Government Funding & Grants

Government Funding & Grants

There is a good deal of Government sponsored non-repayable Grants and Assistance Programs for manufacturing and tourist related businesses as well as innovative R&D product development projects available in South Africa.

A grant is an award of financial assistance in the form of money. The government is one of the best sources for grants. Grants have strict guidelines for applying and using the funds. Grant funding agencies use grants as a way to accomplish a specific goal that the organisation wants to achieve. If your start-up fits into the right criteria, you may be able to apply for funding through a grant.

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The difference between a loan and a grant is that grants do not have to be repaid, but they do require a considerable amount of paperwork. The grantee is required to account for spending the money in the manner specified by the grantor. Grants funds fit broadly into two different categories – money that is sponsored by the government and money that is sponsored by corporate financial organisations.

Most of these funds have their own specific requirements, and only those businesses that fill specified requirements, get to access to these funds. Funding agencies often look for worthwhile projects such as those that might create jobs in rural areas or those that provide training to specialised groups.

Small businesses can contact banks and other financial institutions for small business bank loans. A business loan must be paid back and strict criteria must be met to qualify. There are a number of private funders that may be able to help.

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  • oupa

    where do i get that director


    I would like to know more about government grants

    • Timothy

      me two and we can actually get access to these grants in a reasonable amount of time, as i have read that it generally takes too long to get access. this can actually effect the business as the opportunity may be taken by someone else why you are trying to secure funding

  • thapelo setungwane

    i just register my business so i need funds to start,how can i get help?

    • andile

      I have just received accreditation for my training company. I am now struggling to make it known. Is there a way that the government assist in this regard?

      • Sello Kutumela

        Advertising is the only way to get your name out there, start with social media as it is the cheaper way to grow your name

      • adam

        contact Sean from inorbit he can help you with your business they do business marketing and promotions his your guy

  • Ashwell Daniels

    I also started my business provide work for 3 persons. Although we have a lack of transport we do not have a shortage of work, we are same times not available to go because of the transport and we wish we can solve this problem.

  • Maxene

    What are the requirements to apply for a goverment grant

  • adam

    Guys I’ve noticed most of you have problem with funding or business exposure this goes back to your business plan if your business plan wasn’t properly compiled then you are surely going to have problems moving forward my suggestion is consult with a business development specialist that give you proper guidelines for your business bringing you a step closer to making your brand work contact he handles such problems good luck

  • blaze

    im seeking business finance for start up please help. I have a business plan

  • Machele John Mosikatsana

    There are numerous overseas grant funds that assist in the social upliftment of people in developing countries Africa and South Africa. – See more at:

  • Terry

    There is such a large amount of development shortage in SA, in various sectors of the skills avenue. In the arts sector alone small business’ that can provide a service cannot access grants from government or corporate. Its basically big business with all the relevant supporting documents that can access grant easily. Its sad that a small service provider needs 5000 supporting documents to access a small grant to provide a service that which is necessary in the community. Its sad that we’re not even given a chance.