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Second Wave of COVID-19 Relief Funding for Sports, Arts and Culture Underway

August 19, 2020

Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

The second wave of COVID-19 Relief Funding for the sports, arts and culture sector has opened.

The sports, arts and culture department announced this in a statement on the close-out of the first wave of the COVID-19 relief fund and the state of readiness for the roll-out of the second wave.

During the first wave, the department spent a total of R65.7 million which catered for various categories, such as the digital applications, the living legends, relief for athletes in the sector as well as relief for arts and culture practitioners.

Challenges identified during the first wave include non-compliance of applications due to failure to submit the required documentation, such as bank statements, tax certificates, proof of cancelled events and other gigs; lack of readiness by the department’s IT system; issues of language, access and urgency for applicants, including geographic issues of urban, peri-urban and rural access and delays in processing of payments due to verification of banking details and other compliance documents.

In terms of the second wave, the department will be rolling-out two processes to implement the sector relief.

The first process will include the relief for athletes and all technical personnel in the sport sector while the second process will focus on arts and culture sector relief.

The department highlighted that, in terms of sport, the same process used in the first wave will apply.

“Applicants who are eligible to apply will include athletes, coaches, technical support personnel and freelance fitness instructors or practitioners. These are applicants who rely solely on income generated from participating in sport competitions, events and in fitness activities, who operate as freelancers.”

As regards arts, culture and heritage relief, the relief will be available to individuals in the arts, culture and heritage sector/cultural and creative industries.

The categories to be provided with relief include:

• Performance and celebrations
• Music
• Festivals and events
• Books and publishing
• Heritage practitioners

The department clarified that other practitioners will be covered through the partnership with the small business development department.

“A joint allocation of R23 million has been set aside by both Departments to respond to a plea from the Cultural & Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) for the craft, design and visual arts sectors towards relief amid the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The closing date for all applications will be 31 August 2020.