Grants and Funding

The IAF provides funding for supporting South Australian arts and artists through a number of grants.

The IAF Small Grants for Young or Emerging Artists, administered by the IAF;

The Franz Kempf Printmaker Award, administered by Carclew;

The June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship, jointly funded between the Independent Arts Foundation and the Italia-Australia Association.

The Neil Curnow Award, administered by the Helpmann Academy;

and the Screen Awards, run by the Media Resource Centre (MRC).

Details of each are provided below. For guidelines for applying for grants, click here. For an application form, click here

IAF Small Grants for Young or Emerging Artists

The Independent Arts Foundation makes available funding for small grants up to a maximum of $1,000.

All art forms are eligible including (but not limited to):  Creative Writing (fiction, non-fiction, screen plays, poetry), Music (composition, performance, recording & production), Performing Arts (acting, directing, circus, dance), Visual Arts (all media), Film & New Media, Multi Arts.

Two types of grants are available: 

  • Professional development grants for young or emerging artists to assist with the development of their artistic career through activities such as research and/or creative development (e.g. skills development activities such as an accredited course of study, master class, artist residency, mentorship program, internship.
  • Project grants for young or emerging artists to assist them to develop new work, or present and promote their arts practice through public exhibitions, performances, etc.

Note: An emerging artist may be any age, but is considered to be within the first five years of embarking upon a career as an artist.

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be current residents of South Australia.
  • Previous recipients of an IAF Small Grant are not eligible to re-apply for a period of three years.

There are two grant rounds per year. 

  • Round 1: Open for submission of applications: 1 February.
  • Round 1: Deadline for submission of applications: 1 April.
  • Round 1: Notification of outcome: 15 May.
  • Round 2: Open for submission of applications: 1 August.
  • Round 2: Deadline for submission of applications: 1 October.
  • Round 2: Notification of outcome: 15 November.

For an application form for any of the grants listed below, click here. For guidelines for applying for grants, click here.

Please note that only completed application forms submitted within the above dates will be considered. 

For a previous list of recipients, click here

Current grant recipients are listed below along with their reports.

Jess Taylor recipient report 2018

Angelica Harris recipient report 2018

Brittany Plummer recipient report 2018

Angus Leighton recipient report 2017

Kristen Coleman recipient report 2017

Lochlan Smith recipient report 2017

Dan Bradley recipient report 2017

Nancy Downes recipient report 2017

Geordie Little recipient report 2016

Screen Maker recipient report 2016

Cory McMahon recipient report 2016

Nicholas Canon recipient report 2016

Velvet Chase Productions recipient report 2016

Lucy Turnbull recipient report 2016

The Franz Kempf Printmaker Award (Biennial)

The Franz Kempf Printmaker Award is administered by Carclew and supporst the professional development of a South Australian printmaker aged 26 or under, who wish to develop their practice. The award is offered biennially for professional development with the next activity period taking place from 1st January to 31st December 2017. The award is valued at $4,000.

The award has been made possible due to a generous gift made by long-time IAF member and internationally recognised Adelaide-based artist Franz Kempf AM.

Abbey Rawson is the winner for 2017. For example images of her work, click here. For photographs of the award presentation, click here.

For a list of previous recipients, click here.

June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship

The June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship is jointly funded between the Independent Arts Foundation and the Italia-Australia Association.

The June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship will support a South Australian artist (aged 26 or under) working in any art form to further develop their practice through a professional development program (of choice) in Italy. The scholarship is offered at the value of $4,000.

The June S. Tanner Memorial Scholarship was established to honour the memory of a late Vice-President of the SA Branch of the Italia-Australia Association June Tanner, who accompanied groups of Australians on cultural tours of Italy and also taught mosaic-making.

For a list of recipients, click here.


Neil Curnow Award

The Neil Curnow Award is administered by the Helpmann Academy and is available to final-year students and graduates under the age of 30 who have studied acting, theatre direction, technical production, or costume at Flinders University Drama Centre or TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts. The purpose of the award is to support an emerging artist to undertake further study or career development in acting/theatre performance or direction.

The award is made possible through the generous bequest of the late Neil Curnow, an extraordinary man of the theatre based in Adelaide. Following his impressive career as an actor, director, teacher and voice coach, Neil made a bequest through the Independent Arts Foundation to support emerging South Australian theatre people through this prestigious award.

Valued at up to $7,000 for interstate study and $10,000 for overseas study, the award supports the recipient to undertake further study or an internship at a recognised institution. The award is facilitated by the Helpmann Academy on behalf of the Independent Arts Foundation.

The Neil Curnow Award is available to final-year students and graduates under the age of 30 who have studied acting, theatre direction, technical production, or costume at Flinders University Drama Centre or TAFE SA’s Adelaide College of the Arts. The purpose of the award is to support an emerging artist to undertake further study or career development in acting/theatre performance or direction.

The award is made possible through the generous bequest of the late Neil Curnow, an extraordinary man of the theatre based in Adelaide. Following his impressive career as an actor, director, teacher and voice coach, Neil made a bequest through the Independent Arts Foundation to support emerging South Australian theatre people through this prestigious award.

For a list of recipients, click here.


The Media Resource Centre of South Australia Screen Awards

Established in 1999, the Screen Awards are run by the Media Resource Centre (MRC), a not for profit organisation that has over 35 years of experience in providing support and development opportunities for South Australia's emerging young screen practitioners.

The Screen Awards celebrate and promote the best screen works of the South Australian film industry. SASA provide an exciting platform for South Australian screen practitioners to showcase their work across drama, comedy, documentary, animation, music video, non-narrative and digital media. 

For a list of recipients, click here.