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Disability Grants

VSA International Young Soloists Competition

Kennedy Centre

Each year outstanding young musicians with disabilities from around the world receive the VSA International Young Soloists Award, $2,000, and the opportunity to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., which is live-streamed and archived on the Kennedy Center website. This program is open to soloists and ensembles of any instrument or genre including classical, jazz, hip-hop, rock, and more!
 
All genres of music are accepted, including but not limited to classical, jazz, hip-hop, rap, rock/alt rock, pop, indie, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B/blues, Latin, and World. All instruments, including voice, are accepted.
 
For more information visit the Kennedy Centre website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 February 2018
  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Artists with Disability Funding

Australia Council for the Arts

The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available soon.
 
Please contact the Australia Council grants team if you wish to discuss making an application to another grant category.
 
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

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

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

Bundanon Trust Residency

Accessible Arts

In partnership with Bundanon Trust, Accessible Arts will be offering up to five places for a week-long residency at the highly regarded Bundanon property from 27 August to 3 September 2018. These residencies will be for New South Wales artists who have a lived experience of disability.
 
Where is Bundanon Trust?
Bundanon Trust is located on the idyllic Shoalhaven River, a thirty-minute drive from Nowra, NSW. It is just shy of a three-hour drive from Sydney.
 
What is Bundanon Trust?
Bundanon Trust is a rural property that supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs.
 
Arthur and Yvonne Boyd opened the Bundanon complex in 1998 as a gift to the Australian people. Their vision was to provide an inspirational haven for artists of every discipline and in all stages of their careers.
 
What is the Artist-in-Residence program?
The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is the largest program of its kind in Australia. The program welcomes around 350 artists each year from all disciplines and levels of experience, making it highly sought after by artists nationally. A residency experience at Bunbanon Trust provides artists with the opportunity to develop their art forms in the beautiful surroundings of the residency complex.
 
What’s on offer?
Accessible Arts will soon be seeking expressions of interest from emerging and mid-career New South Wales writers (all media), visual artists, and musicians who have a lived experience of disability.
 
As part of this residency, the successful applicants will be provided with self-catering accommodation and a bursary to cover food and travel. Applicants will be responsible for arranging their own transport to Bundanon and any supports that may be required.
 
I’m Interested in a residency — when can I get more Information?
Guidelines will be available on 18 April 2018 and close on 13 June 2018. For more information visit www.aarts.net.au/news/bundanon-trust-residency/ Read more

  • Closing: 13 June 2018
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Disability
  • 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

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

 
 

Eligibility

  • Organisations must have an ABN or be supported by an organisation with an ABN, and be undertaking the project in NSW.

  • The planned activity must occur during Mental Health Month in October, promote positive mental health in the community and tie in with the theme for Mental Health Month 2017.
  • Organisations or community groups wishing to submit a grant application can apply in only one category.
  • Funds are not available for the self-promotion of for-profit organisations.
  • Funds are not available for work that an organisation is already funded to undertake

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

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

Priority Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.
 
Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.
 
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 each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.
 
Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.
 
Priority Fellowships

  • Artist with Disability Fellowship
  • Western Sydney Artist Fellowship
  • Regional Arts Fellowship
  • Aboriginal Arts Fellowship

Who can apply?

  • Professional NSW artists, practitioners, creative partnerships/groups or arts and cultural workers
  • All Fellowships are open to all arts and cultural practitioners at any stage of their career, unless otherwise specified.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

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

Strong and Resilient Communities Grants

Australian Government

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver services under Families and Communities Program /Strong and Resilient Communities from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2021 for the following two grant rounds:
 

  • Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
  • Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants

 

Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
aim to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities and enhance their life time wellbeing and sense of community belonging.
 
Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole. This will be done through providing grants designed to address issues in communities that show potential for or early signs of low social cohesion, and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.
 
Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub websites. Read more

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