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Heritage / Museums Grants

NSW Heritage Grants program

Environment & Heritage NSW

Assists owners and managers of state significant heritage items, Aboriginal heritage and local government heritage and communities in NSW to care for their heritage. Various categories and closing dates – check website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Curatorial Support Initiative

Museums and Galleries NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Offers NSW regional public galleries assistance towards engaging a professional curator (emerging or established) to research and/or develop a new exhibition of contemporary visual arts, craft and design for their community. Re-opens April 2015. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Artist or Curator in Residence Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Offers the opportunity for regional public galleries to engage established artists or curators to undertake a residency activity within their community. The ACR program is financed by funds devolved from the Copyright Agency Limited and managed by M&G NSW.  Four residences valued at $11,250 each are available. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Provides professional development opportunity for emerging and mid-level regional museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with the team of a metropolitan or regional cultural organisation of their choice. Up to $3,000 for travel, accommodation and per diems. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Provides mid-level and senior staff at NSW regional museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation. Two fellowships up to $6,000 offered. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

Assistance to volunteer staff from volunteer managed and small museums to undertake a professional skills development placement.  Up to four placements, each to the value of $2,000, are available. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

VIM Small Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Grants to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums and keeping places. No set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered. Up to $2,000 per applicant is available and there are two rounds per year. Read more

  • Closing: 17 April 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

This is an Arts NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government.  Grants up to $5,000 are available for historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects. Read more

  • Closing: 23 June 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Building Improvement Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

This grant is closed for 2015 and will re-open in 2016.

Funding to provide for professional assessment of small to medium museum and gallery buildings in NSW. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

VIM Development Project Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

For community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. Can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museum and/or arts consultant. The 2015 round will open in July. Read more

  • Closing: 9 October 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

VIM Small Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Grants to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums and keeping places. No set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered. Up to $2,000 per applicant is available and there are two rounds per year. Read more

  • Closing: 9 October 2015
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

MMAPSS

Australian National Maritime Museum

The Australian National Maritime museum’s grant and internship program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS) offers funding to regional museums and organisations to help preserve or display objects of national and historical maritime significance. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2016
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

MMAPSS Internship

Australian National Maritime Museum

The museum’s grant and internship program (known as the Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme or MMAPSS), supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2016
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Fellowship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Fellowships offer senior staff from New South Wales museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.

Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Dallas Museum of Art (USA), Hong Kong Maritime Museum, or National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Korea). Fellowship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 8 April 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Mentorship Program

Museums and Galleries NSW

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level New South Wales museum and gallery staff to spend two weeks with a state, national or smaller, more specialised organisation.

Up to $3,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Australian Museum Lifelong Learning Branch, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (National Centre for Creative Learning), or Sydney Living Museums. Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 8 April 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Volunteer Placements

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements provide volunteers from New South Wales volunteer managed museums and keeping places with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Up to $1,000 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations: Albury Library Museum, Australian Museum (Conservation Department), Hurstville City Library (Museum & Gallery), or the State Records of NSW. Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

Applications close 5pm, Friday 8 April 2016.

For more information contact the Museums and Galleries of NSW Professional Development Coordinator.

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  • Closing: 8 April 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Leg Up Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Leg Up Grants are quick response skill development grants for workers in volunteer managed museums throughout NSW. These grants fund various skill development projects including hosting or attending workshops, conferences or seminars in NSW, in addition to networking activities.

Previous Leg Up Grants have funded museum volunteers to attend conferences and workshops, and to gain training in areas of museum practice including paper conservation, oral history, disaster preparedness and significance assessment. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist or Curator Residency

Museums and Galleries NSW

The ACR program offers the opportunity for regional public galleries nationally to engage artists or curators to undertake a residency within their community. The program is designed to provide artists or curators with the time and space to research, create and/or develop new work and consequently support innovative and adventurous contemporary art in regional Australia. Read more

  • Closing: 5 September 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Small Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Small Grants aim to meet the short-term, collection-based requirements of community museums and keeping places. There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

Previous Small Grants have funded the purchase of computer cataloguing software, exhibition mannequins and display cases, oral history recording equipment and archival storage items.

Small Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters. Read more

  • Closing: 2 October 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Project Development Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Project Development Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.

Previous Project Development Grants have funded strategic and marketing plans, significance assessments, exhibition development, touring exhibitions and public programs. Read more

  • Closing: 2 October 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Skills Development Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

Skills Development Grants provide funding to volunteer museums, museum networks and keeping places for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events.

There are no set categories for funding, and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.

Skills Development Grants are open to museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places with up to two full time paid staff members (no more than 70 hours of paid staffing per week) as well as museum networks such as Museums Australia Chapters. Read more

  • Closing: 15 November 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

M&G NSW is accepting applications for three grants from the Volunteer Museum Grant Program. These grants provide assistance to volunteer community museums and Aboriginal Keeping Places in NSW.

Funded by the NSW Government through Arts NSW and administrated by Museums & Galleries of NSW, the program is designed to provide access to funding, in addition to providing experience in the grant application process.
 
SMALL GRANTS
Up to $2,000 for short-term, collection-based projects.
There are no set categories for funding and applications for a broad range of projects will be considered.
Find out more
 
SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Up to $4000 for the development and delivery of skill development training and networking events. The events are expected to involve more than one museum and usually bring in a professional consultant to run one or a series of workshops.
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LEG UP GRANTS
Matched funding of $50 – $500 for volunteers to attend or host development activities in NSW. The grants can cover the cost of attending a workshop, conference or course, bringing a presenter to your museum or the travel costs of a group of volunteers visiting another museum.
Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

The Heritage Near Me Incentives program runs from 2016 to 2019. There is $16 million available in funding over the life of the program. The three grant stream opportunities are: Heritage Activation Grants, Heritage Green Energy Grants and Local Heritage Strategic Projects Grants.

The Incentives program will be supported by a dedicated Heritage Near Me Roadshow team.

For information about NSW Heritage Council grant opportunities for State Heritage Listed items, please visit the Heritage grants page. Read more

  • Closing: 21 April 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • 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: 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

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The purpose of the Small Grants program for Local History and Archives program is to provide funding to celebrate Australian local history for local historical research by community groups and individuals that tell Australian stories in a local context; express the diversity and range of Australian culture as it impacts on communities and specific localities; highlight and localise pivotal Australian historical events and issues. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

The Dobell Exhibition Grant, supported by the the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, offers $40,000 in funding to one regional NSW gallery per annum. The program aims to support high quality exhibitions that speak to a broad audience across NSW. To assist in expanding appreciation for the visual arts, these exhibitions should be supported by innovative public and education programs that creatively engage both artists and the community.

In addition to the support provided by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, M&G NSW will offer successful applicants the opportunity to develop a national tour of their funded exhibition.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 September 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations