When linking Skills Development to BEE, it can become a whirlpool of confusing terminology – and not to mention all the hoops you have to jump through to try and implement them. We believe that it is easier than it sounds, and the benefits outweigh the implementation procedure by far. One of the best ways to benefit from this exercise is by applying for Discretionary Grants. 

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What is a Discretionary Grant?

In terms of the Skills Development Regulations, a Discretionary Grant is a grant paid to applicants at the discretion of the relevant Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA). Discretionary Grants are aimed at encouraging stakeholders to contribute towards Skills Development, such as Skills Development projects linked to scarce and critical skills within your relevant industry.

The SETA allocates most of the funding to PIVOTAL programmes that can result in a part qualification or full qualification (i.e. any program that is linked to an NQF qualification).

These include, for example:

VERY IMPORTANT TO NOTE IS THAT DISCRETIONARY GRANTS ARE ALLOCATED AT THE SOLE DISCRETION OF THE SETA ACCOUNTING AUTHORITY, DEPENDING ON THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS, AND ADHERENCE TO SPECIFIC CRITERIA AS PER THE RELEVANT SETA’S DISCRETIONARY GRANTS POLICY AND GUIDELINES.

THIS MEANS THAT A DISCRETIONARY GRANT IS NOT A GIVEN, WHICH IS WHY EXTENSIVE PLANNING AND SKILLS AUDITS ARE REQUIRED FROM AN ORGANISATION OR BUSINESS TO ENSURE THAT THEY LINK ALL SKILLS PROGRAMMES TO THEIR INDUSTRY’S SCARCE AND CRITICAL SKILLS.

The Purpose of the Discretionary Grant

Who Qualifies for Discretionary Grants?

How to apply?

Ultimately a Discretionary Grant is there to assist organisations and businesses in addressing any scarce and critical shortages within their organisation by lending a financial helping hand. This will also greatly support a business that has a BEE Certificate, as the Skills Development Element is a critical part of BEE. This will boost your BEE level, while providing financial peace of mind.

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