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Museums Galleries Australia 2017 Bursary

Museum Galleries Australia

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

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

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

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

NSW Community Safety Fund

NSW Government

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

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

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

Community Building Partnership

NSW Family and Community Services

The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities.  This current program round is closed for 2016 and will re- open in 2017.

Grants will be open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups.

Successful projects will benefit their local community through the improvement of facilities that deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes. Applications should be for;

  • Construction of new capital works.
  • Refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities.
  • The purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500 and a life expectancy of 5+ years that enables the delivery of new or enhanced community services.

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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Arts and ​Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Justice, Liquor & Gaming NSW

Liquor & Gaming NSW is inviting applications for projects that support communities across NSW to increase participation in arts and culture and drive cultural tourism. Projects with a particular focus on disadvantaged and regional and remote communities will be highly regarded.
What type of projects will be funded?
Arts and cultural funding is available for:

  • construction, alteration, renovation and fit-out of buildings
  • purchase of capital equipment integral to a facility, i.e. seating, stage machinery, lighting, audio-visual equipment, sound systems, air conditioning or accessibility upgrades.

Preference will be given to projects that are able to demonstrate they are ready to commence, with relevant planning and building approvals in place, and underway.
How much funding is available?
The funding range available for a single project is between $100,000 and $300,000.

Online application form

Applications forms are available online here.

Please read the information on how to apply.

How many applications can I submit?

A maximum of three applications can be submitted. Organisations should be aware there is a very high demand for funds in each grants round. Read more

  • Closing: 10 March 2017
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

At Australian Ethical, we believe it’s important to provide financial help to organisations making a positive difference in the world.

That’s why we donate 10% of our yearly pre-tax profits to charitable organisations.

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

For more information visit the Australian Ethical website.
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  • Closing: 31 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Catalyst - Australian Arts and Cultural Fund

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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

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

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

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

National Stronger Regions Fund

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

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

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

Regional Capital

Create NSW

Funds are available for the improvement of arts and cultural infrastructure and the purchase of equipment used for arts and cultural purposes.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 3 July 2017
Applications close: 14 August 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Organisations based in regional NSW.

Funding range:

  • Create NSW will provide matched funding of up to $60,000
  • Applications must clearly demonstrate that capital items purchased will be used primarily for arts purposes, and/or to improve the usability of arts and cultural facilities.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

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

  • Closing: 14 August 2017
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure

Regional Cultural Fund

Create NSW

The Regional Cultural Fund has been established by the NSW Government to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits.
The Fund will invest $100 million over four years to drive growth in arts, screen, cultural and heritage infrastructure for the social, cultural and economic benefit of communities in regional NSW. Up to $25 million available in the first round of funding.
Expressions of interest open: Monday 17 July 2017
Expressions of interest close: Midnight (AEST), Monday 4 September 2017

The Regional Cultural Fund will support investment in new and upgraded arts and cultural infrastructure, to support the provision of operational funding and to address the significant disparity in the quality and quantity of arts and cultural resources between regional and metropolitan areas.
There are four categories of funding:

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

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 September 2017
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations