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Riccarton Players Inc – Supporting Theatre Education

Artistic Development Grant 

In 2021, Riccarton Players Inc, was the benefactor of a sum of $2000 from a very kind anonymous donor, to provide grants and/or sponsorships to qualified applicants to enable the furtherment of their formal theatrical training for 2022. Our donor has indicated that they will supply funding on an on-going basis and for a minimum of 5 years.

Riccarton Players aims to identify and support our past and present members to contribute to the cultural vitality of Christchurch by investing in the artistic development of talented artists in the performing arts.  It is also our goal for those participating to deepen and enrich their relationship with Riccarton Players Inc.  Serving the community’s needs in a tangible and meaningful way, and of course, sharing these learnings with our Society.  

Recipients of Riccarton Players Inc Grant / Sponsorship will receive up to $2000 or partial payment to be used towards tuition, registration fees, and/or travel expenses over the grant period.

As a guideline, successful applicants are typically those which:
Undertake a skill based theatrical training course in 2022 in any discipline that relates directly to improve their skills.
•    Performance including Movement & Dance
•    Technical i.e. Lighting, Sound, Design & Costumes
•    Directing
•    Choreography
•    Playwriting
•    Production Management 
•    Production Marketing 
•    Health and Safety 
•    All of the above 

5pm, Friday 1st of April 2022:  Application/Letters of Recommendation, Submission Deadline

Thursday 14th April 2022:  Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications

a.  Current or past financial member of Riccarton Players Inc 

Selection Process
-    Recipients will be chosen through an application process by the Riccarton Players Inc Committee.
-    Based on the application and applicant’s letters of recommendation, the committee will then decide on the distribution of funds to the successful applicant/s.

Selection Criteria
Riccarton Players Inc will consider applicants who are undertaking theatrical training in the period:
1st January 2022 – 31st December 2022. Retrospective applications within this define period will be considered based on our set criteria.

The Committee will review submitted material using the following criteria:

  • Evidence, commitment, ability, and a clear plan to carry out the chosen training development.

  • Evidence of positive impact on and commitment to Riccarton Players Inc and the wider non-profit theatre within Christchurch.

  • Appropriateness of the proposed budget


Complete a report at the completion of the chosen Artistic Development to be presented to the Riccarton Players Inc committee. We would like to receive updates and news about your development and depending on the type and length of our support we may require progress reports as well as a final report.  We also can’t consider any future applications unless you have completed your accountability reporting.  Factors include:-

  • How the conditions of the grant funding agreement have been met

  • What the learnings and outcomes were.

  • How did the community benefit from the grant?

  • How did you measure or assess the benefits?


Applications for an Artistic Development Grant are now open. 
Click on the link below and fill in the online form.

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