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Creative Industries Grants

NSW Creative Laureate and Emerging Creative Talent Awards

NSW Trade & Investment

The NSW Creative Laureate Award will recognise an individual, team or organisation that has demonstrated significant leadership and made a significant contribution to increasing the global profile of NSW Creative Industries.

The NSW Emerging Creative Talent Award will be granted to an individual, team or organisation considered emerging in their sector and where they have demonstrated leadership in originality and innovation, and contributed to raising the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. This Award will offer $15,000 for future development. Read more

  • Closing: 30 March 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Management Workshop

The Seed Fund

The Management Workshop is a one-stop shop open to Australian emerging managers, including self-managed artists, for practical strategies to manage artists in the establishment phase of their career. In a creative industry where there is no set path, we believe the most effective way to learn is by sharing knowledge and seeking out those who have gone before. Providing access to an unrivaled list of industry experts from managers to publishers, lawyers, publicists, promoters and media representatives, the Management Workshop provides an opportunity for managers to come face to face with leaders in their field.

Applications will be accepted from managers, including self-managed artists. The Seed will provide and arrange transport, accommodation and meals for all successful applicants. Should you be successful all you need to do is get yourself to your closest major airport. Read more

  • Closing: 1 August 2016
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Institute for Provocation Residency in China

Ministry for the Arts

The Institute for Provocation (IFP) is an artist-run workspace, think tank and project space that supports artistic research across the fields of visual art, architecture and design through residencies, research projects, workshops and lectures. As a workspace, IFP focuses on research practice and critical engagement with process, while cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interaction provides a unique platform for the facilitation of work by individual artists. The residency programme is a core activity of IFP, offering the resident/s an environment that aims to initiate provocations on an artistic and collaborative level. Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals

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 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Museums Galleries Australia 2017 Bursary

Museum Galleries Australia

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

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

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


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

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

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.

Read more

  • 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

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

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