In response to the negative impacts on the Australian screen industry created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Screenworks has announced a COVID-19 Response Small Grants Program specifically for Regional NSW practitioners and businesses, funded by repurposing existing funding provided by the NSW State Government through Screen NSW.

The small grants program will provide up to $750 to support screen practitioners and businesses in regional NSW to access professional support that may include: 

  • professional development opportunities for regional screen practitioners (eg. Online workshops or training) that will increase their knowledge, skills and experience
  • access to business advice for freelancers or companies to help overcome the impacts of COVID-19 and how to recover after the crisis is over, or
  • engaging screen industry consultants (eg. Script assessment) to support the development of projects that have received initial market interest that have the potential to create regional NSW screen jobs in the future.

This list is not exhaustive – Screenworks is open to receiving applications with out-of-the-box ways to support screen practitioners living in regional NSW during this period when the industry is dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Upon completion, each selected recipient will be required to deliver a report detailing the opportunities that the program has supported and how this has influenced their professional or skills development.

Applications are open to all screen practitioners who are living and working in Regional NSW. In NSW – regional areas are defined on the State Council map on the Screen NSW website and include all areas outside metropolitan Sydney and the ACT.


What won’t be funded?

Screenworks is unable to provide income support for individuals or businesses as part of this program, nor is it able to provide support for project development purposes (such as those activities that would be eligible for funding under Create NSW’s Early Development or Advanced Development Programs).

It is also not able to support:

  • the costs associated with marketing/promotion of existing screen projects,
  • ongoing core administration or infrastructure costs,
  • travel costs during this period of time.

Who can apply?

Applicants must be:

  • Individuals living in regional NSW who have demonstrated experience working in the Australian Screen Industry. Individuals must be able to demonstrate that you have been living in Regional NSW* for a minimum period of 6 months prior to submitting your application. Individual applicants must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident,
  • Organisations may also apply but they must be legally constituted and based in regional NSW. The company must be able to demonstrate that they have been established and based in Regional NSW* for at least 12 months. All organisations/businesses must be wholly Australian owned,

Applications will generally not be accepted from:

  • partnerships or groups of individuals
  • unincorporated organisations
  • government departments and agencies
  • primary and secondary schools
  • tertiary institutions and TAFE colleges;

Assessment criteria:

Proposals must demonstrate:

  • Evidence of increased professional and / or skills development;
  • Clearly articulated benefits, strategy and outcomes by the applicant why this support will benefit them;
  • Evidence that the funding will be used specifically to assist the applicant to overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  • Evidence of the applicant’s ability to complete the training or opportunity being funded.

What do I need to apply?

Applicants are required to provide the following as part of their applications (please see the online application form for details):

  • A statement outlining what the financial support will be used for with details such as training outcomes, advice to be provided, etc.
  • How this support will advance your career as a regional screen industry practitioner or business
  • A budget outline for all aspects associated with the amount being requested (it must be submitted with either a quotation or evidence of the cost associated).
  • CV including a list of projects that have been completed and screen credits
  • Information including URL links & passwords for productions you have worked on (eg. student work, paid work)

Diversity Statement:

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disability, culturally and linguistically diverse people and people living in remote areas of NSW are strongly encouraged. Screenworks is strongly committed to ensuring equal access to this project – if you require assistance with your application, please contact Screenworks on:

  • Telephone: (02) 6681 1188
  • To make a National Relay Service (NRS) call: TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for (02) 6681 1188
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 6681 1188
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS then ask for (02) 6681 1188

If you have any questions about the Screenworks COVID-19 Response Regional NSW Small Grants Program or the application process for this program, please contact: Lisa O’Meara | Email: [email protected] | Phone: (02) 6681 1188

***APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5pm (AEST) on Thursday April 30th 2020***

Supported by Screen NSW







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