The SSAS is a reimbursable 80:20 cost-sharing grant offering financial support to export councils, joint action groups and industry associations. The scheme comprises two sub-programmes, namely Generic Funding and Project Funding for Emerging Exporters (PFEE). The aim of the SSAS is aligned to the dti’s overall objectives in several respects, as indicated below.
- Non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub-sectors of the industry prioritised by the dti, in respect of (i) generic funding; and (ii) project funding, provided that the purpose of the organisation and/or its proposed project aims to conform to the objectives of Trade and Investment South Africa (TISA), a division of the dti, and the dti’s export strategy.
SSAS has three components:
- SSAS: Generic Funding
Funding of non-profit business organisations in sectors and sub-sectors of industry prioritised by the dti.
- R50 000 grant for establishing an export council;
- Matching grant based on membership income (for operational costs) in a 2:1 ratio to a maximum of R1 million;
- Local advertising and publicity;
- Marketing materials (export directories and brochures, video and CD-Roms); and
- Local exhibition assistance.
- SSAS: Project Funding
This is a 80:20 reimbursable cost-sharing grant whereby financial support is granted to export councils, joint action groups (JAGS) and industry associations aiming at developing particular sectors of the industry, finding new export markets and promoting participation by black SMMEs, women, youth and people with disabilities in the economy.
- SSAS: Project Funding for Emerging Exporters
Compensates the costs in respect of activities aimed at the development of South African emerging exporters. The qualifying applicants are export councils, industry associations, provincial investment and economic development agencies, business chambers, (seda) , local municipalities and metropolitan councils.
- Develop an industry sector as a whole;
- Develop new export markets;
- Stimulate job creation;
- Broaden the export base;
- Propose solutions to factors inhibiting export growth; and
- Promote the broader participation of black-owned businesses and SMMEs in the economy.
- Travel and accommodation, transport of samples and marketing materials, exhibition costs.
- Maximum allocation per project is R1.5 million.