Grant Auspicing
Recent Grants BMCAN has Auspiced.


Faye Wilson “Blume Illustration Mentorship Project” Practical experience in the creative fields of design, illustration and writing.
Saskia Everingham “Sensa Flora” 10 textile artists staging an exhibition at Blue Mountains Botanical Gardens.
Grace Kim “Leonard the Lyrebird: A Musical Story” A live musical performance to the Blue Mountains children’s book “Leonard the Lyrebird”


Stuart Christie “Ah-Ha” 3 performances of circus, comedy and variety acts at BMCC
Grace Kim “Sensory Concerts 2” Classical music performance designed for people with special needs


Tom Taylor “Culturescape” Light show projected onto the Carrington Hotel
Grace Kim “Sensory Concert” Classical music performance designed for people with special needs


Susan Cochrane “Wrapt” event at Woodford Academy Sept 2015
Tom Taylor “Culturescape” event at Carrington Hotel October 2015
Peter Kennard “D’Yari/The Gift”  2015


Wild Valley Art Park “Drawing on the Mountains” October 2014
Sarah Breen-Lovett “Palempest Performances” at Woodford Academy 2015
Ann Niddrie  “ Head in the Clouds” Banners on Katoomba St 2015


Wild Valley Art Park “Drawing on the Mountains” October 2013
Hands, Heart & Feet “Banquet of Dreams” December 2014

What is auspicing?

Sometimes grants are set up so that only organisations, and not individuals or groups of individuals, can apply for them. That doesn’t mean that you have to give up on the idea of applying for that grant – you could still apply with the help of an auspice organisation, such as BMCAN.

In the context of grant applications, an auspice organisation is one that is given the grant money on your behalf. The organisation also has the responsibility for making sure that the project gets completed on time.

Auspicing is the management of grant funds for individuals / organisations that are not incorporated or that have very limited infrastructure. Auspicing by BMCAN means that your grant funds are managed on your behalf, and we support the reporting to the funding body at the end of (and occasionally during) the funding period.

How do I apply for a grant through BMCAN?

The first step is to approach BMCAN and make sure we are happy to discuss the possibility of auspicing your grant application.

If BMCAN agrees to auspice you, you’ll need to work with us to put an agreement into writing. We have a pro-forma agreement we can use. Remember, this is a legal document, so make sure you don’t commit to things that you know you won’t be able to do!

So the process is:

  • Approach BMCAN with an outline of your grant proposal. Do this early in the development of your application. Do not leave it to the last minute! Contact Peter Shoemark,, 02 4757 2257.
  • We will meet with you to discuss your project and your grant application. Where we can help improve the application or make helpful suggestions, we will do so.
  • BMCAN will apply for a grant on your behalf using your grant application. We need to be sure you are a reliable person who will deliver the project, since we are recommending you to the granting body (Blue Mountains City Council, Australia Council, Arts NSW, etc).
  • You need to enter into a written agreement with BMCAN before the project starts.Here is a sample pro forma Auspicing Agreement to provide you with a guide.
  • If successful, the granting body will pay the grant to BMCAN who pays funds to you in accordance with the Funding Agreement;
  • BMCAN has to monitor the use of the funding to ensure compliance with the purpose for which it was provided;
  • BMCAN has an obligation to provide the granting body with an itemised financial statement at the end of the project, which clearly identifies the funding and how it was spent;
  • BMCAN needs to ensure the required acquittal information is provided to the granting body.

What arts genres does BMCAN auspice?

BMCAN auspices all genres, performance, visual, film and graphic arts.

What does BMCAN charge for auspicing a grant?

First of all, you need to be a member or to join BMCAN. Membership details are at:

Generally BMCAN charges 10% of the total grant to auspice the artist.

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