Here is an outline of the grants and awards that the Ballarat Arts Foundations issues:

Named Grants:

 All Named Grants are awarded yearly at the discretion of the Grants Panel and are awarded to exceptional applicants in the relevant arts category.

  • Amy Young Award for Vocalists

  • BLOC and Ballarat Lyric Theatre Award for performing arts/musical theatre

  • Craig Revel Horwood Award for Contemporary Dance and Choreography

  • Di Bresciani Drawing & Painting Award

  • Federation University Award for emerging artists dedicated to creating positive change in the cultural life of Ballarat

  • Fiona Sweet & Paul Newcombe Award for Photography

  • Jean Read Award for Piano

  • Louis Stevens Award for Musicianship for classical or jazz musicians, composers and conductors

  • Nicholson Award for Contemporary Performance

  • Norman Hofmaier Award for Contemporary Art

  • Rotary Club of Ballarat South Award for Visual and Performing Arts

  • VJ Award for Overseas Study

  • Will Coltman Award for Writing

BAF Encouragement Awards

The BAF Encouragement Awards are offered to participants in the vocal and classical dance sections of the Royal South Street Society Competitions in July/August each year. This is a well-established cultural event that runs for 14 weeks annually, hosting 40,000 on-stage appearances. The winner in each category is chosen from competitors who entered a prescribed number of sections, and who live within a 75 km radius of Ballarat CBD, and who are, in the opinion of the Adjudicator, worthy of encouragement.

  • $100 to the competitor with the highest points across all divisions in section 360, 14 to under 16 year old classical solo (vocal and classical dance sections).

  • $100 to the competitor with the highest points across all divisions in section 370, 16 year old and over classical solo.

The competition showcases 14 theatrical disciplines including voice, music, and movement, and attracts young artists from across the state. For more information, visit

Eureka Art Award

A biennial acquisitive award, the Eureka Art Award is a unique opportunity for Foundation Alumni to exhibit alongside their peers in the Post Office Gallery, Federation University Australia.


2018 - Eureka Prize, Mycolinguistics: Rubico-Sterolosis (Oneness), Ash Coates, 2018.
2018 - People’s Choice, Meat Peaches, Dan Kelly, 2018.

2016 - Eureka Prize Fighting Inertia, Kim Anderson, 2016.
2016 - People’s Choice Fighting Inertia, Kim Anderson, 2016.


Ellinor Morcom Scholarships

Ellinor Morcom Scholarships are awarded to students from the Ballarat area, in any Faculty of the University of Melbourne, who are residing at Ormond College. This Scholarship honours the significant contribution Ellinor made to the arts community of Ballarat, especially in music, and her continued support through her estate and other local donors. The Ballarat Arts Foundation does not provide funds for these Scholarships, but promotes them to the wider community.Applications for the Ellinor Morcom Scholarship close in mid-February each year, and are announced at the Commencement Dinner at Ormond College Melbourne University shortly afterwards.