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Grants Closing in September 2019

Carstairs Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.
 
The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.
 
This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website.
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  • Closing: 1 September 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Dobell Drawing Prize

National Art School

The Prize is a biennial competition by submission and will showcase the expanded field of drawing, celebrating innovation, technical skills and diverse media. A leading Australian artist will be invited to select the finalists and award the prize of $30,000. The new Dobell Drawing Prize will run in alternative years to the Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
 
All works selected for exhibition are eligible for the Prize money of $30,000. The Prize will be acquisitive to benefit public collections and the exhibition is planned to tour to Regional Galleries.
 
The National Art School will administer the Prize and creative programming to accompany the exhibition.
 
For more information visit nas.edu.au Read more

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

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.
 
In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

Writing NSW

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by Writign NSW to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing-related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
The writer and scientist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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

Gosford Art Prize and Gosford Ceramics Prize

Gosford Galleries

The Gosford Art Prize is a hotly contested event with local and national artists engaged in friendly competition for over $24,000 in total prizes. The exhibition offers the artist an opportunity to let their work stand on its own, to be judged and appreciated on a level playing field, with each work vying for the viewer’s attention.
 
The recent addition of the Gosford Ceramics Prize supports and recognises the growing resurgence in contemporary ceramics throughout Australia
 
For more information visit the Gosford Galleries website. Read more

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

The Basil Sellers Art Prize

Eurobodalla Shire Council

The Basil Sellers Art Prize is now calling for entries, with submissions closing Monday 10 September at 4pm.
 
Run by Eurobodalla Shire Council, the $20,000 acquisitive art prize and exhibition features 2D artworks (excluding photography and digital media) and is open to artists living in NSW and the ACT.
 
The winning work will be acquired by businessman and philanthropist, Basil Sellers AM and placed in his extensive private collection.
 
Artworks can be of any theme and must have been created in the last 12 months. Entry costs $45 or $35 for Friends. Read more

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

Arts and Cultural Projects

Create NSW

Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.
 
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 and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups.

 

Funding range:

  • Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months OR
  • Up to $75,000 for projects delivered over more than 12 months.

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

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

Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
Prize Money
Winner: $150,000
All Finalists: $1,000
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

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

Evelyn Chapman Art Award

Perpetual

Perpetual, as Trustee, is pleased to announce an exciting new opportunity for Australian painters.
 
The Evelyn Chapman Art Award provides a $50,000 scholarship for an Australian painter, male or female under the age of 45, to ‘engender the encouragement, development and rewarding of artistic skill, through furthering the training and knowledge and skills of Australian painters.’
 
Born in 1888 in Sydney, Evelyn Chapman was a painter who spent her working career in Australia and Europe. She exhibited in the Salon in France, before travelling to battlefronts of France following the First World War. She became the first female artist to depict the devastated fields, churches and towns of the western front. Chapman retired as painter following her marriage; however she espoused art education and practice, particularly in her daughter.
 
The Evelyn Chapman Trust established by the bequest Pamela Thalben-Ball, Chapman’s artist daughter, will award a scholarship of $50,000 to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice. The artist receiving the award will use the scholarship overseas or in Australia, at a recognised and well-established art school or work at an organisation on a program or project that enhances the artist’s artistic skills.
 
Applicants can submit one or more landscape, portrait or still life paintings in oils or tempera. A selection committee of three judges will agree on the applicant who displays the highest artistic merit.
 
Applications for entry are online at www.shervingallery.com.au Read more

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

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: 16 September 2019
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indent Event Development Grants

Music NSW

MusicNSW is pleased to present our Indent Event Development Grants Program for events for 2018. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music events. Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.
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Level 1 Event Development Grants for grants up to $2500
If this is the first time you’re applying for an Indent grant, then this is the grant for you.
 
Level 2 Event Development Grants for grants up to $5000
If your Indent team has previously received an Indent Grant (Grassroots or Event Development) then this is the grant for you.
 
For more information visit the Music NSW website. Read more

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

Regional Cultural Fund

Create NSW

The Regional Cultural Fund was established by the NSW Government to support the development of cultural infrastructure in regional NSW that enables bold, exciting and diverse arts and cultural activities.

Through the investment of $100 million, the Regional Cultural Fund aims to strengthen regional arts, screen, culture and heritage, and revitalise local communities through strategic investment.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Megalo International Print Prize

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery are pleased to announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with an impressive $18500 in prize money.
 
FIRST PRIZE – $10,000
SECOND PRIZE – $5000
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – $1000
LERIDA ESTATE ACQUISITIVE PRIZE – $2500
 
Artists may enter up to 2 works.
Entry fees are $40 for 1 work or $60 for 2 works.
 
For more information visit www.megalo.org/megaloprize Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Author Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult writers, and journalists.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.
 
To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to develop and create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their intended project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.
 
Applications will be accepted for the following genres:

  • memoir

  • biography
  • autobiography
  • history
  • criticism and review
  • arts/science writing
  • political analysis
  • writing on the environment; and
  • other genres which contribute to the national discussion/polemic.

 
The Fellowship is not intended to support the creation of work for an academic or scholarly purpose and readership.
 
To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract in place or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for a Visual Artist will support an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium.
 
The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian artist to create an important work that connects with audiences. Applicants should submit a compelling project accompanied by support material to demonstrate their ability and artistic merit.
 
To be eligible to apply, the visual artist must have a contract with a commercial or public gallery to exhibit their work or a letter of intention to exhibit their work from a commercial gallery. This Fellowship will not replace any royalties and payments under the usual terms of a visual arts’ commission.
 
The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication or exhibition arising from the Fellowship.
 
Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.
 
One Fellowship will be awarded each year.
 
For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

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

The Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award

Bega Valley Regional Art Gallery

One of Australia’s most loved and richest portrait awards, the biennial Shirley Hannan National Portrait Award celebrates realistic portraiture in memory of our eponymous patron.
 
For more information visit gallery.begavalley.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual prize of $2000 to an art student exhibiting skill and promise in the area of draughtsmanship.
 
Applicants are required to submit:
 

  • two life figure drawings, one of each sex

  • one study of hands and feet
  • one or two studies of a head
  • one, or not more than two, sketchbooks or portfolios containing any subjects

 
Applicants are asked at first instance to send images of their entries in PowerPoint format. Shortlisted applicants will then be required to submit original works to the Gallery for final judging.
 
For more information visit visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2019 will open in July 2018.
 
The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.
 
Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information view the website. Read more

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

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the 2019 Summer Scholarship will re-open in July 2017.

 
The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.
 
Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information visit the website here. Read more

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

Project Development Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Project Development Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.
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Previous Project Development Grants have funded strategic and marketing plans, significance assessments, exhibition development, touring exhibitions and public programs.
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Project Development 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.
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For more information visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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

Small Grants - Round Two

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

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round Two

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. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF.
 
For more information visit the website.

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