creativity
  • Job creation
  • Community involvement and awareness


  1. Books and Press

Poetry writing, writer’s grants, creative writing (autobiographies, children’s literature, folklore, short stories, Book Fairs, Literary magazines, Publishing subsidies for publishing houses)

  • Develop and encourage new writers
  • Promote creativity
  • Preservation and recording


  1. Audio – Visual

Film and video, television and radio, sound recordings, Games, cartoons



  • Innovation
  • Products produced – positive messaging on social issues
  • Educational value


  1. Design and Creative Services

Graphic – animation and multimedia design

Fashion Design

  • Original works unique to the Western Cape
  • Innovation
  • Skills transfer
  1. New Works

Any discipline or medium -Reflective of Cultural and Indigenous arts.

  • Increased awareness and knowledge
  • Inclusiveness
  • Cultural awareness, promotion and preservation
  • Demonstrates appreciation of and respect for cultural expressions


All applications and supporting documentation must be submitted online. The application forms can be accessed online only at http://www.westerncape.gov.za/cas and enquiries related to the process may be directed to the following official: Fareedah Hunter at email Fa*************@we*********.za.

Applications will close on Friday, 12 March 2021 at 15:00. The online system will not allow for late applications.

 Please note:

  • Funding is limited. Timeous submission of a completed online application does not guarantee funding.
  • No faxed, hand delivered, or emailed applications will be accepted.
  • One application per organization/individual/company per category

Minister Anroux Marais said, “As our arts, culture and heritage sector has been and continues to be devastated by lockdown regulations and COVID-19 concerns, the Western Cape Government understands the immense pressure they are under to sustain their livelihoods, that of their families and all those reliant on them. It is therefore vital that funding opportunities of this nature are offered despite the constrained fiscal environment and looming national budget cuts. While we are to be physically distanced, we are still socially connected. That’s why we remain committed in our proactive efforts to create safer and more inclusive communities, while empowering those we serve. Funding opportunities like this one can make a meaningful contribution during these unprecedented times”.