Her­itage projects get a boost

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - No­luthando Motswai

A STATU­TORY BODY fall­ing un­der the Depart­ment of Arts and Cul­ture, the Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil’s vi­sion is to build a na­tion proud of its African her­itage.

If you have a her­itage project that pro­motes na­tion build­ing and South Africa’s na­tional iden­tity, you may qual­ify for fund­ing from the Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil (NHC).

As well as fund­ing projects that make her­itage a so­cio-eco­nomic re­source, the NHC plays an im­por­tant role in rais­ing pub­lic aware­ness and knowl­edge of her­itage sub­jects, es­pe­cially those that were pre­vi­ously ne­glected.

Its mis­sion is to trans­form, pro­tect and pro­mote South African her­itage for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. Stella Ndhlazi, pro­gramme man­ager for grant fund­ing, said the NHC makes grants avail­able to any per­son, or­gan­i­sa­tion or in­sti­tu­tion com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing and de­vel­op­ing na­tional her­itage ac­tiv­i­ties and re­sources.

“We gen­er­ally sup­port, nur­ture and de­velop ac­cess to in­sti­tu­tions and pro­grammes that pro­mote and bring eq­uity to her­itage man­age­ment.”

Ap­pli­cants may only make sub­mis­sions once a year. The 2018 ap­pli­ca­tion process opened in Novem­ber and will close at the end of Jan­uary 2018.

Ndhlazi said ad­verts will be placed in both print and elec­tronic me­dia.

One of the pro­grammes funded by the NHC is the South End Mu­seum in the Eastern Cape, which de­vel­oped a Khoi-San book­let through work­shops with the com­mu­ni­ties and the KhoiSan Clan.

Ndhlazi said NGOs, NPOs, foun­da­tions, as­so­ci­a­tions, ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, Sec­tion 21 not-for-gain com­pa­nies and her­itage prac­ti­tion­ers can ap­ply for fund­ing. Or­gan­i­sa­tions that qual­ify for fund­ing but do not have the nec­es­sary com­pli­ance doc­u­ments must be will­ing to be ad­min­is­tered or part­ner with qual­i­fy­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions.

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