The second phase of Relief Fund applications has reopened for individual applicants in the sports, recreation and arts industries.

Thus is efforts from the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and recreation looks to get its sectors up and running again.

“This second phase, is earmarked for individuals running programmes within the sectors of sport, recreation, culture and creative industries, also targeting those at local and community level.

Only Gauteng based individuals with projects that are implemented within the province can apply on or before closing date on 30 October 2020,” explained the department.

Relief funds to help reignite sectors

Sport and the arts have been some of those most affected by lockdown restrictions, hence the department wants to scale-up its intervention efforts, especially for those with limited or no assistance.

“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 and not only those with access to resources including online platforms as it were,” said the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Mbali Hlophe.

Community Roadshows to encourage local applicants

Meanwhile, the MEC will visit all Gauteng regions to meet various stakeholders within the arts and sport.

A poster for the MECs Roadshows, starting October 12.

This, she’ll do to provide more information on the Fund and how apply individuals can apply.

MEC Hlophe will be accompanied by officials in the respective municipalities including MMCs of sport, arts and recreation.

“We want as many people as possible to apply so that we can begin to resuscitate the sectors including our structures,” added MEC Hlophe.

Rules and qualifying criteria

The Relief Fund applications are managed and finalised in consultation with the Gauteng Sport Confederation; relevant sport Federations; the Recreation Industry and the Gauteng Arts and Culture Council based on the set criteria.

Sports sector

Athletes, coaches, fitness industry, recreational sector, technical support services, event managers and coordinators, sport and recreational administrators including at informal level.

Arts, Culture sectors

Performing Artists: Musicians, Visual Artists, Crafters/Jewelery Designers, Fashion Designers, Art Administrators/Practitioners, Technical Support Services, Event Managers and Coordinators, individuals in the film & TV industry including at informal level.

How to apply

Application forms are obtainable on: www.gauteng.gov.za or SACR.Communications@gauteng.gov.za and can be submitted either online on sacrrelieffund@gauteng.gov.za

Physical applications can be dropped off at 35 Rissik Street, Surrey House Building; Corner Fox Street Johannesburg or Corridor Offices across the province.

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