Funding & Support For South African Companies


Find grants, funding and support Incentives from South Africa to help your business grow and succeed!

If you’re doing business in South Africa, this guided search can help you find out:

Incentives SA offers advice and information on a variety of grants available through the DTI in all sectors including SMME’s and Business funding. Government grants for small business .

Grants are available for small business funding, medium sized businesses and large companies with turnovers exceeding R35 million per year.

The Department of Trade and Industry offers a range of incentives and grants to suit your business requirements.

Small, Micro- and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMME) Development Incentives


BBSDP is a cost-sharing grant offered to small black-owned enterprises to assist them in improving their competitiveness and sustainability in order to become part of the mainstream economy and create employment. BBSDP provides a grant to a maximum of R1 000 000 (R800 000 maximum for tools, machinery and equipment and R200 000 maximum for eligible enterprises to improve their corporate governance, management, marketing, productivity and use of modern technology).

CO-OPERATIVE INCENTIVE SCHEME (CIS) – Department of Small Business Development

The Co-operative Incentive Scheme (CIS) is a 90:10 matching cash grant for registered primary co-operatives (a primary co-operative consists of five or more members who are historically disadvantaged individuals). The CIS is an incentive for co-operative enterprises in the emerging economy to acquire competitive business development services, and the maximum grant that can be offered to one co-operative entity under the scheme is R350 000.

The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) invites applications for the Incubation Support Programme (ISP), a grant to develop incubators into successful enterprises with the potential to revitalise communities and strengthen local and national economies.

The ISP is a support measure to encourage partnerships between small and big business; with big business assisting small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) with skills transfer, enterprise development, supplier development and marketing opportunities.

The grant is a cost-sharing scheme between Government and eligible applicants to a maximum of R 10 million per financial year over three years. Qualifying applicants include private-sector companies, registered higher or further education institutions, and licensed or registered science councils.

Target market:

  • Private-sector entities;
  • Higher/further education institutions;
  • Science councils;
  • Provincial government;
  • Municipalities; and
  • Business associations.

For more information call 0861 843 384 or visit

Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP)

THRIP is a partnership programme funded by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF). On a cost-sharing basis with industry, THRIP supports science, engineering and technology research collaborations focused on addressing the technology needs of participating firms and encouraging the development and mobility of research personnel and students among participating organisations.

Find out more about the programme from the National Research Foundation(link is external) and the dti.

Contact details 

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384


Tel: 012 481 4000

Industrial Development-Related Incentives

Manufacturing Competitiveness Enhancement Programme (MCEP)

this incentive funds small scale manufacturing, market entry and market development

The MCEP is a support scheme which offers manufacturing companies incentives to raise their competitiveness and retain jobs. It has a budget of R5.8-billion over a three-year period.

The MCEP comprises two sub-programmes: the Production Incentive (PI) and the Industrial Financing Loan Facilities which will be managed by the dtiand the Industrial Development Corporation respectively. ÿ

Production Incentive

The Production Incentive is the largest component of the MCEP (80% by Rand value). Calculation of MCEP credits for the Production Incentive for each enterprise will be up to 25% of the manufacturing value added.

Applicants may apply their credits to a combination of any of the following five sub-components of the Production Incentive:

  • Capital Investment grant;
  • Green Technology and Resource Efficiency Improvement grant;
  • Enterprise-Level Competitiveness Improvement grant;
  • Feasibility Studies grant; and
  • Cluster Interventions grant.

Industrial Financing and Loan Facilities

The Industrial Financing and Loan facilities comprises two components i.e. Pre and post-dispatch Working Capital Facility and the Industrial Policy Niche Projects Fund.

  • Pre/Post-dispatch Working Capital Facility offers a working capital facility up to a maximum of R30 million for a period of up to four years, at a preferential fixed interest rate of 6%.
  • Industrial Policy Niche Projects Fund: projects identified by the dti sector desks and IDC’s Strategic Business Units that focus on new areas with the potential for job creation, diversification of manufacturing output and contribution to exports, that would otherwise not be candidates for commercial or IDC funding, may be eligible for an MCEP grant that may be structured as part of the borrower’s equity contribution


Agro-processing, biofuels, forestry, furniture, timber, paper & pulp

Ms Puleng Botlhole

Tel: +27(0)12 394 1207


Advanced manufacturing, metals fabrication, capital, electro-technical and transport equipment

Ms Magdeline Thwala

Tel: +27(0)12 394 1089


Non-metallic minerals, chemicals, cosmetics, plastics, pharmaceuticals, printing and green industries

Mr Sithembile Tantsi

Tel: +27(0)12 394 1258


Innovation and Technology Funding instruments

The EIP programme funding is between five – ten million rand (R 5 – 10 million).

Feasibility studies will be capped at one and a half million rand (R 1,5 million).

The EIP programme will be a hundred percent (100%) subsidy in the pilot year to recognise expected variation in expected performance improvements to the programme and lower the risk of failure. Thereafter cost sharing at a ratio of 90:10 between DSBD and eligible applicants will be introduced for the programme rollout. The applicant’s contribution towards the ten percent (10%) will be accepted either in monetary value and/or assets linked to the incubator and its activities.


Noni Qoboshiyana

Tel: +27(0)12 394 1071


Innovation and Technology Funding instruments

Seda Technology Programme (STP) – Incubation Programme

This incentive support Technology and market validation, process/ product development, small scale manufacturing, market entry and market development.

As part of the Government’s strategy to consolidate small-enterprise support activities since April 2006, the activities of the Godisa Trust, the National Technology Transfer Centre (NTTC), the three business incubators of the dti, the Technology Advisory Centre (TAC), the technology-transfer activities of the Technology for Women in Business (TWIB) programme and the support programmes for small enterprises of the South African Quality Institute were merged into a single programme – the seda Technology Programme (STP)

Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) 

The Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) is designed to promote technology development in South Africa’s industry, through the provision of financial assistance for the development of innovative products and/or processes. SPII is focussed specifically on the development phase, which begins at the conclusion of basic research and ends at the point when a pre-production prototype has been produced.

the dti Customer contact centre

National callers: 0861 843 384

International callers: +27 (12) 394 9500

  • SPII Guidelines – Product Process Development Scheme
  • SPII Guidelines – Matching Scheme
  • Declaration by Consultant and Applicant
  • BBBEE Affidavit for EMEs
  • Application Form – Matching Scheme

Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS)

The Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) is a reimbursable cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations.

The scheme comprises three sub-programmes, namely:

  • Generic Funding
  • Project Funding
  • Project Funding for the Emerging Exporters

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384

Production incentives (PI) 

The Production Incentive (PI) forms part of the overall Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme (CTCP). It flows from the implementation, by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), of customised sector programmes (CSPs) for the clothing, textiles, footwear, leather and leather goods industries.

The Production Incentive Guidelines seek to enable companies to present their business cases to the CTCP Desk of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). They also provide a framework for the CTCP Desk to evaluate such cases.

You can use the full benefit as either an upgrade grant facility or an interest subsidy facility, or a combination of both.

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384

Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme (CTCP)

The Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Programme (CTCP)(link is external) aims to build capacity among manufacturers and in other areas of the apparel value chain in South Africa, to enable them to effectively supply their customers and compete on a global scale. Such competitiveness encompasses issues of cost, quality, flexibility, reliability, adaptability and the capability to innovate.

After government set a 100% local content requirement, the clothing, textiles, leather and footwear sector saw the reintroduction of products where local production had been discontinued. These include technical fabrics, protective footwear, protective fabrics and chambray fabrics.

This intervention, supported also by the Clothing and Textile Competitiveness Improvement Programme, has contributed to turning the sector around. In response to the flood of cheap clothing imports, government has increased the import duty on clothing to 45% in line with World Trade Organisation regulations

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384

The CPFP is a cost-sharing programme that contributes to the cost of feasibility studies likely to lead to projects outside South Africa that will increase local exports and stimulate the market for South African capital goods and

Enquiries (12) 394-1037 (12) 394-5665

Trade, Export and Investment Incentives

Export Marketing and Investment Assistance Scheme (EMIA)

The Export Marketing and Investment Assistance (EMIA) scheme develops export markets for South African products and services and recruits new foreign direct investment into the country.

Eligible enterprises are:

  • South African manufactures and exporters
  • South African export trading houses representing at least three small, medium or micro enterprises (SMMEs) or businesses owned by historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs)
  • South African commission agents representing at least three SMMEs / HDI-owned businesses
  • South African exports councils, industry associations and joint action groups (JAGs) representing at least five South African entities.

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384

Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP)

The Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) is a cost sharing grant for projects designed to improve critical infrastructure in South Africa.

The grant covers qualifying development costs from a minimum of 10% to a maximum of 30% towards the total development costs of qualifying infrastructure.

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384

Film Incentive


  • Notice on the Reopening of Incentive Applications for the South African Film and Television Incentives – 13 August 2020
  • Notice on the South African Film and TV Incentives, regarding impact of Covid-19 – 23 March 2020

Interpretation Note Film and TV

The South African Government offers a package of incentives to promote its film production and post-production industry. The incentives consist of the;

  • Foreign Film and Television Production and Post-Production Incentive;
  • SA Film & TV Production and Co-production;
  • South African film and television production incentive
  • The South African Emerging Black Filmmakers Incentive; +27 12 394 1140 +27 12 394 1805

Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS)

The Automotive Investment Scheme (AIS) is an incentive designed to grow and develop the automotive sector through investment in new and/or replacement models and components that will increase plant production volumes, sustain employment and/or strengthen the automotive value chain.

Find out more about the programme from the Department of Trade and Industry.

the dti Customer Contact Centre

Tel: 0861 843 384