ASSISTING THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Foundation Funding Policy

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

  • Individuals may apply for grants up to $20,000.
  • Companies may apply for grants up to $75,000.

Applications will open on  Monday 29 April 2024.
Closing time & date for submissions is 5 pm EST, Saturday 31st August 2024.

The decision of the Board will be embargoed until the successful applicants have been privately notified in late October/early November and publicly announced on Thursday 21 November 2024.


 

Guidelines & Conditions

Always read the Grant eligibility and requirements carefully. Complete all relevant parts of the application form.

  1. Individuals may apply for grants up to $20,000; Companies may apply for grants up to $75,000.
  2.  Applications will only be accepted for projects that occur in the calendar year 1 January-31 December 2025.
  3. Successful applicants will receive grant monies as an electronic bank transfer to a designated account within one week of notification.
  4. Successful applicants must acknowledge the S,B&W Foundation’s support in all public engagement associated with the project (interview, social media, website etc) and, where practical, display the S,B&W Foundation logo. The Foundation welcomes further ideas from applicants as to how the Foundation’s financial support can further be acknowledged and highlighted, should their application be successful.
  5. Successful applicants must provide S,B&W Foundation with an acquittal of the Grant within eight weeks of the completion of the project. The acquittal package must include:
    a budget reconciliation, any media coverage, and a 500-word appraisal of how the project contributed to the Performing Arts in Australia (suitable for publication in the Foundation’s regular newsletter).
  6. An application for additional assistance, from an applicant who has previously been successful,  will not be considered until the S,B&W Foundation has received an acquittal of the previous project

Applications from Individual Performing Artists

The S,B&W Foundation Application Form - Individual (open application form)
  1. Preference will be given to individual practitioners who have established professional careers in Australia.
  2. The S,B&W Foundation also welcomes applications for financial assistance from directors, actors, designers and other performing artists to:
    • undertake a specific production or performance;
    • take up a secondment to an established company;
    • attend conferences in Australia or abroad;
    • attend international performing arts festivals;
    • further their professional training in Australia or abroad;
    • and undertake other activities as the Foundation Board may approve.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do I apply for a S,B&W Foundation Grant?
    Any Australian Citizen may apply for the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grants by using the online application form (include all requested information and  upload all relevant support documents.)
  2. When can I apply for a grant?
    There is a four-month window of opportunity for the S,B&W Performing Arts Grants with  applications open from Monday 29 April 2024.
  3. What is the deadline for applications?
    Closing time & date for submissions is 5pm EST, Saturday 31st August 2024. No applications will be accepted after this date.
  4. Whom do I contact if I’m having trouble completing or submitting my application?
    For information concerning your application, please contact Carol Martin by phone at the S,B&W Foundation office (02) 99 555 444 or 0434 433 225 or office@sbwfoundation.com
  5. Who assesses and approves the applications?
    All applications are assessed against the criteria by a panel of industry professions.
  6. Does the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grants Panel provide feedback if an application is unsuccessful?
    Unfortunately, the Panel does not provide feedback.
  7. Can I appeal the decision in relation to the outcome of the application process?
    No correspondence will be entered into with unsuccessful applicants after the Foundation Board has ratified the Grants Panel’s recommendations.
  8. I don’t have an ABN, can I apply for a grant?
    Yes, individuals without an ABN may apply for S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grants. Those applying for Company Grants must provide proof of incorporation, including an ABN.
  9. My organisation receives National and State Triennial Funding. Am I still eligible to apply for the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grant ?
    Yes. However, consideration will also be given to projects that sit outside core program funding.
  10. If there are two or more writers engaged collaboratively in a project, do we apply as an ‘Individual’ or a ‘Group’?
    As far as collaborations (2 or more creatives) are concerned, only one individual should make the application on behalf the the creative team. Please include the names of all collaborators, their bona fides and contribution to the project in Attachment 1. Applicant CV or Company overview [Not to exceed two A4 pages].
  11. Does the project have to occur in Australia?
    While projects that directly contribute to the Australian Performing Arts Industry are seen as competitive, the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grants Panel also recognises the benefit of overseas travel for individuals to study or gain professional experience abroad.
  12. Should I include letters of support with the application?
    Select letters of support for your project may be included if they directly address the project under consideration. Please include letters of support in Attachment 2. 2. Application support document [all material to be compiled as one PDF document (including any hyperlinks to a maximum of three items); and not to exceed four A4 pages]
  13. Can the project be undertaken over two or more years?
    The project must normally be undertaken and completed in the calendar year: 1 January-31 December 2025.
  14. How long is the review and selection process? If successful, when will I be notified?
    Following the closing of submissions, the review and selection process takes approximately six weeks. The Panel’s recommendations will then be submitted to the Board of the S,B&W Foundation for consideration and ratification. The successful Grant recipients will receive private notification concurrently. This information will be embargoed until Thursday 21 November 2024. when a public announcement will be made by the Foundation President at the Foundation’s major, end-of-year Christmas event.
  15. When will I, or my organisation, receive payment? How?
    Once the successful applicant has communicated with the S,B&W Foundation office in response to notification, payment in full will be made via bank transfer (once back account details are provided).
  16. Does the grant money include GST?
    The grant allocation is not inclusive of GST. Successful applicants are responsible for their own tax obligations.
  17. What are the reporting requirements for the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grant?
    Successful applicants must provide the S,B&W Foundation with an acquittal of the Grant within eight weeks of the completion of the project. The acquittal package must include a budget reconciliation, any media coverage and a 500-word appraisal of how the project contributed to the performing arts in Australia (suitable for publication in the Foundation’s regular newsletter).  The Foundation welcomes further ideas from applicants as to how the Foundation’s financial support can further be acknowledged and highlighted, should their application be successful.
  18. What obligations does a successful grant applicant owe the S,B&W Foundation?
    Successful applicants must acknowledge  the S,B&W Foundation Performing Arts Grant in all reference to the successful project (in media, posters and flyers, programs or on individual CV’s) using the words ‘This Project is facilitated by an S,B&W Foundation  Performing Arts Grant’ and, where practical, display the S,B&W Foundation’s logo.


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