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TWO KZN PROJECTS ACHIEVE ACT FUNDING (article first published : 2003-09-10)

The Arts & Culture Trust recently announced the successful recipients and projects that will receive vital funding from the body.R1.2 million will be distributed during this funding cycle as ACT continues to devote its energies to the upliftment of communities through the arts. This would not have been possible without the further commitment and generous donations made by Nedbank and the Royal Netherlands Embassy who both donated R500,000.

The beginning of the year saw ACT undergoing fundamental re-organisational changes. The Trust continued to undergo a period of strategic review and consolidation by making fewer, but more telling, interventions in the development of the arts and culture. This year saw 23 applicants in 12 disciplines being awarded grants.

Successful KZN projects were Poetry Africa presented by the Centre for Creative Arts and the Veterans of KZN Art Exhibition recently hosted by the Durban Art Gallery. They are among those who are to be congratulated for their high standards of work, their commitment and passion and the inspirational example that they set for the community.

ACT also introduced new assessment criteria and focused on the following five areas of development for upliftment of communities, groups and individuals: job creation (the number of people employed, and other jobs created by the project); creative skills (specific artistic skills and the number of learners involved); management skills (capacity in terms of structure and specific management skills, and the number of learners), and cultural diversity, awareness and understanding (the promotion of local cultures and facilitation of cultural exchange). Other important criteria taken into account were cultural tourism and marketing (the expansion of the local and international markets for SA culture).

Only projects that fell within the scope of at least one of the five focus areas were evaluated according to merit, impact, development, sustainability, capacity and profile. Applications were all referred to subcommittees comprising trustees with experience and expertise in the fields of theatre, music, dance, film and video, literature, heritage, arts administration, community arts, visual arts and arts education. Requests were assessed, projects investigated, budgets scrutinised and individually rated according to each criteria. Only those projects which scored more than 80 percent were taken through to the final round of assessment.

All projects which have been successful will be subject to ACT monitoring, during the funding cycle, to ensure that funds are used for their intended purpose.




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