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Artists with Disability Funding

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

Four Year Funding for Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

Building Improvement

Museums and Galleries NSW

How well does your museum or gallery building perform in terms of collection care, environmental sustainability and visitor access? M&G NSW has funding to provide for professional assessment of small to medium museum and gallery buildings in NSW.
 
You do not have to be in a heritage building! Any public museum or gallery with 15 or fewer staff can apply (see the Guidelines for eligibility details)
 
Building assessments will focus on the environmental performance of the building, reporting on:

  • The condition of the building fabric;

  • Energy efficiency of the building;
  • The stability of internal environmental conditions;
  • The need for, or impact of, air-conditioning and lighting systems on the building environment;
  • Relevant building regulations that need to be adhered to when considering modifications;
  • Compliance with the National Construction Code requirements for access and egress.

 
Previous recipients of a building assessment (or those already holding an equivalent report) may apply for:

  • Building modifications or repairs

 
Building Assessment Reports: Commissioned by M&G NSW.
 
For more information visit the Museums and Galleries of NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Opportunity Development Grants

Music NSW

Performing at an industry showcase this year such as Electronic Music Conference? Been asked to be a support band on a big Australian tour? We’re here to help! Apply for our Opportunity Development Grant and we could be covering costs for your flights, accommodation and more!
 
MusicNSW is pleased to announce Round 2 for our Opportunity Development Grants. This program is aimed at supporting musicians and artist managers in developing opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, domestic tours, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities between 20 November 2017 – 25 June 2018, such as Electronic Music Conference, Face The Music, Australian Songwriters Conference and more.
 
Artists and artist managers are invited to apply for one off funding of up to $850 per member of the touring party, with a total limit of $5,500 per group.
 
The MusicNSW Opportunity Development Grants Program is funded by the NSW Government through CREATE NSW.
 
For more information visit the MusicNSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

All Ages Access (AAA) Grants

Music NSW

Want to put on an all ages music event in Inner Sydney? Need some help? Then apply for a MusicNSW AAA Grant!
 
MusicNSW and the City of Sydney are thrilled to announce the second-round of the AAA Grants program for all ages events in inner Sydney.
 
All ages shows are incredibly important to MusicNSW and City of Sydney as they allow young people the chance to explore their passion for live music in safe spaces, as well as being a valuable investment in future live music audiences. Designed to encourage venues, booking agents, musicians and artist managers to present more all ages shows, the All Ages Access Grants (AAA Grants) will provide funding of up to $15,000 per application to cover artist fees, production and promotion costs for events in inner Sydney between 23 October 2017 and 30 April 2018.
 
For more information visit the MusicNSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Regional Touring Grants

Music NSW

MusicNSW and Create NSW are pleased to announce a new pilot initiative for touring in regional NSW. Supporting live music in venues across regional NSW, the grant provides funds towards performances fees for touring artists and musicians.
 
Designed to encourage artists, managers, promoters and agents to support live music in regional NSW, the Regional Touring Grant will provide funding of up to $15,000 per application to cover artist fees, travel costs, marketing and publicity, and production costs to extend a tour to two or more regional locations, or for a new tour of three or more regional locations in NSW.
 
For more information visit the MusicNSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Australian Artists' Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Australian Artists’ Grant was initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.
 
This grant provided assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work

  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

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Funding Available: Individual applicants are to apply for funding of $1000 + GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,500 + GST.
 
For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

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

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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

Volunteer Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

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

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers

  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the
    diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer

  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and
    economic participation

  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and
    issues

  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations
    in locations where there is identified need

  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations
    need to operate effectively and efficiently, and

  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

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

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

National Trust Heritage Awards

National Trust

The National Trust Heritage Awards recognise and promote corporate, individual and group excellence in heritage conservation. The awards bring light to tenacious projects committed to conserving and caring for our state’s heritage sites and our cultural and natural heritage. They celebrate projects, buildings, objects and environments that are being regenerated and revived for future generations to enjoy.
 
Categories include:
 
Adaptive Re-Use
This category is for projects that complement and utilise existing heritage fabric, re-purposing, and new developments which are sympathetic to the traditional uses of a site and its structures and which protect the heritage integrity.
 
Advocacy Campaigns
This category is to recognise the extraordinary commitment of a community group and/or individuals who have pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places.
 
Conservation – Built Heritage
For projects that relate to conservation of our built heritage including capital works and repair. Such projects may include buildings, structures or sites, urban precincts, commercial items, places of worship, houses, interiors, additions, infill or collections.
 
Conservation Landscape
This category is specifically for projects that relate to landscape management and conservation. This also includes natural, urban and cultural landscapes; Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
 
Conservation Interiors and Objects
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Continuing Tradition – New Design, Construction & Development
An award recognising the process of continuing tradition through new design, construction and development.
 
Education And Interpretation
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Heritage Events & Exhibitions
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Publications
This category is for publications which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Tours & Multimedia
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Research And Investigation / Analysis
Projects for this category may include archaeology, conservation management plans or historical research.
 
For more information visit the National Trust website. Read more

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

Blue Star Sustainability Awards

Keep NSW Beautiful

Being truly sustainable means addressing the entire spectrum of environmental, social and economic factors. So the Blue Star awards recognise civic pride, community spirit and future planning in establishing the best projects and programs to come out of NSW communities.
 
Core values:

  • Championing environmental sustainability

  • Introducing positive behaviour change into communities
  • Sustainable success through community engagement and education
  • Adoptable, transferable projects that could change communities across the state

 
Please note that the following list is not exhaustive, they’re just some examples of the types of projects that could be submitted:

  • Built heritage projects which change or upgrade heritage sites;

  • Sympathetic design of new buildings or structures within heritage conservation;
  • Restoration or conservation of a heritage place – built, Indigenous or other and
  • Projects that support traditional trades that are in decline;
  • Local heritage projects – research and development of locally significant projects such as pioneer walks, booklets, local heritage walks.
  • Partnerships between local volunteer committees, regional council, and sponsors to acknowledge and honour the contribution of pioneers to a region.
  • Digitisation of old area records, cataloguing museum artefacts or presenting exhibits of cultural significance.
  • Projects that may shine a light or restore an important and significant parts of the area’s cultural history.
  • Establishing and developing educational information to be made public to students, tourists, and locals about the history of the area or communities within it.

 
Projects may be submitted by individuals and community groups, local councils and businesses.
 
For more information visit the Keep NSW Beautiful website. Read more

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

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

Rural & Regional Arts & Culture Small Grants Program

Charles Sturt University

The CUP Rural and Regional Arts and Culture Program is a small grants program (generally $500 – $1,000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours.
 
Registered community organisations may apply for a grant under this Round. Applications should demonstrate how the activity will support student engagement with learning and further education.
 
For more information visit the Charles Sturt University website. Read more

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

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

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

Hilltop Hoods Initiative

APRA AMCOS

Emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists are invited to apply for the Hilltop Hoods Initiative to help further their careers.

Offering a grant of $10,000 to cover costs associated with manufacturing, promoting and distributing an album or EP, the Initiative is open to APRA AMCOS members who have not yet released an album commercially.

While the grant is not intended to cover the costs of recording or mixing an album, it can be used for costs like mastering, publicity, artwork and vinyl manufacture.

Along with the cash, the winning artist will also receive legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers plus a Love Police ATM merch start-up kit.

For more information visit the website. Read more

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  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash and prizes. 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

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.
 
Applications for 2018 residencies closed in June 2017. Applications for 2019 will open in April 2018.
 
For more information visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

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

LEGENDAIRY

Dairy Australia

Australia’s dairy farmers and farming communities are proud, resilient and innovative. In short, they’re LEGENDAIRY.
 
The search for Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital calls on people from the country’s eight dairy regions to nominate their town for the prestigious title by sharing stories about what makes them LEGENDAIRY. Each finalist receives a $2,500 grant to invest in a community project.
 
One of those eight towns then go on to secure the coveted title of Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital 2017 and receive a further grant of $7,500 for its nominated community project.
 
For more information visit the LEGENDAIRY website. Read more

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

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

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

CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program

Charles Sturt University

Small grants ($500 – $1,500) are available from the Indigenous Students Centre to support community or individual initiatives through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and regional communities in CSU’s campus footprint.
 
For more information visit the Charles Sturt University website.
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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to revive and maintain languages, and to develop and present art.
 
The Indigenous Languages and Arts program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia’s Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.
 
Funding is offered in two ways: an open grant round and direct offer grants.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

Arts and Cultural Projects

Create NSW

Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups.

 

Funding range:

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

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

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

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.
 
Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Cultural Grants Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. This Cultural Grants program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects.
 
The Society would like to thank Create NSW for providing funding for 2016 – 2018 for the cultural grants program that supports local history and heritage projects facilitating an understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants each year.
 
For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

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  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Heritage Grants program is one of the Community, Youth and Senior heritage projects funded by NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and provides funding to individuals and community groups for local historical research. The program is designed to facilitate the dissemination of local Australian stories, expression of the diversity of Australian culture as it impacts on communities, and to highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues.
 
For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

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  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Unity Grants

Multicultural NSW

Unity Grants bring culturally diverse communities together to promote social cohesion and harmony.  Priority areas for Unity Grants are established each year prior to applications opening. Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.
 
Unity Grants of up to $30,000 are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • local councils in partnership with non-profit sharing community organisations.

 
Eligibility criteria and excluded activities are clearly outlined in our Grants Program booklet, please take the time to review this prior to submitting an application.
 
Please note only online applications will be considered. Read more

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  • Categories: Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Domino's Give for Good

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Building vibrant, resilient and adaptive rural, regional and remote communities is a vision shared by FRRR and Domino’s. We believe this can be achieved by harnessing and investing in the economic, community leadership and social strengths that exist in communities.
 
Give for Good is an annual program offering rural, regional and remote Australian communities grants of up to $5,000, for community-led projects that respond to one of these three impact areas. A total of $150,000 will be available in 2016.

  1. Education and youth initiatives (17yrs and over): provide young people in rural communities with opportunities to develop skills, access quality vocational and traditional education, and receive support for issues that may affect or hinder their participation and inclusion in community life.
  2. Leadership and entrepreneurship: to harness, nurture, develop and leverage the creativity that exists within communities to respond to local opportunities and challenges e.g. employment, tourism, enterprise, and local service sustainability.
  3. Skills, knowledge, and networks needed to prepare and recover from natural disasters: ensure that communities impacted by natural disasters can access support for community-led recovery when they are ready, and for projects that will facilitate their recovery. Importantly, better prepared communities tend to recover better, and funds will also be available to support projects that help communities to work together around risks and being prepared.

 
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

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Rural, regional and remote areas have an ageing population, just like the rest of Australia. The difference however is that often there aren’t the extensive facilities necessary to care for aged residents in their local communities.
 
Fortunately this situation is changing over time, but greater investment is required to enhance, and in some cases create, these facilities.
 
Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) is a targeted grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities.
 
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

Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.
 
It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000.
 
REAPing Rewards continues the essence of the former Rural Education Program (REP) and the Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program and incorporates new learning from the sector. This program is in high demand and we are currently seeking new funding partners to continue this valuable program.
 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal website. Read more

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

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

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

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

Service Organisations Program

Create NSW

Service Organisations Program funding is available to organisations whose primary purpose is providing services to members of the arts and cultural sector in NSW.
 
Organisations predominantly delivering curated arts and cultural programs should apply through the Annual Program funding category.
 
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?

  • Organisations dedicated to providing expertise, key services and critical functions to members of the arts and cultural sector in NSW
  • Applicants must demonstrate a central need within, and support from, the NSW arts and cultural sector for the services being provided.

Funding range
There are no minimum or maximum funding limits for this category, however, applicants should review the funding recipients list for an indication of the level of funding provided to successful applicants in previous rounds.
 
Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.
 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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

Annual Program Funding

Create NSW

An annual program consists of multiple arts and cultural activities delivered throughout the calendar year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of the program.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?
Organisations with a minimum annual income of $50,000* that:

  • received 2017 Annual Program funding from Arts NSW (now Create NSW) OR
  • have a history of three Arts NSW grants in three of the last five years (at the time of application).

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

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

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

 
 

Eligibility

  • Organisations must have an ABN or be supported by an organisation with an ABN, and be undertaking the project in NSW.

  • The planned activity must occur during Mental Health Month in October, promote positive mental health in the community and tie in with the theme for Mental Health Month 2017.
  • Organisations or community groups wishing to submit a grant application can apply in only one category.
  • Funds are not available for the self-promotion of for-profit organisations.
  • Funds are not available for work that an organisation is already funded to undertake

 
 
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:
 

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Regional Arts NSW

Application date for 2019 projects TBA. Read more

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

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

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 2019.
 
For more information visit the Gallery Lane Cove website. Read more

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

Priority Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
 
Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.
 
Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.
 
Priority Fellowships

  • Artist with Disability Fellowship
  • Western Sydney Artist Fellowship
  • Regional Arts Fellowship
  • Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

Who can apply?

  • Professional NSW artists, practitioners, creative partnerships/groups or arts and cultural workers
  • All Fellowships are open to all arts and cultural practitioners at any stage of their career, unless otherwise specified.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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

Artform Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
 
Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.
 
Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.

 

Artform Fellowships

  • Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)
  • Visual Artist Fellowship (Mid-career/Established)
  • History Fellowship
  • Peter Sculpthorpe Music Fellowship
  • Writers Fellowship
  • Performing Arts Fellowship

Who can apply?

  • Professional NSW artists, practitioners, creative partnerships/groups or arts and cultural workers
  • All Fellowships are open to all arts and cultural practitioners at any stage of their career, unless otherwise specified.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

Applications for 2018 NSW Grandparents Day event grants will open in mid 2018.
 
In 2017, the grant funding available for NSW Grandparents Day events increased from a total of $100,000 to $200,000. For first time a third funding category solely for local government organisations is available.
 
The 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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  • 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

Strong and Resilient Communities Grants

Australian Government

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver services under Families and Communities Program /Strong and Resilient Communities from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2021 for the following two grant rounds:
 

  • Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
  • Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants

 

Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
aim to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities and enhance their life time wellbeing and sense of community belonging.
 
Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole. This will be done through providing grants designed to address issues in communities that show potential for or early signs of low social cohesion, and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.
 
Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub websites. Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Multicultural
  • Open To: 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

Regional Partnerships

Create NSW

Regional Partnerships funding supports significant strategic and long-term partnerships in regional NSW that will stimulate strong and diverse regional arts and cultural activity, and leave a legacy.
 
This funding supports strategic partnerships across and beyond the arts and cultural sectors, including those with local government authorities or other public, private or community organisations.
 
The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.
 
Who can apply?

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW.
  • Recipients of previous Regional Partnerships funding are eligible to apply for support to take a funded project into its next phase.

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

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

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

Regional Cultural Fund

Create NSW

The Regional Cultural Fund has been established by the NSW Government to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits.
 
The Fund will invest $100 million over four years to drive growth in arts, screen, cultural and heritage infrastructure for the social, cultural and economic benefit of communities in regional NSW. Up to $25 million available in the first round of funding.
 
The Regional Cultural Fund will support investment in new and upgraded arts and cultural infrastructure, to support the provision of operational funding and to address the significant disparity in the quality and quantity of arts and cultural resources between regional and metropolitan areas.
 
There are four categories of funding:

  • Small scale regional cultural infrastructure (under $60,000)
  • Medium scale regional cultural infrastructure ($60,000 to $1 million)
  • Large scale regional cultural infrastructure (over $1 million)
  • Operational Grants.

 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events and activities across the state during the annual NSW Seniors Festival.
 
We fund projects that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy, engaged and contributing to their local communities.
 
Applications to the 2019 Grants Program will open in mid 2018.
 
For more information visit the NSW Seniors Festival website. Read more

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

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

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

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

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