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Wyndham Art Prize

Artists are invited to submit an application for selection into the 2018 Wyndham Art Prize.
 
The Wyndham Art Prize is a national prize attracting artists from all over Australia with

  • a non-acquisitive award of $10,000,

  • a People’s Choice award of $2000 and
  • two Deakin University Bursaries, $4000 for a PHD candidate and $2000 for an honours or Masters candidate. *conditions apply

 
Selected artists will be exhibited at the Wyndham Art Gallery between 30 March and 9 June. The exhibition opens and the winning artist will be announced on Thursday 29 March, 6.30 to 8.30pm
 
How to Apply

 
Entries close 5pm Friday 9 February, 2018
For further information:
Contact Visual Art Curators: Megan Evans, Maree Clarke
email: wyndhamartgallery@wyndham.vic.gov.au
phone: 03 8734 6021
website: www.wyndham.vic.gov.au/wyndhamartprize Read more

  • Closing: 9 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

2018 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Tom Malone Prize

The Art Gallery of Western Australia

The Art Gallery of Western Australia is pleased to announce the continuation of the Tom Malone Prize for Australian glass artists. The Tom Malone Prize was initiated in 2003 by Governor of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, Elizabeth Malone and celebrated its 15th anniversary in 2017.
 
The Prize continues through the support of Foundation Benefactor, Sheryl Grimwood, and has also been increased from $12,000 to $15,000. As an acquisitive prize, the winning work becomes part of the State Art Collection where it will join works by previous winners: Clare Belfrage, Gabriella Bisetto, Charles Butcher, Cobi Cockburn, Brian Corr, Mel Douglas, Deirdre Feeney, Kevin Gordon, Marc Leib, Jessica Loughlin, Tom Moore, Nick Mount and Benjamin Sewell.
 
The Tom Malone Prize is a highly respected national event within the Australian glass arts community and it has played an integral role in the Gallery’s acquisition of works by Australia’s most inspiring, innovative and accomplished artists in this medium.
 
For more information visit www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/Awards.asp Read more

  • Closing: 19 October 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Incubator Event Fund - Round Two

Destination NSW

The Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity. The fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.
 
For more information visit www.destinationnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: 13 January 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

John Fries Award

John Fries Award

The John Fries Award is an annual $10,000 art prize recognising the talents of early career visual artists.
 
Since its humble beginnings in 2010, the Award has established itself as a platform for some of the most engaging and experimental works from the next wave of contemporary artists from across Australia and New Zealand
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 January 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

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

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

NG Art Creative Residency

NG Art Creative

NG Art Creative invites national and international creatives of all career stages and art forms to Eygalières, Provence, Southern France.
 
NG Art Creative Residency is a sanctuary for creatives to create, paint, draw, sculpt, write, sing, rhyme, film, photograph, ponder life and collaborate, both in the studio and en plein air.
 
A home away from home, NG Art Creative Residency is an international multi-disciplinary creative residency that offers a place of respite, nourishment and enlightenment for creatives who seek to enrich their creative process.
 
The deadline for submission is the 31st January 2018.
 
Mas des Pelerins offers 3, 4 and 6 week residencies and caters for a maximum of 6 creative residents. Creatives can apply by submitting a 600-word proposal, a bio, CV and providing examples of work.
 
For more information please visit the official website. Read more

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

Visiting Artist-in-Residence Opportunities

Northern Rivers Community Gallery

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

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

Leadership Program & Scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council Leadership Program responds to the evolving arts ecology, and the need to support our sector’s emerging and established leaders with the skills and capabilities to lead through change.
 
At the heart of the program design is an understanding that our sector is already rich in knowledge and capability, and that artists and arts leaders learn and evolve through sharing stories and experiences. The program is built around these strengths, and aims to activate capacity and enrich the sector through knowledge-sharing and network-building across regions and areas of practice.
 
The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. Participants will share experiences, form dynamic connections, develop new skills and build confidence in their own capabilities. They will form networks and relationships, also share the benefits and outcomes of the program across their organisations and the wider arts community.
 
Partnerships & Scholarships
The Australia Council regularly seek out strategic partnerships with other institutions to invest in arts leadership development beyond what the Australia Council will deliver directly. These partnerships will enhance the program by targeting specific priority areas that are not covered by the core program. Other organisations might be better placed than the Australia Council to deliver certain priority areas or already have programs in place that we can play a role in, enhancing outcomes for the sector.
 
For more information on current Leadership Program & Scholarships visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship

National Cultural Heritage Account

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

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

  • Class A objects in Australia and overseas

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

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

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

NSW Government Exhibitions Scheme

Create NSW

The NSW Government Exhibitions Indemnification Scheme is operated by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The main purpose of the scheme is to provide a level of indemnity cover for exhibitions in art museums, regional art galleries and other organisations that meet certain standards. Applications to the scheme are currently accepted for exhibitions with a minimum value of A$5 million.
 
For information on the scheme, please contact Sam Wild, Manager Sector Investment, Create NSW on 8289 6425. Read more

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

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

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

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

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

Flying Start

Jetstar

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.
 
Tell us your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.
 
Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.
 
Grants will be awarded quarterly.
 
Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.
 
For more information visit the Jetstar website. Read more

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

Jardin Orange Residency

Jardin Orange Residency

Jardin Orange (“Orange Garden”) is a new artist residency in the north of Shenzhen, China. It has been host to and seeks to promote talented artists both from within China as well as to bring international artists to the burgeoning Chinese market. The overall mission of the project is to become an active participant in the region’s artistic growth as well as to become a “magnet” residency that attracts and supports young artists in their careers. Artists come here to be culturally flexible, push beyond their comfort zone, to work hard and to experiment with new forms of personal expression that they haven’t tried before.
 
Jardin Orange Artist Residency (JO) offers Artists-In-Residence (AIR) a unique environment to spend extended residencies within the burgeoning young metropolis of Shenzhen, in southern China.
 
This residency, in particular, is for artists to come explore their personal stylistic boundaries, to attempt things that they haven’t done before, to experiment with new techniques and to consider the advice of others. We strive to encourage, in every step of the creative process, the forward motion and evolution of each artist that pushes them ahead in their professional journey. Jardin Orange Artist Residency is designed as an opportunity for artists to intensively pursue creative work away from their home setting and to welcomely embrace the modern Chinese urban setting.
 
We are looking to host recognised international and regional artists so they can develop their creative visions to new limits and to work on a series of canvas pieces that can then be then displayed and sold in our gallery.
 
Eligible Applicants
JO offers 4 to 12-week duration residencies throughout the year. The goal is to host around 2-3 artists per month. This means, potentially, dozens of artists are provided the opportunity to live and work at Jardin Orange Artist Residency each year.
 
This residency is currently open (til end of 2017) to “local” (those residing in the SZ/HK/GZ area) the artistic genre of visual art of painting. Unfortunately, we are not equipped for the performing arts, music creation, installations, large sculptures and “old-school” photography processing.
 
Artists are expected to commit to this mission: Jardin Orange offers each artist the autonomy and space to engage in his or her personal stylistic exploration; the artist is thought to be flexible, willing to push beyond one’s comfort zone and experiments with new forms of artistic expression and techniques.
 
2018 Applications are submitted by e-mail to jardinorange@gmail.com. A complete application includes:

  • an updated CV and biography (including all exhibition events / websites / shows)

  • a high-resolution visual portfolio your art work of the past 3 years (.pdf)
  • online or digital price reference list for recently sold canvases or works (and average sale price of 1x1m canvas)
  • artist letter of intent: what projects you would like to work on during your stay, how many and why

 
Facilities
Each resident is provided access to an individual studio space (37 sq. meters) and shared kitchen space. Sometimes, studios may be shared depending on volume of artists. Studios are located inside the residency’s three-story building and are fully equipped. Have 300-sq. meter public gallery and several offices.
 
Program Fees

  • Paid by host: Private living accommodations, reasonable amounts of studio and art materials (if not already available), gallery set-up for exhibition

  • Paid by artist: Travel to/from residency, personal travel / excursions beyond residency-based activities, spouses or assistants, insurance, visa costs, daily living expenses

 
For more information visit the official website. Read more

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

Vermont Studio Center Residency

Vermont Studio Center

Each month, VSC welcomes over 50 artists and writers from across the country around the world to our historic campus in northern Vermont.
 
Welcome to the Vermont Studio Center’s online application.
 
We have 3 fellowship deadlines per year: February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st. For details on current awards, visit: vermontstudiocenter.org/fellowships
 
Fellowship applications open 6 weeks prior to each respective deadline. All artists & writers living and working anywhere in the world are welcome to apply.
 
Fellowship applicants are juried together and can expect to hear back from us approximately 8-12 weeks after the deadline closes.
 
We accept general (non-fellowship) applicants on a rolling basis year-round.
 
For updated deadlines and residencies, visit the official website. Read more

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

Rimbun Dahan Artist in Residence

Rimbun Dahan

Rimbun Dahan in Malaysia runs a range of artists’ residencies to encourage visual artists, choreographers and other creative individuals to explore and develop their artistic work.
 
Rimbun Dahan welcomes international artists (from countries other than those in the ASEAN/South East Asian region), with or without partners and family. We provide accommodation (living space and work space) for a monthly fee of RM (Malaysian Ringgit) 4,000, for any length of residency. A 50% refundable deposit is required at least three months before the start of the residency, with the balance to be paid on arrival. The fee goes back into subsidizing the residencies of artists from ASEAN at Rimbun Dahan.
 
The choice of accommodation will depend on availability. The fee includes weekly room cleaning and linen change, and some logistical support like transport for weekly shopping trips for food, airport meet and transfer, free WiFi, inclusion in any events that might be happening at Rimbun Dahan from drinks by the pool to trips to openings or events in KL or the local area. The swimming pool and tennis court are available for use by resident artists at any time.
 
Please send expressions of interest, along with desired dates for residency, to:
 
Ms Syar S. Alia, Arts Manager
syar@rimbundahan.org
 
For more information visit the official website. Read more

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

Eramboo Artist Residency Program

Eramboo Artist Environment

Applications now open for an artist residency at Eramboo. A live in residency is ideal for regional, inter-state or international artists working in all media, writers, musicians, dance or performance artists. Available for one week or three months.
 
Eramboo Artist Environment is a contemporary creative art space on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, where artists flourish and grow connections between art, nature and the community.
 
Eramboo is located on the edge of Kuringgai National Park, 45 mins from Sydney CBD, close to the Terry Hills shopping village and cafes. Access to a car is recommended, public transport via Terry Hills (1.9km away), 5 minutes drive to Church Point, 15 minutes drive to Northern Beaches.
 
Inspirational bushland setting for developing a body of work or a site responsive project or to simply to grow creatively for solo artist or artist couple.
 
Simple studio accommodation includes kitchenette, access to larger kitchen, double bed, seperate toilets, washing machine, shower, wifi, parking, eco friendly, quiet, 24/7 access. Additional studio space and teaching rooms can be hired.
 
Opportunity to immerse yourself in a peaceful natural environment where you can truly focus on your work.
 
Eramboo is a not for profit arts organisation, a registered charity and in a cultural partnership with Northern Beaches Council. It is operated by a volunteer Directors board and is funded by studio hire fees, fees from classes &workshops, grants, donations and sponsorship.
 
It operates 7 creative studios, a live in residency program for International, Interstate and Regional artists, a gallery space and exhibition program, a Masterclass Program, art classes and creative events.
 
Eramboo arts programs include visual artists working in all media, writers, musician, public art, and performance.
 
Please visit our website for online application form or email info@eramboo.com for further information. Read more

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

Mandorla Art Award

Mandorla Art Award

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

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

BigCi Residency

BigCi

Artists undertake BigCi residency for an agreed period of time to develop ideas, create new work or to deepen their existing art practice.
 
They stay either at the Art Shed, the Barn, or the House, subject to availability and individual project requirements that will be discussed with each applicant.
 
The Art Shed, the Barn, the House, and the 8 acres of the property’s bush land are available for all kinds of initiatives. The extraordinary beauty of the surroundings provides a ground for creativity and professional development.
 
Proposals are welcome throughout the year – each season has its own creative possibilities. It is recommended that applications are submitted well in advance.
 
Successful applicants are charged a subsidised residency fee, which is AUD$250 (plus $25 GST) per person per week for Australian artists and AUD$300 (plus $30 GST) for International artists. Please note that these subsidised fees are available only to self-funded artists. Our rates for organisations are AUD$500 (plus GST) for Australian artists and AUD$600 (plus GST) for International artists.
 
The residency fees include artist accommodation, work space, shared living facilities, bathroom, kitchen, internet, electricity, water. They also include artist support and assistance in facilitation of the projects.
 
Successful applicants will be responsible for all other costs including food, transport, travel costs, insurance, and art materials. There is no stipend or living allowance attached to the stay in BigCi. The artists should consider other ways to fund their visit.
 
At the time of booking, artists will be required to pay total residency fee and a refundable bond of AUD$500. The refundable bond covers any costs associated with damage or extraordinary cleaning.
 
BigCi is located on the edge of Wollemi National Park, about one hour and a half away from Sydney. Due to the remote location of BigCi, a car is strongly recommended. Please note that BigCi does not provide transport and that the artists are responsible for making the necessary arrangements. In cases when the artist is unable to have a car, we will provide a pickup/drop off from Richmond train station on arrival/departure and once a week transport for food shopping.
 
There is a possibility of an exhibition, performance, workshop or other special event during or at the end of the residency, as well as a representation on the BigCi website and social media.
 
To secure the booking, the residency fee and the refundable bond are payable upon the approval of the application form. All applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation

One of the most prestigious international grants available to emerging figurative artists.
 
The mission of the Foundation is to promote and encourage the acquisition and development by students and artists of the necessary training, skills and competence in the traditional means of artistic expression. The Foundation provides financial assistance, by way of grants, to students and artists in the early or developmental stage of their career who work in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking and demonstrate a commitment to making their art a lifetime career.
 
The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no deadline for filing an application.
 
The Foundation does not accept applications from commercial artists, graphic designers and illustrators, photograpgers, cartoonists, animation artists, video artists, filmmakers and digital artists, craft makers, artists who work in the decorative arts. The Foundation does not provide funding for the pursuit of abstract or non-objective art.
 
The Foundation has no geographic or residency requirements, grants are available to eligible applicants from around the world.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery

The Artist in Residence allows the Gallery to increase engagement of our local community with artists, deliver creative programs to the region and encourage new relationships and skills development.
 
The Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery started its life as Customs House, and then became the Commonwealth Bank, followed by the Library and finally the Gallery.
 
During the time the building was occupied as a bank, the first floor served as accommodation and living and dining quarters for the Bank Manager.
 
The Gallery has retained the accommodation area, which is now used as the Artist in Residence apartment.
 
The residence is used by visiting artists and tutors, and consists of a bedroom, lounge room, adjoining balcony and bathroom facilities functioning as a self-contained unit. Laundry and cooking facilities are located on the first floor in a separate shared space.
 
Over the years the apartment has been a residence for international artists through to local artists sharing their skills and experience with our local community.
 
The Artist in Residence allows the Gallery to increase engagement of our local community with artists, deliver creative programs to the region and encourage new relationships and skills development.
 
If you would like to find out more about opportunities surrounding the residence please contact the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery on phone (07) 4130 4750 or via email at bragadmin@bundaberg.qld.gov.au Read more

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

Macquarie Group Foundation

Macquarie Group Foundation

Macquarie Group Foundation is one of Australia’s oldest and largest corporate benefactors, providing support across the community spectrum including health care and research, education, the arts, welfare and the environment.
 
The Macquarie Group Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals. The Foundation supports organisations which have the existing involvement of Macquarie staff through significant volunteering, fundraising, pro bono work or board/management committee involvement.
 
For more information please visit www.macquarie.com. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General

National Competitive Grants Program

Australian Government Australian Research Council

The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP). As part of its commitment to nurturing the creative abilities and skills of Australia’s most promising researchers, the program includes Humanities and Creative Arts. In most cases, researchers prepare an application for funding that is submitted to the ARC through a university Research Office, or equivalent office in other organisations.
 
For more information and the full list of grants visit the Australian Research Council website. Read more

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

James N. Kirby Foundation

James N. Kirby Foundation

The Foundation’s overall goal is to distribute grants to charitable, educational and technical bodies throughout Australia in the areas of health, education, technology and science, art, and literature.
 
The Arts and the environment have more recently seen an increase in grants as we respond to the changing nature of our global community.
 
For more information please visit www.kirbyfoundation.com.au Read more

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

IMB Community Foundation

Illawarra Mutual Bank

IMB has grown alongside the communities in which we live and work, and we believe it’s important to play our part and give back. The IMB Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a way for IMB to assist community groups in building community assets.
 
The foundation supports projects that reflect its objectives, which include enhancing the economic self-sufficiency of communities, as well as generating economic, social, cultural, environmental, tourism and educational benefits for those communities.
 
For more information please visit www.imb.com.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 February 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Millay Colony for the Arts Residency

The Millay Colony

The Millay Colony for the Arts (USA) offers one-month residencies to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between the months of April and November.
 
The Millay Colony is an artists residency program in Upstate New York offering one-month and two-week retreats to six visual artists, writers and composers each month between April and November. We also offer a select number of group residencies for collaborating artists and virtual residencies for those who can’t spend prolonged time away from home. We welcome artists of all ages, from all cultures and communities, and in all stages of their career. Each residency includes a private bedroom and studio as well as ample time to work in a gorgeous atmosphere. We do not emphasize events or production goals. We believe we can offer artists nothing more precious than the chance to work, and we provide everything an artist needs to organize her time for maximum productivity.
 
Setting
Our seven-acre Upstate New York campus, with its lovely meadows and forest, is adjacent to the former home and gardens of poet Edna St. Vincent Millay and the exquisite Harvey Mountain State Forest. Our residents and guests have access to trails for hiking and bicycles, as well as meadows for picnics (with wild blueberry, wild thyme and a delicious mix of plants and flowers) and creeks and streams for cooling off. In the Winter, residents may choose to go cross-country skiing.
We are near the towns of Chatham, NY and Great Barrington, MA (a lovely Berkshire town with all the trimmings).
 
Dining
Our chef cooks healthy delicious dinners and also provides food for residents to cook their own day-time meals. We are happy to respond to food allergies as well as vegetarian, vegan and other diets. We have a barbecue for outdoor grilling and get-togethers.
 
Facilities
The Steepletop Barn has four bedrooms and four studios with beautiful meadow and mountain views. The Main Building was featured in the July ’98 issue of Architectural Record for its sleek look and commitment to universal access. This building contains two residency suites and studios as well as common areas open to all residents, including the kitchen, dining and living areas, and a laundry room. All are fully accessible. The Main House also has a darkroom, a Yamaha U1 upright piano, a large collection of art books, lounges, a public telephone, and WiFi. In our adjacent offices, we have a fax machine, copier, computer and printer which residents may use.
 
TO APPLY
Applications to our artists residency program must be submitted online or postmarked by one of our deadlines, either October 1 or March 1st. All residents are judged anonymously by a panel of artists in their field. We aim to make the jury process as transparent and “fair” as possible. You can read about past juries on our Juries page. Please visit out Application Page for more information.
 
Status of all applications are emailed out either late January for the October 1st deadline, or mid-May for the March 1st deadline.
 
For more information, please email or call the Residency Director Calliope Nicholas at residency@millaycolony.org or 518-392-3103
  Read more

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

Unconformity Artist Residencies

Unconformity

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

  • $2,500 artist fee

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

 
For more information visit the Unconformity website.

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

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

Hutchins Australian Contemporary Art Prize

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

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

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

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

 
For more information visit the Balnaves Foundation website. Read more

  • 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 we’re here to provide. Since we started out in 2000, the Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health to the arts.
 
The Harold Mitchell Foundation is bound by Australian taxation laws and its Trust Deed in terms of to whom grant funding can be legally provided. Before your proposal can be considered by our Foundation, your organisation must fulfil a number of eligibility requirements, as well as meet our project funding criteria and understand its obligations should you be successful in receiving project funding.
 
For more information visit the Harold Mitchell Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • 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.
 
For more information visit the Myer Foundation website. Read more

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

Community Led Grants

Australian Government Department of 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
More information and application details Read more

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

Border Trust Community Grants

Border Trust

Border Trust, together with granting partners, invites submissions from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community based projects within the region.
 
The Grant Program opens 1 February annually.
 
All organisations applying for funding must:

  • Lie within the Border Trust’s local government areas of Albury, Alpine, Corowa, Greater Hume, Indigo, Towong, Tumbarumba & Wodonga

  • Be community based and function for charitable purposes with a registered ABN
  • Organisations with, and without, Deductible Gift Recipient status are invited to apply
  • An auspicing body may be considered in exceptional circumstances (discuss with Border Trust prior to submitting your Application).

 
For information on grants available or to discuss your project and eligibility, please contact the Border Trust office on 0260513349 or mail@bordertrust.org.au.
 
Projects are funded for a one year time frame and grant must be used within twelve months of acceptance. We welcome partnerships and encourage applicants to seek funds from a range of sources. Read more

  • Closing: 15 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

David Bryce Rural Art Award

David Bryce Rural Art Award

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

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. Residencies

Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc.

The Broken Hill Art Exchange Inc. residency provides facilities for artists and other industry sectors across various fields to research and practise artistic endeavours. There are three residency application categories:
 

  • Professional practice: for self-initiated projects and private studio time

  • Community development: to engage local communities and groups through workshop or projects
  • Industry development: for long-term residencies with a view to enhance Broken Hill’s reputation as a profitable artistic hub

 
For more information visit www.brokenhillartexchange.org.au Read more

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

Artist in Residency Program

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

The Gallery is pleased to be able to offer two new Artist-In-Residence studios in the picturesque rural rural village of Collector, NSW. One is ideally set up as a ceramic studio, but may be used for any other media. The other is part of the Some Cafe with a self-contained 2 bedroom stone house and sunny north facing terrace + studio space, and would be a fantastic space for an artist working in any medium. The Galley is grateful to CreateNSW and a private regional donor who have contributed generously to enable both these residencies.
 
For more information visit goulburnregionalartgallery.com.au Read more

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

Artist Residency

Sunsiz Media

Sunsiz Media invites artists and writers to experience the NSW outback to create works of art and spend time in the black opal mining town of Lightning Ridge.
 
Dr Jillian Gates, artist, educator and director of Sunsiz Media discovered this retreat in 2008 while completing her Ph.D and found it was the perfect site to write and give her students a greater appreciation of en plein air painting.
 
From 2014 this Residency is open to mid career artists interested in contemporary art practice and writing. Artists working in installation and other spatial and temporal practices who want to exhibit their work in Sydney should contact Articulate project space in Leichhardt, NSW, with a proposal.
 
Please state briefly why you would like to stay at the Residency and tell us about your project and what you would like to achieve. Please include the dates you require.
 
Preference will be given to artists who are sensitive to “off the grid” living and the surrounding environment.
 
For more information visit sunsizmedia.com/applications/ Read more

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

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

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

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

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

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

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

Australia-India Council

The Australia-India Council

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

  • The Arts (including literature and film)

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

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

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

SITEWORKS Call for Proposals

Bundanon Trust

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • a first draft showing of a new work

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

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

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

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round One

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

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

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

Australia Korea Foundation

Australia Korea Foundation

The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation are to:

  • Increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship

  • Develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • Increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

 
Generally, the AKF Secretariat will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, then a subsequent ‘intersessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year, also advertised on the AKF website.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: 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.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded each year to a contemporary artist who has demonstrated gravitas within their art. The Fellowship provides financial support, residency opportunities and access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. A public outcome is expected.
 
The Georges Mora Fellowship is open to any Australian citizen or permanent resident who has a demonstrated art practice. The successful Fellow will have shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art. Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. There is no age limit.
 
Applicants are shortlisted by the board of the Georges Mora Fellowship. An independent panel of recognised arts and cultural professionals then awards the Fellowship. In selecting the Fellow consideration is given both to the artist’s past work and if it has demonstrated gravitas and if the proposed Fellowship project will extend the boundaries of the artist’s practice in new and significant ways. The Georges Mora Fellowship seeks a Fellow who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art and who wishes to challenge their practice and the field of contemporary art further.
 
For more information visit the Georges Mora Fellowship website. Read more

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

Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

A Churchill Fellowship can offer you (as an Australian citizen) the remarkable opportunity to travel overseas to investigate a topic or an issue that you are passionate about.
 
It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in a similar space to inspire new ideas, innovation, and excellence.
 
The high international regard for Churchill Fellowships provides a pathway for Churchill Fellows to access expertise from around the world that is not typically available to everyone, expanding your knowledge and experience for the benefit of Australian society.
 
There is a high level of visibility and credibility associated with being a Churchill Fellow.
 
No prescribed qualifications are required in order to apply for a Churchill Fellowship, however, the Fellowship is NOT designed to enable applicants to complete tertiary qualifications.
 
The subject of your proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident and a willingness to share the knowledge gained with Australia is displayed.
 
For more information visit the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Hadley's Art Prize

Hadley's Orient Hotel

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

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

Artist in Residence Program

Grafton Regional Gallery

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

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

Green Globe Awards

Environment & Heritage NSW

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

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

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

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

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

Creative Arts Fellowship

National Library of Australia

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

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

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

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

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

Small Grants

Way Ahead - Mental Health Association NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

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

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

The ClubGRANTS Scheme

Clubs NSW

To ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to their local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs.

Overview

  • Category 1 funding is available for specific local community priorities such as community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities.
  • Category 2 funding is focused on core club activities (such as an RSL supporting veterans welfare) and traditional areas of club expenditure, such as support for sport and recreation groups.
  • Category 3 Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. Grants are available for sport, emergency and disaster relief, and arts and culture infrastructure.

If you are unsure of which council area you belong to, you can check here.

Website: http://www.clubsnsw.com.au/clubgrants.aspx
Phone: 1300 730 001
Email: enquiries@clubsnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • 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 for the 2018 Creative Fellowships closed on 28 July 2017 and will re-open in April 2018 for the 2019 Fellowships.
 
The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

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

Read more

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  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Fellowship & Scholarship, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Fleurieu Biennale Art Prize

The Fleurieu Biennale

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

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

NSW Community Safety Fund

NSW Government

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

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

For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

  • Exhibitions Projects

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

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

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

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation

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

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

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

Doug Moran Portrait Prize

Moran Arts Foundation

For the past 30 years the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize (DMNPP) has encouraged both excellence and creativity in contemporary Australian portraiture by asking artists to interpret the look and personality of a chosen sitter, either unknown or well known.
 
Founded by Doug & Greta Moran and family in 1988, the DMNPP is an annual Australian portrait prize supporting Australian artists and the wider arts community by holding the free annual Moran Prizes exhibition at Juniper Hall Paddington, displaying the top 30 works selected by nominated judges each year.
 
Currently with an annual first prize of one hundred and fifty thousand dollars ($150,000), the Prize is an important part of Australia’s Arts calendar. The Prize is acquisitive and the winning portrait immediately becomes the property of the Moran Arts Foundation, to be exhibited permanently as part of the Moran Arts Foundation Collection.
 
Prize Money
Winner: $150,000
All Finalists: $1,000
 
For more information visit www.moranprizes.com.au/doug-moran-national-portrait-prize Read more

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

Megalo International Print Prize

Megalo Print Studio & Gallery

Megalo Print Studio + Gallery are pleased to announce the first Megalo International Print Prize with an impressive $18500 in prize money.
 
FIRST PRIZE – $10,000
SECOND PRIZE – $5000
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – $1000
LERIDA ESTATE ACQUISITIVE PRIZE – $2500
 
Artists may enter up to 2 works.
Entry fees are $40 for 1 work or $60 for 2 works.
 
For more information visit www.megalo.org/megaloprize Read more

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

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2019 will open in July 2018.
 
The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.
 
Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information view the website. Read more

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

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2018 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the 2019 Summer Scholarship will re-open in July 2017.

 
The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.
 
Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.
 
The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.
 
For more information visit the website here. Read more

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

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round Two

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

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

Read more

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

9×5 Landscape Prize 2018

Waverley Woollahra Art School

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

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

A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize

Gleneira City Council

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

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

Economic and Community Participation Grants

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government has a major funding round open for grants to:

  • Increase participation of all people with disability in arts and culture or sport and recreation
  • Increase employment of all people with disability.

These grants are offered to organisations by the National Disability Insurance Agency under its Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program. Applications close on 21 October. See the link below to detailed information on eligibility, types of activities and online application forms:

Economic and Community Participation: to increase employment and community participation of all people with disability (not just people eligible for NDIS packages). Types of activities that the grant round will fund include:

  • create employment pathways for people with disability; build capacity for employers to attract and retain workers with disability; build entrepreneurship/self-employment capacity for people with disability, including social enterprises (Stream 1)
  • increase participation of people with disability in arts and culture and sport and recreation (Stream 2).

The funding pool is $30 million nationally in this round, with a minimum $100,000 per grant for one year or minimum $300,000 per grant over three years.

 

Guidelines are at: https://www.ndis.gov.au/community/grants/economic-and-community-participation-program Read more

  • Closing: 21 October 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Copland Foundation Grants

Copland Foundation

These Copland Foundation Grants fund projects throughout Australia that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests, namely:
 

  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition, and interpretation of collections,

  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition and interpretation of relevant historic architecture,
  • The provision of education programs, whether for staff of such museums, institutions, societies, organisations or for the general public,
  • The purchase of art works and/or other artefacts, to be identified on public display by the purchaser as a gift from the Copland Foundation.

 
The Copland Foundation grants are divided into three categories:

  • Acquisitions: To assist galleries, museums and historic houses in the acquisition of objects that may come up at auction, the Trustees will consider such applications at any time of the year.

  • Conservation
  • Interpretation: Grants will be awarded for the conservation, research and/or interpretation of historic houses or gardens, or collections and individual pieces already held by an institution.
     
    * Historic Houses
    Priority programs are those involving historic houses, their collections and gardens. While grants are not limited to this category, the Trustees will be particularly pleased to receive grant applications that come under this heading.
     
    Deadlines
    Applications for acquisition grants are accepted at any time, while the deadline for those relating to conservation or interpretation projects is November 15th each year.
     
    For more information please visit www.coplandfoundation.com.au Read more

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

2020 Artist in Residence - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

Applications are now open for the 2020 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence Program.

The residency program awards $20,000 (ex GST) to an artist/collaborative group to develop a responsive project for installation/presentation in the public domain. The residency must engage with the local community and draw inspiration from the people and place of Broken Hill; celebrating it as a living museum.

The residency program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines.

Submissions close Friday 31 January 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Festivals Australia

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

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.

There are two funding rounds each year which generally open in February and September

Current Round: February 24, 2020 09:00 AEDT to March 22, 2020 17:00 AEDT

The above funding period is for projects commencing from 1 July 2020.

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

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

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.

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

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020.
  • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Arts Projects - Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

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

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020.
  • Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Alice Prize

Alice Springs Art Foundation

The Alice Prize is an acquisitive national contemporary art prize, welcoming entries from around Australia, in any medium or theme. In 2020, the Alice Prize will celebrate its 41st incarnation with the award for the winning artwork of $30,000.

 

Important Dates

  • Entries Close Midnight Friday 7 February 2020
  • Official opening & announcement of the winner of the 41st Prize will be on Friday 17 April 2020 at 6pm at the Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs
  • Exhibition Dates Saturday 18 April to Monday 8 June 2020
  • Announcement of People’s Choice winner Wednesday 17 June 2020

For more information visit the Alice Springs Art Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 February 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist in Residence

Bundanon Trust

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

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

For more information visit the Bundanon Trust website. Read more

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

National Regional Arts Fellowship Program

Regional Arts Australia

The Australian Government has announced a National Regional Arts Fellowship Program for artists practicing, working and living in regional, rural and remote Australia. Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Visions of Australia

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

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

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

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

  Read more

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

The Churchie National Emerging Art Prize

Anglican Church Grammar School

Since its inception in 1987, the prize has sought to identify and profile the next generation of contemporary artists from across Australia. Offering a total prize pool of $25,000 the overall winner receives a non-acquisitive $15,000 cash prize.

Entry to this annual prize is open to artists of all ages and disciplines who identify as early career and are Australian citizens or residents. Artists may submit up to five artworks for consideration, accompanied by an artist CV, and a 300-word artist statement.

 

  Read more

  • Closing: 1 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Koori Projects

Create NSW

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW.

This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity.

Your intended projects may cover the following elements:

  • NSW Aboriginal cultural development
  • contemporary practice
  • sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way
  • promoting NSW Aboriginal culture
  • strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector.

Who can apply for funding?

You must be an:

  • Aboriginal individual or
  • Aboriginal organisation; and
  • have a strong cultural affiliation with country that is now called NSW.

 For more information visit www.creatensw.gov.au 

Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.

The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.

The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.

Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Telstra Bark Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra General Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) – $5000
  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) – $5000
  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) – $5000
  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) – $5000
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award

A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.

All awards are non acquisitive.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program: Bushfire Renewal Round

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The 2020 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP): Bushfire Renewal Round will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.

The ACDGP: Bushfire Renewal Round opened for applications at 9am (AEST) on 10 February and closes 2pm (AEST) on 16 March 2020. Applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants at https://dfat.smartygrants.com.au/ACDGP2020-21.

For more information please read the 2020 Guidelines: Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program or email Cultural.Diplomacy@dfat.gov.au.

This grant provides funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia overseas.

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.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Stanthorpe Art Prize

Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery

Total prize money of $50,000 will be awarded at the Stanthorpe Art Prize 2020.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • $25,000 Stanthorpe Art Festival 2020 Award – First Prize
  • $5000 Significant 2D Award
  • $5000 Significant 3D Award
  • $2000 Emerging Artist Award
  • $1000 Volunteers Choice Award
  • $1000 Local Artist Award
  • $500 Youth Award
  • $500 Public Choice Award

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Gallipoli Art Prize

Gallipoli Art Prize

Australian artists are invited to enter one piece of original work produced in oil, acrylic, watercolour or mixed medium in the Gallipoli Art Prize competition.

The Art Prize will be awarded to the artist who best depicts the spirit of The Gallipoli Memorial Club’s creed:

“…there exists an obligation for all to preserve the special qualities of loyalty, respect, love of country, courage and comradeship which were personified by the heroes of the Gallipoli Campaign and bequeathed to all humanity as a foundation of perpetual peace and universal freedom.”

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize

Ravenswood School for Girls

The Ravenswood Australian Women’s Art Prize is an annual prize and exhibition conducted by Ravenswood School for Girls that aims to inspire, promote and connect generations of female Australian artists and foster mentorship through its unique prize structure.

The three prize categories are the Professional Artist Prize of $35,000, the Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000 and the Indigenous Emerging Artist Prize of $5,000.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 18 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Strengthening Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

  1. Small & Vital grants

Small & Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small & Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Applications close 24 March, 2020
  1. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The Larger Leverage tier is focused on supporting two types of projects:

  • a) Projects delivered in remote or very remote communities;
    b) Projects that require more financial support in order to enhance the community or organisational capacity and accelerate the outcomes to be achieved.
  • Applications close 4 February, 2020

For more Information: visit the Foundation For Rural & Regional Renewal Website Read more

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

Flagship Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Flagship Event Fund supports the marketing of emerging events in regional NSW to increase their profile and encourage visitation.  The Fund offers grants specifically to support marketing activities aimed at increasing visibility and attracting visitation to the event from outside an event’s local area.
The Flagship Event Fund offers two grants:

– Annual grants of $20,000 (excl. GST); or

– Triennial grants of $27,500 (excl. GST) plus $2,500 (excl. GST) in value-in-kind research services per year, guaranteed for three years

To be eligible to apply, an event must have been running for more than two years, be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Micro Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Micro Event Fund is a new initiative developed in response to NSW’s bushfire and drought crisis to support smaller, community-based events in Regional NSW areas impacted by bushfire activity or drought conditions.
The Micro Event Fund offers one-off grants of $10,000 (excl. GST) to support the delivery of events that demonstrate an ability to engage and harmonise their local community, build destination appeal, attract visitors from outside the region and stimulate the local economy.
To be eligible to apply, events must be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, have a total expenditure budget of approximately $75,000 (excl. GST) or less and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions.

Applications open on Friday 21 February 2020 and must be received by Destination NSW no later than midnight (Sydney time) on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Pitchfest

Blue River Group

Innovation is providing the opportunity for any Australian to start a business and have their first customer be anywhere in the world. There are literally thousands of Australians who are designing in their bedrooms, tinkering in their garage, working on their business and dreaming of selling to the world.

Regional Pitchfest is designed and proven to help realise the potential and celebrate the success of Australia’s rural and regional entrepreneurs, artisans and small businesses.

Regional Pitchfest is an opportunity to pitch your business to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win a share of the competition prize pool. We are looking for regional Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs and are excited to be not only providing them a platform to launch from, but also a spotlight on the great opportunities in regional areas across the country.

For more information visit the Regional Pitchfest website here. Read more

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

Milburn Art Prize for Landscape

Milburn Art Prize

The 2020 Milburn Art Prize for Landscape awards a prize of $10,000 for a 2d landscape artwork. Accepted media includes painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media and photography that has been produced within the last 24 months. Read more

  • Closing: 27 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

2020 NAIDOC Week Funding

Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency

The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.

We have suspended the nomination process for the National NAIDOC Awards 2020 and announcement of the winner of the poster competition until further notice. The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round has also been closed until further notice.

NAIDOC Week grants support communities to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

Funding is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to help meet the costs of local NAIDOC activities such as flag raising ceremonies, family days, art exhibitions and other cultural activities.

The NAIDOC Local Grants Guidelines and application package is available on Grants Connect. Read more

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

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Round 16
Late May 2020 for applications received by 25 February 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier have now closed.
Round 17 Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.

Read more

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

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Grants (STS-CG) — Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.
  2. Major Grants (STS-MG) — Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

Closing Date & Time 31 March 2020 – 11:00pm AEDT Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Placement Programs

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements

provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural centres with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Up to $1,500 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery
  • State Archives and Records of NSW
  • Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.

Mentorship Program

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW 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:

  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Australian Museum
  • Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  Find out more

Fellowship Program

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.  Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals.
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf. Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Grants Activity 2019- 20

Australian Government Department of Social Services

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

The purpose of the grants is to:

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers
  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer
  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and economic participation
  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and issues
  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations in locations where there is identified need
  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations need to operate effectively and efficiently, and
  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

Open: 6 December 2019

Closes: 6 April 2020

All DSS grants are advertised on the Community Grants Hub website and organisations are encouraged to subscribe to receive updates and other grant alerts. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

National Arts and Disability Awards 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020 With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. This program has been suspended. Read more

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

Art and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019- 21

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round.

If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition.

Applications for round 2 close: Tuesday 14 April 2020 (11:59PM, AEST) for projects starting after 1 July 2020.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability
  • Open To: Individuals

Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

A new initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.

This grant has been temporarily suspended due to COVID 19 and restrictions on international travel

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)
  • undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST. Read more

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

Resilience Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The 2020 Resilience Fund includes three streams:

Survive – small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity.
Adapt – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models.
Create – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption.

Organisations that currently receive multi-year funding from the Australia Council are not eligible to apply. This includes National Performing Arts Partnership organisations, Four Year Funded organisations, and organisations funded under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

Applications for the Resilience Fund quick response opportunities open on Friday 3 April 2020

For more information visit Australia Council for the Arts Read more

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

Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Westpac Foundation has partnered with FRRR to offer Westpac Foundation’s Community Grants to rural and regional communities. These grants provide support for community organisations creating opportunities through education, training and employment.

The Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants program will offer grants of $10,000 for community-driven initiatives in regional, rural and remote Australia that enhance, develop or provide education and training opportunities for those who are most vulnerable.

Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants will run one round in 2020.  Applications will close 5pm AEST, Wednesday 13 May. Funding will be announced in August, 2020.

For more information visit: FRRR Website Read more

  • Closing: 13 May 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

COVID- 19 Support for the small- medium arts and screen sector

Create NSW

To support independent artists and small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19, Create NSW is implementing a suite of new initiatives that provide employment and development opportunities, and new audience engagement and skill-sharing for arts, screen and cultural organisations and individuals across the State.

Creative Koori Digital Initiative

Supporting NSW First Nation’s arts and cultural organisations to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.   Applications for the Creative Koori Digital Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Digitise Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. Organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.   Applications for the Digitise Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Screen NSW Slate Development Fund

NSW production companies and producers can apply for a maximum of $100,000 to develop a slate of three or more projects for TV Drama, Factual, Features and Online.  Applications are now open and will be assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Health and Wellbeing Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to work with communities and artists to create, develop and present programming that deliver mental health and wellbeing outcomes. Individuals and organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.  Applications for the Health and Wellbeing Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Regenerate Regional Event Initiative

Supporting organisations to commission the development of arts and cultural events featuring local artists with a particular focus on music and performance. It is only open to arts and cultural organisations based in regional NSW. Regional organisations in areas affected by the recent bushfires are encouraged to apply. Regional organisations can apply for up to $10,000.   Applications for the Regenerate Regional Event Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

For more information go to: Create NSW Read more

  • Closing: 19 May 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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: Ongoing
  • 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

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years.

The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships.

Closing date: Tuesday 2 June 2020 (11:59pm AEST).

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

The 2020 grant round is yet to open

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

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

For more information visit the Australian Ethical website. Read more

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

Future Form

Australia Council for the Arts

Future Form is an opportunity for small to medium arts organisations to transform and innovate their core business model. Future Form provides time and space for participants to reimagine and respond to the future.

In a supported environment, led by industry experts, up to 24 participants from 12 organisations will be guided through a four-phase process to:

  • Discover;
  • Ideate;
  • Experiment;
  • Evolve.

Participants will use a range of design techniques to interrogate the value proposition of their organisation; and identify practical solutions and next steps. The program includes a range of activities including online learning sessions, intensive residential labs, individual coaching sessions and peer support.

Applications close: 26 June 2020 11:59pm (AEST).

Successful Future Form applicant organisations will incur an administration fee of $1,500. The Australia Council will invest more than $15,000 per organisation throughout the program.

The Australia Council encourages you to contact them directly for financial support if required, as no organisation is discouraged from applying due to financial reasons.

For more info: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 26 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize

Lismore Regional Gallery

The Hurford Hardwood Portrait Prize is a biennial prize. Now in its 6th year the prize started as The Northern Rivers Portrait Prize, a painting and drawing prize open to artists Australia wide whose artwork depicted a person from the Northern Rivers. It has since expanded to include portraits of any subject in any medium (see terms and conditions). The prize is open to artists nationally.

The judge in 2020 is artist Abdul Abdulla and the winner will receive $10,000 (acquisitive prize).

Entries close at 12am Monday 29 June 2020. The exhibition will be on display from 7 November 2020 until 31 January 2021.

Before completing the entry form, please pay your entry fee of $40 through the Lismore City Council secure eservices payment gateway

To complete the entry form you will need the following documents ready to upload:
– An artist statement in 200 words or less which includes an explanation of why the artist has selected their sitter: allowed formats are pdf, doc, docx or rtf.
– An artist bio of about 100 words: allowed formats are pdf, doc, docx or rtf
– A high resolution digital image of the work between 2-3MB in size: allowed formats are jpg, jpeg or png
– The artist’s CV: allowed formats are pdf, doc, docx or rtf

For more information visit the Lismore Regional Gallery website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Small Projects Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW

Small Project Grants support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers.

You can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards your project.

Important Notice: Changes to the Small Project Grants Program and COVID-19. Last updated 23 March 2020 at 4pm AEDT. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications no later than 3 weeks after you submit your application.

Apply now until Tuesday 30 June 2020, 5pm AEST.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

ANZ Community Foundation

ANZ Banking Group

The ANZ Community Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities.

Further information on the 2020 grant round will be available in May 2020.

Grants of around $5,000 support a variety of projects from disadvantaged youth to the environment. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year.

For more information please visit ANZ Website Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Centre for Cultural Leadership program

Center for Curatorial Leadership

The Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL) offers a networking and training opportunities for senior arts museum curators beginning in January of each year. Founded in 2007, CCL has organized eight fellowship classes to date, training 84 curators who serve museums across the world. CCL is located in New York City and runs programs locally and in other cities, drawing upon the diverse resources of museums and academic institutions across the United States.

CCL accepts applications from full-time curators working in art museums in the United States and abroad. Each year CCL selects 10 to 12 fellows representing a wide range of geographic, institutional, and art-historical backgrounds. The CCL model encompasses mentorships with innovators and museum directors, rigorous coursework in strategic management provided by Columbia Business School, and professional networks for support and growth. The program extends from January to May and includes a two-week intensive program in January in New York, a five-day residency with a museum director, and a final training week in May.

Mentoring is a key element of the program and extends the learning outside of the classroom. In addition to providing fellows with mentors of their own, CCL charges its fellows to mentor young people from communities that are underrepresented within the current ranks of the curatorial profession.

CCL looks for inspired individuals with an established record of:

  • Curatorial achievement: Successful candidates are distinguished within their fields of expertise but are interested in developing new skill sets that would enable them to become valuable partners in institutional decision-making.
  • Leadership experience: CCL accepts applicants who look beyond their curatorial responsibilities. Having managed teams, mentored emerging professionals, and partnered with colleagues both within their museums and across the profession, candidates seek to better understand and contribute to the larger goals of their organizations and the field at large.
  • Creative and entrepreneurial thinking: CCL curators are innovative problem solvers and forward-looking agents of change. In the program, they learn skills to help them implement creative approaches to institutional change, problem solving, and strategic thinking.

Application guidelines
CCL applications and recommendations are submitted online. For more information about the program and full application guidelines, visit CCL’s website. The application requires three short essays, a biography, resume, and two professional recommendations. One recommendation should come from the applicant’s museum director or, if that is not possible, the most senior person you report to at your institution. The second recommendation should come from a professional colleague from outside your museum. This can be a trustee, a peer in the field, a former supervisor, etc.

Tuition and costs
The tuition is 2,500 USD per fellow to cover a portion of the program expenses. Tuition assistance will be available to all accepted candidates on an as-need basis; it is strongly encouraged, however, that museums support the professional development of their curators and underwrite the tuition fee. Please visit CCL’s website for more information.

Timeline of Application and Selection of Fellows

The 2021 CCL Fellowship application will open in May of 2020. Submissions are due July 2020. Following application review and finalist interviews, the 2021 class will be announced in November 2020.

For more information, visit CCL’s website or email info@curatorialleadership.org. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • 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 support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work.

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: One individual or group will be awarded up to $10,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Sunday 19 July 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 19 July 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Recovery Boost - RAF Relief Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

Opening 1 July 2020! Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

CSU Community - University Partnership Grants

Charles Sturt University

If you’re a community group, school, sporting club, Indigenous group or cultural organisation, you can apply for a grant of up to $1000 to help boost and support your project.

CUP grants are available in all Charles Sturt University campus cities:
Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and
Wagga Wagga.

You can choose from six categories:
• Art and culture
• Education
• Indigenous engagement
• Health and wellbeing
• Environmental Sustainability
• Sport

Opens 13 July 2020, Closes 10 August 2020
More info Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

OPENING 29 JUNE 2020! The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. Read more

  • Closing: 21 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Each year 4 x scholarships are awarded to young early career artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake formal study or

• undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or

• undertake informal study for a planned research project.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of $8,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEST Sunday 23 August 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 23 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • Open To: Individuals

Grace Cossington Smith Art Award

Grace Cossington Smith Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the website. Read more

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

Aesthetica Art Prize

Aesthetica Magazine

Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize is a celebration of excellence in art from across the world. It offers both emerging and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience, and further their engagement with the international art world. The Judging Panel enhances its position in the industry, bringing together specialists from leading cultural institutions.

Categories include: Photographic & Digital Art; Three-Dimensional Design & Sculpture; Painting, Drawing & Mixed Media; & Video, Installation & Performance.

For more information visit the Aesthetica Magazine website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Carstairs Prize

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.

This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.

Funding Available: One individual or group will be awarded $3,000 + GST

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEST Sunday 6 September 2020.

For more information visit the NAVA website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 September 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Visual Arts

Police Point Artist in Residence Program

Mornington Peninsula Shire

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

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

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

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

For more information visit the residency website. Read more

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

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW

The CASP 2020-21 is now open and will close on Tuesday, September 29th at 5pm. The 2020-21 round is being administered by Create NSW. Guidelines The information on this page is the full guidelines and will not be made available as a download. Read more

  • Closing: 29 September 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The National Indigenous Arts Awards are now closed.

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

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

Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations.

This program has been suspended.

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

Key dates

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

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

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

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

The Blake Poetry Prize

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool City Council

In the difficult times of COVID-19 you may need a bit more time to submit your entry  for the Blake Prize.  You now have an extension until 31 May 2020 to submit your entry form.  The exhibition and awards will take place after Casula Powerhouse can safely re-open.

The Blake Prize is one of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about religion and spirituality through art and poetry. Hosted by Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Liverpool City Council since 2016, The 66th Blake Prize will return in 2020. There are two prizes; one for Art and one for Poetry.

Key dates:
29 November 2019 – Entries open
12 October 2020 – Entries close

For more information visit: Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Website

Read more

  • Closing: 12 October 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes
  • Open To: Individuals

Recovery Boost - RAF Recovery Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

Opening 21 September 2020! Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Read more

  • Closing: 29 October 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Ian Potter Foundation Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

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

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

Important Dates:

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

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

Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program

Create NSW

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency. Funding supports Creative Kids Providers to transition their programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Applications open Wednesday 6 May 2020 and close Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Applications may be submitted at any time during this period. Your activity must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

The full guidelines are available here.

For more information visit: Create NSW Read more

  • Closing: 6 November 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation Read more

  • Closing: 24 November 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Artists' Benevolent Fund

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The renewed Artists’ Benevolent Fund hopes to provide modest but useful one-off financial assistance to Australian visual artists in crisis as a result of fire, flood, storm, serious illness, major accident, declared state or national emergencies, or some other unexpected catastrophic experience.

The Fund may receive requests from:

  • Artists whose studios and/or entire bodies of work have been destroyed (e.g. as the result of fire, flood, storm, earthquake)
  • Artists who have suffered a major injury in their studio
  • Artists suffering illnesses that impact on their ability to maintain their artistic practice
  • Artists severely impacted in their practice by a declared state or national emergency, such as losing a critical work opportunity as the result of an event or activity cancelled because of COVID-19.

Funding Available: One-off payment of $2,000.

Important dates: Applications open 6 April 2020. The application form, and fund terms & conditions to be released soon.

Given the Fund will need to be accessed at the most difficult of times, its application process presents the minimal burden to artists, asking for an outline of the specific disaster situation as well as some additional information to give the selection panel the full context.

For more information visit the NAVA Website Read more

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

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

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

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

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

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

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

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

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

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

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

Recovery Boost - RAF Renewal Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

EOI Opening 1 July 2020! Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

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

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