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Grants Closing in March 2020

The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize

Anglican Church Grammar School

Since its inception in 1987, the prize has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia. Offering a total prize pool of $25,000 the overall winner receives a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize.

Entry to this annual prize is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Artists may submit up to five artworks for consideration, accompanied by an artist CV, and a 300-word artist statement.

 

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  • Closing: 1 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

You may 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 2018 PPCA distributed $43.15 million to its registered artists and record labels. It is free for Australian artists to register with the PPCA.

Applications close: Monday 2 March 2020 at 11.59pm AEDT for projects starting after 1 June 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Percivals

Townsville City Council

The biennial Percival Portrait Painting Prize is North Queensland’s own portrait competition.

The awards are an open competition for artists. While showcasing the outstanding and innovative work currently being produced by Australian artists, the competition has also given many emerging artists an opportunity to engage with portraiture and share their expressions of themselves and those close to them.

The exhibition will be held at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 22 May – 19 July 2020

Award Categories

Percival Portrait Painting Prize: $40,000 (acquisitive)

People’s Choice Award: $1,500

 

The biennial Percival Photographic Portrait Prize returns for its fourth installment in 2020.

The exhibition will be held at the Perc Tucker Regional Gallery, 22 May – 19 July 2020

Award Categories

Percival Photographic Portrait Prize: $10,000 (acquisitive)

People’s Choice Award: $1,500 Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s 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.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

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

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The 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

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: 15 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program: Bushfire Renewal Round

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The 2020 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP): Bushfire Renewal Round will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.

The ACDGP: Bushfire Renewal Round opened for applications at 9am (AEST) on 10 February and closes 2pm (AEST) on 16 March 2020. Applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants at https://dfat.smartygrants.com.au/ACDGP2020-21.

For more information please read the 2020 Guidelines: Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program or email Cultural.Diplomacy@dfat.gov.au.

This grant provides 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: 16 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

Total prize money of $50,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2020 Award – First Prize
  • $5000 Significant 2D Award
  • $5000 Significant 3D Award
  • $2000 Emerging Artist Award
  • $1000 Volunteers Choice Award
  • $1000 Local Artist Award
  • $500 Youth Award
  • $500 Public Choice Award

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • 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.”

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Ravenswood School for Girls

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition conducted by Ravenswood School for Girls that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure.

The three prize categories are the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

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: 20 March 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

John Leslie Art Prize

Gippsland Art Gallery

The John Leslie Art Prize is open to all artists living and working in Australia for landscape paintings that have been completed since 1 July 2018.

Prizes include the $20,000 acquisitive prize as well as a $1,000 non-acquisitive prize for the ‘Best Gippsland Work’.

Artists are invited to enter up to two original paintings, with a Gallery-appointed panel to shortlist a selection of finalists for exhibition from 16 May to 26 July 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 20 March 2020
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Production Finance

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Production Finance program provides funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW. Funding allocations are guided by ratios linking the Create NSW contribution to the amount spent in the State.

For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Strengthening Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

  1. Small & Vital grants

Small & Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small & Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Applications close 24 March, 2020
  1. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The Larger Leverage tier is focused on supporting two types of projects:

  • a) Projects delivered in remote or very remote communities;
    b) Projects that require more financial support in order to enhance the community or organisational capacity and accelerate the outcomes to be achieved.
  • Applications close 4 February, 2020

For more Information: visit the Foundation For Rural & Regional Renewal Website Read more

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

Flagship Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Flagship Event Fund supports the marketing of emerging events in regional NSW to increase their profile and encourage visitation.  The Fund offers grants specifically to support marketing activities aimed at increasing visibility and attracting visitation to the event from outside an event’s local area.
The Flagship Event Fund offers two grants:

– Annual grants of $20,000 (excl. GST); or

– Triennial grants of $27,500 (excl. GST) plus $2,500 (excl. GST) in value-in-kind research services per year, guaranteed for three years

To be eligible to apply, an event must have been running for more than two years, be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Micro Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Micro Event Fund is a new initiative developed in response to NSW’s bushfire and drought crisis to support smaller, community-based events in Regional NSW areas impacted by bushfire activity or drought conditions.
The Micro Event Fund offers one-off grants of $10,000 (excl. GST) to support the delivery of events that demonstrate an ability to engage and harmonise their local community, build destination appeal, attract visitors from outside the region and stimulate the local economy.
To be eligible to apply, events must be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, have a total expenditure budget of approximately $75,000 (excl. GST) or less and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Pitchfest

Blue River Group

Innovation is providing the opportunity for any Australian to start a business and have their first customer be anywhere in the world. There are literally thousands of Australians who are designing in their bedrooms, tinkering in their garage, working on their business and dreaming of selling to the world.

Regional Pitchfest is designed and proven to help realise the potential and celebrate the success of Australia’s rural and regional entrepreneurs, artisans and small businesses.

Regional Pitchfest is an opportunity to pitch your business to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win a share of the competition prize pool. 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

Milburn Art Prize for Landscape

Milburn Art Prize

The 2020 Milburn Art Prize for Landscape awards a prize of $10,000 for a 2d landscape artwork. Accepted media includes painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography that has been produced within the last 24 months. Read more

  • Closing: 27 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna offers a range of prestigious Fellowships designed to support writers across different genres and at all stages of their writing careers. Fellowships are all competitively awarded and include between one and four weeks’ residency at Varuna.

Writing Fire, Writing Drought

awarded to five writers from regional NSW and outer-western Sydney in 2020. We are hoping to support writers to develop new work in response to the drought and bushfire crisis.

Key dates

Applications open 10 February 2020 and close 27 March 2020.

The residency will be held from Monday 27 July to Monday 3 August.

Fees

Application fees are $65 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $315 towards your residency and you will need to meet your own travel expenses to and from Varuna. If you have a Healthcare card, you may apply to the Varuna Travel Assistance Fund for a subsidy of up to $300. If these fees present a barrier that prevent you from applying, please contact varuna@varuna.com.au to discuss.

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  • Closing: 27 March 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Publishing Industry Career Development Grants

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Publishing Industry Career Development Grants support individuals working in the Australian publishing industry with grants for professional development, leadership, and career enhancing opportunities and projects.

Potential projects could include:

  • Industry research into issues such as leadership in publishing, diversity, developing editorial/sales/marketing skills, copyright, etc;
  • Mentorships with other publishers to gain new skills and insights;
  • International market exploratory visits;
  • Sales/marketing intensives;
  • Upskilling in accessible publishing models;
  • Attendance at a significant international leadership program;
  • Digital transformation/new models and upskilling;
  • Any research project which will have an impact on career development opportunities.

Successful recipients will be required to write a report of up to 5,000 words on the completion of their project. If appropriate, the report may be shared with industry peers.

These grants will support projects that start after 31 May 2020.

Amount of grant: $5,000 Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

2020 NAIDOC Week Funding

Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency

The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.

We have suspended the nomination process for the National NAIDOC Awards 2020 and announcement of the winner of the poster competition until further notice. The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round has also been closed until further notice.

NAIDOC Week grants support communities to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

Funding is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to help meet the costs of local NAIDOC activities such as flag raising ceremonies, family days, art exhibitions and other cultural activities.

The NAIDOC Local Grants Guidelines and application package is available on Grants Connect. Read more

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

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

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: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Round 16
Late May 2020 for applications received by 25 February 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier have now closed.
Round 17 Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.

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

With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding

Creativity Australia

Seed Funding Overview

To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the $10,000 seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir.

Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.

In addition (and separate to the initial $10k seed grant) individual communities may also apply for an allowance of up to $2,500 to support their conductor travelling to Melbourne to participate in the conductor training workshops to be held in early 2018.

Priority
Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the Creativity Australia website for more information

Limitations
The organising committees of With One Voice Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity.

Website: www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/
Guidelines: Click here Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

JP Partnership

APRA AMCOS, JP Partnership

The JP Partnership grant allows an unsigned Australian artist under 35 years of age to receive $7500, mentoring and business planning advice.

Entries for 2020 will open 12 February 2020 and close 31 Mar 2020

For more information visit www.joshpyke.com. Read more

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

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Grants (STS-CG) — Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.
  2. Major Grants (STS-MG) — Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

Closing Date & Time 31 March 2020 – 11:00pm AEDT Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations