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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

City of Wodonga Community Impact Grants

City of Wodonga

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

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

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

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

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

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

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the opportunity to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

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

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

Border Trust Community Grants

Border Trust

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

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

In 2017 the following grants will be available:

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

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

Harold Mitchell Foundation Grants

Harold Mitchell Foundation

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

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

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

The Marten Bequest

Australia Council for the Arts

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in a number of disciplines to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

John Chisholm Marten (1908 – 1966) was born in Kent, England and moved to Australia at a young age, residing in Sydney for his adult life. John Marten was a theatrical artist and well known for his appreciation and support of the arts community.

John was actively involved in many different art forms, he was trained in Spanish dancing and served in the merchant navy during the war. John also co-authored The Bali Ballet Murders with Cornelius Conyn which was published in Australia, London and also translated into Dutch and published in the Netherlands. (This novel can be found at the Mitchell Library A823/C768/IAI)

A strong advocate for the artistic capabilities of young Australians, he understood the costs involved in study and training programs.  In light of this, Marten established through a charitable trust, The Marten Bequest.

Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.

Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.

Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.

In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.


Applicants should complete the application form  and submit this along with a one-page proposal outlining the project, which includes the form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas, as well as details of artistic and technical collaborators.

In addition applicants should supply a one-page production schedule, a one-page budget, a one-page curriculum vitae/resume (not a biography) outlining exhibition history and up to three examples of previous work (of no more than five minutes duration).

Applicants are required to submit seven (7) copies of their application and seven (7) copies of their support material.

All support material should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name and project title.


Application Deadline
Applications for the Mordant Family VR Commission are open from Tuesday 28 February 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017, 5pm AEST.


Applications should be addressed to

The Mordant Family VR Commission
4/2 Kavanagh St
Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

The successful applicant will be announced in May 2017.


The Mordant Family VR Commission supports:

  • Australian artists who have an ambitious new work using VR or other mixed reality technology
  • mid-career and established Australian artists who have a track-record working in the visual arts sector
  • projects created by individual artists or artist collaborations
  • projects that are ready to enter development and production in May 2017 and will be ready for presentation by December 2017

We are not able to fund projects retrospectively.

Artists need to be able to commit to the production period and it must be possible for ACMI to maintain regular contact throughout the production process.

To be classified as an Australian artist, the artist must be either:

  • born in Australia
  • an Australian citizen
  • in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or a permanent resident of Australia.

In summary, the commission is looking for a project that:

  • is centred around VR and other mixed reality technologies
  • is ambitious and experimental
  • explores the limits of technology and audience engagement
  • is by an Australian artist or artist group
  • can begin production in May 2017 and be completed within the year
  • is by an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

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  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alan Sisley Memorial Award

Regional and Public Galleries NSW

Alan Sisley (1952-2014) was Director of Orange Regional Gallery from 1991 to 2014 and was previously President of Regional & Public Galleries of NSW. A gifted communicator, he used his role to passionately advocate for the role art can play in peoples’ lives. Sisley was widely acknowledged for his risk taking projects, but he always placed the artist and the audience at the centre of his concerns.

This Fellowship, named in his honour, and awarded biennially, seeks to provide an opportunity for a NSW gallery worker to undertake a period of research or study to develop a project or program beneficial to their organisation.

The aim of the Fellowship is to provide funds for a professional gallery staff member to dedicate time to research and develop ideas that will benefit their organisation. RPGNSW will provide funds up to $3,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the program of activity, as well as toward staffing costs to replace the applicant at their home venue. Note: Applicant organisations must be current financial members of RPGNSW.

Projects and applications must address at least one of four core areas:

Examples of activity could include:
– Researching other regional collections for potential display at applicants home venue;
– Time to meet with artists or exhibition partners for a significant gallery exhibition;
– Researching audience development, education or public program initiatives;
– Establishing partnerships between institutions;
– Establishing partnerships with non-art-based organisations.

Applications Close Friday 2 June 2017
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  • Closing: 2 June 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.

Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

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

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

Funding range 

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

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

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

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

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

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email:

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

Visiting Fellowship in Creative Arts at Indiana University

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney

The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney invites applications for the above-named fellowship. The successful applicant would spend her/his time at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana during the period January-May 2018. The fellowship will be an award of US$10,000. In addition, the fellow will receive support from Indiana University in the form of housing and an office. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

The new Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 September 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

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

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

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