Relief fund for Gauteng arts, sport professionals now open

The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture, and Recreation has reopened the window of opportunity, targeting individuals to apply for the sector relief fund.

This second phase is earmarked for individuals running programs within the sectors of sport, recreation, culture, and creative industries.

It also targets those working at the local and community level.

However, the application is opened for only Gauteng based individuals with projects that are implemented within the province.

The department has acknowledged that the sport and the arts have been some of those most affected by lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19.

“We have previously received applications but unfortunately a lot of people couldn’t apply because of lockdown regulations which restricted their movements. Now that we are on level 1, we believe a lot of people will now have a chance to apply,” says MEC Mbali Hlophe.

The department said this was the province’s intervention efforts to help those who have been adversely hit by the pandemic especially those with limited or no assistance.

Those who are eligible to apply under the sports category include athletes, coaches, the fitness industry, recreational sector, technical support services, event managers and coordinators, sport, and recreational administrators.

It also covers musicians, visual artists, crafters, jewellery designers, fashion designers, art administrators, technical support services, event managers, and coordinators.

Individuals in the film and TV industry also working in an informal sector will also be considered for funding.

Applicants have until 30 October 2020 to make their submissions.

According to the department, the relief fund applications are managed and finalized in consultation with the Gauteng Sports Confederation, relevant sports federations, and the Recreation Industry and the Gauteng Arts and Culture Council and will follow certain criteria.

Application forms are obtainable on www.gauteng.gov.za or SACR.Communications@gauteng.gov.za.

The forms can be submitted either online on sacrrelieffund@gauteng.gov.za or physically at 35 Rissik Street, Surrey House Building, Corner Fox Street JHB, and Corridor Offices across the province. – SAnews.gov.za

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