Creative Development Fund


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

The second stage in this scheme is the Creative Development Fund, which supports eligible emerging creatives with grants of up to $3,000 to kickstart new projects, research and develop ideas/new works or build skills, markets and creative practice. 

The purpose of the Creative Development Fund is to support emerging artists through the early stages of industry recovery, as COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift. The aim of this funding program is to provide graduates and final year students with the means to continue or expand their career development, as the arts community begins the work of rebuilding South Australia’s thriving scene.

Funding is designed to support projects over the next 12-months, and can include: 

  • The creation or realisation of new work 
  • Research & development of new ideas 
  • Developing new skills 
  • A creative or business mentorship 
  • Professional development programs 
  • Graduation activities or showcases of eligible final year groups 

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  

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