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Community Grants

NRMA Insurance

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Supports initiatives that help make the community safer through one-off grants for road safety, crime prevention, environmental, or emergency readiness and response projects. Read more

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

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Up to $10,000 to enhance education and employment opportunities in rural, regional and remote areas, with preference given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people. Read more

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

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.

Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST.

This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close Saturday 21st January 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 21 January 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Museums Galleries Australia 2017 Bursary

Museum Galleries Australia

The 2017 Museums Galleries Australia National Conference will be held in Brisbane from 14-17 May. Members and colleagues are invited to apply for bursaries to assist in their travel and/or registration to attend.

General Information and Conditions
Please read all of these before applying for a bursary below.

It is important to note that bursary applications generally amount to over double the funds available. It is unlikely that applicants will be fully funded, and those applicants who make an effort to self-fund part of their conference costs are given some priority.


For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: 13 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Creative Industries, 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.

Key dates

Applications open: 16 January 2017

Applications close: 17 February 2017

Interviews and assessment: 17 February to 17 March 2017

Notification of successful applicants: 20 March 2017

Raising Money for your Art fundraising clinic: 12 April and 13 April 2017

Fundraising campaigns: 1 May 2017 to September 2017.

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: 17 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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.

Applications close: 20 February 2017.
02 8688 8666 or csf@justice.nsw.gov.au
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  • Closing: 20 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

City of Wodonga Community Impact Grants

City of Wodonga

The Community Impact Grants program aims to empower community organisations and individuals to grow ideas in an innovative and creative way, as well as looking to improve the city.

An individual can apply for a grant for less than $500 by telling the council about your idea.

Community organisations, workplaces and individuals auspiced by a community organisation can apply for grants ranging from $500 to $5000.

The grant program links to the outcomes and key priorities in the Council Plan. The program provides funding to support projects/events under the categories listed below:

All events, activities and projects must be held in the Wodonga municipality.

For more details click here. Read more

  • Closing: 22 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Helpmann Fellowships

Helpmann Academy

The Helpmann Academy is thrilled to be partnering with The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation to present this wonderful opportunity, open to emerging artists from all of our partner institutions.

Valued at up to $20,000 each, two fellowships will be awarded in both 2017 and 2018. The Fellowships will fund projects of significance, supporting early career artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices, shaping their future and empowering them to transform the cultural landscape. It is intended the Fellowships will enable artists to pursue professional development opportunities overseas or interstate.

The Helpmann Fellowships are made possible through a grant from The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation fosters excellence in the arts and is committed to supporting high quality arts programs to encourage a robust arts sector and increase its accessibility.

For more information contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7320 3330 or email nadia.dolman@helpmannacademy.com.au

Apply now / More info
www.helpmannacademy.com.au/opportunities/helpmann-fellowships
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  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Healing Foundation Microgrants

Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation is calling for urgent action to address the widespread crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations was just one of 54 comprehensive recommendations made in the 1997 Bringing them Home report to address the impact of forced removal on the Stolen Generations and their descendants. Most have not yet been implemented.

The report highlighted that many of the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (including substance abuse, mental illness and family violence) are strongly associated with the forced removal of children and the subsequent failure to provide healing.

“The Apology provided an important acknowledgement of the harm that was done but practical measures are urgently required especially to meet the needs of ageing Stolen Generations members within their lifetimes,” Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said.

Between now and the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home report on 26 May 2017 the Healing Foundation will be raising awareness of the outstanding needs of Stolen Generations members and their descendants through a new project called Heal Our Past, Build Our Future, BTH20.

As part of this project, the Healing Foundation is today announcing a series of grants to enable communities, Indigenous organisations and schools in each state and territory to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the report and celebrate their local Stolen Generations members.

Grant applications open Monday 13 February and close on Friday 24 February.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Rural & Regional Arts & Culture Small Grants Program

Charles Sturt University

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. Read more

  • Closing: 1 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

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. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Career Development Grants for Individuals

Australia Council for the Arts

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.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

The arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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

Arts Projects - Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • 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.

Applications for the most recent funding round closed on 27 June 2016. Read more

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

Border Trust Community Grants

Border Trust

Border Trust, together with our granting partners, invites submissions from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community based projects within the Albury Wodonga region.

Projects are funded ($500 – $3,000) for a one year time frame and grant must be used within twelve months of acceptance. Border Trust welcome partnerships and encourage applicants to seek funds from a range of sources.

In 2017 the following grants will be available:

    • Border Trust Community Grants
      • Community Grant Program
      • Victorian Challenge Grant Program
      • Adroit Insurance Group contributing towards projects with a Youth focus
      • Youth Engagement Grant

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  • Closing: 3 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Cultural Fund - Project Funding

Copyright Agency

Project funding – supports a mix of writing, publishing and visual arts projects from around Australia. Priority given to innovation in the Australian creative industries to develop local and foreign markets for Australian works and to projects not supported by government funding bodies. Read more

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

The Balnaves Foundation Grants

Balnaves Foundation

The Balnaves Foundation supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts. If your organisation primarily works in one or more of these areas then we would be happy to consider your application.

  • The Balnaves Foundation is open to receive applications at any time. There are no closing dates for applications.
  • This online application form is the first stage in applying for funding.
  • Your application will be considered by Trustees of the Foundation.

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

Harold Mitchell Foundation Grants

Harold Mitchell Foundation

The Harold Mitchell Foundation’s grant scheme is about helping people help each other. So many organisations out there are full of great ideas, people and drive. To make a really big difference in our community, they just need a little bit of money, and that’s what the Harold Mitchell Foundation provides. Since the Foundation started out in 2000, the Harold Mitchell Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health to the arts. Read more

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

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.
The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Priority Areas

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing,
  • small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project will be considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000.

The Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates.

Applications close: Ongoing
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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Community Led Grants

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invites applications for grant funding for activities that contribute to the achievement of any combination of outcomes identified in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy programme information provided in Annexure 1 of the IAS Grant Guidelines.

The types of activities that may be funded will address one or more of the Government’s priority areas:

  • Education – activities focused on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes that lead to employment. This includes activities that nurture and educate Indigenous children, youth and adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes improving family and parenting support; early childhood development, care and education; school education; youth engagement and transition; and higher education.
  • Employment and Economic Development – support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, including ensuring remote jobseekers participate in activities and gain experience that builds work-readiness and contributes to the broader community, foster Indigenous business and to assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits, including from natural and cultural assets and including the effective management of Indigenous-owned land and seas.
  • Community Safety – activities that make communities safer for Indigenous Australians, enabling them to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians.

Applications close: Ongoing
Contact: 1800 079 098 or iasgrants@pmc.gov.au
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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Lightbulb Moments

Regional Australia Institute

It’s often the ‘bright ideas’ local people have that create the greatest impact for local communities in regional Australia, and with 8.8 million regional Australians your ideas are just the beginning!

But sometimes, even the very best ideas and projects need a little helping hand to get going.

Have you got a fantastic project or bright idea that you are passionate about that will really make a difference to your community and economy? We want to hear about it!

The ‘top ten’ entries will WIN a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. One lucky National Winner will even get their own TV ad and Airtime Support Package thanks to PRIME7!

Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) will provide finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies that can support their project goals.

For prize details see Terms and Conditions.

With your passion and our help your idea could really take off.

So, what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW and plant a seed for your community’s success. Entries close Friday 10 March 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 10 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Support Grants

Multicultural NSW

Support Grants help individuals and communities to participate fully in community life and assist in building community capacity. Support Grants are flexible and varied, ranging from individual support for young people to participate in sport to providing services.

Priority areas are established each year.  Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.

Support Grants of up to $10,000 for an organisation and up to $500 for individuals are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • registered sporting clubs in sports recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

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.

2017 Priority Areas are:

  • Projects/ initiatives that use sport to engage with young people from refugee backgrounds
  • Support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are not or no longer eligible for settlement support
  • Promoting the meaningful participation of women and girls in the community
  • Regional communities where service gaps in meeting the needs of the diverse communities is evident
  • Supporting the participation of people with a disability from diverse backgrounds.

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  • Closing: 17 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • 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 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.

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 25th March 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit NAVA Grants or contact Penelope Benton, on (02) 9368 1900. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Dreams for a Better World

SunSuper

The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. It’s shared over four rounds and there’s a Grand Final event to celebrate and recognise those who generously give their time and effort to make the world a better place.

This year, if you really want to help a cause close to your heart, dream big, because you could receive up to $50,000 in grants to help make that dream a reality.

1. Submit

If your dream is for an Australian cause and can be undertaken in the next 12 months, submit your dream today!

2. Shortlist and public vote

Each quarter, our judges will select 6 dreams to make the shortlist, and then it’s up to you to get as many votes from the Australian public as you can. So get out there and let people know what you do and how you’re making the world a better place. Be different, be creative and show our judges just how much you want to be in our top 3.

3. Finalists

The 3 dreams with the most valid votes will be the category finalists and win $5,000 each.

4. Round winner

From the top 3 finalists, our expert panel of judges will decide which dream should be named the winner. They receive an additional $5,000 grant and go on to the Grand Final.

5. The People’s Choice

At the end of the year, we go back to the polls and ask the Australian public to vote for their favourite dream one last time. The People’s Choice $10,000 grant will go to the Round Winner with the most valid votes, and will be announced at the Grand Final Awards Night.

6. Grand Final

Winners from each round pitch to the judges and are invited to attend the Grand Final Awards Night where the annual winner is announced. Each of the four grand finalists will receive an additional grant of up to $30,000.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your dream for the chance to help your cause.

Terms and conditions apply

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

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.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to undertake pitch and business growth training. The top five applicants from each state and territory will take the stage between June and July 2017. Flights and accommodation are included for each finalist.

All state winners will be flown to Wagga Wagga for the national final on Friday 18th August.

Applications open 6 March 2017 here. Read more

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

Cross-Pollination

Australia Council for the Arts

Amount: Each participant will be provided with $6,000 to cover costs such as interstate travel and accommodation

Expressions of interest close: 14 March 2017

Notification:
28 March 2017

Activity dates: 1 April – 30 June 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest are now open for Cross-Pollination, an audience development initiative.

This program offers peer to peer learning for staff involved in audience development across different art forms and regions.  Each participant will be paired with a contrasting organisation and complete a two week exchange to discover how each works with audiences in situ. Group workshops before and after the exchanges will allow participants to develop plans and share experiences.

The intention is for future leaders in arts organisations to understand how audiences interact with different art forms and organisations, and the various strategies employed to attract, retain and/ or deepen engagement with audiences. The exchange will help participants identify good practice, encourage a rethink of current operations and generate new ideas that can be shared and applied to their own organisations.

The program will suit emerging to mid-career arts administrators involved in programming, curating, marketing, education or community engagement, working in presenting and producing organisations of all sizes. We are looking for curious and collaborative people.

Participants will be matched by Australian Council staff, with reciprocal exchanges to take place between April and June 2017 at a suitable time negotiated by each organisation. Workshop dates will be advised following the selection.

The Australia Council will provide each participant with $6,000 to cover interstate travel, accommodation and living away from home allowance for two weeks. Travel related to workshop participation will be arranged directly by the Australia Council.

Eligibility

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Note this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Selection Criteria

Australia Council staff and industry advisers will assess the impact of the opportunity for the individual, group, organisation, and/or work represented. They may consider one or more of the following:

  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed opportunity in delivering your audience development goals.
  • How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity as an arts professional and/or organisation to deliver your audience development goals
  • Evidence of how you have applied previous collaborative learning experiences to your career development.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their preferred areas of learning or exchange in the ‘About your project’ section of the EOI.

Supporting material

You must confirm your organisation has the resources and capacity to host an extra staff member for two weeks between April and June 2017 before applying and supply written approval from your General Manager (or equivalent) as support material.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

Expressions of interest are assessed against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a diverse range of art forms and type of organisation.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by 28 March 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Contact

To discuss your expression of interest, please contact James Cox, Audience Development Officer, 02 9215 9036 Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level New South Wales museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.

Up to $3,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Australian Museum Lifelong Learning Branch, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (National Centre for Creative Learning), or Sydney Living Museums. Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements provide volunteers from New South Wales volunteer managed museums and keeping places with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Up to $1,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Albury Library Museum, Australian Museum (Conservation Department), Hurstville City Library (Museum & Gallery), or the State Records of NSW. Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Fellowships offer senior staff from New South Wales museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.

Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Dallas Museum of Art (USA), Hong Kong Maritime Museum, or National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea). Fellowship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the  (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year.

In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

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  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investment Stream

Business

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

To be eligible you must be a legal entity, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
  • a not for profit organisation.

 

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • for profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Applications for the Community Investments Stream open on 18 January 2017 and close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants

Accessible Arts

Currently Closed.

The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000 – $20,000. Read more

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

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. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally. Read more

  • Closing: 12 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Brian White Scholarship

The Brian White Scholarship was launched in 2017 and be conducted annually. The program aims to encourage and foster the brightest, aspiring young minds in commercial radio news. It will help the recipient transition out of study and into the commercial radio industry.

The competition is open to recent graduates or students who are in their final year of study in an applicable course such as Communications, Media, Journalism and Radio. Entrants should have graduated no more than two years prior to the opening date.

The judges will be looking for a journalist who has a passion for radio news and is ready to take up an exciting opportunity to see how the major metropolitan newsrooms operate at Macquarie Media, Australian Radio Network, Nova Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo. The successful applicant will already be immersed in the news cycle and will relish the chance to sit in the same room as senior journalists at commercial radio stations to experience how the news is sourced and compiled.

What is the Prize

The ten finalists will be invited to attend a one day workshop in Sydney (flights will be included for interstate finalists). This is a unique opportunity for finalists to gain knowledge and insights from commercial radio News Directors and to receive valuable feedback about their news presenting style and delivery.

The Brian White Scholarship recipient will receive an eight week paid work attachment (two weeks in each newsroom at Macquarie Media Limited, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment) in either Sydney or Melbourne.

NB: Accommodation and flights will be included if the recipient lives outside of the city in which the attachment is to take place.

How to Enter

Entries are submitted online. You will be required to submit:

  • A one page document stating why you think you should be chosen as the recipient of the scholarship.
  • Two radio news bulletins written from supplied stories (download stories here). One should be aimed at an FM audience and the other at an AM audience.
  • MP3 audio of one of your written bulletins showcasing your news reading ability.
  • Complete the online entry form.

 

Hints & Tips on preparing your entry can be found here

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found here.

Entry into the competition is free. Entries close on Friday 13th April. Read more

  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

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 – by 30th March and 30th October. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF. Read more

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

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.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications open: 27 January 2017
Applications close: 23 April 2017
 

PURPOSE

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.

 

BENEFITS

PRINCIPAL BENEFIT

For the financial year of 2017-18 the Georges Mora Fellow will receive a cash grant of $10,000.
 
ADDITIONAL BENEFIT

The Fellow will receive one year’s premium membership to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

 

OPTIONAL BENEFITS

State Library Victoria

The Georges Mora Fellow can choose to annex their Fellowship with a three-month full time or up to twelve-month part time secure desk at the State Library of Victoria. This option provides the Fellow with uninterrupted time to work with the rich resources of the Library to explore new thinking and research new ideas. This benefit includes access to a private study within the Library, which can be used outside normal opening hours.

Self-Identified Local Residency

If the successful Georges Mora Fellow is based outside of Victoria, the Georges Mora Fellowship is open to working with the Fellow to arrange an alternative residency, akin to the State Library of Victoria offer, within the applicant’s state.

Self-Identified International Residency

The Georges Mora Fellowship can also assist the Fellow in applying for an international residency, should they choose to travel overseas for their project. Costs associated with this residency are the responsibility of the Fellow.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

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.
 

CONDITIONS

Applicants must be available to fulfill the Fellowship between July 2017 and June 2018.

Fellows must present a public outcome that results from their Fellowship with acknowledgement of the Georges Mora Fellowship’s support wherever possible.

 

APPLYING TO THE GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP

Application form – Word (.docx)
Application form – PDF
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: 23 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Multicultural Arts and Festivals Grants

Australian Government Department of Social Services

The Australian Government is inviting not for profit organisations to apply in an open process for funding under the Families and Communities – Strengthening Communities – Multicultural Arts and Festivals.

 

You can find further information about eligibility and how to apply on the Funding Open for Application page. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural

Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship aims to assist emerging artists to develop their practice through overseas travel or tuition. This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake formal study
  • undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist)
  • undertake informal study for a planned research project.

 

Funding Available
4 applicants will be awarded $5,000 plus GST each.

Closing date
23:59 AEST Saturday 29th April 2017.

This round is for projects taking place from September 2017 onwards. Read more

  • Closing: 29 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

National Library of Australia Fellowships

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia Fellowships for advanced research by scholars opens February, closes 30 April 2017.

Eight funded Fellowships are available for 2018, including two exciting new Fellowships: one for Curatorial Research supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Libary’s Treasures Gallery Access program, and a Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia for research across a wide range of fields.

The eight Fellowships available are:

  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation.
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Ryan Stokes
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by past and present members of the National Library Council
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Library Patrons and Supporters
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Research in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Curatorial Research, supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program

Additional Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to support research and special access, but without financial support.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist Support Quick Response

Create NSW

Artist Support Quick Response funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice and/or develop markets.

Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program 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.

Timeframe

Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Partnerships and groups.

Please note: priority will be give to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.

Funding range

Up to $5000.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

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

Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The aim of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence.

No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident. Merit of the proposed project is a key factor and a desire to share the research findings with the Australian community must be displayed. Read more

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

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: 23 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous, Literature, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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.
Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • 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. Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships. In 2017, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 6 June. Read more

  • Closing: 6 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to enable artists from regional NSW to be part of the professional art making community.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, installation and documentation

• professional development and education

• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $10,000 + GST.

Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 10th June 2017.

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  • Closing: 10 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Arts Touring

Create NSW

Regional Arts Touring funding supports projects that provide access to arts and culture for audiences living in regional NSW. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring

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.

Applications open: 1 May 2017
Applications close: 13 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

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.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 13 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Catalyst - Australian Arts and Cultural Fund

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations.

Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will enable access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives.

This grant works in quarterly rounds. Submissions must be made by midnight (AEST) 15 June for activities commencing after October 2016. Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

International Collaboration

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for alumni of the British Council ACCELERATE Leadership Program to apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding to generate international collaborations.  Collaborative projects or activities to be considered could be based either in Australia or internationally and we encourage you to be flexible, simple and open to new ideas. Projects must be delivered between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2017.

We will accept submissions up to 16 June 2017 or until the funding runs out. You can submit an EOI at any time between now and the closing date. The purpose of this fund is to:

  • Generate and support ideas for international collaboration between ACCELERATE alumni and international artists and/or arts organisations.
  • Build on the ACCELERATE UK trip and Yirama Yangga-na, the first alumni gathering in Wollongong.
  • Encourage idea exploration for the next gathering at the International Indigenous Arts Festival Yirramboi in May 2017.
  • Extend professional development of ACCELERATE alumni.

Eligibility

This opportunity is only available to the alumni of the ACCELERATE Leadership Program including the 2016 participants.

International collaboration should either be included in this activity or have the potential to be included in future activity. Collaborations can include Australian organisations as partners alongside international collaborators.

Only one application per participant.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Artist-in-Residence

Bundanon Trust

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1993 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 300 artists each year on both Bundanon and Riversdale sites. The properties are Arthur Boyd’s gift to the Australian people, and his vision for Bundanon was to provide an inspirational haven for artists to pursue their practice.

The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work. Read more

  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

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.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email: lachlan.herd@arts.nsw.gov.au

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

Useful Resources

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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.

Read more

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

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

In 2017, a total of $160,000 is available in grants of up to $10,000 for projects that celebrate, profile and share the outcomes of existing or past community and philanthropy partnerships – projects whose main aim is to fundraise or attract new partners are not eligible for support. The projects should bring to life this year’s theme of building stronger communities together. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants - Disability

Accessible Arts

The Quick Response Grant supports a range of small‐scale initiatives for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. 

The Grant offers funding up to $5,000 for artist projects that demonstrate evidence of urgency, unforeseen or sudden opportunity. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, 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.

Applications open: 8 May 2017
Applications close: 3 July 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

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 Arts NSW funding.

Funding range:

Minimum: $10,000
Maximum: $150,000

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 3 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Applications are open in 2017 for Service Organisations seeking annual funding. Information regarding Multiyear Program funding will be available later in 2017.

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: 8 May 2017
Applications close: 3 July 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

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.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 3 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage Grants (CATCH)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Up to $20,000 for activities that enrich the life of rural and remote communities in the areas of culture and tourism, the arts, history and heritage. Priority given to projects and activities that benefit communities of less than 10,000.

Priority also will be given to projects that have community based/grass roots development, a level of sustainability or direct contribution to the economic fabric of that community, share assets amongst community groups, take a group to the next level of sophistication, preserve community heritage using approved methods and collaborative arts models that are as inclusive as possible. Read more

  • Closing: 10 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2018 projects open Friday 26 May 2017 and close Thursday 27 July 2017. Guidelines are to be released. Read more

  • Closing: 27 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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 open for applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships on April 13, 2017 and close July 28.

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.

Read more

  • Closing: 28 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Arts Fellowship

National Library of Australia

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. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

National Stronger Regions Fund

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

This programme will provide funding over 5 years, commencing in 2015-2016, to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities. Grants between $20,000 and $10 million are available for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure or enhancement of existing infrastructure. The project must deliver an economic benefit beyond the project and should support disadvantaged regions. Round 2 will open on 1 May 2015. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

The 2015 Future2 Make the Difference! grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age.

Applicants may apply for two types of grant:

  • a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year
  • a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years

Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Funding range: 

  • Scholarships are valued at $10,000
  • Artform Fellowships are valued at $30,000
  • Priority Fellowships are valued at $50,000.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 7 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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.

Funding range: 

  • Scholarships are valued at $10,000
  • Artform Fellowships are valued at $30,000
  • Priority Fellowships are valued at $50,000.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 7 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for the 2018 Regional Arts Fund round are now open. Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

Applications for 2016 NSW Grandparents Day grants closed on Friday 12 August.

Grants will fund organisations to deliver events that encourage intergenerational learning and/or offer older people ongoing opportunities to participate in their local communities.

Category 1: $100 to $1,000 for small-scale local community events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools

Category 2: $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale regional events that are targeted at specific communities or targeted at local government and larger community organisations Read more

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

Building Safe Communities for Women

Australian Government Department of Social Services

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects under Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children funding round which is open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local governments.

These grants are designed to support communities to develop and implement practical solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in their own community; to help prevent this violence into the future; and to make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Read more

  • Closing: 27 August 2017
  • 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.

Applications open: 1 May 2017
Applications close: 28 August 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

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.

Funding range:

  • Up to $150,000 over a two-year period.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 28 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

The NSW Seniors Festival grants program funds events and activities across NSW that help seniors live active, healthy and socially connected lives.

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events for seniors during the annual NSW Seniors Festival. Read more

  • Closing: 12 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Australian National Commission for UNESCO

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian National Commission for UNESCO assists projects which will further National Commission and UNESCO priorities and objectives. Applications for grants for up to $20, 000 will be considered (note: the National Commission may decide to grant only part of the funding requested). Read more

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

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 will open in July 2017.

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

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the following year 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

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

International Residencies

Australia Council for the Arts

The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.

In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

Read more

  • Closing: 3 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

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. Read more

  • Closing: 14 October 2017
  • 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. Read more

  • Closing: 14 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Kickstart

Next Wave

Kickstart Helix is a fresh new learning program designed to support emerging and early career artists, curators, producers and writers from across Australia. This year-long program combines professional skills development with creative discussion and critical feedback through a series of residencies, workshops, showings and events, together with self-directed learning and ongoing staff support. Kickstarters are connected with peers, professionals and organisations from around the country, growing their networks and supporting them to produce and present their most ambitious work yet. Read more

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

Ian Potter Foundation Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

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.

The Arts program area is open once a year in Round 1.  It generally open for EOIs in November and closes in December. Read more

  • Closing: 8 December 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Create NSW

The Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.

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: 15  January 2018
Applications close: 26 February 2018 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Individuals based in regional NSW
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW
  • The project must include Aboriginal practitioners/arts workers in key creative roles, and incorporate Aboriginal cultures as the focus of the project.

Funding range:

  • up to $5,000 for individual professional artists
  • up to $20,000 for organisations, partnerships and groups.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 26 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations