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Grants Closing in April 2020

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Small Grants Program for Local History and Archives is administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW. Grants of up to $5,000 support the work undertaken by local historical societies, community organisations and individuals across NSW.

The projects should be relevant to understanding the history of NSW and its people and places. The main priority areas for 2020 are detailed in the guidelines. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter or blog for the latest news on this program.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Placement Programs

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 $1,500 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • 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.  visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.

Mentorship Program

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
  • 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.  Find out more

Fellowship Program

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.
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf. Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Travel Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program has been suspended.

The purpose of the fund is to enable an author or illustrator to support the international publication or promotion of their work. A strong proposal will have either an international publisher in place, or will clearly demonstrate that the travel will assist in securing one.

A proposal may also demonstrate that the activity will increase international attention and demand for writing by unique Australian voices such as works by Australian First Nations writers.

There is no closing date for this opportunity. 

For more information Australia Council for the Arts Read more

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

Volunteer Grants Activity 2019- 20

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Grants are to support the ongoing delivery of services or one-off projects and activities to encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The purpose of the grants is to:

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers
  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer
  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and economic participation
  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and issues
  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations in locations where there is identified need
  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations need to operate effectively and efficiently, and
  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

Open: 6 December 2019

Closes: 6 April 2020

All DSS grants are advertised on the Community Grants Hub website and organisations are encouraged to subscribe to receive updates and other grant alerts. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

National Arts and Disability Awards 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020 With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. This program has been suspended. Read more

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

Arts On Tour

This grant is not being offered in 2020.

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: TBA
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Art and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round.

If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition.

Applications for round 2 close: Tuesday 14 April 2020 (11:59PM, AEST) for projects starting after 1 July 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Reading Australia Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy will support an experienced teacher or teacher librarian to undertake professional skills development and career-enhancing opportunities.

The Fellowship is not intended to support projects involving the teaching of English as a second language or for academic purposes.

The successful Fellow will be expected to write a report of between 5,000 and 10,000 words and to present their research findings at teachers’ conferences, and to their colleagues and peers.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of independent peers. Projects may start after 1 August 2020 and should be completed by August 2021.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Club Grants Infrastructure Grants

Liquor & Gaming NSW

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.

For 2019/20, three grant rounds are available. The rounds will open on 5 August 2019, 18 November 2019 and 16 March 2020.

For the March 2020 round, we will give priority to bushfire affected communities, to assist in the recovery efforts. This means these communities will be prioritised in funding decisions.

The March round of Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants will now close on Monday, 20 April 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2020
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Copyright Agency

There are six core elements to the program:

  • Virtual writers’ festivals – This will support scheduled writers’ festivals to make their programs digitally available by paying the Australian participants the participation fees they would have received if the program had proceeded normally. This money will cover over a hundred writers and interviewers in festivals we already support including the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Byron Writers Festival. The agency has included funds to cover assistance to other festivals that may not be able to proceed as ‘normal’.  Closes 14 April 2020
  • Emergency action fund – This is composed of $150,000 to be allocated in grants of between $5,000 – $20,000. It will focus on distributing this money as widely as possible so most grants will be around $5,000. The funding is open for writing and visual arts projects that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 or are responding directly to it. Applicants to this program should ideally demonstrate that they have matched funding. Closes 23 April 2020
  • New commissioned literary works – The program will support the publication of between 20-30 works by Australian writers responding to the disasters Australia has faced in early 2020. The working title for this is Our Year of Fire, Flood, and Plague: Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020. Pieces from this series will be published in The Guardian. Money is also set aside to facilitate a book publication of these pieces. Writers of each of these essays will be paid the rates recommended by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
  • Funding for innovative online projects – This includes an amount to support innovative projects that are responding to COVID-19. Writers and interviewers across Australia are setting up smart new ways of taking Australian writers to audiences. This money is available for the payment of monies to writers who participate in such online projects. Closes 14 April 2020
  • New commissioned visual arts work This component is for photographic and other visual documentation of the crisis for publication in journals, magazines and exhibition in a major gallery, and to possibly tour when the current events are resolved. The funding available for the generation of this work is $25,000. Closes 23 April 2020

Application forms to apply for the funding will be available shortly.

Information on the new guidelines and timelines under the initiative is available on our COVID-19 Emergency Funding page. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2020
  • Categories: Festivals, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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 grant has been temporarily suspended due to COVID 19 and restrictions on international 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. Read more

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

National Science Week 2020 online program funding

Inspiring Australia

In NSW, this year’s National Science Week campaign will go online in light of restrictions to public gatherings due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The NSW Executive Committee for National Science Week and Inspiring Australia is therefore seeking expressions of interest for innovative online events and opportunities that can be delivered as part of science week from (or close to) 15-23 August 2020.

Where possible, we encourage applicants to collaborate with NSW Regional Science Hubs (See current list) as well as other local event providers whose public programs may have been disrupted as a result of COVID19 e.g. libraries and regional museums.

We are especially interested in receiving proposals that show evidence of community building and collaboration to boost engagement with STEM and those that can support the work of freelance producers whose incomes may have been affected by the pandemic.

Application deadline

5:00PM Monday 27 April 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results by Friday 8 May 2020.

For more information visit: Inspiring Australia Website Read more

  • Closing: 27 April 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Organisations

Translation Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program is currently suspended.

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).

Funding is available to contribute to the translator’s fee and/or author’s advance only.

Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication.

Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant are available in two rounds per year.

Key dates

Round 1: Applications are now closed for Round 1

Round 2 

  • Applications open for the second round in February 2020
  • Applications close: 28 April 2020 (11:59 AEST) for activity from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020

For more information: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 28 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Varuna the National Writers House

Affirm Press Mentorship Award

Held in partnership with Affirm Press, these publishing intensive mentorships provide a unique opportunity for up to four writers developing exceptional new work.

For the 2020 Mentorship Award, Affirm Press is looking for YA manuscripts and middle-grade fiction (10+) with sci-fi and fantasy themes.

Key dates

Applications open 16 March and close 29 April 2020.

If successful, you will be required to take your residency between Monday November 2 and Sunday November 8, 2020.

Fees

There is a fee of $60 per application, unless you are a financially current alumni member using your annual fee waiver. If you have a Healthcare card, the application fee is $30. Application fees are used to pay professional assessors to read your work.

If you are successful, you will be asked to make a contribution of $385 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.

Read more

  • Closing: 29 April 2020
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Screenrights' 2020 Cultural Fund

Screenrights

Screenrights' 2020 cultural fund is now open for applications. The fund awards up to $50,000 per initiative. Read more

  • Closing: 29 April 2020
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals