The Jobs Fund creates jobs by supporting initiatives that generate employment in innovative ways. The Fund offers once-off grants in the areas of enterprise development, infrastructure, support for work seekers and institutional capacity building.

Established by the South African government in 2011, The Jobs Fund awards grants to organisations through a competitive project application process where only the best ideas are funded. The Jobs Fund operates on challenge fund principles. Funding allocations are transparent, open and competitive, and are made by an independent Investment Committee.

The Jobs Fund accepts applications from the private, public and non-governmental sector during calls for proposals. Project partners are required to share both risk and costs by matching the grant fund allocation on a 1:1 ratio for private sector partners or 1:0.2 for non-private sector partners.

The Jobs Fund agriculture funding round applications are now closed

Latest Results
Preliminary results from the first three calls for proposals:
  • 89 projects approved
  • R4,661 billion government funding committed to the 89 projects
  • These 89 projects target the creation of 132 725 new permanent jobs over the next 5 years
  • As at February 2015, 76 projects are in full implementation.
  • The Jobs Fund has disbursed R1.966 million in grant funding to the 76 implementing projects, which has leveraged a further R2.344 billion from project partners.
  • These 76 implementing projects have to-date created 37 239 permanent new jobs
  • These projects have also created 11 092 short terms jobs while 86 301 individuals have received training.
Featured Project
Hand in Hand Southern Africa

Hand in Hand Southern Africa (HiH SA) alleviates poverty through job creation among the underprivileged, with a focus on capacity building and empowerment. Established in 2008, HiH SA is headquartered in Johannesburg and has a presence in Swaziland, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, employing more than 220 individuals across the four countries. It has plans to expand into five other Southern African countries.

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