Who can apply?
- Grants are offered to applicants over the age of 18 years. No upper age limit is prescribed, but generally awards will be made to those whose major contribution to their field lies before them.
- Grants are awarded for the purpose of the advancement of architecture and design through research, education and exhibition. Grants are awarded to individuals, groups and organisations.
- Ensure that the grant reporting requirements have been met for any Foundation grants you have previously received.
How to apply?
- Read the guidelines and criteria carefully and make sure you are eligible to apply.
- Applications are only accepted online using the grants application form on our website. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your application online, please contact email@example.com
- We recommend composing your responses in a separate document and cut and paste into the online application to avoid the possibility of losing your work due to a dropped internet connection or accidentally closing the browser window. The narrative sections of the form have fixed word limits.
- Keep your writing style clear and concise
- Request people to read your application before submitting. (Are there any errors? Does it make sense?)
- Make sure the budget is accurate and realistic.
- Applications that are easy to read are more likely to be successful. In general applications that are poorly presented and are difficult to read will not score as well against the assessment criteria.
- If you submit your application online, you will be emailed a confirmation that it has been received.
- Check carefully on the application form which material you need to include and complete the form in full. We cannot process your application without all criteria being addressed and the right supporting material.
- You must submit your application by the deadline, applications not submitted by closing date will not be considered.
The Alastair Swayn Foundation encourages grant applications focused on architecture and design, which emphasise research and promote education, demonstrate vision and innovation, and which have potential for further development and long-term outcomes.
Founded by Alastair Swayn AO, the Alastair Swayn Foundation, was established for the public charitable objective of advancing design development, it continues to support and nurture the Australian architecture and design community by:
- Exploring, presenting and promoting Australian design and its influences
- Showcasing Australian leadership in design
- Building public awareness and appreciation of the value of design
- Stimulating and fostering research, design education and the exchange of ideas about design
- Building international design exhibition connections
- Complementing and extending the portfolio of national cultural exhibitions in Australia and overseas
- Promoting, supporting and advising on the collection, conservation and display of design records
Grants will be awarded accordingly to research, education, exhibition, or development activities, which demonstrate:
- Innovative approaches that build knowledge in design
- Implementing design ideas into practice
- Future thinking for the design industry
- Maximising national and global outreach
What is the decision-making timeframe?
- Applications are considered by an internal Grant Selection Committee and recommendations are presented at the next Alastair Swayn Foundation Board meeting for final determination.
- After the Board meeting, you will be notified about whether or not you have been successful.
What do we have to do if we receive a grant?
- You will be sent a Grant Offer and a Grant Agreement which outlines your responsibilities. Read this carefully and make sure you set up adequate accounting and reporting systems to manage the funds.
- You must sign and return the Grant Agreement and a Tax Invoice (if you are registered for GST) within 4 weeks, before you can receive the grant funds. You will also need to complete an EFT Authorisation form if your organisation has received funding for the first time or has changed bank details since last time. When the Foundation receives these documents the grant payment will be made.
- You will need to complete all Foundation Grant Reporting Requirements within the timeframe specified when you receive the grant.
The successful grantee agrees to having their research outcomes made publicly available as an open resource for the architecture and design community through the Foundation website. The Foundation retains authority to promote and circulate research funded by our grants through our platforms, while the grantee retains intellectual property rights to
Foundation staff are happy to assist you. If you have any questions about Foundation grant opportunities, guidelines, application forms, or reporting requirements, please contact the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our office is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm AEST, Monday to Thursday.
All applications will be assessed on the following criteria:
- The project has clearly defined aims
- The project clearly demonstrates it meets the Foundation’s objectives
- The architecture and design community benefit from this research/project
- The organisation or individual has demonstrated their capacity to successfully complete the research/ project
- The budget is realistic, balanced and complete
- The project has high academic merit
If you are unsuccessful in obtaining a Foundation grant, we encourage you to seek feedback. Please contact email@example.com for advice and information to assist with future applications.