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Do you need help applying for CATHSSETA Grants? Applications for Discretionary Grant Funding for PIVOTAL Programmes.

CATHSSETA Grants are regularly available.

Stakeholders and legal entities who fall within the CATTHSSETA scope can apply.

Applications for Discretionary CATHSSETA Grants for PIVOTAL Programmes

The Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority (CATHSSETA) invites applications from stakeholders and legal entities who fall within its scope to apply for the 2024/25 CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants Applications.

The CATHSSETA is a National Public entity established in terms of the Skills Development Act (No. 97 of 1998) as amended, and as such is mandated to promote skills development for the CATHSSETA sector.

CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants Funding for PIVOTAL Programmes

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60% of Discretionary grant funding will be given to CATHSSETA levy-paying employers who have the capacity to host learners.

Accredited training providers need to partner with employers operating within CATHSSETA subsectors for the Learnership/Skills Programmes/ Artisan programmes

Target Beneficiaries for Learning Programmes

Understanding the target beneficiaries of various programmes can help you make an informed business decision.

Let’s take a closer look at the different programmes and who they are designed for:

2024 Applications for Discretionary Grants Funding for the following PIVOTAL Programmes:

1. CATHSSETA Grants for Learnerships:

  • Target Beneficiaries: Employed and unemployed individuals.
  • Programme Focus: Catering to CATHSSETA levy-paying employers, government departments within CATHSSETA sub-sectors, and individuals seeking employment opportunities.
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2. Artisan Programmes:

  • Target Beneficiaries: Government departments operating within CATHSSETA sub-sectors.
  • Programme Focus: Providing training and skills development for artisans in specific industries.

3. CATHSSETA Grants for Skills Programmes:

4. CATHSSETA Grants for Bursary and Graduate Programmes:

  • Target Beneficiaries: Students enrolled in universities and universities of technology (UoTs).
  • Programme Focus: Providing financial assistance and career development opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
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5. Internships:

  • Target Beneficiaries: TVET college students and graduates, as well as individuals seeking practical work experience.
  • Programme Focus: Offering hands-on training and exposure to real-world work environments within CATHSSETA levy-paying employers, non-levy paying employers, and government departments.

Employers applying for Internship N-diploma & NCV – should recruit learners from TVET Colleges (Preference will be given to public TVET Colleges).

Employers applying for Graduate Internships and Internship Category A – should recruit learners from universities & universities of technology (Preference will be given to public universities & universities of technology (UoTs).

Higher Education Institutions need to partner with employers operating within CATHSSETA subsectors to host the learners for the Graduate internship/WIL programmes.

6. Internship Category A (WIL University):

  • Target Beneficiaries: University students pursuing internships within CATHSSETA sub-sectors.
  • Programme Focus: Providing university students with work-integrated learning opportunities to enhance their academic studies and practical skills.
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Discretionary Grants are allocated at the sole discretion of CATHSSETA

Funding depends on the availability of funds, specific criteria as per the CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants Policy and Guidelines, as well as approval from the CATHSSETA
Accounting Authority.


  • Application guidelines for the Discretionary Grant funding framework including
    Occupational and Skills gaps are accessible on the CATHSSETA website
  • The submission of applications is done online on the CATHSSETA Information
    Management System (CIMS). Only applications with a submitted status will be evaluated.
    Applications should reach CATHSSETA no later than 02 February 2024 at 16h00.
    No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

When CATHSSETA Grants Are Not Awarded

CATHSSETA Discretionary Grant funds can be withheld for:

6.1. Projects that have already commenced before the approval of the application
6.2. Set-up costs, e.g. start-up costs
6.3. Capital expenditure, e.g. building costs, equipment such as computers, etc.
6.4. Existing operating expenses e.g. salaries of current employees who will undergo training
6.5. Organisational policy development
6.6. Interventions that result only in “awareness” for participants
6.7. Training of any learners currently funded through other programmes.

CATHSSETA awards DG funding at its discretion to attain its strategic objectives as outlined in the Strategic Plan (SP), Annual Performance Plan (APP) and the development of skills as articulated in its Sector Skills Plan (SSP), subject to the availability of funding.

Here’s the link to the last Discretionary CATHSSETA Grants

CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants

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