Grant Round Now Open:
African Australian Creative Media Support Grants

In continuing the Scanlon Foundation’s commitment to amplify the voices of minority communities, we’ve created a specific grant program that aims to respond to some of the systemic challenges that stymie African voices in Australian media.

The African Australian Creative Media Support Program is an open grant round that supports African Australian creatives and platforms. This program is open to individuals and organisations that operate in Visual Media, Podcast & Radio and Written Media.

Applications are being accepted now until 5pm, May 21st. While you are welcome to submit separate applications for all streams, we will only fund one per applicant. The Foundation is looking to fund 2 applications per stream only for a total of 6 successful applications.

Read the full grant guidelines here

Funding Streams

Stream 1: Platform Development – $10,000 to support the improvement and continuation of platforms including websites or social media sites or other.

Stream 2: Content Creation – $10,000 for the execution of original content series and productions that focus on African Australian narratives.

Stream 3: Live Events – $5,000 to support live events that showcase creative media and expression. Examples may include: live original film screenings, live music and poetry etc.  

Who can apply?

African Australian individuals in creative industries like film, tv, magazines, radio, podcasts and online media.

African Media Platforms, including social media platforms, magazines, blogs etc.

African community organisations with a focus on stories and storytelling.

Applications should not be submitted by large organisations on behalf of groups or individuals (the groups or individuals should apply directly).

Please note that to apply for the program, you must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

Selection panel

The Creative Media Support Grant will be assessed by a selection panel consisting of three Scanlon Foundation Staff, and four prominent African Australian individuals from media and creative industries. The creative industry representatives are:

Nyadol Nyuon – writer, lawyer and a vocal advocate for human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum. She is a regular media commentator appearing on The Drum and Q&A. Nyadol regularly contributes to The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Saturday Paper. In 2019 Nyadol was recognised in the AFR’s 100 Women of Influence Awards and also received the Victorian Premier’s Award for Community Harmony.

Titan Debirioun – social justice advocate, creative director and music recording artist from Melbourne’s outer western region. Titan is a champion for change, adamant on advancing the weight of minority voices. He’s been recognised for his involvement in organising the “Enough is Enough” protest against Channel 7, capacity and platform building within the African-Australian community, and his continued role in speaking out against racial vilification.

Wintana Kidane – African Australia presenter, podcaster and event curator based in Melbourne, Australia. She’s the co-creator of the Bittersweet Podcast, a platform dedicated to exploring culture & identity, as well as celebrating the stories of the diaspora, with a focus on the black experience. Bittersweet was created as a direct response to the lack of representation in the mainstream media.

Ahmed Yussuf –  writer and journalist. Ahmed Yussuf is currently the digital producer for ABC News Breakfast and was formerly the digital reporter at SBS’s The Feed.  He co-edited Growing Up African in Australia, the first non-fiction anthology of African-diaspora stories in Australia. His work has featured in Acclaim Magazine, the Guardian, TRT World and Jalada Africa. He was also an artist in the 2018 Digital Writers Festival.

Key dates

The Round is now open, and applications can be made through Smartygrants using the link below.

Applications close: 5pm, 21 May 2021.

It takes approximately 4 weeks from closing date until funding results are available. All applicants will be informed of the outcome via email. All activity is expected to commence after 1 July 2021.

Apply here

Contact person

Faysal Farah
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator,
Scanlon Foundation
Email: ffarah@scanlonfoundation.org.au