Organisations urged to apply for funding

The funding is for registered organisations working with vulnerable groups.

Non-governmental organisations have until the end of November to apply for a slice of more than R14 million in grant funding.

The funding is for registered organisations working with vulnerable groups, and which complement the City of Cape Town’s social development and early childhood development department objectives. The funding is available to qualifying organisations who work in the sectors of youth development and education, early childhood development (ECD), gender-based violence (GBV), persons with disabilities, LGBTQQIA+ or street people.

It comes just months after the City signed memoranda of agreement with a number of organisations in the same sectors to provide humanitarian relief and services through the disbursement of R20 million in grant-in-aid funding for a six-month period until the end of the year.

Organisations wishing to apply for the new funding that is being made available have to outline exactly which projects they require funding for, and have to submit a business plan and supporting documentation, in line with the City’s grant-in-aid policy.

Zahid Badrodien, mayco member for community services and health, said applicants need to be as detailed as possible in their applications: “Funding is limited and not everyone may qualify or receive funding in full. It is also important that applicants be mindful of the requirements set out in the policy. Often, organisations are disqualified because they do not have the necessary documentation like audited financial statements or a tax clearance certificate”.

All applications must be accompanied by:

* A copy of the latest, audited financial statements or audit certificate if grant funding was received from the City in previous financial years.

* A copy of the organisation’s constitution.

* A copy of the organisation’s latest municipal rates and services accounts (if applicable).

* A zero-rated VAT invoice if confirmed as a VAT vendor.

* Valid tax clearance certificate (applications will not be accepted without a valid tax clearance accompanying the application).

* Date of establishment of organisation.

* Type of organisation (NPO, Section 21 company).

* Details of previous funding by the City.

* Details of other funding received from the City for the current financial year.

* Detailed description of project to be implemented.

* Information on how the allocation of a grant-in-aid will promote job creation and the estimated number of job opportunities it will create.

* Detailed breakdown of project.

* Project start and end date.

* A detailed business plan explaining funding proposal applied for.

The closing date for applications is Friday November 27. Applicants can contact Genevieve Adams on 021 400 1139 or for more information.