Tertiary grants for talented art students

Grants for highly talented students of the visual arts, to assist them to continue their studies.

Since 1988, grants totalling over $400 000 have been distributed to over 500 students.

For 2022, there is a minimum grant of $1 000 to successful candidates. We may award up to 30 grants.

Applications close 30 April 2022.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if…

  • you are enrolled in final year (Year 3 of a pass degree, or Year 4 of an honours degree) at a tertiary institution in NSW or the ACT; AND
  • you comply with the conditions of study in your final year; AND
  • your major study includes at least one of the following five disciplines: painting; drawing; printmaking; illustration; stage design (set and costume); AND

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.

Assisting institutions

• National Art School • National Institute of Dramatic Art • Southern Cross University • University of Newcastle (Fine Arts and Natural Illustration disciplines)

Students at other institutions may apply but evidence of a current enrolment must be provided.

How to apply

Download an application form
(22 KB Microsoft Word doc, file name: ‘WFF-application-2022.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:

  • Financial or other hardship – in the relevant section of the application form
  • 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 2021. These must be adequately labelled with your name, title of the work, dimension and media. Your school contact may help you with this.
Institution Contact
National Art School John Bloomfield, BFA (Hons) Co-ordinator
National Institute of Dramatic Art Anthony Whelan
Southern Cross University Dr Stephen Garrett, Coordinator of Visual Arts
University of Newcastle Natural History Illustration:
Andrew Howells

Send the completed application form and transcript scans by 30 April 2022 by email to:

All information supplied is considered in the strictest confidence.

What happens after I apply?

  1. The Secretary will contact you by the end of May with the result of your application.
  2. The Secretary will ask successful grantees to provide banking details for direct deposit of funds, unless a cheque is preferred.
  3. Certificates of Grant are presented later in the year at a suitable occasion on campus.