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Grants From Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

National Cultural Heritage Account

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford.
 
The National Cultural Heritage Account keeps Australian protected objects in Australia so they can be preserved and made available to the public.
 
Cultural organisations that can care for and provide permanent public access to Australian protected objects have a priority for funding.
 
Individuals can also apply if they intend to gift the object to an eligible cultural institution with a permanent public collection. In these cases, the grant and the gifting of the object must be simultaneous.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can apply for funding even if they do not have a permanent public collection. This is because of the special significance of Class A objects of heritage to Indigenous communities.
 
The following Australian protected objects are priorities for funding:

  • Class A objects in Australia and overseas

  • Class B objects that have been denied an export permit
  • Class B objects that have been granted an export permit on condition that they be available at fair market value for purchase by an eligible cultural organisation
  • Class B objects that are overseas.

 
For more information and to apply visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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

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

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

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

Australian Government Incentives / Offsets

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Producer Offset
The Producer Offset is available to producers of Australian film and television projects including feature films, documentaries, television series (up to 65 episodes), telemovies and short form animation. Screen Australia can provide advice on whether a project meets the requirements for certification as Australian.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://screenaustralia.gov.au/producer_offset/
 
Location Offset
The Australian Federal Government provides an incentive for larger budget foreign films which film in Australia.The Offset is applied at a fixed rate of 16.5% of qualifying Australian expenditure on a film project and is available to productions with an Australian spend of more than AU$15 million.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive
 
Post/Digital/VFX (PDV) Offset
The PDV Offset provides a 30% rebate to projects that spend at least AU$500,000 on post, digital and VFX works in Australia, regardless of whether the production was shot in Australia.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive Read more

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

Visions of Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.
 
Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.
 
The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.
 
Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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.
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  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme aims to help manage, conserve and display maritime collections.
 
The Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme is managed by the Australian National Maritime Museum.
 
Grants of up to $10,000 are available to not-for-profit groups and other organisations to manage, conserve and display maritime collections. The scheme also supports staff or volunteers from remote organisations to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.
 
The Australian National Maritime Museum and the Department of Communications and the Arts jointly fund the scheme.
 
For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2018
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach program aims to bring Australian and overseas cultural material to all Australians through national tours, and help tour Australian works overseas.
 
The National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach (NCITO) Program aims to increase touring by Australian national collecting institutions so that Australian and overseas cultural material is accessible to all Australians, especially regional communities. It also aims to promote international awareness of Australia’s cultural heritage through overseas tours.
 
The national collecting institutions that can apply for funding are:

  • Australian National Maritime Museum

  • Bundanon Trust
  • Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
  • National Archives of Australia
  • National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
  • National Gallery of Australia
  • National Library of Australia
  • National Museum of Australia
  • National Portrait Gallery of Australia.

 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 3 April 2018
  • Categories: Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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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  • Closing: 6 April 2018
  • Categories: Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Heritage Grants

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Community Heritage Grants program aims to preserve and provide access to locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections across Australia.
 
The Community Heritage Grants program is managed by the National Library of Australia. It aims to preserve and provide access to locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections across Australia.
 
Not-for-profit community organisations such as historical societies, museums, public libraries, archives, galleries and Indigenous and migrant community groups can apply for funding to:

  • document, preserve, digitise and curate collections

  • provide collection management training in community-based workshops.

 
The program is jointly funded by the Department of Communications and the Arts, the National Library of Australia, the National Archives of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, and the National Film and Sound Archive.
 
Find out more and apply online: National Library of Australia: Community Heritage Grants program. Read more

  • Closing: 7 May 2018
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: 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

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations