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Publishing Industry Career Development Grants

Copyright Agency

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

Potential projects could include:

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

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

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

Amount of grant: $5,000 Read more

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

Reading Australia Fellowship

Copyright Agency

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

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

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

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

One Fellowship will be awarded each year. Read more

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

COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Copyright Agency

There are six core elements to the program:

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

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

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

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

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round One

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.

Grants for Round One will support projects that start after 1 August 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 May 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round Two

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved.

Grants for Round Two will support projects that start after 6 July 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Author Fellowship

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Author Fellowship will support an established Australian author to develop and create a new work, and is open to novelists, playwrights, poets, non-fiction writers, children’s and young adult writers, and journalists.

The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.

The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Amount of grant: $80,000

Projects must start after 1 October 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing will support an Australian author to develop and create a new work of creative non-fiction writing which will engage with key issues and topics for a broad readership.

The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian writer to create an important work that will connect with readers. Applicants should submit a compelling description of their intended project accompanied by a writing sample to demonstrate their literary merit.

Applications will be accepted for the following genres:

  • memoir
  • biography
  • autobiography
  • history
  • criticism and review
  • arts/science writing
  • political analysis
  • writing on the environment; and
  • other genres which contribute to the national discussion/polemic.

The Fellowship is not intended to support the creation of work for an academic or scholarly purpose and readership.

To be eligible to apply, the author must have a publishing contract in place or a letter of intent to publish from the publisher. This Fellowship will not replace any advance offered under the usual terms of a publishing contract.

The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication arising from the Fellowship.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Projects must start after 1 October 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship for a Visual Artist

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Fellowship for a Visual Artist will support an established Australian visual artist to develop and create new work in any medium.

The Fellowship will provide sustained support to an Australian artist to create an important work that connects with audiences. Applicants should submit a compelling project accompanied by support material to demonstrate their ability and artistic merit.

To be eligible to apply, the visual artist must have a contract with a commercial or public gallery to exhibit their work or a letter of intention to exhibit their work from a commercial gallery. This Fellowship will not replace any royalties and payments under the usual terms of a visual arts’ commission.

The successful applicant will agree to acknowledge the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund in any publication or exhibition arising from the Fellowship.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers.

One Fellowship will be awarded each year.

Projects must start after 1 October 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

CREATE Grant

Copyright Agency

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create.

These grants are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works.

Projects should span up to twelve months.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

These grants will support projects that start after 1 December 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals