Creative Boost Grants

Helpmann Academy Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme

The Helpmann Academy Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme was developed as a holistic approach to the challenges faced by our community due to the restrictions required to combat COVID-19.

The Creative Stimulus Grants Scheme will continue in 2021 and aims to support emerging creatives at different stages of their career development.

Offered over 2 rounds in 2021, the Creative Boost Grants (previously the Creative Relief Fund) will support creatives with grants of up to $1,000.

The Creative Boost Grants have been developed to provide emerging creatives with a quick boost of cash while dealing with the continuing impact of the pandemic on the arts industry.

Funds will enable eligible emerging creatives to purchase essential services or pay immediate costs, develop small projects, build digital skills, develop their audience, and support them to continue their creative practice.

These funds can be used for activities such as:

  • The purchase, hire or upgrade of technology or equipment, training in new skills that will enable creatives to continue or adapt their practice (such as computer software or programs, cameras and associated equipment, sound equipment, workshops and seminars)
  • The purchase of materials and tools pertinent to a creative practice (such as paints and brushes, metals, timber, and textiles, printing and framing, materials to create merchandise)
  • Paying for costs associated with their practice (such as studio rental, website hosting fees etc)
  • Building and expanding their audience (e.g. social advertising, creating/evolving an online business, producing online webinars and workshops)

The Helpmann Academy Creative Boost grants are generously supported by John Philips.

Creative Boost Grants Round 1
Applications open on Monday 22 February 2021
Applications close on Monday 22 March 2021 at 9:00am ACDT
For activity occurring between 1 May 2021 and 31 July 2021
For graduates from eligible programs (final year students are not eligible in round 1)

Creative Boost Grants Round 2
Applications open in the week commencing 9 August 2021
Applications close on Friday 10 September 2021 at 9:00am ACST
For activity occurring between 1 October 2021 and 31 December 2021
For final year students and graduates from eligible programs