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The merSETA Discretionary grant funding application notice extension : November 2021 – February 2022


The RMI wishes to encourage employer members to read the merSETA grant funding notice of extension and make contact with regional offices of the merSETA and client liaison officers.  Those members with in-company Skills Development Facilitators (SDFs) and/or external SDFs should kindly forward this communique to the relevant individuals to ensure a full understanding of this notice of extension.  Below are some extracts from the full notice of extension on the merSETA website.

“The Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (merSETA) issued a call for funding applications with the closing date of 15 December 2021. The merSETA has taken a decision to extend the closing date of 15 December 2021 to 28 February 2022. The scope of the applications is also expanded to include DG funding application for the year 2022. /23. This extension means there will be no other calls for DG funding applications in February 2022 to April 2022. This however does not affect the call for legislated mandatory grant applications that will open 1 February to April 2022.

This extension call for discretionary grant funding applications is accompanied by guidelines which provide more details of the initiatives and set of related interventions for financial 2022/23, and requirements for application. Interested applicants must refer to the guidelines for this call to guide the substance of their applications (

The merSETA has taken a decision to separate discretionary grant and mandatory grant application processes. An exclusive mandatory grant application process will commence 1 February 2022 ending 30 April 2022.”

Employers and interested parties are urged to read the full merSETA notice on –

The merSETA grants and criteria guidelines can be found in this link –

The 2021/2022 Grants Policy sheds light on among others principles of the policy and disbursement of grants, and readers can click on this link

merSETA regional office contact details –