The William Fletcher tertiary grants for talented young artists

Instructions for 2019

The William Fletcher Trust (now the William Fletcher Foundation) was established in 1985 to celebrate the life and to commemorate the work of William Fletcher whose straitened circumstances, ill health and early death cut short his developing talents. In 1988, the Trust awarded its first grants for study to tertiary students of the visual arts. The William Fletcher Trust was incorporated in 2006 as William Fletcher Foundation following a generous bequest. Since 1988, grants totalling over $400,000 have been distributed to over 500 highly talented students of the visual arts, to assist them to continue their studies.

Student eligibility

You are eligible as a student to apply for a grant if...

1. Either photography or computer generated art may be one of your majors, but neither in its own right is an eligible discipline for this Grant, although either may be included as a minor element of a work (eg, a collage) submitted for assessment.
2. Neither an Honours student who has already won a WFF Grant in Year 3, nor one enrolled in a master’s or doctoral course, is eligible, unless a special financial need is established. Please email the secretary to ask if you would be eligible.

Institutional eligibility

Students at the following 4 institutions are eligible for the William Fletcher Foundation grant process in 2018:
• National Art School • National Institute of Dramatic Art • Southern Cross University • University of Newcastle (Fine Arts and Natural Illustration disciplines)


In each institution, the Head of School has nominated a member of staff to be the Contact person who will help you, if necessary. See below.

Download an application form
(37 KB Microsoft Word doc, file name: ‘WFF-application-2019.doc’)

Nominate in which one of your majors you are applying for a grant: painting; drawing; printmaking; illustration; stage & costume design.

Give evidence of both:

  1. Financial or other hardship – answer the relevant parts of the Application Form
  2. Achievement – supply photocopies of academic transcripts for two most recent years. Include an attachment (such as a PowerPoint document) with examples of 2 of your recent works. This may be from the final work in 2018. These must be adequately labelled with your name, title of the work, dimension and media. Your school contact may help you with this.

Send the completed application form and transcript photocopies by Friday 3 May 2019 by email to:



All information supplied is considered in the strictest confidence.

After determination of awards

  1. The Secretary advises you by the middle of May of the result of your application.
  2. The Secretary requests successful grantees to provide their banking details for direct deposit of funds, unless a cheque is preferred.
  3. If the grantee requests a cheque, the contact will distribute this, as it will be necessary to sign a receipt, as required by our auditors.
  4. Certificates of Grant are presented later in the year at a suitable occasion on campus.

Institutions and contacts

National Art School John Bloomfield, BFA (Hons) Co-ordinator
National Institute of Dramatic Art Fiona Butler
Southern Cross University Dr Stephen Garrett, Coordinator of Visual Arts
University of Newcastle Fine Art:
Natural History Illustration:
Andrew Howells


Last amended February 2019