Jobs Fund Stories

The Innovation funding round is now closed

The 6th call for proposals is now closed and the appraisal process has started. The Jobs Fund does not appoint intermediaries to assist applicants with their submissions for grant funding. The Jobs Fund is a challenge fund, the assessment and selection process is fair, transparent and competitive. Assistance is offered by the Jobs Fund team for queries and guidance. Successful applicants will be notified on completion of the appraisal process.
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Cape Craft Design Institute

The CCDI is a Jobs Fund partner and has disbursed support to 45 businesses who have created among them 464 new jobs. Their success in creating jobs with our support, has seen the CCDI exceed its jobs target for the current project.
Watch the video on the company's journey to success here.

Can young people sell?

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator got into sales by failing first. In their first year of operation, young candidates were placed in sales roles and weren’t succeeding. So they took our sales bridge offline for almost a year to really dig deeper into sales environments and redesign for success.
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Southern African Wildlife College

Students completing the Community Rangers programme, sponsored by the Jobs Fund. The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was conceptualized in 1993 and established in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF South Africa) .
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Tongaat Hulett

On 27 November 2015, Inkosi Biyela accompanied by members of the Ndlangubo Traditional Council community gathered at the Mngampondo Cooperative Irrigation Scheme in Empangeni to celebrate the launch of the Sugarcane Development Initiative.
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Latest Results
107 approved projects
R5.6 billion in grant funds allocated.
R8 billion in leveraged funding from the
60 675 new permanent jobs
30 353 vacant posts have been filled
16 124 short term jobs
128 196 people completing training

What we do

The Jobs Fund was launched in June 2011, we are a National Treasury initiative with the goal to address the challenge of unemployment in South Africa. Our objective is to form partnerships, through grant funding, with public, private and civil society organisations on projects that will significantly contribute to job creation. What makes us different is that the Jobs Fund focuses on encouraging projects that catalyse innovative models that contribute directly to enhance employment creation.

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How we work

The Jobs Fund only accepts applications during specific periods and with a predetermined set of criteria that project have to meet in order to be eligible for consideration. The Jobs Fund has a two-stage application process; the Concept Application Stage and Full Application Stage. The application process begins when a call for proposals opens, and ends once a project has been approved by the Investment Committee.
Stage 1 – Concept Application Stage
Stage 2 – Application Stage

Why a two-stage process?

The rationale for a two-stage process is that it enables applicants to test the relevance of their proposed initiative in relation to the Fund’s criteria, without expending undue effort and cost in developing a detailed proposal and business plan. Without this opportunity, many worthy applicants may choose not to apply, given the costs and risks associated with the development of a detailed proposal.

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