Grants and Awards

Each year the Ballarat Arts Foundation (BAF) offers grants to emerging artists through a suite of Named Awards and BAF Genre Awards. These grants support artists who have lived, studied or worked in Ballarat to undertake a project of any genre as their next step towards a career in the arts.

All BAF grants are funded through the generosity of our donors and benefactors, which may be groups, organisations or individuals, to further the aims of the Foundation. 

BAF offers one grant round per year. In exceptional circumstances, Out of Round Grant Applications may be considered.

General applications are accepted from eligible artists, the allocation of awards are decided by the Foundation.

Grants are closed for 2018, and will reopen in mid 2019.

Named Grants:


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

  • Amy Young Award for Vocalists

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

  • Coltman Award for Photography

  • Craig Revel Horwood Award for Contemporary Dance and Choreography

  • The Fiona Sweet & Paul Newcombe Award for Photography

  • Jean Read Award for Piano

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

  • VJ Award for Overseas Study

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

  • Norman Hofmaier Award for Contemporary Art

  • Di Bresciani Drawing & Painting Award

  • Nicholson Award for Contemporary Performance

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

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

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.

Eureka Art Award

Now 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.

Fighting Inertia , by Kim Anderson, 2016. Winner of the 2016 Eureka Art Prize.

Fighting Inertia, by Kim Anderson, 2016. Winner of the 2016 Eureka Art Prize.

The $2,500 Eureka Art Award, and the $500 People’s Choice Award were both won in 2016 by local Ballarat visual artist, Kim Anderson, for her drawing Fighting Inertia. The work depicts the artist in an angst-ridden pose, her clothing stretched over the top of her head, contrasting with a random red wine splash, which heightens the intensity of the pose and the work. At the opening of the 2016 exhibition, guest speaker, Dr Lisa Anderson, Adjunct Professor at the Arts Academy, Federation University Australia, spoke of the significance of local artists in driving the cultural growth of Ballarat.


Ellinor Morcom Scholarships

Ellinor Morecom

Ellinor Morecom

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.