n.b the purpose of this initiative is to assist students to remain creative and connected during current COVID-19 restrictions.
Theatre Board – Remote Creativity and Connection Grants
The University of Melbourne Theatre Board offers small grants to student theatre groups and individuals for creative projects and activities undertaken remotely.
Projects might take several different forms e.g software licenses, online classes, artist run workshops and equipment.
Maximum funding: Up to $700 for groups. Up to $200 for individuals.
Applications will be accepted online via SmartyGrants up until 5:00 p.m. on Friday 26 June 2020.
Applications will be considered on a weekly basis by a sub-committee of the Theatre Board.
Apply for Creativity and Connection Grant
For all other Theatre Board applications please note the 2020 meeting dates:
20 March, 24 April, 22 May, 24 July, 18 September, 16 October, 13 November, 4 December.
These are not the application deadlines. Applications will need to be submitted well before each meeting – no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.
Before submission, a face-to-face meeting must be made with Union House Theatre’s Artistic Director to discuss the application. Contact Artistic Director at UHT, firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
Theatre Board – Venue Hire and Production Support
Venue Hire and Production Support funding is a financial safety net to help student theatre groups stage work. The maximum amount of money student theatre groups can apply for is $2000.
An affiliated student theatre group applies for a sum of money from the Theatre Board to help with cash flow. This means that students do not need to spend their own money to create their work. If the production makes a profit, the group pays back as much as it can to the Theatre Board. Venue Hire and Production Support funding is like a loan with one key difference – if the production makes a loss or breaks even, the company is not required to repay the amount to the Theatre Board. The money returned to the Theatre Board supports other applications from student theatre groups.
It can take up to two weeks after the Theatre Board meeting for underwriting to be processed so you need to factor this in when you are deciding which meeting to submit your application to.
Deadline: applications must be submitted to the Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator (email@example.com) no later than 10 days prior to the meeting.
After submitting your application you must make a time to meet with the Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator to discuss your application. You then need to make any necessary changes and resubmit to the Artistic Director/Theatre Coordinator who will forward your application to the Theatre Board 5 days prior to the meeting. It is desirable to start this process as soon as possible to avoid any delays.
Theatre Board – Creative Development Funding
The University of Melbourne Theatre Board offers grants to students for creative explorations and skills development projects that are not directly tied to a production performance outcome.
Creative Development Funding Applications will be considered at every Theatre Board Meeting.
If you want your application to be considered, please submit your application a week before the meeting.
Maximum funding: $1,000.
Theatre Board – New Work Grants
The University of Melbourne Theatre Board offers New Work Grants grants to students to encourage creative risk taking and the development of original Australian work (in any performing arts discipline) with a production performance outcome.
New Work Applications will be considered at every Theatre Board Meeting.
Please note that the New Work Grant differs from the Theatre Board’s Creative Development Grant in that at least one of the personnel involved in the project must work in a professional capacity in the arts industry. It is also a requirement that the new work will result in a production/performance that will occur within one year of the grant being approved. It is possible for applicants to apply for both a Theatre Board Creative Development Grant and a New Work Grant for the same project (as long as each application meets the requisite requirements and criteria).
Maximum funding: $2,000.
Theatre Board – Seed Funding
The University of Melbourne Theatre Board offers Seed Funding to new affiliated student theatre groups. Seed Funding is to be spent on a production or performance within one year of the grant being approved. Maximum funding: $2,000.
Affiliated Student Theatre Groups can apply for up to $500 to assist you to make your work accessible.
You must discuss your application with the UHT Artistic Director before applying.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a time.
For more information about Access please see here.
To apply please fill in THIS FORM
UMSU Creative Arts Grants
You can apply for grants (up to $500) from UMSU Creative Arts.
For more info and to apply see:
UMSU Student Initiative Grants (SIGs)
Do you have an idea that will make the University of Melbourne student experience even better than it already is? SIGs are open to all students studying at the University of Melbourne, where students can be granted up to $1,000 to get their initiative started.
Applications are available year round and the approval comes from Students’ Council.
For more info and to apply see: umsu.unimelb.edu.au/getinvolved/studentscouncil/studentinitiativegrants/
Past Successful Applications
DisColournation’s – Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit – Successful NEW WORK GRANT recipient
DisColourNation amplifies diverse voices and experiences. We work as a collective and, through collaboration, we explore stories rarely told on stage through new or adapted writing and music.
Our latest project seeks to make room for queer people of colour onstage by drawing on and undermining familiar romance narratives, tropes, and stereotypes. The project is a musical, humorous take on Anglo-centrist heterosexual myths pervading social encounters and expectations, defamiliarising those social norms, and potentially offers alternative structures of understanding the world.
Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit is a brand new work made through an irreverent, Asian-Australian lens about people rarely seen on stage, of a tale rarely allowed on stage (or indeed, in any other medium). RINTOF pushes for a frame of reference (people of colour playing main roles in which they are allowed to be desirable, loving, and assertive) that is fresh and still all too rare.
Whitley Annual Residential Theatre Society (WARTS) – Cry Baby – Successful UNDERWRITING recipient
We are a non-profit theatrical group who stages a production each year utilising the skills of students within the Whitley College community.
“It’s 1954. Everyone likes Ike, nobody likes communism and Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker is the coolest boy in Baltimore. He’s a bad boy with a good cause – truth, justice and the pursuit of rock and roll. Cry-Baby and the square rich girl, Allison, are star-crossed lovers at the centre of this world. Fuelled by hormones and the new rhythms of rock and roll, she turns her back on her squeaky clean boyfriend, Baldwin, to become a “drape” (a Baltimore juvenile delinquent) and Cry-Baby’s moll. At the other end of the topsy-turvy moral meritocracy of 1954 America, Baldwin is the king of the squares and leads his close-harmony pals against the juvenile delinquents, who are ultimately arrested for arson, sending the drapes all off to prison. It’s Romeo and Juliet meets High School Hellcats.”
Queens College Music and Drama Society (QCMADS) – Legally Blonde – Successful UNDERWRITING recipient
QCMADS is committed to giving members of the College and the broader community a chance to be part of a production. It aims to act as a platform for those who have never have the chance to be involved in the performing arts to step outside their comfort zone and try something new. It also aims to support up-and-coming talents, including designers, cast, and crew members, by providing them with mentorship. QCMADS is thrilled to bring a block-buster Broadway musical to the Union Theatre’s stage for a fraction of the cost of commercial shows, making it accessible to a broader audience.
QCMADS is thrilled to bring a block-buster Broadway musical to the Union Theatre’s stage for a fraction of the cost of commercial shows, making it accessible to a broader audience who would not be able to afford a night at the theatre
For further information on how other student theatre groups responded to the questions in the application, please click on this link.