Seed Funding For Artists

We make theatre here.  And we want you to make theatre here too!

NORPA believes in work that is connected to our place and its people, taking inspiration from the country and community around us. Whilst our home may be flood damaged, we are still here moving forward, creating and wanting to support others where we can through these challenging times.

We are excited to offer up to 3 x $10,000 grants to support independent artists from across the Northern Rivers to create, explore, research and develop performance ideas that fit into the dance/dance theatre/physical theatre/theatre genres.

We aim to provide opportunities which enable artists to create and develop work that animates place, speaks to our region and shares its stories. We are looking for projects that share NORPA’s passion for bold and ambitious works that play with form and challenge theatrical conventions.

Each grant will provide up to $10,000 in cash, with support options including:

We welcome applications from across the Northern Rivers region from both individual artists or ensembles, or those that demonstrate partnerships or support from other arts organisations, community organisations or venues.  We encourage applications from First Nations artists or ensembles.


Projects that fit the following criteria are eligible to apply:

Selection Criteria

The following criteria list is not compulsory or exhaustive, but may be helpful to consider as part of an application:

What can the $10,000 be used for?

The funds may be used toward the cost of the project including but not limited to:

*NORPA will pay for up to $1000 in venue hire costs, at a venue to be agreed, pending availability, any venue costs above this need to be budgeted for.

**NORPA can provide 1 day (approx. 8 hours) production staff support if required, any costs above this need to be budgeted for.

What can’t the $10,000 be used for?

Important Dates in 2022

Applications Open Wednesday 15 June 2022
Applications Close Wednesday 6 July 2022
Notification & Announce Monday 25 July 2022
Projects must be complete by this date Friday 16 December 2022

Information sessions (optional)

Wed 15 June 2022, 10am – The Cafe at SAE Byron Bay, 373 Ewingsdale Road, Byron

Thurs 16 June 2022, 10am – via Zoom

Fri 17 June 2022, 2pm – The Metropole Hotel, Lismore

Please email [email protected] to register for one of the info sessions.

How to Apply

Email [email protected] for info session details.  We are happy to answer any questions by phone or email.