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Festivals Grants

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

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

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

COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Copyright Agency

There are six core elements to the program:

  • Virtual writers’ festivals – This will support scheduled writers’ festivals to make their programs digitally available by paying the Australian participants the participation fees they would have received if the program had proceeded normally. This money will cover over a hundred writers and interviewers in festivals we already support including the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Byron Writers Festival. The agency has included funds to cover assistance to other festivals that may not be able to proceed as ‘normal’.  Closes 14 April 2020
  • Emergency action fund – This is composed of $150,000 to be allocated in grants of between $5,000 – $20,000. It will focus on distributing this money as widely as possible so most grants will be around $5,000. The funding is open for writing and visual arts projects that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 or are responding directly to it. Applicants to this program should ideally demonstrate that they have matched funding. Closes 23 April 2020
  • New commissioned literary works – The program will support the publication of between 20-30 works by Australian writers responding to the disasters Australia has faced in early 2020. The working title for this is Our Year of Fire, Flood, and Plague: Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020. Pieces from this series will be published in The Guardian. Money is also set aside to facilitate a book publication of these pieces. Writers of each of these essays will be paid the rates recommended by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
  • Funding for innovative online projects – This includes an amount to support innovative projects that are responding to COVID-19. Writers and interviewers across Australia are setting up smart new ways of taking Australian writers to audiences. This money is available for the payment of monies to writers who participate in such online projects. Closes 14 April 2020
  • New commissioned visual arts work This component is for photographic and other visual documentation of the crisis for publication in journals, magazines and exhibition in a major gallery, and to possibly tour when the current events are resolved. The funding available for the generation of this work is $25,000. Closes 23 April 2020

Application forms to apply for the funding will be available shortly.

Information on the new guidelines and timelines under the initiative is available on our COVID-19 Emergency Funding page. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2020
  • Categories: Festivals, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Festivals Australia supports community participation in, and access to, the arts and aims to support partnerships and collaboration across the sector.

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

There are two funding rounds each year which generally open in February and September

Current Round 13 closes: September 29, 2021

The above funding period is for projects commencing from 1 February 2022.


An additional $2.4 million is available in this funding round for activities which are part of a festival or community celebration in regional or remote Australia. The extra funding for the Festivals Australia program was announced as part of the Regional Arts Tourism package.


In this round (13), up to three discrete projects can be funded per organisation, per festival. This means that if you already have a project receiving Festivals Australia funding, you can apply for up to two more projects in the same festival. Separate applications for each project must be submitted and each one will be assessed independently.

For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 September 2021
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations