COVID-19 Assistance Fund

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 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 suspend the current Foundation Grant Round in order to direct 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.

The Foundation typically considers applications for assistance twice a year: in April and in October. Owing to commitments the Foundation has made to support those in the Performing Arts community impacted by COVID-19 the Foundation will not consider applications in April 2020 & subject to the COVID-19 situation easing in our community will recommence considering applications received by Thursday 15th October 2020.

Those wishing to apply, please watch this space for updates. The Foundation is committed to recommence considering applications as soon as practicable.

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 Asian, 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.