CLOSED: 2024/25 CATHSSETA Discretionary Grant Applications

The Discretionary Grant Application closing date Friday, 2 February 2024 covers Pivotal Programmes under the following:

Discretionary grants are aimed at encouraging stakeholders to contribute towards skills development. The bulk of discretional funding is directed at the provision of PIVOTAL or learning programmes, which comprise the following:

  • Learnerships
  • Work Integrated Learning
  • Internships
  • Bursaries
  • Skills programmes

All these training interventions are expected to result in qualifications or partial qualifications aligned to the National Qualifications Framework and as contemplated in the Grant Regulations.

CATHSSETA makes these funds available during a window period in which it accepts applications from the employers. The opening of this window is advertised on the CATHSSETA website, national and community radio stations, and national newspapers.

CATHSSETA also allocates discretionary funding to non-PIVOTAL programmes. These programmes do not lead to any qualifications, but are also aimed at developing our sub-sectors. These include any research projects that may be undertaken by CATHSSETA and partner organisations.

Ten percent of discretionary funding is also allocated to strategic projects addressing rural areas, TVET College Capacity building and Public Service training.

Discretionary Grants are allocated at the sole discretion of CATHSSETA depending on the availability of funds, adherence to specific criteria as per the CATHSSETA Discretionary Grants Policy and Guidelines, as well as approval from the CATHSSETA Accounting Authority.

About CATHSSETA Funding

The objectives of the Skills Development Act Number 97 of 1998, as amended, are to facilitate skills development for previously disadvantaged individuals in order to grow the economy of South Africa.

This mandate is fulfilled through the disbursements of funds for skills development in accordance with SETA Grant regulations.

CATHSSETA receives funds from levy-paying employers within its sub. These funds are disbursed as follows:

  • 20% is allocated to the NSF.
  • 10% is allocated to SETAs for administrative purposes.
  • 20% is allocated to mandatory grants.
  • 49.5% is allocated to discretionary grants.
  • 0.5% is allocated to the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations.

Visit the link for mor information and to download UIF and UIF letter compliance regarding Discretionary Grant.