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Grants Closing in March 2018

Rural & Regional Arts & Culture Small Grants Program

Charles Sturt University

The CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is a small grants program (generally $500 – $1,000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours.
 
Registered community organisations may apply for a grant under this Round. Applications should demonstrate how the activity will support student engagement with learning and further education.
 
For more information visit the Charles Sturt University website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Calleen Art Award

Cowra Art Gallery

The Calleen Art Award is an acquisitive art prize that encourages originality and artistic merit established in 1977 by Mrs Patricia Fagan OAM.
 
The winner of the 2018 Calleen Art Award will receive $20,000 in prize money made possible by the generosity of the Calleen Trust. A painting is selected as a finalist by a selection panel of art professionals and the winning painting will become part of the Calleen Collection at the Cowra Regional Art Gallery.
 
Entries close 2 March 2018 and the announcement of the 2018 Calleen Art Award winner will be made at the Official Opening of the finalist’s exhibition on Saturday 5 May 2018. The exhibition will continue to 10 June 2018.
 
People’s Choice Award
A People’s Choice Award (non-acquisitive) is awarded at the end of the exhibition. The winner will receive $500.
 
Key dates
Entries closed Friday 2 March 2018
Opening and Awards Presentation Saturday 5 May 2018
Exhibition dates Sunday 6 May–Sunday 10 June 2018
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

The competition is open to Australian artists at any career stage, and aims to celebrate and encourage the diverse modes of expression representative of contemporary art practice.
 
2018 Prizes
$20,000 First Prize (acquisitive)
$1,000 Artery Tasmanian Artist’s Prize (materials)
$1,000 Fullers Bookshop People’s Choice
$1,000 Hutchins Staff Choice
 
THE HUTCHINS AUSTRALIAN CONTEMPORARY ART PRIZE IS AN ACCLAIMED BIENNIAL NATIONAL AWARD DEDICATED TO SUPPORTING EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION IN CONTEMPORARY ART PRACTICE.
 
There are no theme, genre, substrate or subject matter preconditions. The competition is open to many modes of creative art practice across traditional and contemporary genres. *Some conditions apply – see criteria for details.
 
For more information visit the website.
Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.
 
Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the opportunity to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.
 
For more information visit the NSW Family and Community Services website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Milburn Art Prize

Milburn Art Prize

The annual exhibition is open to all artists from SE Queensland and Northern NSW with a $5,000 prize awarded for a 2D work including painting, drawing, printmaking and photography.
 
This is an important community exhibition designed to encourage participation and competition between both professional and amateur artists.
 
The Milburn Art Prize will discover new and exciting artistic talent, whilst also showcasing outstanding works by established artists.
 
We hope that the Milburn Art Prize may be a springboard into the arts industry for many artists.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s 2018 Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA).
 
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Indigenous Australian groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM. Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July. The exhibition will be presented at SAM from 25 August to 11 November 2018.
 
The Award will be judged by Stephen Gilchrist, Associate Lecturer of Indigenous Art at the University of Sydney; Genevieve Grieves, freelance curator, educator and consultant; and Dr Rebecca Coates, Director of SAM, and announced at the exhibition opening on Saturday 25 August 2018.
 
About the award
The 2018 ICA is the sixth in the series of this biennial Award, showcasing new and exciting developments in the field. It contributes to the Art Museum’s significant holdings of Indigenous ceramic art, and provides cultural exchange opportunities for Indigenous artists from around Australia and within regional Victoria.
 
The ICA was established under the patronage of acclaimed artist Dr Gloria Thanakupi Fletcher in 2007. As the Award is increasingly recognised as one of Australia’s significant Indigenous cultural opportunities, there has been increasing interest and participation in the Award from solo artists and collectives in both remote communities and urban centres since its first iteration.
 
Major Partners of the 2018 ICA include Sir Andrew and Lady Fairley Foundation and Mr Allan Myers AO QC.
 
Important Dates

  • Applications close – Monday 5 March 2018

  • Artists advised of selection – Tuesday 13 March 2018
  • Due date for delivery of artworks to SAM – Monday 23 July 2018
  • Announcement and official opening – Saturday 25 August 2018
  • Exhibition dates – 25 August to 11 November 2018

 
All expressions of interest for the Award are to be submitted online, or via post, and received by 5 March 2018, 5pm (Eastern Daylight Savings Time).
 
Application form available here.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Balnaves Foundation Grants

Balnaves Foundation

The Balnaves Foundation supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts. If your organisation primarily works in one or more of these areas then we would be happy to consider your application.

  • The Balnaves Foundation is open to receive applications at any time. There are no closing dates for applications.
  • This online application form is the first stage in applying for funding.
  • Your application will be considered by Trustees of the Foundation.

 
For more information visit the Balnaves Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Harold Mitchell Foundation Grants

Harold Mitchell Foundation

The Harold Mitchell Foundation’s grant scheme is about helping people help each other. So many organisations out there are full of great ideas, people and drive. To make a really big difference in our community, they just need a little bit of money, and that’s what we’re here to provide. Since we started out in 2000, the Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health to the arts.
 
The Harold Mitchell Foundation is bound by Australian taxation laws and its Trust Deed in terms of to whom grant funding can be legally provided. Before your proposal can be considered by our Foundation, your organisation must fulfil a number of eligibility requirements, as well as meet our project funding criteria and understand its obligations should you be successful in receiving project funding.
 
For more information visit the Harold Mitchell Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Disability
  • Open To: Organisations

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.
 
You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.
 
PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.
 
The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work, and delivers national and international strategic activity which develops markets and audiences for Australian work.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 March 2018
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Moran Arts Foundation

The Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize has prize money of $100,000, including a $50,000 first prize. The Moran Arts Foundation invites photographers to interpret ‘Contemporary Life in Australia’. We want to see photography taken in Australia, by Australians, that reflects the diversity, multiculturalism and uniqueness of day to day life…we want the good, the bad, the ugly, the beautiful and the everyday.
 
Winner – $50,000
Finalists – $1,000
 
Moran Contemporary Photographic Prizes – Students
$5,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 11-12)
$3,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 9-10)
$2,000 each for the Winner and their School (Years 7-8)
A camera for each Primary School Student Finalist
  Read more

  • Closing: 7 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia overseas.
 
The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally.
 
For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Read more

  • Closing: 9 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.
The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Priority Areas

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing,
  • small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project will be considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000.

The Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates.
 
For more information visit the Myer Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Community Led Grants

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invites applications for grant funding for activities that contribute to the achievement of any combination of outcomes identified in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy programme information provided in Annexure 1 of the IAS Grant Guidelines.
 
The types of activities that may be funded will address one or more of the Government’s priority areas:

  • Education – activities focused on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes that lead to employment. This includes activities that nurture and educate Indigenous children, youth and adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes improving family and parenting support; early childhood development, care and education; school education; youth engagement and transition; and higher education.
  • Employment and Economic Development – support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, including ensuring remote jobseekers participate in activities and gain experience that builds work-readiness and contributes to the broader community, foster Indigenous business and to assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits, including from natural and cultural assets and including the effective management of Indigenous-owned land and seas.
  • Community Safety – activities that make communities safer for Indigenous Australians, enabling them to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians.

 
Applications close: Ongoing
Contact: 1800 079 098 or iasgrants@pmc.gov.au
More information and application details Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.
 
Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.
 
Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.
 
In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.
 
For more information visit the ACMI website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 March 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Your Big Idea

Arts Northern Rivers

Arts Northern Rivers want to hear Your Big Idea, and are calling for proposals for ambitious arts projects ready to be developed into a funding application in mid 2018. The successful project will be groundbreaking and have the ability to grab the attention of a local, national or international audience.
 
Applications will be assessed by a panel of highly regarded industry leaders. The concept must be original and at the cutting edge of visual arts, experimental, performance, theatre, live art, music, sound, dance or interdisciplinary contemporary arts practice.
 
The winning project will receive a tailored Project Development Package working closely with Arts Northern Rivers to hone their project ready for funding. This incubation phase which will leverage Arts Northern Rivers’ expertise and offer access to industry networks and expert knowhow across various sectors.
 
To be eligible you must be passionate about Your Big Idea and committed to delivering the project if successful for funding. Your Big Idea needs to have a public outcome at a site within the Northern Rivers and be led by a Northern Rivers based artist, team or company. Project partners are encouraged and can be sought locally, nationally and internationally.
 
Selection Panel

  • Lisa Havilah, Director CarriageWorks

  • Jeff Khan, Artistic Director Performance Space
  • Roslyn Helper, Director Underbelly Arts

 
Criteria

  • be an ARTS PROJECT

  • be led by a NORTHERN RIVERS BASED INDIVIDUAL or TEAM
  • have a PUBLIC OUTCOME
  • have PROJECT PARTNERS
  • must be eligible for ARTS FUNDING

 
For more information and to apply visit yourbigideanr.com. Read more

  • Closing: 11 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Publisher Fellowships

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Publisher Fellowships provide leadership, professional development, and career enhancing opportunities for people working in the Australian publishing industry.
 
Fellowships are intended to assist publishers by supporting:

  • Attendance at an international leadership program or conference.

  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, copyright, etc.
  • Any large-scale research project which will have an impact on their career development opportunities.

 
The successful Fellow will be expected to write a 5,000 – 10,000 word report upon completion of the Fellowship and to present their research findings to the publishing industry.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
Two Fellowships will be awarded each round.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 March 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

HIDDEN: Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk 2018

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk

HIDDEN – A Rookwood Sculpture Walk is an outdoor sculpture exhibition that provides artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in Australia’s most historic and culturally significant cemetery. Read more

  • Closing: 12 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.
 
The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.
 
Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.
 
The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Gallipoli Art Prize

Gallipoli Art Prize

Australian artists are invited to enter one piece of original work produced in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium in the Gallipoli Art Prize competition.
 
The Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of The Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed:
 
“…there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation of perpetual peace and universal freedom.”
 
Artwork to be delivered 11-14 March 2018.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Visions of Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.
 
The Visions of Australia program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.
 
Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.
 
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.
 
The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.
 
Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

FUSE Glass Prize

FUSE Glass Prize

JamFactory presents a $20,000 biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists.
 
The FUSE Glass Prize presented by JamFactory is a non-acquisitive biennial prize for Australian and New Zealand glass artists. The winner will receive a cash prize of AU$20,000. In addition, the winner of the FUSE Emerging Artist Prize will receive AU$2,500 cash and a professional development opportunity at JamFactory valued at AU$2,500.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Telstra National Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The 35th Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.
 
The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.
 
The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.
 
Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Telstra Bark Painting Award – $5000

  • Telstra General Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) – $5000
  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) – $5000
  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) – $5000
  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) – $5000
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award

 
Winners will be notified by Friday 2 August 2018 and announcements made at the opening ceremony for the exhibition at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in Darwin on 10 August 2018.
 
A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.
 
All awards are non acquisitive.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

David Bryce Rural Art Award

David Bryce Rural Art Award

$5500 in Prize Money
 
Exhibition Dates: 12 April – 27 May 2018
 
All works need to depict a current rural scene, person, animal or activity. i.e. not retrospective of early Australian rural life or scenes from an earlier time.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

NSW Creative Achievement Awards

Department of Industry

The Creative Achievement Awards celebrate and reward the outstanding achievements of individuals, teams and organisations that have helped raise the global profile of the creative industries in NSW.
 
This year there are three categories:

  • The prestigious NSW Creative Laureate. This award recognises an individual, team or organisation making a positive contribution to the global profile, growth and development of NSW creative industries.

  • The NSW Emerging Creative Talent award honours an individual, team or organisation emerging in the creative industries sector. The award recognises leadership, originality and innovation and offers support for future development with a prize of $15,000.
  • The NSW Young Creative Award. This new award recognises an individual, team or organisation aged 25 years* or under who has demonstrated leadership, originality and innovation and contributed to raising the profile of NSW creative industries The winner receives a structured mentoring program with a creative industry specialist from Creative Plus Business to the value of $3,000. Creative Plus Business operates in partnership with the NSW Government’s Business Connect program. (*Check terms and conditions for eligibility).

 
Nominations are open for six weeks until Friday March 16. The winners will be announced at the Creative Achievement Awards ceremony held in June at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia during Vivid Sydney 2018.
 
For further information please contact creative.awards@industry.nsw.gov.au.
Information about the awards, including terms and conditions and the nomination form, can be found at www.nswciawards.com.au.
Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

International Award UCLG - Mexico City - Culture 21

Cultural Development Network

This award aims to recognise important contributions from cities and individuals to the relation between culture and sustainable development. Australian councils and their employee and community members are encouraged to apply.
 
Category 1: City
This category will recognise a city, local or regional government cultural policy of which has contributed significantly to linking the values of culture (heritage, diversity, creativity and transmission of knowledge) with democratic governance, citizen participation and sustainable development. The action awarded should count on, at least, two years of implementation and have documented proof of the impact and the successes achieved.
 
The winning city will be presented with a trophy produced by an artist from Mexico City, accompanied by a recognition signed by the Head of Government of Mexico City and by the President of UCLG.
 
The project presented by the winning city will receive the amount of Euro 50,000, which will be used for its international promotion (the publication of a book, participation in forums, international visibility) and to strengthen the local implementation of the Agenda 21 for culture. The Jury may either grant the Award to a single city or decide that it (and its related financial amount) be shared by more than one city. Click here for more information about this award category.
 
 
Category 2: Individual
This category will recognise an internationally renowned individual who has made a fundamental contribution to the relationship between culture and sustainable development. This Award will be designated by the Jury, without an open competition process.
 
The recipient of the Award will be presented with a trophy produced by an artist from Mexico City, accompanied by a recognition signed by the Head of Government of Mexico City and by the President of UCLG. The selected personality will receive the amount of Euro 25,000.
 
The organisers invite all the members of UCLG (direct or indirect), as well as other interested individuals and organisations, to nominate relevant personalities only through the email award@agenda21culture.net. This nomination must be justified, by describing that individual’s contribution to the achievement of the objectives of the Agenda 21 for culture. Nomination forms can be found here.
Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Creative Koori - Aboriginal Strategic Program

Create NSW

Creative Koori Aboriginal Strategic Program funding is available for projects and employment that support a vibrant Aboriginal arts and cultural sector in NSW.
 
Individuals and organisations are invited to apply to deliver projects and employment that afford Aboriginal people greater opportunities to participate in, share and strengthen their culture through arts practice and develop careers and businesses in the arts and cultural sectors.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups
  • Priority will be given to Aboriginal people and Aboriginal-led organisations.

 
For more information visit create.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Celebration Grants

Multicultural NSW

Each year the NSW calendar is filled with events that celebrate our cultural diversity. Festivals and events bring communities together, showcase the benefits of cultural diversity and promote social cohesion and community harmony.
 
Celebration Grants open three times a year, please refer to the grants timetable for details.
 
Celebration Grants of up to $5000 are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations

  • local councils.

 
Eligibility criteria and excluded activities are clearly outlined in our Grants Program booklet, please take the time to review this prior to submitting an application.
 
Please note only online applications will be considered.
 
For more information visit Multicultural NSW. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Festivals, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Hilltop Hoods Initiative

APRA AMCOS

Emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists are invited to apply for the Hilltop Hoods Initiative to help further their careers.

Offering a grant of $10,000 to cover costs associated with manufacturing, promoting and distributing an album or EP, the Initiative is open to APRA AMCOS members who have not yet released an album commercially.

While the grant is not intended to cover the costs of recording or mixing an album, it can be used for costs like mastering, publicity, artwork and vinyl manufacture.

Along with the cash, the winning artist will also receive legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers plus a Love Police ATM merch start-up kit.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

John Oxley Library Fellowship

State Library of Queensland

As one of Queensland’s most prestigious research awards for over 10 years, the John Oxley Library Fellowship offers researchers, writers, historians and content creators the opportunity to discover Queensland’s rich history utilising the resources of the John Oxley Library and State Library of Queensland. The fellowship recipient will receive a stipend of $20,000.
 
For more information visit the State Library of Queensland website or email fellowships@slq.qld.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 21 March 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Letty Katts Award

State Library of Queensland

The Letty Katts Award supports the research and documenting of Queensland’s music history. It gives a musician, composer, scholar or researcher the opportunity to study, experiment and explore new thinking in their art/study, leading to the creation of new knowledge or work/s inspired by Queensland’s music history. The recipient will receive a stipend of $5,000
 
For more information visit the State Library of Queensland website. Read more

  • Closing: 21 March 2018
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Support Grants

Multicultural NSW

Support Grants help individuals and communities to participate fully in community life and assist in building community capacity. Support Grants are flexible and varied, ranging from individual support for young people to participate in sport to providing services.
 
Priority areas are established each year.  Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.
 
Support Grants of up to $10,000 for an organisation and up to $500 for individuals are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • registered sporting clubs in sports recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

 
Eligibility criteria and excluded activities are clearly outlined in our Grants Program booklet, please take the time to review this prior to submitting an application.
 
For more information visit the Multicultural NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

The 2018 Geelong contemporary art prize is a signature event that assists with the development of the Gallery’s collection while fostering Australian artists and contemporary painting practice in general.
 

  • Entries close Friday 23 March (5.00 pm)

  • Shortlisting Mid-April
  • Notification of selection From Monday 30 April
     

  • Selected entries to be delivered to the Gallery
    From Monday 21 to Friday 25 May
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)
     

  • Official opening Friday 8 June
  • Exhibition dates Saturday 9 June to Sunday 19 August
     

  • Collection of non-acquired works
    From Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 August
    (between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm)

 
For more information visit the Geelong Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Residencies at "Imagine"

Art in Motion

Calling individual artists, creators, interested in 2 weeks to 1 month in the country at”Imagine” retreat. “Imagine” is located in rural NSW Australia, in the Great Lakes District, 3 hours North of Sydney.
 
Staying at “Imagine”.
Time and space in the country for 2 to 4 weeks of creative development and work.
This will be a time of creative space on farm land on the mid-north coast of Australia which is one of the holiday destinations for Sydney siders in the summer months. Facing the spectacular views of the lake this is a space to feel free enough to focus on whatever project you aspire to as an artist. Conducive to creativity, will provide working facilities, ready to be used by individual visiting artists to stay and create.
 
Creativity, Peace
The retreat exists to allow artists time to work without distractions. Located in a rural area, and there is no public interaction unless artists request working with the local community (rules prohibiting anyone from interrupting artists in the space unless they wish to work with the community).
 
​Regional Contacts
If artists wish to connect with the local or wider community contacts this can sometimes be facilitated and local schools are always interested in visiting tutors at different times of year.
 
Facilities
Farmhouse on 5 acres with one double room and one room with bunks. Outdoor under-cover space for art or movement also indoor studio space and outdoor stage (good in the early morning or late in the day in summer). Dancers have enjoyed the early morning in this space.
 
Travelling
Air, rail and bus travel to and from the residency is to be paid by the artists. Time frame 28 days for full development of project and a showing of work. Artists in residence at any one time 2 to 4 residents.
 
“Art For Arts and Artists Sake”
Artist-in-residence programs are an opportunity to allow visiting artists to stay and work ‘for art’s sake’. The environment being conducive to creativity and working facilities, ready to be used by individual artists. Your stay can be process based with or without outcome so that freedom with it’s responsibility be offered to the artists in residence. If you wish to do a project based work involving the community that can also be developed as long as it can be prepared in advance.
 
​Applications
Open to creator artists from all nations, artists are requested to send in documentation, a curriculum vitae what you would like to do either process based or project. The work does not need to have and outcome. email: imagineresidency@gmail.com Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Art Park Artist Residencies

Art Park

Two residencies are held each year, the first in March/April and the second in September/October
 
Residency length is three weeks long. We are happy to consider artists who work with wall mounted works, sculpture, photography, new technologies and installation.
 
The Art Park Artist Residency Program will supply and fund:

  • Fully furnished accommodation for a period of up to 3 weeks. The apartment is free of rental, gas and electricity charges to the artist in residence. The accommodation consists of a bedroom, bathroom, access to a laundry, etc. A floor plan and further information is available.

  • A studio space is available as part of the accommodation. A larger printmaking studio is also available off site.
  • Economy class travel from the artists home to Byron Bay and return.
  • An daily allowance of up to $50.00AUS per day will be paid in advance to the artist to assist with miscellaneous daily expenses.

 
For more information visit theartpark.com.au/residency/ Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. Residencies

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. residency provides facilities for artists and other industry sectors across various fields to research and practise artistic endeavours. There are three residency application categories:
 

  • Professional practice: for self-initiated projects and private studio time

  • Community development: to engage local communities and groups through workshop or projects
  • Industry development: for long-term residencies with a view to enhance Broken Hill’s reputation as a profitable artistic hub

 
For more information visit www.brokenhillartexchange.org.au Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residency Program

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer two new Artist-In-Residence studios in the picturesque rural rural village of Collector, NSW. One is ideally set up as a ceramic studio, but may be used for any other media. The other is part of the Some Cafe with a self-contained 2 bedroom stone house and sunny north facing terrace + studio space, and would be a fantastic space for an artist working in any medium. The Galley is grateful to CreateNSW and a private regional donor who have contributed generously to enable both these residencies.
 
For more information visit goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residence

Sturt Craft Centre

Sturt Craft Centre invites applications from experienced craft practitioners to the Sturt Artist-in-Residence program. Residencies occur in the craft disciplines of ceramics, jewellery/metalwork, textiles and woodwork. Four to six residencies occur at Sturt each year.
 
Sturt encourages small scale production and individually designed work which may be promoted through Sturt Gallery.
 
Each year professional residencies may be awarded specifically to develop a body of work which can be produced and made, at Sturt, during the Residency time.
 
Sturt sees the residency program as an important adjunct to its overall aim of providing support for Australian contemporary craft and design through a program of teaching, retail, exhibition and residencies. The emphasis of the residency program will be to support craftspeople and designer-makers who are sympathetic to this philosophy.
 
Three categories of residency are available:

  • Professional Residency

  • Self Directed Residency
  • Graduate Residency

 
For more information visit www.sturt.nsw.edu.au Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist Residency

Sunsiz Media

Sunsiz Media invites artists and writers to experience the NSW outback to create works of art and spend time in the black opal mining town of Lightning Ridge.
 
Dr Jillian Gates, artist, educator and director of Sunsiz Media discovered this retreat in 2008 while completing her Ph.D and found it was the perfect site to write and give her students a greater appreciation of en plein air painting.
 
From 2014 this Residency is open to mid career artists interested in contemporary art practice and writing. Artists working in installation and other spatial and temporal practices who want to exhibit their work in Sydney should contact Articulate project space in Leichhardt, NSW, with a proposal.
 
Please state briefly why you would like to stay at the Residency and tell us about your project and what you would like to achieve. Please include the dates you require.
 
Preference will be given to artists who are sensitive to “off the grid” living and the surrounding environment.
 
For more information visit sunsizmedia.com/applications/ Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

A new initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.
 
This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)

  • undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

 
Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Dreams for a Better World

SunSuper

Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World is all about giving back to our community and we have a $150,000 annual grant pool to help make it happen.
 
It doesn’t matter if you’re a care giving community group or looking out for our wildlife and furry friends, as long as you have a dream to help make the world a better place and meet our guidelines – we want to hear from you.
 
There are four rounds, and each quarter there’s a different theme. So if you have a dream that fits the criteria, tell us about it and you could be in the running to receive up to $50,000 in grants to help a cause close to your heart.

  • Round 1: Open Round

  • Round 2: Health and People
  • Round 3: Sport and Education
  • Round 4: Animals and Community

 
For more information visit the Dreams for a Better World website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash and prizes. We are looking for regional Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs and are excited to be not only providing them a platform to launch from, but also a spotlight on the great opportunities in regional areas across the country.
 
For more information visit the Regional Pitchfest website here. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust Creative Arts Scholarships endeavour to support creative culture in the Southern Tablelands Arts region.
 
One arts practice scholarship will be available for a creative artist to further his or her art practice. This may include making and/or completing a body of work for exhibition, publication, or performance.
 
The other is an arts study scholarship which will be available for a creative artist to undertake a program of arts study in any format, for example, at a tertiary institution, or other educational program, through a mentorship program or study tour.
 
Each scholarship is valued at $3,000.
 
For more information visit the Veolia Mulwaree Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council (ACC) is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body dedicated to the strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and China.
 
Each year, we deliver around A$700,000 in grants for organisations and individuals across Australia. The Council’s funding is determined by the Government, and is subject to scope and availability of funding in each financial year.
 
For more information visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the priority areas of business, education, science, sustainability, tourism, cultural promotion and sport.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Australia-India Council

The Australia-India Council

Funding applications are welcome from individuals and organisations in Australia for projects which are likely to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India. AIC grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council. The Council gives priority to projects in the following areas:

  • The Arts (including literature and film)

  • Education
  • Social initiatives (including public health and sport)
  • Science/Technology/Environment
  • Public Policy Activities (including media links)

 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

SITEWORKS Call for Proposals

Bundanon Trust

SITEWORKS is Bundanon Trust’s annual spring event that brings together artists, scientists, scholars and community voices in a unique annual gathering to share knowledge and experiences arising from responses to our properties. It attracts up to 1000 people each year.
 
See here for more information on previous Siteworks.
 
Bundanon Trust is an engine room for contemporary art practice in Australia. Given to the Australian people in 1993 by artist Arthur Boyd, the Bundanon property is set in bush and park land overlooking the Shoalhaven River on the NSW south coast. At the heart of our work is our artist-in-residence program, which hosts 300 artists each year across all disciplines.
 
The Theme: Micro
Tired of big ideas? Let’s be small-minded for a change. In 2018 Siteworks will turn its attention to very small things, whether living, inert, conceptual or hardly there at all. Microbes, doll houses, neutrinos, crumbs, nanobots, tiny desires and minute acts of subversion are all possible fields of enquiry. Interpret it as you will.
 
We’re open to all art forms and practices, and the works can be performative, perambulatory, stationery, installed, interactive, durational, virtual, or something else entirely. The only conceptual constraints are that the works must have a relationship with our site and some connection to the theme. Ideas that include partnerships with scientists are particularly encouraged.
 
What Bundaon Can Offer

  • a modest fee – negotiable depending on our budget and your project

  • some production costs
  • technical support
  • accommodation on site from the Monday beforehand (24 Sept) – earlier site visits can be arranged
  • an extraordinary site, and a curious audience.

 
Things to Consider
Siteworks is a one-day event happening in the grounds, fields and forest around the Bundanon homestead. The event runs from midday until late night. Works can happen day or night.
 
Siteworks is a unique event and a great place to make work. But it has its challenges.

  • you need to be self-reliant with strong DIY skills and your own transport

  • works need to be technically feasible – any specialist equipment you will need to supply yourself
  • works need to be weather-tolerant

 
We welcome all ideas, though Siteworks is particularly suited to:

  • a first draft showing of a new work

  • a re-imagining of work you have already made in other contexts
  • works that already have a funding source, and are looking for a short development or presentation opportunity
  • We are happy to provide support letters for suitable projects that are seeking funding over the next few months.

 
For more information and to express interest visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

Who will you nominate as a champion of giving to the arts?
 
Great things happen when the arts, philanthropy and business work together. We invite you to nominate exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropy, business and arts sectors who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to be considered for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards.
 
Nominating someone is easy – just answer a few simple questions against the awards criteria and your nominee will be in the running.
 
Eligibility
The awards are open to individuals from all Australian states and territories showing leadership in private giving, philanthropy and partnerships across the fields of arts, philanthropy and business. Nominees must:

  • be actively involved in developing private giving to the arts, through philanthropy, partnerships or sponsorships

  • promote the value of supporting the arts to the broader community
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

 
We encourage you to read the individual award eligibility and criteria before nominating.
 
Award Categories

  • Arts Leadership Award | for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, and encouraging increased giving to the arts.
     

  • Business Leadership Award | for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.
     

  • Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.
     

  • Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.

 
Ready to nominate? Read the individual award eligibility and criteria, then head to the nomination form. Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round One

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation (ORAF) supports and benefits the Orange Regional Gallery, the Orange Civic Theatre, Central West Libraries, the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the Orange Regional Museum and any other cultural activity/project within the Orange Region.
 
The Orange Regional Arts Foundation has funds available on a yearly basis to support appropriate projects or activities that meet the objectives of ORAF. Proposals will be accepted twice each calendar year – by 30th March and 30th October. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF.
 
For more information visit the website.

Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize is a non-acquisitive South Australian two and three dimensional art prize open to Australian visual artists, 18 years and over. The winning artwork will receive AU$25,000.
 
Artists are invited to respond to the theme A Sense of Place by submitting previously un-shown artworks, across multiple platforms and disciplines (with the exclusion of digital media or ephemeral matter), produced after 1st January 2017.
 
Shortlisted works will be chosen by a selection panel comprising of arts industry professionals. All shortlisted finalists will be invited to submit artworks to be exhibited on the Fleurieu Peninsula, South Australia from 16 June – 22 July, 2018. The winning artwork will be selected from finalist exhibitions.
 
A People’s Choice award of AU$3000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition to the artwork voted as people’s choice.
 
The judges for the 2018 Fleurieu Biennale are:

  • Christopher Orchard (Visual artist)

  • Emma Fey (Guildhouse Executive Director)
  • Godwin Bradbeer (Visual artist)

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Aurora Internship Program

The Aurora Project

Now in its 13th year of operation, the Aurora Internship Program has contributed to capacity building for Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations by placing over 2,000 talented and passionate interns. An agreement has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Program through to the end of February 2019.
 
The Program continues to place students and graduates with backgrounds in law (including some business), anthropology, some social sciences (including archaeology, community development, cultural heritage, environmental management, education, history, human geography, Indigenous studies, media/communications and sociology) as well as health science and social welfare (including social work and psychology) and at Indigenous sector organisations involved in native title, land rights, justice, policy and community development, health, social welfare and research, Australia wide.
 
We will be focusing more on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. The Commonwealth will provide financial support via scholarships for Indigenous interns under the Program. To date the Program has had only small numbers of Indigenous candidates due to us being unable to offer financial support.
 
The Program places Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students and graduates (including mature aged) in full-time unpaid 4 to 6 week internships, at over 140 organisations Australia-wide, all with an Indigenous focus, working in the area of:

  • Native title

  • Land rights
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy
  • Justice
  • Health and Social welfare
  • Human rights
  • Community development
  • Environmental policy.

 
The Program offers candidates an opportunity to gain professional work experience and improve career opportunities available at native title and other Indigenous sector organisations. It is aimed at candidates who are seeking work experience and have a keen interest in the sector. An internship is a great way to gain exposure into the professional work environment and develop workplace skills. Placements are available in all major cities and some remote/regional areas of Australia.
 
The Program not only provides much needed assistance to under-resourced Host organisations but also promotes career opportunities by raising awareness of the native title system and the broader Indigenous sector, attracting students and graduates to work in the sector. The quality of the interns is demonstrated by the eagerness of Aurora Hosts to retain alumni of the Program on a longer-term basis.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2018
  • Categories: Indigenous, Internship
  • Open To: Individuals

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Australian book publishers or creators—authors, compilers, editors, illustrators and translators—can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries.
 
Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government programs that compensate Australian creators and publishers in recognition of income lost through free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. These programs also support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing.
 
A creator or a publisher must register and submit title claims within five years from the year of publication. Books are surveyed in a sample of either public lending libraries (PLR) or school, TAFE and university libraries (ELR).
 
Eligible creators are:

  • authors, editors, illustrators, translators and compilers

  • Australian citizens, wherever they reside
  • non-citizens who normally reside in Australia (eligibility ceases if residency in Australia ceases), and
  • those who receive on-going royalties from the sale of their book.

 
Eligible publishers are:

  • companies whose business consists wholly or substantially of the publication of books and who regularly publish in Australia—’regularly publish’ is defined as at least once in the
  • preceding three year period

  • non-profit organisations that publish to further their aims or objectives, and
  • self-publishing creators.

 
Payments are only made to eligible publishers if an eligible creator is receiving a payment.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website.
Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme

Australian National Maritime Museum

The museum’s grant and internship program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS) offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance.
 
It also supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.
 
Many cultural institutions around the country care for maritime items of historical and national significance. The museum supports and encourages efforts to conserve and display unique local objects for today’s audiences and future generations.
 
If your museum or organisation has an object of significance you want to preserve or display then you may be eligible to apply for a grant now up to $15,000. Funding is provided by the Australian Federal Government and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
 
The scheme gives grants now up to $15,000 for projects that fall into one of these categories:

  • Collection management (registration, documentation and storage)

  • Conservation (preservation, vessel restoration, conservation work/treatments and professional assessments)
  • Presentation (research, development of exhibitions, establishing interpretative displays and workshops)
  • Development of relevant education or public programs which make collections more accessible to audiences
  • Museological training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations caring for Australia’s maritime collections.
  • Internships funding of up to $3,000 is available to help develop museological skills and knowledge to increase standards of practice in caring for and managing maritime collections.

 
Since 1995, the scheme has given over $1,500,000 in support of over 380 projects to organisations in Queensland, New South Wales (including Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands), Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year.
 
In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.
 
It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

 
Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.
 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme aims to help manage, conserve and display maritime collections.
 
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is managed by the Australian National Maritime Museum.
 
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit groups and other organisations to manage, conserve and display maritime collections. The scheme also supports staff or volunteers from remote organisations to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.
 
The Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Communications and the Arts jointly fund the scheme.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Aboriginal History Prize encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from original sources. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
Generously funded by the De Bortoli family, the purpose of the award is to encourage historians writing Australian political, social, cultural and environmental history to approach their subjects in ways that use the past to inform contemporary concerns and issues. The winner will receive a citation and a prize of $5,000.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Max Kelly Medal plus a prize of $500, generously donated by Geoffrey Jones, is awarded annually to a ‘beginning’ historian for a work of excellence in any aspect of Australian history.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

Entries are now open for the 2018 KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award!
 
Now in its second year, the KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award was established to support the development of an early-career author, provide them with the opportunity to work with industry professionals, and assist them in creating publishing pathways in the future.
 
The 2017 award attracted over 240 entries from around Australia, with Onyx B. Carmine named the winner for their manuscript, Permafrost, a collection of contemporary stories that impressed the judges with the calibre of its prose and moody, compelling storytelling. Carmine, as well as several other longlisted and shortlisted entrants, have since found representation with literary agents; longlisted entrant Joshua Pomare has also secured a publishing contract in Australia (Hachette) and in the US (Putnam).
 
The KYD Unpublished Manuscript Award is open to writers of adult fiction and adult narrative non-fiction, and seeks to support writers in the development of their unpublished manuscripts.
 
The winner will receive $5000 in prize money and a mentorship with KYD’s Rebecca Starford (non-fiction) or Hannah Kent (fiction).
 
For more information visit the Kill Your Darlings website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

JP Partnership

JP Partnership

The JP Partnership grant allows an unsigned Australian artist under 35 years of age to receive $7500, mentoring and business planning advice.
 
For more information visit www.joshpyke.com. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Music
  • Open To: Individuals