Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about the Cape Wine Auction Trust? We have highlighted some important information below to assist.

Who can apply for funding from the Cape Wine Auction Trust?
Any non-profit organisation which fulfils the Trust mandate of “Supporting Education in the South African Winelands”. Priority will be given to proposals focusing on Literacy during the 2020/2021 funding cycle. This is in line with the Western Cape Department of Education’s Reading Strategy. “Although the Western Cape Province performed the best nationally, the data shows that 55% of learners cannot read for meaning by the age of 10.” Read more here.
When can proposals be sent and to whom?
Proposals can be sent to between March and the end of April each year.
What is the funding cycle?
The funding cycle runs from 1 June to 31 May.
What should be included in a proposal to the Cape Wine Auction Trust?
It is best to keep the proposal short (two pages is ideal).

Tell us:

  • The name of your organisation
  • When it was established
  • What work you do
  • Which geographical area you work in
  • Who benefits from your service(s)
  • How many people benefit from your service(s)
  • How much funding you are requesting and how this would be used
  • Who your other funders are


Note: Capital Expenses are not funded by the Cape Wine Auction Trust.

How does the application process works?
Successful beneficiaries are awarded funding annually at the discretion of the trustees of the Cape Wine Auction Trust. You will be contacted for additional information should your proposal be shortlisted for the final approval stage. Beneficiaries must make applications annually unless otherwise explicitly stated. If you do not hear from us, please accept that your application has been unsuccessful.

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Important Dates


The annual Cape Wine Auction takes place


Proposals for the Cape Wine Auction Trust open.


Proposals for the Cape Wine Auction Trust close.


Trustees select beneficiaries & First 50% tranche payment


Second 50% tranche payment.