April 8, 2020

Get Tailored Grant Writing Advice from our Directors

The unfolding COVID-19 crisis is presenting a monumental challenge to the livelihoods and practices of artists and creatives. In response to the situation, many funding bodies have offered quick response stimulus grant rounds. We understand that while these opportunities are welcome relief, applying for grants is complicated work. Daniel Santangeli (Footscray Community Arts Artistic Director) and Robyn Gawenda (Footscray Community Arts Executive Director) would like to offer to meet with artists and creatives to have a chat about any projects and grant applications to offer advice and an outside perspective.

When can we chat?
30-minute appointments with either Robyn or Daniel are available during these times to chat about your project:

Friday 17 April, 1pm – 4pm
Tuesday 21 April, 10pm – 3pm
Friday 24 April, 1pm – 4pm

How do I book a time?
Please let us know your preferred time and provide some basic details by filling out this form so we can organise it with you. A Zoom invitation will be sent shortly after submitting.

Form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4815229

Some current funding opportunities to think about:
City of Melbourne Quick Response – next round open 14 April 2020
Australia Council for the Arts Resilience Fund – no closure date
Maribyrnong City Council ‘Together Apart’ – no closure date
Copyright Agency’s Covid19 Emergency Action Funding – due various dates in April

Also stay tuned with Creative Victoria’s e-news for upcoming opportunities.


Daniel Santangeli Artistic Director, Footscray Community Arts
Daniel has worked as an independent artist and a producer, bring extensive experience in grant writing and arts administration. He is currently Chair for Outer Urban Projects, a performing arts company working with emerging artists from Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs. Prior to his time at Footscray Community Arts, Daniel was Program Manager at Midsumma Festival (2016 – 2019), and previously Program Producer and Program Coordinator at Next Wave (2012 – 2016).

Robyn Gawenda, Executive Director Footscray Community Arts
Robyn has broad expertise across budgeting, financial management, planning, timeline development, programming, grant writing and strategy. Before joining Footscray Community Arts, Robyn worked at Creative Victoria, assisting with the administration of arts investment and arts funding. Robyn was Deputy Chair of L2R Next Gen Inc, and has also worked as a project officer and on independent projects, with extensive experience in preparing funding submissions.

1- Grace Feng Fang Juan performing at West Writers Forum: Parallel Universes 2019. Photograph by Gianna Rizzo.