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8th Call for Proposal - Catalysing Inclusive Economic Growth - Now Open

While South Africa faces difficult economic conditions, low economic growth as well as high unemployment, National Treasury is focused on narrowing the fiscal deficit and stabilising the growth of public debt, while protecting core social and economic programmes. Fiscal measures are not enough and thus to create jobs in a sustainable manner, South Africa needs much faster and more cost-efficient rates of inclusive economic growth.

The National Development Plan identifies the need to support sectors with high potential for job creation and benefits for the rest of the economy. Expanded partnerships with business, labour and civil society to realise the objectives of the National Development Plan will be a key feature of government activity over the medium term.

The Jobs Fund inviting proposals from organisations that can clearly demonstrate the ability to use public funding to stimulate demand for sustainable employment. This is in line with the Jobs Fund’s core principle of utilising public funds to reduce risks to firms in pursuit of expanded employment opportunities

Our funding windows

Applications can be submitted through the Enterprise Development, Support for Work Seekers or Infrastructure Investment funding windows:

  • Enterprise Development: Targets initiatives that develop innovative commercial approaches to long-term job creation in ways that combine profitability with high social impact. These projects should reduce risk, remove barriers to market access or improve or broaden supply chains.
  • Support for Work-seekers:Seeks to link active work-seekers, especially youth and women, to formal sector opportunities and job placement. This window targets initiatives aimed at facilitating rapid access to employment and work-related training for unemployed people, particularly youth and women.
  • Infrastructure Investment:Looks to co-finance light infrastructure investment projects that are necessary to unlock job creation potential in a particular economic sector or geographical area.

The funding round opened on the 22 March 2018 at 10:00am and will close on the 24 May 2018 at 15:00pm.