Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP)

What is the Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP)?

The Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP) aims to leverage investment by supporting infrastructure that is deemed to be critical, thus lowering the cost of doing business. The South African Government is implementing the CIP to stimulate investment growth in line with the National Industrial Policy Framework (NIPF) and Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP).

Critical Infrastructure Programme (CIP)

The CIP is a cost-sharing incentive that is available to the approved applicant/s or infrastructure project/s upon the completion of verifiable milestones or as may be approved by the Adjudication Committee.  Infrastructure is deemed “critical” to the investment if such investment would not take place without the said infrastructure or the said investment would not operate optimally.

Grant Offerings

  • The CIP offers a grant of 10% to 30% of the total qualifying infrastructural development costs, up to a maximum of R50 million, based on the achieved score in the Economic Benefit Criteria.
  • Agro-processing applicants and state-owned Aerospace and Defence National Strategic Testing Facilities: The CIP will offer a grant of 10% to 50% of the total infrastructural development costs, up to a maximum of R50 million.
  • Projects that alleviate water and/or electricity dependency on the national grid: The CIP will offer a grant of 10% to 50%, up to a maximum of R50 million.
  • Distressed municipalities and state-owned industrial parks: The CIP offers a maximum grant of up to 100%, capped at R50 million for infrastructural developmental. Applicants are encouraged to make a contribution according to their affordability.


Co Sponsor investment in common infrastructure that is essential for competitiveness, lowering the cost of investment.


  • Registered private entities and municipalities
  • Projects that alleviate water and/ electricity dependency on the national grid
  • Distressed Municipalities and state-owned Industrial Parks


An Incentive Scheme of between 10% and 30% of the qualifying, development costs for qualifying infrastructure