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Australia Council announces revised grants program

The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced changes to its grants program in response to the 2015-16 Federal government budget measures.

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the Council is committed to delivering the best possible outcomes for the arts sector, and for Australian audiences, within the new arts funding framework.

“The Board and Executive have carefully considered how we can provide the most effective support to Australian artists and arts organisations within the framework of the Council’s legislative functions and Strategic Plan goals. The revised funding model has been developed in response to the budget measures and with the intention of providing support for the arts which is complementary to the National Programme for Excellence in the Arts.

The Council will continue to deliver a grants program for individuals, groups, and small to medium sized organisations, with assessment by a national pool of expert peers. The Council plans to invest $12 million over the two core grants rounds in 2015-16. This reflects a reduction in the number of rounds being offered and will also include some changes to eligibility criteria.”

Key grants information for 2015-16:

The 2015-16 financial year activities should be considered as a transition year, with a number of existing contractual obligations still in place. This includes the $22.4 million commitment to existing Key Organisations to the end of 2016.

For full information about the revised program click here.