Quick Response Grants

“This residency was probably the hardest and most rewarding experience I’ve had in my emerging practice. If it wasn’t for the Helpmann Quick Response Grant this project wouldn’t have gotten off the ground. I’m so grateful for Helpmann Academy’s investment in my practice!” – eDuard Helmbold, 2018 Grant Recipient

Many worthwhile projects and opportunities present themselves at short notice. The Helpmann Academy offers final-year students and graduates (up to five years out) of our partner institutions $500 quick response grants for unexpected projects.

The opportunity must arise and be taking place within a two-month period (i.e. if you are made aware of an opportunity on the 9th May the opportunity must take place by the 9th July). A finite pool of funds is available for this purpose.

There is no deadline for applications, which may be made as required. You MUST contact the team at Helpmann Academy to discuss your proposed request for funding. This will save you time and trouble filling in an application if your project is not eligible under the Quick Response Grant Program (see contact details below).

What the Quick Response Grant does NOT support:

  • Funds to overcome lack of planning or to supplement project income
  • Attendance at events, conferences or residencies that occur on a regular basis (e.g. annual, biennial, biannual etc.) for which you could have planned or for which there are other funding programs available
  • Any projects that you may initiate (e.g. application to speak at a conference, residency, or study program for which you made an application, a good idea that may arise out of discussions)
  • Anything that does not have to happen now or an opportunity that will still exist if not taken now
  • Funding for projects already started or completed (ie there is no retrospective funding)
  • Activities that are also funded by other Helpmann programs or other organisations


Proposals must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of increased professional and/or skills development
  • Identified benefits and outcomes
  • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to manage the project
  • Evidence that the project is urgent or a unique arts opportunity that has arisen at short notice. 


The following support material must accompany the application:

  • Relevant CVs of artist/s involved in the project
  • Letter of invitation, if invited to a symposium/conference or similar
  • Relevant letters of support

For more information contact Helpmann Academy at [email protected]

Emmaline Zanelli
Jamila Main
Felicity Boyd & Zoe Gay

Lucy Gale
eDuard Helmbold

Olivia Kathigitis
Dan Thorpe

Elyas Alavi
Lucy Fry
Ashleigh Geiger
Stephanie Norman
Kelsey Robinson
Thomas Yeend