The Sustainable Arts Foundation- $5000 bursary available for parents

The Sustainable Arts Foundation was founded in 2010 with the aim of encouraging parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.

In 2018 the foundation will award $5000 each to twenty artists and writers who have demonstrated excellence in their disciplines. The awards are offered as unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit.

To be eligible to apply for a grant you must have at least one child under the age of 18.  Applicants can be based anywhere in the world and there are no citizenship restrictions. Given the intense demand for these awards (they typically receive over 3,000 applications), and the fact that the awards are based on demonstrated excellence in your discipline, they don’t recommend that artists or writers who are beginning their creative careers apply to this program.

There is an application fee is $20. 100% of this fee goes to their jurors, who are all parent artists and writers themselves.



Friday 31 August



Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Early and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Fiction
  • Graphic Novel
  • Long Form Journalism
  • Picture Books
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

Since 2016 the organisers have committed to offering half of its awards to applicants of colour.

They ask that you apply with a CV, personal statement and a portfolio. It should only include work created since becoming a parent and within the last 3 years. They’re also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.


For further information visit the Sustainable Arts Foundation website.

Published on:
14 Aug 2018


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