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I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2019 artists-in-residence program. Forty-four fully funded residencies are available between May and December, and range in duration from two to four weeks.
 
The residencies are open to artists and designers working in visual arts, creative writing, music composition/sound art, moving image and architecture/landscape design.
 
Located within a 450-acre nature preserve in rural East Haddam, Connecticut (U.S.), I-Park provides residents with a quiet, retreat-type setting, private living quarters in a renovated 1840s farmhouse, a private studio, meals program, fully equipped workshop and modest library—as well as creative access to I-Park’s expansive grounds. Residencies are self-directed, undisturbed and non-judgmental. You decide what you’re working on and when.
 
For further information, contact info@i-park.org. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Literature, Music, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Kennedy Centre

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!
 
All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
 
For more information visit the Kennedy Centre website. Read more

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  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

The Morris Art Prize

The Morris Art Prize

A Gold Coast centric celebration of the nature, culture, people and character of the region stretching from Brisbane in the North to Byron in the South and the hinterland in the West. Relevance to theme will factor in the judging criteria.
 
PRIZE PURSE

  • First – $10,000

  • Highly commended (1) – $3,500
  • Highly commended (2) – $3,500
     
    MEDIUM
    Painting in (one or more) oil, acrylic, watercolour, gouache, mixed media
     
    ENTRY FEE
    $35 (inc gst)
     
    For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

Applications are currently being invited for ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ 2018 Artist-in-Residence (AiR) program.
 
The ‘Ignite Studios @ NRCG’ AiR program provides a single artist time and space to expand on their artistic practice, researching and experimenting with ideas for new work or new ways of working. The AiR program provides a residential and separate studio space, professional development opportunities and facilitates access to local community, cultural and industry networks and feeds directly into the NRCG annual public and artistic programs. As a key requirement, AiR participants are required to engage with the wider community through the NRCG public or artistic program that can include lectures, artist talks, workshops, open studios, exhibition, performance or site-specific activations.
 
For more information visit the NRCG website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

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

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.
 
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program supports a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry with strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Funding provides professional opportunities for over 8,000 artists and around 300 arts workers, most living in very remote Indigenous communities.
 
Some of Australia’s most dynamic visual art is produced in Indigenous art centres, which enable artists to create new art, earn income, develop professional skills and connect to the art market.
 
The IVAIS program also supports the Indigenous Art Code, an industry-led voluntary code of conduct that promotes fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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  • Categories: Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, Creative Partnerships Australia

MATCH Lab is Creative Partnerships Australia’s matched funding program and professional development program for independent artists and small groups. The program aims to build artists’ skills in fundraising, increase their knowledge of philanthropy, develop their broader arts business and learn more about creating sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.
 
How does it work?
If your application is successful, you’ll attend our two-day Raising Money for Your Art clinic, where you’ll connect with experts and your peers to develop a blueprint for supporting your arts practice and a strategic plan that supports your next artistic project. Armed with your strategic plans, your next step is to develop and implement your own tailored fundraising campaign.
 
Where does the ‘match’ part come in? Creative Partnerships will also give your project a boost by matching dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) what you raise during your fundraising campaign, to help you leverage support for your new project!
 
Who’s it for?
MATCH Lab is for individual artists and small groups of artists looking to build their fundraising and arts business skills and run a fundraising campaign. Refer to the guidelines for full eligibility criteria.
 
What’s on offer?
We’ll offer up to 25 places nationally to participate in MATCH Lab.
 
Visit creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au for guidelines, expression of interest form, FAQs, resources and case studies.
 
MATCH Lab is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Mandorla Art Award

Mandorla Art Award

Artists are invited to submit an entry to the Mandorla Art Award to be considered for $37,000 in prizemoney including the $25,000 acquisitive award.
 
The Mandorla Art Award for contemporary religious art is Australia’s most significant thematic Christian art prize and now ranks amongst major Australian art awards, in both artistic excellence and prize value.
 
The People’s choice award ($2,000) is sponsored by the Benedictine Community of New Norcia where the collection is housed.
 
A further two highly commended awards of $5,000 will also be awarded.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.
 
What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

 
PWA Lab Dates:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants
 
Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

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  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Unconformity Artist Residencies

Unconformity

In 2018 The Unconformity will support multiple artist residencies in Queenstown, a small mining town in remote western Tasmania.
 
Residency info and ethos
The Unconformity Artist Residencies have been designed to support the development needs of artists, allowing time to research, develop relationships and focus on their work in the provocative Queenstown environment. Artists will be afforded the opportunity to focus upon development of their practice or project with flexibility around delivering a resolved outcome.
 
The residencies are assessed via application on a competitive basis and are open to local, Tasmanian, Australian and International artists from all artforms and stages of professional practice. Residencies will take place for a negotiated period during the 2018 calendar year. Artists will be supported with:

  • $2,500 artist fee

  • $500 materials budget
  • In-kind accommodation
  • Per diems
  • A contribution towards travel.

 
For more information visit the Unconformity website.

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

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

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

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

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

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

2018 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize

The Moran Arts Foundation

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

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

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

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  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

David Bryce Rural Art Award

David Bryce Rural Art Award

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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

John Oxley Library Fellowship

State Library of Queensland

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

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Letty Katts Award

State Library of Queensland

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

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Geelong Contemporary Art Prize

Geelong Gallery

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

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

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

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

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

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

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

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

Australia-India Council

The Australia-India Council

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

  • The Arts (including literature and film)

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

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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

SITEWORKS Call for Proposals

Bundanon Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • a first draft showing of a new work

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

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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round One

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

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

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

Kill Your Darlings Unpublished Manuscript Award

Kill Your Darlings

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

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

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

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  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History

History Council of NSW

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

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

Max Kelly Medal

History Council of NSW

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

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

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

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  • Open To: Individuals, 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program

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

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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  • Categories: Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

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

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  • 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

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

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The specific focus of the Australian History Religious Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. With the Australian Religious History Fellowship, it is understood that the successful fellow will more than likely need to consult archives and records outside the Library. However it is expected that the fellow will use the Library’s resources to a significant degree.
 
The Australian Religious History Fellowship was established in 2010 with a generous endowment from an anonymous benefactor.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For research into any aspect of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The Nancy Keesing Fellowship, honouring key Australian literary figure, author and poet Nancy Keesing (1923-1993), was established by her husband, Dr Mark Hertzberg AO, past President of the Library Council of New South Wales.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

For the writing of Australian history from original sources, preferably making use of the resources of the State Library of New South Wales.
 
The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship was established in 1974 by the Library Council of New South Wales under the terms of the bequest of the late Dr Charles Herbert Currey, a well-known Australian historian who was conscious of the needs of research workers not supported by grants from institutions such as universities.
 
Applicants must demonstrate a record of scholarly research and publication. These awards are for applicants who can demonstrate experience as historical and archival researchers. Applicants must accurately describe which Library collections they propose to use in their project. General descriptions such as ‘Mitchell Library pictorial collections’ are not acceptable.
 
For more information visit the State Library of NSW website. Read more

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

Hadley's Art Prize

Hadley's Orient Hotel

Presented by Hadley’s Orient Hotel in Hobart, the Hadley’s Art Prize is an annual, acquisitive Australian landscape prize, which offers $100,000 to the winning entry.
 
The prize is open to Australian artists over the age of eighteen working in two-dimensional media. Artists at all career stages are invited to enter. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to enter.
 
$100,000 prize
Awarded to the best portrayal of the Australian landscape.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Industry Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career.
 
Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Artist in Residence Program

Grafton Regional Gallery

The Grafton Regional Gallery is offering artists the rare opportunity to be one of its artists in residence. The Gallery is calling for applications from artists for this program which will run from 8 October – 1 November 2018 during the lead up to the opening of the 2018 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award (JADA) and the annual Jacaranda Festival.
 
For more information visit www.graftongallery.nsw.gov.au Read more

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

Green Globe Awards

Environment & Heritage NSW

The 2018 Green Globe Award nominations are now open. The awards showcase people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across NSW.
 
It doesn’t matter if you are a big multinational, a tiny social enterprise or something in between. The Green Globe Award judges want to know about the work you’re doing and why it matters.
 
Nominate yourself or someone you think deserves recognition with a Green Globe Award.
 
Finalists will be will be announced at the end of August 2018 and winners will be announced at the gala event in October 2018.
 
For more information visit the Department of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

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

Scholarships for Regional Rockers

Girls Rock! Canberra

Live regionally but wanna ROCK?
 
Thanks to the collective generosity of the people behind Capital Giving, Girls Rock! Canberra is excited to offer three full scholarships for rural/regional participants to attend this year’s Girls Rock! Canberra camp. These scholarships cover the cost of fees to attend camp, seven nights accommodation in Canberra for the participant and an adult guardian, as well as a stipend to assist with travel costs.
 
The Girls Rock! Canberra rural and regional scholarship is available to girls, trans or non-binary young people living outside of the Canberra/Queanbeyan border. Indigenous, and culturally and linguistically diverse applicants are strongly encouraged.
 
More details about the program can be found here. Read more

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  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

The Grandparents Day event grants program, administered by the Department of Family and Community Services, funds community events that celebrate grandparents and provide opportunities for older people to participate in activities with their families and communities.
 
Who can apply?
All not-for-profit and community organisations, schools, childcare centres, and local government authorities based in NSW can apply. Workplaces or businesses that plan activities or projects that support the needs of older people can also apply.
 
For more information visit the Grandparents Day website. Read more

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  • Open To: Organisations

Community Building Partnership

NSW Family and Community Services

The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities.  This current program round is closed for 2016 and will re- open in 2017.
 
Grants will be open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups.
 
Successful projects will benefit their local community through the improvement of facilities that deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes. Applications should be for;

  • Construction of new capital works.
  • Refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities.
  • The purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500 and a life expectancy of 5+ years that enables the delivery of new or enhanced community services.

 
For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Audience Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for audiences to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice, and one-off or annual events including those in single or multiple venues.
 
Funding applications to the Audience Development Program for the 2017/18 financial year have closed. Applications for the 2018/2019 will open in May 2018.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Further information on addressing Priority Areas can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Create NSW website www.arts.nsw.gov.au
 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Organisations

Creative Arts Fellowship

National Library of Australia

The Fellowship offers a grant to support creative practitioners and artists to undertake a sustained period of intensive work at the Library, using the rich and varied collections to develop a new art-work or body of work or an artistic concept for future elaboration. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging artists.
 
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library, funded by the Friends of the National Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding. The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the artwork within this period. The Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress or completion of their project within the calendar year.
 
Fellows receive during their residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses

  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
  • Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust, a generous bequest made to the Library by Eva Kollsman in honour of her friend, the Australian playwright and poet Ray Mathew, to support and promote Australian writing. The Fellowship is open to established and emerging writers.
 
The Fellowship offers a grant to support Australian writers, working in any literary genre, to undertake an intensive period of creative development at the Library, using the rich and varied collections as inspiration or to incorporate or transform sources into new creative work.
 
The aim is to allow writers a period of time to immerse themselves in an aspect of the collections. This may be with the intention of developing ideas, narratives, settings or atmosphere, symbolism or imagery, creating social and historical context, or character development. Applicants will need to articulate their creative concept and artistic goals and demonstrate how they expect ideas derived from relevant collections to translate into their own creative writing.
 
The 2018 Creative Arts Fellow in Australian Writing should aim to complete the residency by 30 June 2018, unless otherwise agreed, but is not expected to complete the literary work within this period. However, the Fellow will be expected to give a public presentation on the progress of their creative project within the calendar year.
 
The Fellow undertakes a minimum four-week residency at the Library. The Fellow may extend the duration of the residency but will not receive further funding.
 
The Fellow will receive during the residency:

  • $10,000, which can be used as a stipend for travel support and accommodation or for project expenses

  • Special access to collections and staff expertise
  • Access to office facilities and a personal workstation
  • Copies of collection materials (within reasonable limits and according to access conditions)
  • Fellows become part of the Library’s community of staff, researchers and Friends.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

For folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, collector-performers.
 
The annual National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival. The National Library holds the most significant folklore and related collections in Australia. The Fellowship offers a unique opportunity for the recipient to discover and explore original collected material at the Library for use in their own artistic work. The outcome of this residency at the National Library will result in a performance at the 2018 National Folk Festival. Any recordings arising from the project will be acquired for the National Library’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
 
Fellows receive:

  • Special access to research facilities and collections

  • Access to the Library’s professional sound recording studios
  • $4000 for travel support, accommodation and project expenses for a residency at the Library of four weeks, or equivalent
  • $4000 to present performances of, and a presentation on the collected material at the 2016 National Folk Festival and a subsequent presentation on the Fellowship at the National Library.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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  • Categories: Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

MAAS Research Fellowship Program

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The MAAS Visiting Research Fellowship Program provides a supportive environment for researchers to undertake research related to the Museum’s collection, education, conservation and museum practice. The fellowships enable researchers to access the Museum’s resources to support their research for a short period of time. The visit will initiate and develop collaborative research and facilitate interaction with, and training of, MAAS staff. Visiting fellows are expected to make a tangible contribution to the Museum during the period of their stay, for example, through presenting work-in-progress or research outcomes to MAAS staff or through the public programs offered by the Museum, professional development for MAAS staff, contributing to object statements, writing articles for publications, or by making a broad contribution to the Museum’s public programs.
 
The fellowships are targeted at established researchers such as university academics and independent scholars.
 
Applicants are required to have a PhD, experience working in a research environment (for example, a university, a museum), and a scholarly track record.
 
The Museum is seeking participants with proposals that address the Museum’s four strategic ambitions: curiosity, creativity, collaboration & sustainability, in addition to one of the eight key research areas:

  • Technologies

  • Health & medicine
  • Physical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture & the built environment
  • Design & decorative arts
  • Fashion
  • Contemporary culture.

 
Resources
Fellows will be provided with access to:

  • The MAAS collection – via current exhibitions or through a supervised exploration of objects in the basement store

  • The research library
  • The Museum’s public spaces
  • Staff expertise – curatorial, conservation, education, programs, digital & media
  • A workspace
  • Internet access
  • Access to the EMU database (the Museum’s collection management system)

 
For more information visit the MAAS website. Read more

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

A Month in the Country

HotHouse Theatre

Submissions are now being accepted for residency requests for the period July to December 2018 at HotHouse Theatre’s Month In The Country farmhouse in Albury.
 
Since 2004, in partnership with AlburyCity and Murray Arts, the Month In The Country program at the Splitters Creek farmhouse has hosted many talented playwrights, performers, directors, choreographers and composers. A Month In The Country is a rare resource in the national landscape, enabling artists from around Australia to develop work in the focused environment of our region’s Wonga Wetlands.
 
Selected artists have exclusive use of the five-bedroom farmhouse and attached rehearsal room – with sprung floor and reverse cycle air conditioning – for up to two weeks. A travel stipend and (if required) the use of a car is also provided.
 
For more information and guidelines visit www.hothousetheatre.com.au.
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  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize

Monash Gallery of Art Foundation

Established in 2006 to promote excellence in photography, the annual William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize is an initiative of the MGA Foundation. The Bowness Photography Prize has quickly become Australia’s most coveted photography prize. It is also one of the country’s most open prizes for photography. In the past, finalists have included established and emerging photographers, art and commercial photographers. All film-based and digital work from amateurs and professionals is accepted. There are no thematic restrictions.
 
For more information visit www.mga.org.au Read more

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

The Next Chapter

The Wheeler Centre

Great Australian stories don’t all look and sound the same. They don’t reflect a single set of experiences or come from just one place. The Next Chapter wants to find the Australian stories that aren’t being told; the voices we’re not hearing.
 
Presented by the Wheeler Centre, with support from the Aesop Foundation, The Next Chapter aims to support a new generation of writers’, from all sorts of backgrounds. The scheme gives writers’ the time, support and space they need to develop their work.
 
Each year, the Wheeler Centre will pick a diverse crop of ten outstanding new writers’ from around Australia and give them $15,000 each to develop their work. The Wheeler Centre will then match them with a mentor and work with them over 12 months and beyond to then connect them to publishers and readers.
 
Across the country – in our regions, in our suburbs, in our cities – we know there are aspiring writers’ with stories to tell. So let’s hear them.
 
Find out more at wheelercentre.com/the-next-chapter Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

AlburyCity Short Story Award

Write Around the Murray

Competition Details
Theme: TBC
Word limit: 3,000
Entry fee: $10
First prize: $1,000
 
For more information visit writearoundthemurray.org.au Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Small Grants

Way Ahead - Mental Health Association NSW

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.
 
There are five grants available:

  • General grants
    General grants are for projects focusing on any part of the community.
    There are 5 x $1000 grants and 20 x $500 grants available.
     

  • Youth grants
    For projects focusing specifically on the youth population aged 14- 24 years.
    There are 3 x $1,000 grants and 4 grants x $500 grants available.
     

  • CALD grants
    CALD grants are for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
    There are 1 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • Aboriginal Grants
    Aboriginal grants are for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.
    There are 2 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • LGBTI grants
    LGBTI grants are for projects focusing specifically on, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
    There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available

 
 
For more information visit the Way Ahead Mental Health Month website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

Since 2007 Future2 has committed $823,000 in Grants to community not for profits. Through programs run by these organisations, we have helped to turn the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people from adversity to opportunity, from social exclusion to productive lives in the community.
 
The Grants program is a national program issuing Grants up to $10,000.
 
Every application must be supported by a licensed financial planner who is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
 
The application process must be completed online.
 
For more information visit the Future2 Foundation website. Read more

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

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.
 
Applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

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  • Open To: Individuals

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize is a non-acquisitive South Australian two and three dimensional art prize open to Australian visual artists, 18 years and over. The winning artwork will receive AU$25,000.
 
Artists are invited to respond to the theme A Sense of Place by submitting previously un-shown artworks, across multiple platforms and disciplines (with the exclusion of digital media or ephemeral matter), produced after 1st January 2017.
 
Shortlisted works will be chosen by a selection panel comprising of arts industry professionals.
 
A People’s Choice award of AU$3000 will be awarded at the conclusion of the exhibition to the artwork voted as people’s choice.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Open To: Individuals

Meroogal Women’s Art Prize

Sydney Living Museums

Sydney Living Museums is excited to announce that entries are now open for the 2018 Meroogal Women’s Art Prize, with a prize pool of over $10,000.
Female artists from across NSW are invited to submit works, in any medium, that respond to Meroogal and its sense of place. Selected artworks will be displayed throughout the property, throwing new light on the personal stories of the people who once lived there, and the rich collection of objects that are still contained within the house.
 
The Meroogal Women’s Art Prize is a regional, non-acquisitive competition and exhibition. It is open to a work in any medium made by a woman aged 18 years or over who is a resident of NSW. The entry fee for one artwork is $30. Artists can submit up to two works.
 
For more information visit sydneylivingmuseums.com.au Read more

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Visual Arts Fellowship

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development.
 
Two $20,000 fellowships are open to individual mid-career artists and groups. Groups must have a demonstrated history of ongoing collaborative practice between applicants. Funding can be used toward a range of activities such as research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

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

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.
 
The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.
 
The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.
 
The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future. The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.
 
Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials

  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

 
Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria (desired but not essential)

 
Artist Fee:
$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.
 
Selection Panel:

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

  • Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects
  • Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design
  • Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

 
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  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize

NSW Government

The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an acquisitive art prize of $20,000, awarded for the best ‘plein air’ painting of NSW subject. The NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize is an annual event and is recognised by plein air artists throughout Australia. The Parliament of NSW encourages all artists to enter this landscape painting prize, with finalists and semi-finalists exhibited at the Parliament of NSW, Sydney in October 2018.
 
For more information visit pleinair.com.au
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Community Safety Fund

NSW Government

The NSW Government has established a $10 million Community Safety Fund to support local projects to improve community safety over the next four years.
The NSW Community Safety Fund 2017 will provide grants up to $250,000 to non-government or not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses for community safety initiatives with a crime prevention focus including those that:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space; and
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.
 
The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following 12 months, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.
 
The program includes funding for the writer and mentor to attend Boundless – a festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2019.
 
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.
 
Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). To be eligible, writers must not previously have had a full-length work professionally published.
 
Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.
 
Submissions will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
 
‘The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.’ Tara June Winch
 
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and proof of Indigenous status may be required.
 
The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is supported by the First Nations Australia Writers Network.
 
For enquiries, email competitions@writingnsw.org.au. For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

The IMAGinE awards recognise the people who work in museums and galleries across NSW and the contributions they make. IMAGinE celebrates all institutions and pays homage to those organisations run by volunteers, with limited budgets and minimal resources. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries in NSW to advocate, promote their achievements and raise their profile within the sector and the broader community.
 
The 2018 award categories are:

  • Exhibitions Projects

  • Engagement Programs
  • Capacity Building, Capital & Sustainability Programs
  • Individual Achievement

 
M&G NSW are also excited to announce the inaugural ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator.
 
For more information about the IMAGinE awards please visit mgnsw.org.au or contact 02 9252 8300 or imagine@mgnsw.org.au Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.
 
The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.

  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

 
Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.
 
Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing training opportunities to enable community members to build skills, increasing their capacity for employment or creating business opportunities.

  • Supporting programs that help develop micro-business or social enterprises that involve strong community engagement and help to create employment opportunities.

 
Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation

  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.

 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

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

Sing Your Age

NSW Family and Community Services

The Australian National Choral Association has been engaged by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) to deliver Sing Your Age, a project part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020.
 
The Sing Your Age is a project, offering grants to support the creation of new singing groups for older people, or the inclusion of older people in existing singing groups throughout NSW.
 
The creative arts is a key contributor to healthy and active ageing. Participation in singing programs and choirs provide older people the opportunity to stay active and connect with their communities.
 
ANCA is inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding, in one of the following categories:

  • Category 1 – $100 to $1,000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people

  • Category 2 – $1001 to $7,000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location
  • Category 3 – $7,000 to $15,000 for creating and/or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.

 
Please read the Sing Your Age Grant Guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, assessment criteria and terms and conditions.
 
Successful applicants will be required to submit a project plan, addressing key deliverables and performance milestones. ANCA will be available to offer support for grant recipients to fulfil their requirements throughout the duration of the project.
 
For more information visit the Australian National Choral Association website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Organisations

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

Writing NSW

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.
 
Emerging organisations must have started operating no earlier than 1 January 2014 and successfully delivered at least one activity to support writers and writing culture. They must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more from State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to an organisation based in regional NSW or Western Sydney, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

Early Career Writer Grants are awarded by Writing NSW to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.
 
Funding available: up to 4 grants of $5000 each (plus GST)
 
Applicants must be early career writers who have had no more than two full-length works professionally published or performed and must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more for their writing from either State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.
 
Activities to be funded by the grant may include:

  • Creation, production or publication of new work
  • Professional development or mentoring
  • Cultural exchanges or other travel that will assist in the production or presentation of new work
  • Audience development activities conducted by the writer (but not for payment of marketing professionals)

Access costs for regional writers or for writers with disability may be included in the proposal.
 
For more information visit the NSW Writers’ Centre website. Read more

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Dyason Bequest

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards the Dyason Bequest to an Australian art student who has already won a travelling scholarship, to assist with the cost of overseas travel. This enables the recipient to better study art in countries other than Australia or New Zealand.
 
The grant is offered Australia-wide, and the funding is up to $5000. A condition of entry is that the applicant has already been awarded a competitive travelling scholarship.
 
The bequest is for an amount of up to $5000 to support the award of a separate scholarship to study in a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
 
Successful applicants must submit a two-page report detailing the outcomes of their study no later than one month after completion.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual scholarship of $4000 to fine art students attending recognised universities or schools in New South Wales to assist with the cost of fees and general living expenses.
 
Applicants must have completed at least one year of full-time study. The scholarship is not available to any student currently holding another scholarship.
 
For more information visit the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

Elioth Gruner Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of New South Wales awards an annual prize of $1000 for excellence in the study of a landscape in oils. The applicant must be an art student who has lived in New South Wales for at least five years before entering the competition.
 
Applicants must submit two landscapes painted in oils, no larger than 100 × 150 cm, along with the completed application form and CV.
 
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 the Art Gallery of NSW website. Read more

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

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

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

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

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  • 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

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

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

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  • 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

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  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, 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

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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

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  • 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

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

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

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

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  • 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

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

9×5 Landscape Prize 2018

Waverley Woollahra Art School

A spontaneous response to the landscape.
 
Following in the footsteps of impressionists Streeton, Roberts, Condor and McCubbin, in 2016 we launched our inaugural 9×5 Landscape Prize. Entry in the 9×5 Prize may be paintings in any medium, including oil, acrylic or watercolour. The theme is open.
 
For more information visit wwas.org.au/9-x-5-landscape-prize Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
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A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

Gleneira City Council

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize is awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles. This includes realist, figurative and representational styles. The Art Prize is intended to encourage, support and advance classical training of emerging artists (in their early to mid-career) at any stage of life, who are pursuing the study and practice of traditional art and who desire to study the works of old masters.
 
For more information visit www.gleneira.vic.gov.au/Places-and-events/Arts-and-Culture/Galleries-and-Visual-Art/AME-Bale
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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

National Photographic Portrait Prize

National Portrait Gallery

For more information and to submit, visit nppp.portrait.gov.au
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Pitch Australiana - VICE and Screen Australia Pitching Competition

Screen Australia

VICE Australia and Screen Australia are partnering on a pitching competition offering Australian filmmakers a chance to win a commission for a short documentary project.
 
The winning project will be released online through leading global media company VICE as part of their digital series, Australiana.
 
WHO CAN APPLY
Applicant teams must consist of a director or producer, one of whom has at least one documentary screen credit in their respective role on a project that has been broadcast and/or screened at a recognised film festival or distributed on a significant curated online platform.
 
Go to our list of recognised festivals.
 
THE PRIZE
Screen Australia will commit $30,000 and VICE Australia will commit $20,000, meaning a total of $50,000 funding is available for the production of one documentary.
 
Go to the guidelines on Vice Website. Read more

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  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

First Peoples Residencies

Bundanon Trust

First Peoples Residencies are open to NSW-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from in all disciplines. This includes visual artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.

For more information visit bundanon.com.au Read more

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  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

National NAIDOC Poster Competition

NAIDOC Week

The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster Competition has now closed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are invited to submit artworks for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition. The winning artwork will collect a $10,000 cash prize and used as the National NAIDOC Poster. Have your artwork seen and celebrated Australia-wide as the centerpiece to NAIDOC Week!

This competition is a chance for talented artists aged 13 years and older to be recognised across Australia in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements.

Your artwork must reflect this year’s National NAIDOC theme:

To read the Terms and Conditions and enter visit www.naidoc.org.au Read more

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

Prelude Composer Residency Program

Bundanon Trust

Prelude offers four long-term residencies in composers’ houses in NSW, SA & WA. The successful applicants are provided with sole occupancy of the houses as well as a stipend to cover living costs and travel.

For more information visit bundanon.com.au Read more

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  • Categories: Artist Residency
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residence

Bundanon Trust

The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and thinkers from all disciplines, individually or in groups. We support new work, research and collaborations by Australian and international artists, and we host them in purpose-built studios on our Shoalhaven River properties on the south coast of New South Wales.

Most artists come to Bundanon through our annual open call. Each year we call for applications for the following calendar year. The applications are assessed by industry experts.

For more information visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Visions of Australia

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

The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia.

The Visions of Australia program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.

Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

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

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

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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • 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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: 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

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

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

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  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, 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

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  • 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

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  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • 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

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

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Travelling Art Scholarship has been postponed due to Corona Virus. New dates will be issued in the future.

 

Each year, the Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW, invites applications for a major travelling art scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a talented young artist/painter with an established body of work who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further their art education in Europe.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.

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

Pro Hart Outback Art Prize

Broken Hill City Council

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize is an annual acquisitive competition. The prize showcases work in any media which reflects the spirit and diversity of the Australian Outback.

The prize will go ahead despite COVID-19 however there maybe delays in the final exhibition.

The prize consists of an Acquisitive First Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Second Prize, a Non-Acquisitive Encouragement Award and a Peoples Choice Award with a total prize pool of $19,000. The winning work will be added to the nationally recognised collection of the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery.

The Pro Hart Outback Art Prize was renamed in acknowledgement of his and his family’s contribution to the arts and support of Broken Hill. The prize is generously supported by Mrs Raylee J Hart and Broken Hill City Council.

For more information visit the Broken Hill City Council website. Read more

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

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

The 2020 grant round is yet to open

At Australian Ethical, we believe it’s important to provide financial help to organisations making a positive difference in the world. That’s why we donate 10% of our yearly pre-tax profits to charitable organisations.

Grants recipients cover humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare areas in Australia and abroad, aiming to bring dignity and aid to our global community.

For more information visit the Australian Ethical website. Read more

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

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

Applications for the 2020 program are now closed.

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is year two of a three year initiative. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel, facilitated by Ausdance NSW.

The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills , for example:
• Program of activity that develops your professional practice;
• Secondment with an organisation;
• Mentorship with an individual;
• Residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.

Funds can be used to cover any costs associated with your activities , such as, artist fees, materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees, registration fees, workshops, conferences, documentation. Applicants may discuss their applications with Ausdance NSW staff.

Your proposal must engage with at least ONE of the following Create NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:
• People with a disability;
• Young people;
• Aboriginal people;
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
• People living and/or working in regional NSW;
• People living and/or working in Western Sydney.

For more information visit the Ausdance NSW website . Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Dance, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

Due to the uncertainty surrounding Covid-19, this award has been delayed until 2021.

The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery and Abbotsleigh are pleased to announce the Grace Cossington Smith art award is now a biennial award.

Submissions are invited from Australian artists, aged over 18, for original work in any two dimensional media in response to the theme Making Connections.

The award theme is inspired by the work of Abbotsleigh Old Girl and artist Grace Cossington Smith who made connections with her changing world through her drawing and painting.

There will be an exhibition of up to 40 finalists with three awards and a winner’s exhibition in the following year.

For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Police Point Artist in Residence Program

Mornington Peninsula Shire

This program has been filled until 2021 when it will reopen.

Emerging and established artists, writers, musicians and creatives are invited to apply for a Police Point Artist in Residency.

Both supported and fee paying residencies are available, ranging from a minimum of two weeks to a maximum of six weeks.
Artists can be inspired by this nationally significant cultural heritage site located in the traditional lands of the Burin’yong-bulluk, one of at least six clans of the Bunurong who were part of the Kulin Nation of Central Victoria.

The Police Point AiR program is coordinated by the Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture team who work closely with key stakeholders and the community.

For more information visit the residency website. Read more

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

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

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

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The National Indigenous Arts Awards are now closed.

The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists. Read more

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

Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups

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.

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Key dates

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).
  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
  • Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed.

Closing date: Tuesday 22 October 2019 at midnight AEDT.

2021 dates to be negotiated with American Academy in Rome

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.

The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.

For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Ian Potter Foundation Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

Due to Covid-19, Ian Potter Foundation has suspended grants in order to respond to the urgent needs of our local community. A full response will be made in late April 2020.

Supports cultural institutions and organisations in Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation. Extends cultural opportunities to regional centres, and encourages the development of arts programs at a local level. This program involves a two-step application process, firstly Expression of Interest, then full application invited. There are three rounds per year, although the third round is by invitation only.

Important Dates:

For projects/ travel after 30 April 2021
Expression of Interest
Open: Monday 19 October 2020
Close: Friday 6 November 2020 Read more

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

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

The Council for Australia Arab Relations (CAAR) has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAAR is looking for projects that enhance Australia’s economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab region (comprising the 22 countries and territories of the Arab League). Applicants should carefully read the Guidelines for Funding Applicants before submitting their application.

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

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

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

The Council for Australia Latin America Relations has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the priority areas of business, education, science, sustainability, tourism, cultural promotion and sport.

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

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

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

OPENING 1 JULY 2020! Small grants that are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities. Read more

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

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award

Centrehouse Arts Centre

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Awards were established in 1981 by the Lane Cove community with the intention to promote, support and encourage our young and talented emerging artists throughout Australia. The Awards encourage young artists to learn and excel in their art practice by providing funds to assist them start their journey. The Awards are held every two years and the main award is an Aquisitive Prize of $5,000, which becomes part of the Lane Cove Council Collection and a solo exhibition the following year in Gallery Lane Cove. The Awards were named in honour of Dr. Lloyd Rees one of Australias’ most treasured artists of the 20th century. Dr. Rees was a very active and generous local of the Lane Cove Municipality and many of his most wonderful drawings, paintings and etchings come from the surrounding landscape.

Centrehouse Arts Centre manages the awards and is now able to host the exhibition in the modern facilities of Gallery Lane Cove. The Lane Cove Council are the major sponsor of the Awards, with the further support of the Lane Cove Art Society, providing a highly Commended Prize of $1,500, while Centrehouse Art Centre, provides a further $1,000 for the Commended prize.

The Awards are open to artists and residents of Australia, 18 – 30 years, with works in drawing, painting, and printmaking. The next Awards will be held in 2021.

For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website. Read more

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