Business Grants and funding

Need funding for your Co-operative? We assist Clients from all over South Africa with applications for Grants at the DTi and other institutions.

One the largest contributors to Small Business Development has been The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) of South Africa. They are a division of the South African government which has been tasked to support and promote business activity in South Africa especially.

They are promoting Grants for Co-operatives in South Africa with the mission to create opportunities for entrepreneurs and sustainable employment in critical sectors of the economy.


The purpose of the business plan is to make provision for you and your requirements and existing infrastructure as well as to comply with the requirements and guidelines of the DTI.

As soon as the Cooperation is established (the business plan process can coincide with the establishment of the Cooperation), we submit the business plan with the DTI application in the name of the new Cooperation to the DTI on behalf of the newly established Cooperation.

As soon as the DTI approves the application, we will contact you and the approved suppliers will be in contact to assist you with your Co-operative.

Thereafter there will be a training program for you and your workers as well as a 12 month coaching program in order to assist with the success and sustainability of the farming.



Co-op Registration and Grants
The Department of Trade and Industry (Dti) of South Africa are aiming to assist more than 2 million businesses in South Africa with their funding programs and incentives. Read more about the funding programs – click here.


Step 1: Establishment of the Co-operative of 5 members

Very simple. All you need to do to qualify is to establish is to get 5 or more members involved.

The minimum requirement is that at least three members must be part of the PDI’s (Previously Disadvantaged Individuals). These are: WHITE WOMEN, NON-WHITE MEN AND NON-WHITE WOMEN AND DISABLED PEOPLE.

All members must be 18 years and older.

In order to do this, please print all the documents at the bottom of this file and complete in full and follow the following steps:

To register a Cooperation you will need to have the following:
1. Certified copies of ID documents for all members.
2. Residency in South Africa.
Step 2: We submit your application to the DTI on behalf of the newly formed Co-operative

As soon as the Cooperation is registered (CIPRO Process – approximately 6 weeks), we will inform you.
(You do not need to wait for the registration of the Cooperation before you do the business plan – these two
processes can take place at the same time)
As soosn as your application is approved (6 weeks), we wil inform you immediately.


Our Co-operative consultant will be in contact with you and assist you to setup a Business Plan and DTI application.

You can start a business in ANY industry! The most popular follows below:
1. Fishing
2. Farming
a. Boiler farming
b. Egg farming
c. Tunnels (Tomatoes, Cucumber, Green Pepper)
d. Pig farming
e. Boerbok farming
f. Sheep farming

We will then submit your business plan and application in the name of the newly formed Cooperation together with
all the quotations of the approved suppliers according to the DTI requirements.
Step 4: DTI pays suppliers of equipment and services
The DTI will pay the suppliers of the various equipment and services for the farming units directly. No cash payments will be paid out to any entities. Suppliers are all paid directly.

We will contact you within 2 days from approval and payment from the DTI for the final arrangements for the installation and training.
Frequently asked Questions and Answers

Q: Do we have to pay back the funds from DTi?
A: No, it is a Grant, not a loan and therefore don’t have to be paid back.

Q: Can I submit more than one application?
A: Every group of 5 people can submit an application but one person cannot submit more than one application.

Q: What do I do if a member resign of we need to change members?
A: This is purely an administrative process with CIPRO and members can be changed when required.

Q: Can I apply more than once?
A: Yes, once you were successful with your first application, you can apply again in the name of the same
Cooperation for further improvements.

Please be assured of our long professional service and long term commitment to establish better food security in South Africa and to help improve the quality of life in South Africa.
We answer your further queries with pleasure