Deadline: September 12, 2022

Applications are open for the Goethe-Institut Project Space (GPS) Grant 2023. The Goethe-Institut set up this grant in 2016 to support art professionals across South Africa who collaborate with cultural spaces or public and engage with people in the areas where these spaces are located.

GPS aims to foster collaborations between art professionals and community spaces which can take the form of workshops or exhibitions, performances or events of any artistic discipline, including visual arts, stage, film, music or interdisciplinary work. For 2023, the focus is on projects that specifically engage with communities outside of major urban centers in South Africa.

To agree

  • GPS provides financial support/seed funding of up to R70,000 per project to arts projects carried out in South Africa between February and November 2023.


  • Only non-commercial projects will be considered.
  • The Goethe-Institut offers financial support for selected projects up to a maximum amount of R70,000 per project. If the project budget exceeds this amount, the artist/project team should seek additional support from other funding institutions, donors or sponsors – details of which should be included in the budget plan of this application form .
  • The proposed space has an established track record, has been in operation for at least 1 year and demonstrates professionalism. The profile of the space must be such that the realization of the proposed project is viable.
  • The signed collaboration agreement describing the form of engagement of the space is essential.
  • A clear idea of ​​how the project engages with communities, preferably outside of major urban centers in South Africa, should be part of the project proposal
  • Only one project proposal per artist will be examined by the jury.

Evaluation criteria

  • The project request has met the deadline and the documentation is complete.
  • The implementation plan, the budget outline and the partner organisation/infrastructure are realistic for achieving the project objectives.
  • The project is feasible on time.
  • A comprehensive and realistic budget plan that outlines additional support in the event that a project’s budget exceeds the total GPS budget per project by R70,000. unlikely with insufficient funding.
  • The work is appropriate for the space and the audience and reflects what the artist/project team aims to achieve.
  • The proposal illustrates that the artist and the space where the project will take place are able and willing to support the project from start to finish. The project and the proposed space in which it will be presented must operate independently and in partnership with each other. Partners must take into account all design concerns and manage all logistical tasks.
  • The project demonstrates artistic quality as well as social and cultural relevance.


The following information and documents must be prepared by you in order to complete the application:


  • A short summary of your project (max. 200 words)
  • A detailed description of the project (max. 1000 words)
  • A short paragraph about the projects objectives and how they will be achieved (max. 200 words)
  • A project schedule including the implementation plan and the promotion strategy (max. 500 words)
  • Short biographies/descriptions (max. 500 words) of all parties involved (artists, collaborators, space/location, etc.)
  • Collaboration agreement signed by all artists, collaborators and spaces involved in the project (use the template provided)
  • A project budget outlining the estimated costs (expenses) and expected revenue for your project (use the excel sheet template provided)


  • Supporting documents/references from previous work (e.g. press reviews, visual documentation) – NO letter of reference is required. You will be able to upload up to 3 files and add up to 3 website links.

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