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Grants Closing in April 2019

Artist Support Quick Response

Create NSW

Artist Support Quick Response funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice and/or develop markets.
 
Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program category.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Partnerships and groups.

 
Please note: priority will be give to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.
 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aboriginal Quick Response

Create NSW

Funding supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts workers.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
Timeframe
Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Small Grants - Round One

Museums and Galleries NSW

Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
 
Previous Small Grants have funded the purchase of computer cataloguing software, exhibition mannequins and display cases, oral history recording equipment and archival storage items.
 
Small Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Cultural Centres (with artefact collections and displays) with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

M&G NSW is accepting applications for three grants from the Volunteer Museum Grant Program. These grants provide assistance to volunteer community museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places in NSW.

Funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and administrated by Museums & Galleries of NSW, the program is designed to provide access to funding, in addition to providing experience in the grant application process.
 
SMALL GRANTS
Up to $2,000 for short-term, collection-based projects.
There are no set categories for funding and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Find out more
 
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Up to $4000 for the development and delivery of skill development training and networking events. The events are expected to involve more than one museum and usually bring in a professional consultant to run one or a series of workshops.
Find out more
 
LEG UP GRANTS
Matched funding of $50 – $500 for volunteers to attend or host development activities in NSW. The grants can cover the cost of attending a workshop, conference or course, bringing a presenter to your museum or the travel costs of a group of volunteers visiting another museum.
Find out more Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Artists with Disability Funding

Australia Council for the Arts

The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available soon.
 
Please contact the Australia Council grants team if you wish to discuss making an application to another grant category.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Four Year Funding for Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications for this program have currently closed and will open again in 2019.
 
Four Year Funding for organisations replaces the previously suspended six year funding program. The Four Year Funding program provides multi-year core program funding for small to medium arts organisations of significant regional, national or international standing.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

NAIDOC Week 2019 Funding

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The NAIDOC Week funding round provides funding to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous legal entities to support the costs of local and regional NAIDOC activities across Australia.
 
NAIDOC Week provides an opportunity for all Australians to gather and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history and achievements. The grants enable communities to host their own events, for example cultural showcases, sporting events, family fun days and activities.
 
Details for the 2019 NAIDOC Grant funding, including the application kit, is available at NAIDOC Week Funding.
 
Read more

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

Australia Korea Foundation

Australia Korea Foundation

The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation are to:

  • Increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship

  • Develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • Increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

 
Generally, the AKF Secretariat will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, then a subsequent ‘intersessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year, also advertised on the AKF website.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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

Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.
 
Up to $3,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Art Gallery of NSW

  • Australian Museum
  • Sydney Living Museums
  • Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural centres with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.
 
Up to $1,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Albury LibraryMuseum

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery
  • State Archives and Records of NSW
  • Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.
 
Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Dallas Museum of Art, USA

  • National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea
  • Fellowship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

 
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.
 
For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program provides funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible international exhibitions touring to Australia.
 
The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program offers funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible exhibitions, increasing audience access to significant cultural material they would not otherwise be able to experience.
 
The cultural material in exhibitions must have a minimum value of AUD $50 million for fine art exhibitions or AUD $20 million for museological exhibitions. The proposal can be for either multiple or single venue exhibitions. Insurance cover may apply to multiple or single items within an exhibition that meets the minimum value threshold.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website.
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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

National Works on Paper

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery

National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions.
 
The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery’s National Works on Paper was established in 1998 and incorporated the former Spring Festival of Drawing and the Prints Acquisitive which began in 1973. National Works on Paper is one of Australia’s most prestigious awards and acquisitive exhibitions. A biennial exhibition, its role is to support and promote contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper. Recent winners of the National Works on Paper include Daniel O’Shane, Jess Johnson, Laith McGregor, Richard Lewer, Danie Mellor, Gareth Sansom, Paul Boston, Lisa Roet and eX de Medici.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Premier’s History Awards

State Library of NSW

The NSW Premier’s History Awards were first presented in 1997 to honour distinguished achievements in history by Australian citizens and permanent residents. The awards assist in establishing values and standards in historical research and publication and encourage everyone to appreciate and learn from the work of our historians. They are held annually.
 
Past winners have included KS Inglis, Patricia Jalland, Inga Clendinnen, Bruce Scates and Raelene Frances, Trevor Graham, Christopher Clark, Nadia Wheatley and Grace Karskens. The New South Wales Premier’s History Awards are administered by the State Library of NSW in association with Arts NSW.
 
Nominations are sought for the following prizes:

  • Australian History Prize

  • General History Prize
  • New South Wales Community and Regional History Prize
  • Young People’s History Prize
  • Multimedia History Prize.

 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.
 
The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions to non-professional venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.
 
Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more non-professional venues in regional NSW;

  • support a new tour to two or more non-professional venues in regional NSW.

 
Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;

  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

 
For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 April 2019
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.
 
The ABF only supports organisations or companies endorsed as “Deductible Gift Recipient” (a DGR). Evidence of this is a requirement for receiving ABF grants. For further information regarding DGRs, click here
 
Current grant priorities
Please note over the next two years, the ABF is committed to the significant support of several large projects. The progress will be reported on this website during 2018.
This means that the ABF does not encourage new grant applications in 2017-2018.
 
Guidelines
In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:
 
Seeding grants:to research the relevance and value of new projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists – preference is given to small and intermediate sized projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies.
to facilitate schemes or projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists which are of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
 
One-off grants in support of:

  • health and well being of artists and their families

  • education through art projects which will benefit individual or community health and well being
  • individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Level of Grants Provided
 
For more information visit the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The LitLink Residential Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

A LitLink Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators of fiction and narrative non-fiction living in regional NSW and Sydney Surrounds a two-week creative residency at Varuna the National Writers House in the beautiful Blue Mountains, NSW.
 
The Fellowship includes full board and accommodation at Varuna including a prepared evening meal, uninterrupted time to write in your own private studio, the companionship of your fellow writers and the opportunity to receive feedback on your work from a Varuna Consultant. Varuna awards five Litlink Fellowships to writers living in regional NSW each year.
 
To be eligible for a LitLink Residential Fellowship you will need to live in regional New South Wales or Sydney Surrounds* and have written a work of poetry, drama, fiction or narrative non-fiction. Your work should also be at an advanced stage.
 
Varuna considers all poetry, drama, literary, and genre-based work for the Fellowships. This includes young adult and junior fiction, travel writing, theatre and film scripts and family memoir. In making their selection the Selectors are looking for new work that is original, actively engages the reader/intended audience and that has a distinctive voice and a well-developed sense of direction.
 
For more information visit the Varuna National Writers House website. Read more

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

MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

Australia Council for the Arts

Our Collaborative Arts Projects – Organisations program funds new collaborations and partnerships between major performing arts companies (MPA) and the broader sector and community groups.
 
The program is intended to support and encourage a range of activities that foster meaningful long term positive outcomes for collaborative partners and focus communities, with particular emphasis on the six priority areas set out in the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework. Successful applicants will be required to provide an evaluation from the collaborative partner on the project outcomes at the conclusion of the funded activity.
 
Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The funding for this program is from the annual allocation to MPA companies.
 
Technical support will not be available after 5pm on the closing day.
 
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 8 weeks after the closing date.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website.
Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Science Grants

Inspiring Australia

The NSW Science Grants Program supports high- profile community events delivered during National Science Week (11-19 August 2018) and at other times of the year. Applications are now invited from organisations wishing to present large public events as part of Sydney Science Festival. Up to $20,000 is available. We also welcome applications from NSW Regional Science Hubs for support of up to $10,000 towards public events.
 
Since 2013, NSW Science Grants have enabled Inspiring Australia to grow its statewide National Science Week offering while also allowing NSW Regional Science Hubs to deliver entertaining programing throughout the year.
 
Funded by the NSW Department of Industry and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, the annual grants program largely aims to develop NSW Regional Science Hubs – local partnerships that present STEM engagement initiatives.
 
The program has recently expanded to include a small number of grants of up to $20,000 made to large scale presenters participating in Sydney Science Festival.
 
Sponsorship of up to $10,000 is also available to support events that have the potential to expose large numbers of people to science experiences.
 
Applications will be assessed by a selection committee according to guidelines set out at the beginning of each application form.
 
Four types of funding is now on offer.
 
For more information visit Read more

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

Ignite Career Fund

Copyright Agency

The Ignite Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual art sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.
 
Overview
Individual grants of up to $5,000 are offered to successful applicants, with two rounds held each year. A total of $25,000 is available each round.
 
Opportunities typically supported include:

  • structured mentorships
  • residencies with structured mentorship or structured learning opportunities
  • participation in professional workshops, courses and conferences relevant to an applicant’s practice and career development
  • specific training in technical areas directly relevant to an applicant’s creative professional practice within publishing or visual art sectors.

 
Applications typically supported include those that demonstrate:

  • appropriate skills development for an applicant’s particular career stage and practice
  • activities that are not supported by government funding bodies
  • the applicant is making in-kind contributions to the opportunity
  • an appropriate level of benefit to the industry – e.g. sharing knowledge

 
Applications close: 16 March 2017.
 
Contact: 02 9394 7600 or careerfund@copyright.com.au
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

River of Art Prize

River of Art

The River of Art Prize invites entries for this exciting regional competition. The prize is open to all artists living on the NSW South Coast, from Milton to the Victorian border.
 
A first prize of $2000 will be awarded to the artist of the winning work, 2nd place will be awarded $250, and 3rd place $100.
 
 
For more information visit the River of Art website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Georges Mora Fellowship

Georges Mora Fellowship

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded with funds generously donated by arts supporters and with the support of State Library Victoria, Alliance Française de Melbourne, the National Association for the Visual Arts and other partners.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded each year to a contemporary artist who has demonstrated gravitas within their art. The Fellowship provides financial support, residency opportunities and access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. A public outcome is expected.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is open to any Australian citizen or permanent resident who has a demonstrated art practice. The successful Fellow will have shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art. Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. There is no age limit.
 
Applicants are shortlisted by the board of the Georges Mora Fellowship. An independent panel of recognised arts and cultural professionals then awards the Fellowship. In selecting the Fellow consideration is given both to the artist’s past work and if it has demonstrated gravitas and if the proposed Fellowship project will extend the boundaries of the artist’s practice in new and significant ways. The Georges Mora Fellowship seeks a Fellow who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art and who wishes to challenge their practice and the field of contemporary art further.
 
For more information visit the Georges Mora Fellowship website. Read more

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

Community War Memorials Fund

NSW Government

The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for the repair, protection and conservation of existing local war memorials. The program has a focus on preserving memorials with heritage significance using an appropriate conservation approach.
 
The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, aborist advice for war memorial trees, memorial conservation assessments, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.
 
For more information visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 25 April 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about.
 
It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.
 
The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society.
 
There is a high level of visibility and credibility associated with being a Churchill Fellow.
 
No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications.
 
The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed.
 
For more information visit the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals