COVID-19 EMERGENCY 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 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 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. https://www.actorsbenevolentfund.org.au/page/37/emergency-covid-19-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.
Consequently, the Foundation has decided not to consider any new grant applications for new projects at this time. This means that the April grant round will not proceed.
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 from Individual Performing Artists
The following guidelines are intended to assist individual performing artists with their applications:
- 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.
- Preference will be given to individual artists who have established a beginning to their professional careers in Australia.
- 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.
- 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.