Grant Round closed:
African Australian Creative Media Grants 2022

Stories have the unique power to connect people, educate, and inspire. In continuing the Scanlon Foundation’s commitment to amplify the voices of minority communities, we’re excited to be running the second round of the African-Australian Creative Media Grants.

The African Australian Creative Media Grants is an open grant round that supports African Australian platforms, individuals and organisations that operate in screen media, visual arts, podcasting, radio and written media.

Applications for this latest round closed on Tuesday 18th October, 2022. The Foundation is looking to fund a total of 12 applications.

Read the guidelines here

Funding streams

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

Stream 2: Content Creation – $10,000 for the execution of original content and productions created by African Australians.

Stream 3: Live Events – $5,000 to support live events that showcase creative media and expression.  

Who can apply?

To apply for the program, you must have a current Australian Business Number (ABN).

We will accept applications from:

  • African Australian individuals in any creative media industry – this includes film, tv, magazines, radio, podcasts, online and any other media.
  • Media platforms led by African Australians – this includes social media platforms, magazines, blogs etc.
  • Africans in Australia regardless of their background, visa or citizenship status.
  • African community organisations with a project focused on stories and storytelling.

Please note: Applications should not be submitted by large organisations on behalf of groups or individuals (the groups or individuals should apply directly). Successful grantees from 2021 are not eligible for this round.

Selection panel

Your application 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:

  • FlexMami (Lillian Ahenkan) – Flex has established herself as an integral part of Australia’s youth and urban culture, since 2015. Named Instagram Australia’s #YoungEntrepreneur 2020, Flex is the Founder and CEO of the conversation card game, ReFlex. As the ultimate multidisciplinary millennial in media, her experience in television presenting (MTV Presenter), interviews, radio hosting, writing, music, beauty and fashion are well sought after.
  • Jessica Bailey – Jessica is an African Australian digital media creative with a focus on writing/directing/hosting. Her work explores identity, in particular the African Australian experience. Jess graduated from Murdoch University, Western Australia in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts (Screen Production and Journalism). She’s written two blueprint scripts called I’m Not a Nurse and The Family; with both projects receiving funding support from Screenwest. I’m Not a Nurse was recently directed by Jess and is now screening.
  • Chris Vaughan – Chris is a Partnerships Director, AUD’$. Chris has extensive experience working both in Australia and the UK as a Freelance Television Producer for Fremantle Media, ABC and the BBC. He worked for the past eight years in the financial services sector as an investment strategist and has led and built domestic and international partnerships.
  • Ammar Yonis – Ammar is a first-generation Harari-Australian multimedia creative, based in Melbourne’s west. His debut project Homage (2019) was exhibited in ‘Clearing the Shadow’, and demonstrated his deeply vested interest in facilitating dialogue between a diversity of voices whilst fostering an atmosphere of reflection. Since then he has exhibited work in a number of shows, most recently in his solo exhibition ‘Out of Bounds’ at Hillvale Gallery.

Key dates

The Round is now closed.

All applicants will be informed of the outcome via email before 15 December 2022.

All activity is expected to commence no later than 1 February 2023.

Contact person

Faysal Farah
Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Lead

Information Session Recording

Recording of an information session hosted by the Scanlon Foundation.