Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme 

The Helpmann Academy is pleased to offer a new funding program that will provide $200,000 in support to emerging South Australian creatives in the wake of COVID-19. 

Generously supported by a group of philanthropic partners and donors, and Arts South Australia, the Helpmann Academy Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme has been developed as a holistic approach to the challenges faced by emerging creatives brought on by the restrictions needed to combat COVID-19.

The Covid-19 crisis has had a substantial impact on emerging creatives, and will continue to impact their careers, as the immediate affects shift to more long-term challenges.

The four-part program aims to support emerging artists at different stages and in different financial positions, casting a wide net of support of up to $200,000.

The program will kick off with the Creative Relief Fund, which aims to support artists with up to $1,000 of quick relief. The funds will enable artists to purchase essential services or pay immediate costs, build digital skills and develop their audience.

The second stage is the Creative Development Fund, which will support artists with grants of up to $3,000 to kickstart new projects, research and develop ideas/new works or build their skills, markets and creative practice.

The third stage is the Creative Investment Fund, which will support artists or collectives with up to $10,000 to participate in transformational professional and career defining opportunities.

The fourth stage is the Creative Innovator Program, will help emerging creative entrepreneurs and collectives to develop innovative and efficient arts businesses by matching them with creative and industry leaders.

Applications for the Creative Relief Fund open on 1 June 2020
Applications close on Monday 15 June 2020 at 11:59pm ACST
For activity occurring between 22 June 2020 and 31 December 2020

Applications for the Creative Development Fund open on 31 July 2020
Applications close on Monday 7 September 2020 at 11:59pm ACST
For activity occurring between October 2020 and September 2021

Applications for the Creative Investment Fund will open in the week commencing 19 October 2020
Applications close on Monday 30 November 2020 at 9:00am ACDT
For activity occurring between 1 January and 31 December 2021

Applications for the Creative Innovator Program will open on 30 October 2020
Applications close on Monday 14 December 2020 at 9:00am ACDT
Program runs from March – August 2021

The Helpmann Academy Stimulus Grants Scheme is generously supported by the following partners and donors

David McKee AO & Pam McKee
John Phillips
Georgie Taylor
Margo Hill-Smith
Chris Penny & Angela Carey
Diana & Philippe Jaquillard