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Funding your wild passion projects...
Apply for Season 3

About Protostars

We're giving away grants of up to $1,000 to young people (18-25) working on passion projects in Australia or New Zealand. This is Season 3 of the Protostars grants. Past seasons were jam packed full of wild, creative, diverse projects including: a community garden, robots, a queer poetry zine, theatre shows about menstruation, egyptology, cubesats, art curation apps and so much more. Applications for Season 3 are open now.



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What sorts of projects have you funded in the past?

All sorts! Artists, activists, scientists, poets, theatre makers, toy designers, engineers. You can check out a list of the projects we funded from Season 1 and Season 2. And you can have at look at the exhibitions we put together for Season 1 and Season 2.

Are there any other conditions?

If you get awarded the grant, you agree to sharing three progress updates at a minimum with Blackbird.

You will be expected to participate in the program, but how much time you commit us up to you.

What kinds of projects can be submitted?

You can apply with any type of project; we are particularly interested in supporting projects that are unique, personally meaningful, and can reach a defined milestone in the next 3-6 months.

Who can enter?

The grants are available to young people aged between 16-25 based in New Zealand or Australia with a creative project in mind.

How long does the cohort go for and whats involved?

The cohort goes for 8 weeks.

It’s designed to be fairly light but with enough content to help us build community, and complete our projects.

Typically we will meet once a week via zoom. And we share project updates weekly via our group chat.

The more you put in the more you’ll get out of it but also we understand life is busy and everyone will be able to participate in whatever way suits them. We understand that this is a side project and that you have other priorities in life.

What is the application process?

There are two rounds to the application.

In Round 1, you will submit a written application.

Once applications close, all applications will be assessed by a judging committee.

If you are successful in Round 1, you will progress through to round 2.

Round 2 is a video application. It's pretty simply, you just have to submit a short 1 minute video explaining what your project is and why you're passionate about it.

Round 2 applications will be judged and successful applicants notified by March 7th.

When do applications open? When do they close?

Applications are open now and they close on February 20th.

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