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Co-operatives Development Financial Assistance (Incentives)

Co-operative Incentive Scheme (CIS)

The Co-operative Incentive Scheme (CIS) is a 100% grant for registered primary co-operatives (a primary co-operative consists of five or more members). The objective of the CIS  is to improve the viability and competitiveness of co-operative enterprises by lowering their cost of doing business through an incentive that supports Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment.


  • Promote co-operatives through the provision of a matching grant;
  • Improve the viability and competitiveness of co-operative enterprises by lowering the cost of doing business;
  • Assist co-operatives to acquire their start up requirements;
  • Build an initial asset base for emerging co-operatives to enable them to leverage other support; and
  • Provide an incentive that supports broad-based black economic empowerment.

Eligible activities through the grant:

  • Business development services (e.g. feasibility studies; business, manufacturing and production systems; and production efficiency and improvement, etc);
  • Technological improvements;
  • Machinery, equipment and tools;
  • Commercial vehicles;
  • Infrastructure linked to the project (e.g. 3-phase electricity; boreholes, etc.); and
  • Working capital.

Who benefits / Eligible criteria:

Eligible entities should:

  • be incorporated and registered in South Africa in terms of the Co-operatives Act of 2005;
  • be emerging co-operatives with a majority black ownership; 
  • have projects in any of the different economic sectors;
  • adhere to co-operative principles;
  • be owned by historically disadvantaged individuals (HDIs);  and
  • be biased towards women, youth and people with disabilities.

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Please contact the following people with regards to CIS online application queries:

Mmakopa Makwela : 012 394 5815

Jamela Nkabinde: 012 394 5814

Kesentseng Moche: 012 394 5830

For more information contact:

Physical address:
the dti Campus Building A
77 Meintjies Street

Administrators Secretariat:
+27 (12) 394 3022 

Business Development Unit:
+27 (12) 394 1115
+27 (31) 305 3389
+27 (41) 582 1267
+27 (21) 480 8051/60