Following the ongoing devastating effects on the entertainment industry of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation is now supporting those most in need. After discussions with the Actors' Benevolent Fund NSW (ABF), the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation has become a seed funder of the ABF's COVID 19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND.

The Fund provides emergency assistance to those finding it difficult to survive due to the shutdown of the sector. We feel sure that you will understand that it will be necessary to take the unprecedented step to adjust the current Foundation Grant Round in order to reallocate a proportion of funds to benefit those in the performing arts community in need of emergency financial assistance.


The Foundation Funding Policy

The Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation welcomes applications for financial assistance from both performing arts companies and from individual performing artists.

Twice a year, in April and October, the Seaborn, Broughton & Walford Foundation normally welcomes applications for financial assistance from performing arts companies and individual performing artists.

However, owing to the catastrophic impact of COVID 19 on the performing arts sector, the Foundation has responded by directing funds to the Actors Benevolent Fund’s COVID 19 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUND to support those in the performing arts community in greatest need.

Despite this unprecedented decision, the Foundation is committed to recommence considering applications as soon as the COVID-19 situation eases.

For those wishing to apply, please watch this space for updates.

Applications for assisting playwrights in most instances should be addressed to The Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award or the Rodney Seaborn Playwriting Support Fund.

Applications from Individual Performing Artists

The following guidelines are intended to assist individual performing artists with their applications:

  1. SB&W Foundation will welcome applications for financial assistance from individual directors, actors, designers and other performing artists to:
    i. undertake a specific production or performance.
    ii.  take up a secondment to an established company
    iii. attend conferences in Australia or abroad
    iv. attend theatre festivals in Asia, Europe and the USA
    v.  further their professional training in Australia or abroad
    vi. and for such other activities as the SB&W Foundation Board may approve.
  2. Preference will be given to individual artists who have established a beginning to their professional careers in Australia.
  3. At the present time support for individuals will not exceed $10000 in any one year. A successful application will receive one grant or support payment.
  4. An application for assistance will not be considered until the Board has received an assessment and acquittal of a project previously assisted by SB&W Foundation.