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City of Wodonga Community Impact Grants

City of Wodonga

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

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

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

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

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

For more details click here. Read more

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

I-Park Foundation Artist in Residence

I-Park Foundation

I-Park is now accepting applications for its 2018 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.
Details and application forms are available at Applications are due January 22, 2018, and carry a $35 fee to help defray the cost of the selection panels. This year, I-Park will also be offering $500 travel grants to eight international residents. For further information, contact Read more

  • Closing: 22 January 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Literature, Music, Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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: 31 January 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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
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: 1 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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 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

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.
For more information visit the ACMI website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 March 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year.
In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.
It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

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

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. Read more

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

Hilla Rebay International Fellowship


The Hilla Rebay International Fellowship offers an opportunity for a graduate student to undertake in-depth professional training at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice.
Begun in 2001, this multisite 10-month fellowship offers an opportunity for one graduate student to undertake in-depth professional training at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao; and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice. The fellow will spend a minimum of three months at each site and will gain exposure to museum operations through departments including Curatorial, Education, and Registration.
The Fellowship schedule is as follows (approximate dates):

  • September 15–December 15: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

  • January 15–April 15: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
  • May 15–July 15: Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

The Hilla Rebay International Fellowship offers an introduction to the unique operational structure of the multinational museum, as well as practical museum training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the curatorial field. Each fellow receives funding of USD $30,000 (subject to taxes). This fellowship is in honor of Baroness Hilla von Rebay, the Guggenheim Museum’s first director, and is made possible with generous support from The Hilla von Rebay Foundation.
Minimum MA/MPhil in art history or related academic fields. Doctoral candidates or recent PhD graduates are encouraged and welcomed to apply. Candidates must have fluency in spoken and written English, Spanish, and Italian.
To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter

  • Résumé/CV
  • Two letters of recommendation (English translations must be included)
  • Transcripts from all universities attended—including language certificates if applicable
  • Writing sample (10 pages)—an academic paper or excerpt from a thesis or dissertation preferred (English translation must be included)
  • Please note: Language certificates are not required, however candidate’s fluency in each language will be tested during interviews.

Applications must be sent by e-mail in PDF format to The deadline for application is May 15 each year and applicants will be notified of the result of their application in late July.
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 May 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Fellowship & Scholarship
  • 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: 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

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.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

The 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: 1 August 2018
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.
The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.
The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.
The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future. The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.
Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials

  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria (desired but not essential)

Artist Fee:
$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.
Selection Panel:

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

  • Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects
  • Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design
  • Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

For more information visit Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2018
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, 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 or contact 02 9252 8300 or Read more

  • Closing: 16 August 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the Grants Program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events and activities across the state during the annual NSW Seniors Festival.
We fund projects that provide opportunities for people over 60 to remain active, healthy, engaged and contributing to their local communities.
Applications to the 2019 Grants Program will open in mid 2018.
For more information visit the NSW Seniors Festival website. Read more

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