• Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period October 1, 2002–September 30, 2004
  • Location Grahamstown, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

Apartheid’s legacy of imposed identities remains an integral part of the fabric of South African society and exudes a powerful impact on the social, cultural, psychosocial and spiritual lives of people. Often it is identity — racial, ethnic or cultural — and how it has been constructed that causes conflicts within organizations, undermining their effectiveness and sometimes leading to their collapse.The Spirals Trust recognizes that it is impossible to discard the painful legacies of apartheid without consciously confronting the impact it has had and continues to have on people’s lives. Multiyear funding will support workshops and capacity building training for nonprofits to effectively address issues of identity in a systematic and sustained way. Activities will include providing ongoing support for groups, organizations and communities as they deal with and implement new processes; strengthening the SCAPE Program in the Eastern Cape and Northern Province; researching, documenting and replicating best practices; and refining a handbook addressing identity and displacement of identity in post-apartheid South Africa.The Spirals Trust, established in 2001, is a non-governmental organization that provides creative, participative workshop processes to cope with issues of identity and changes in identity to promote awareness and healing of individuals, groups and communities.