Artist grants

Applications for 2024 are open – closing 30 June 2024

After 35 years of providing tertiary student grants, the Foundation believes there is a need to provide a broader support for artists throughout the community. We now welcome applications from any artist who is an Australian resident, and who fulfils our selection criteria regarding the skills and aesthetic principles that we seek to encourage.

In assessing the suitability of any candidate for a grant, we are committed to supporting talented artists who are sincerely devoted to maintaining and developing the skills of drawing and painting. This does not rule out innovative approaches to these practices, but it does exclude technological alternatives such as CGI that dispense with traditional material such as chalk, ink, graphite, silverpoint, pastel, watercolour, gouache, or oil paint. The art field may vary from painting to sculpture, multimedia, printmaking or ceramics, but there must be a basis or history of the drawn element.

If you have previously received a grant from the Foundation, you are welcome to apply for further grants or residencies in following years.

The successful applicants will be chosen by the end of August and applicants will be notified by email shortly thereafter.

Support grants for students

These are aimed to help students with their studies and so are generally aimed at undergraduate students, but artists studying at private and other art courses may be eligible.

These will be grants of $1,000 to $2,000.

No application fee is required for a support grant.


Any student artist who is an Australian resident and is taking a course in art tuition is eligible to apply for a support grant.

How to apply

  1. Prepare a short statement, no more than 100 words, to support your application. Indicate what course or classes you are undertaking and the place of study. This may be entered in the form, or uploaded as a document.
  2. Select digital images of 4 to 6 of your artworks (accepted formats: JPEG, PDF, GIF, HEIC, max. 1 MB), each with title, dimensions in centimetres, media and year created.
  3. Click the button below and fill out the form.

Support grant: 2023 grantees

$2000 to Lars Heartman
$1500 each to Matthew Hall-Fong and Nikola Hrga.

Development grants for mid-career artists

These are aimed at emerging to mid-career artists to help with the development of their practice. These will be in the range of $5,000 to $10,000.

If an artist has applied for either a Rome or Bundanon Residency, they will automatically be assessed for a Development Grant, if unsuccessful with their residency application.

You only need to apply for a Development Grant if you do not wish to apply for either Residency.


Any artist in the above category, who is an Australian resident and whose work reflects our priorities and sensibilities, is eligible to apply for a development grant.

How to apply

  1. Prepare a personal CV that includes:
    • details of studies or training, either formal or informal
    • qualifications (year obtained)
    • grants received
    • any exhibitions, stating year and venue
    • commissions or publications
  2. Prepare a statement of AT LEAST 100 words, outlining why such a grant would assist you in the development of your career. You may specify any special needs (including financial) which would be met by this grant.
  3. Select digital images of 6 of your artworks (accepted formats: JPEG, PDF, GIF, HEIC, max. 1 MB), each with title, dimensions in centimetres, media and year created.
  4. Click the button below and fill out the form.

Application fee (development grants only): $20, paid in the form, by credit card, or by direct deposit to:

William Fletcher Foundation
BSB: 182 512
Account No.: 960826816

Please note the reference for the payment.

Development grant: 2023 grantees

$10,000 each to Serena Cowie and Astro Spiller
$5000 each to Andrew Bonneau, Mark Dober, Sarah Randall, Ben Ryan, Evan Salmon and Evan Shipard

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