Discretionary Grant Applications Now Open 1 September 2022
Discretionary Grant Applications Now Open 1 September 2022
Dear Valued Stakeholder,
Discretionary Grant Advertisement (2023/24 Financial Year)
The Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority (MICT SETA) hereby invites constituent and eligible stakeholders within the MICT sub-sectors to apply for Discretionary Grant funding. This Grant is intended to meet the MICT sector needs as set out in the Sector Skills Plan (SSP), Strategic Plan and priorities outlined in the National Skills Development Plan.
The allocation of funds is intended for programmes and projects that improve the supply of qualified and competent people for scarce and critical skills and enterprise development. Finally, it is intended to provide external mentoring support and training for business owners and learners.
In this window, the MICT SETA will be allocating Discretionary Grant funding for the following learning interventions:
|Programme Type||Targeted Number of learners||Province|
|Number of TVET students requiring Work Integrated Learning to complete their qualifications (TVET Placement)||1500||All provinces|
|Number of Universities students requiring Work Integrated Learning to complete their qualifications (University Placement)||490||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Learnerships||3320||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Internships||935||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Skills programmes||990||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Candidacy Programmes||88||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Short Programmes (Vendor Programmes)||990||All provinces|
|Number of workers enrolled for Bursary Programmes (New entries)||66||All provinces|
|Number of workers enrolled for Skills Programmes||193||All provinces|
|Number of workers enrolled for AET/CET Programmes||66||All provinces|
|Number of workers enrolled on RPL||66||All provinces|
|Number of unemployed learners enrolled for Bursary Programmes (New enrolments)||267||All provinces|
|Number of TVET Lecturers exposed to the industry through Skills Programmes||77||All provinces|
|Number of TVET Managers receiving training on curriculum related studies||66||All provinces|
|Number of TVET Lecturers awarded bursaries||66||All provinces|
|Number of CET Colleges Lecturers awarded Skills Development Programmes||77||All provinces|
|Number of Managers receiving training on curriculum related studies||66||All provinces|
|Number of CET Learners accessing AET Programmes||165||All provinces|
|Number of People Trained on Entrepreneurships supported to start their business||165||All provinces|
Who can apply?
MICT SETA has been mandated, as per the amended Skills Development Act 37 of 2008, to allocate grants in the prescribed manner for skills development opportunities for all South Africans who meet the below criteria.
Therefore, only MICT SETA Levy paying entities and non-levying entities, whose core business resides within the MICT sub-sectors with the requisite capacity and legal good standing, may apply for MICT SETA funded interventions.
Given the special nature of skills development broadly, and with regard to SETAs specifically, the MICT SETA’s discretionary funding is applicable, mainly, to:
- MICT SETA Levy paying companies;
- MICT SETA Constituent SMMEs;
- MICT SETA Constituent Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) and Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs);
- MICT SETA Constituent Community-Based Organisations (CBOs);
- Public Institutions, Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Colleges, Public Universities, and Higher Education Institutions registered with DHET;
- MICT SETA Constituent Trade Unions associated with the MICT SETA and/or in the MICT sector;
- Government Departments;
- MICT SETA Constituent Professional Bodies;
- MCT SETA Constituent ISOE (Institute of Sectoral Excellence);
- Constituent Associations and Employment Hubs.
Preference will be given to entities that are based in the province applied for, specifically in the geographical focus areas mentioned in that province.
Stakeholders who applied during any previous DG window are welcome to apply during this window of funding irrespective of the outcomes on their applications.
The MICT SETA will not award funding for:
- Projects that have already commenced prior to an approval of the application;
- Set-up costs, e.g. start-up costs;
- Capital expenditure, e.g. building costs, equipment such as computers, etc.;
- Existing operating expenses e.g. salaries of current employees who will undergo training;
- Organisational policy development;
- Blacklisted entities;
- Entities that defaulted to pay learner stipends;
- Interventions that result only in “awareness” for participants;
- Training of learners that are currently funded through other programmes;
- Stakeholder who submits fraudulent compliance documents.
- Companies with less than 51% ownership by South African citizens.
- All applications must be submitted via an email to LOI@mict.org.za;
- Complete attached Letter of Intent.
- No late or incomplete applications will be considered;
- The deadline will not be extended.
Mandatory compliance documents
In order for your application to be evaluated for this Discretionary Grant window, the following mandatory supporting documents need to be completed and submitted with each application:
- Proof of company registration;
- Products and services of the company;
- Valid Certificate Tax Clearance – must not have expired;
- Commitment to employ learners upon completion of the learning programme applied for (SMMEs exempted from this requirement);
- Valid B-BBEE Certificate or an affidavit;
- CSD report (with tax compliance status and verified banking details);
- Company share certificate(s) – not shares register or shareholding confirmations;
- List of learning programmes implemented by the company in the past – if the company did not implement any learning programmes before, an indication needs to be made on a company letterhead;
- Proof of company banking details – not older than 3 months;
- A declaration of interest for Directors and possible relationships with Board members and management of the MICT SETA (On a company letterhead);
- Large and Medium companies must provide a proof of 6% spent of the leviable amount on skills development.
Failure to submit any of the above listed documents will result in the disqualification of the application.
NB: The allocation of Discretionary Grant funding is at the sole discretion of the MICT SETA.
The application window closes on 30 September at 00:00 a.m. (midnight).
All queries must be directed to an email DGqueries@mict.org.za
Please note: If you have not heard from us within four (4) months of submitting your application, please consider your application unsuccessful due to a variety of reasons mainly aligned to Annual Performance targets being achieved and limited budget.