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Indigenous Makers’ Studio

NORPA

The Indigenous Makers’ Studio is a new NORPA initiative supporting emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists originating from or residing in NSW, who have a strong desire to develop their performance practise. Read more

  • Closing: 15 January 2019
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

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

The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program helps fund the operations of around 80 Indigenous-owned art centres, and a number of art fairs, regional hubs and industry service organisations that are at the heart of Australia’s world-famous Indigenous visual art movement.
 
The Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) program supports a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry with strong participation by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Funding provides professional opportunities for over 8,000 artists and around 300 arts workers, most living in very remote Indigenous communities.
 
Some of Australia’s most dynamic visual art is produced in Indigenous art centres, which enable artists to create new art, earn income, develop professional skills and connect to the art market.
 
The IVAIS program also supports the Indigenous Art Code, an industry-led voluntary code of conduct that promotes fair and ethical trade between art dealers and Indigenous visual artists.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Kestin Illustrator Award

Magabala Books

The Kestin Indigenous Illustrator Award is a national biennial award that identifies new talent in the art of children’s picture book illustration.
 
Awarded to an Indigenous artist or emerging illustrator, the winner receives $10,000, a professional mentorship and the opportunity to illustrate a children’s picture book by a renowned Indigenous author.
 
The award is generously supported by the Kestin Family Foundation.
 
Magabala Books invites entries from artists and emerging illustrators who have a genuine love of children’s picture books and who are passionate about learning the craft of visual storytelling. The Kestin Award is open to all artists and illustrators of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, who are unpublished or had illustrations published in no more than two publications. Entries will be judged on the merits of the illustrations submitted. Prior achievements or qualifications will not form part of the judging process.
 
For more information and to apply visit www.magabala.com/kestin-illustrator-award Read more

  • Closing: 28 February 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Community Led Grants

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet invites applications for grant funding for activities that contribute to the achievement of any combination of outcomes identified in the Indigenous Advancement Strategy programme information provided in Annexure 1 of the IAS Grant Guidelines.
 
The types of activities that may be funded will address one or more of the Government’s priority areas:

  • Education – activities focused on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes that lead to employment. This includes activities that nurture and educate Indigenous children, youth and adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes improving family and parenting support; early childhood development, care and education; school education; youth engagement and transition; and higher education.
  • Employment and Economic Development – support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, including ensuring remote jobseekers participate in activities and gain experience that builds work-readiness and contributes to the broader community, foster Indigenous business and to assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits, including from natural and cultural assets and including the effective management of Indigenous-owned land and seas.
  • Community Safety – activities that make communities safer for Indigenous Australians, enabling them to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians.

 
Applications close: Ongoing
Contact: 1800 079 098 or iasgrants@pmc.gov.au
More information and application details Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aurora Internship Program

The Aurora Project

Now in its 13th year of operation, the Aurora Internship Program has contributed to capacity building for Indigenous and Indigenous-sector organisations by placing over 2,000 talented and passionate interns. An agreement has been reached with the Commonwealth to extend the Program through to the end of February 2019.
 
The Program continues to place students and graduates with backgrounds in law (including some business), anthropology, some social sciences (including archaeology, community development, cultural heritage, environmental management, education, history, human geography, Indigenous studies, media/communications and sociology) as well as health science and social welfare (including social work and psychology) and at Indigenous sector organisations involved in native title, land rights, justice, policy and community development, health, social welfare and research, Australia wide.
 
We will be focusing more on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and graduates via funded internships as pathways to jobs in Indigenous organisations and other organisations working in the Indigenous sector. The Commonwealth will provide financial support via scholarships for Indigenous interns under the Program. To date the Program has had only small numbers of Indigenous candidates due to us being unable to offer financial support.
 
The Program places Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous students and graduates (including mature aged) in full-time unpaid 4 to 6 week internships, at over 140 organisations Australia-wide, all with an Indigenous focus, working in the area of:

  • Native title

  • Land rights
  • Policy development
  • Advocacy
  • Justice
  • Health and Social welfare
  • Human rights
  • Community development
  • Environmental policy.

 
The Program offers candidates an opportunity to gain professional work experience and improve career opportunities available at native title and other Indigenous sector organisations. It is aimed at candidates who are seeking work experience and have a keen interest in the sector. An internship is a great way to gain exposure into the professional work environment and develop workplace skills. Placements are available in all major cities and some remote/regional areas of Australia.
 
The Program not only provides much needed assistance to under-resourced Host organisations but also promotes career opportunities by raising awareness of the native title system and the broader Indigenous sector, attracting students and graduates to work in the sector. The quality of the interns is demonstrated by the eagerness of Aurora Hosts to retain alumni of the Program on a longer-term basis.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 March 2019
  • Categories: Indigenous, Internship
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal History Prize

History Council of NSW

The History Council of NSW’s program of prizes and awards foster excellence in Australian historical writing, showcase and reward best practice, and advance and promote public understanding and appreciation of history.
 
The Aboriginal History Prize encourages students and other beginning historians (up to post-doctoral career) in the writing of Australian Aboriginal history, including Torres Strait Islander history, from original sources. The winner will receive a $1,000 prize.
 
For more information visit the History Council of NSW’s website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

The Foundation provides grants to assist Aboriginal Communities and Individuals by providing funds to support projects which advance the aims of the Foundation, with the current focus on supporting art, literacy, education, health and cultural projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists.
 
The ABF only supports organisations or companies endorsed as “Deductible Gift Recipient” (a DGR). Evidence of this is a requirement for receiving ABF grants. For further information regarding DGRs, click here
 
Current grant priorities
Please note over the next two years, the ABF is committed to the significant support of several large projects. The progress will be reported on this website during 2018.
This means that the ABF does not encourage new grant applications in 2017-2018.
 
Guidelines
In view of the limited resources available to the Foundation, priority for funding is being given to the following categories:
 
Seeding grants:to research the relevance and value of new projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists – preference is given to small and intermediate sized projects that may be ineligible for support from existing agencies.
to facilitate schemes or projects with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists which are of benefit to Aboriginal health, welfare or education which have potential for wider application.
 
One-off grants in support of:

  • health and well being of artists and their families

  • education through art projects which will benefit individual or community health and well being
  • individuals and communities, with a connection to Aboriginal art and/or artists, to meet special needs

Level of Grants Provided
 
For more information visit the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

Since 2007 Future2 has committed $823,000 in Grants to community not for profits. Through programs run by these organisations, we have helped to turn the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young people from adversity to opportunity, from social exclusion to productive lives in the community.
 
The Grants program is a national program issuing Grants up to $10,000.
 
Every application must be supported by a licensed financial planner who is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA).
 
The application process must be completed online.
 
For more information visit the Future2 Foundation website. Read more

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

Boundless Indigenous Mentorship Program

Text Publishing, Writing NSW

The mentorship is awarded to an unpublished Indigenous writer who has made substantial progress on a fiction or non-fiction writing project. The intention of the program is to support the writer to develop their manuscript and to facilitate a pathway to publication.
 
The program will pair an emerging Indigenous writer from anywhere in Australia with a senior Indigenous writer in the same genre for a structured year-long mentorship. The writer will receive 20 hours of mentorship over the following 12 months, including feedback on their work in progress and general advice on writing and developing a publishing career. The writer will also receive editorial feedback and manuscript development from Text Publishing and access to Writing NSW professional development services.
 
The program includes funding for the writer and mentor to attend Boundless – a festival of culturally diverse writers to be held in Sydney in 2019.
 
At the conclusion of the mentorship, Text Publishing will have the exclusive first right to consider the selected manuscript for publication, under terms to be negotiated with the writer.
 
Writers do not need to have a full manuscript at the time of submission, though they must have made substantial progress on a manuscript, which they intend to complete (refer to submission requirements). To be eligible, writers must not previously have had a full-length work professionally published.
 
Submissions must be either a work of fiction (including short story collections) or narrative non-fiction for adult, kids (middle grade), or young adult. Please note that poetry, plays, picture books, and practical non-fiction are ineligible.
 
Submissions will be judged by multi-award-winning Wiradjuri author Tara June Winch, alongside representatives from Text Publishing and Writing NSW.
 
‘The opportunity to work with a master is not only significant for the emerging writer, but also for the mentoring author. The process they undergo is as old and sacred as our culture, the handing down of the skills and tools needed to one day be passed down again and again. Being able to teach and to learn in such a close and guided fellowship is a once in a career moment.’ Tara June Winch
 
The mentorship is open to emerging Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers who are permanent residents of Australia. Applicants must be over the age of 18 and proof of Indigenous status may be required.
 
The Boundless Indigenous Writer’s Mentorship is supported by the First Nations Australia Writers Network.
 
For enquiries, email competitions@writingnsw.org.au. For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

First Peoples Residencies

Bundanon Trust

First Peoples Residencies are open to NSW-based Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from in all disciplines. This includes visual artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work.

For more information visit bundanon.com.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Artist Residency, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

National NAIDOC Poster Competition

NAIDOC Week

The 2020 National NAIDOC Poster Competition has now closed.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are invited to submit artworks for the National NAIDOC Poster Competition. The winning artwork will collect a $10,000 cash prize and used as the National NAIDOC Poster. Have your artwork seen and celebrated Australia-wide as the centerpiece to NAIDOC Week!

This competition is a chance for talented artists aged 13 years and older to be recognised across Australia in celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures and achievements.

Your artwork must reflect this year’s National NAIDOC theme:

To read the Terms and Conditions and enter visit www.naidoc.org.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Contemporary Touring Initiative

Australia Council for the Arts

Applications are now closed

Closing date: Tuesday 4 February 2020 (11:59 AEDT).

The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions.

The program is targeted to ambitious organisations with demonstrated contemporary visual arts exhibition development and touring expertise to develop and/or tour an exhibition between calendar years 2018-2021.
A national tour is defined as one that includes three or more States and Territories outside of the applicants home State or Territory.
For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 5 February 2020
  • Categories: Indigenous, Touring, Visual Arts

Indigenous Ceramic Award

Shepparton Art Museum

Applications are now open for Shepparton Art Museum’s Indigenous Ceramic Award (ICA).
 
As a $20,000 acquisitive prize, the 2018 ICA is open to Indigenous Australian groups and individual artists to propose an exhibition concept to be realised at SAM. Eight shortlisted groups or artists will be supported with an exhibition development fee of $2,200 each to produce new work from March to July.
 
For more information visit the Shepparton Art Museum website. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Indigenous, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Indigenous art from around the country.

The Awards were founded by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) in 1984, and remain the nation’s first and longest-running awards dedicated to Indigenous art and artists, now awarding $80 000 in prizes to artists each year. Telstra have been the principal partner since 1992. The Awards are open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists over the age of 18. There is no particular theme or restriction regarding work that can be entered.

The non-acquisitive Telstra Award of $50,000 cash is awarded to the work considered by judges to be the most outstanding work in the exhibition.

Prizes are also awarded in each of the following categories:

  • Telstra Bark Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra General Painting Award – $5000
  • Telstra Works on Paper Award (includes photography, print making, drawing etc.) – $5000
  • Wandjuk Marika Memorial Three-Dimensional Award (sponsored by Telstra) – $5000
  • Telstra Multimedia Award (for multidisciplinary and digital works) – $5000
  • Telstra Emerging Artist Award (awarded from any medium and for artists working within their first five years of practice who have not been displayed in a major gallery) – $5000
  • Telstra People’s Choice Award

A People’s Choice Award will be presented later to the artist whose artwork receives the highest number of votes from visitors to the Award exhibition. There is no prize money for this award.

All awards are non acquisitive.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 15 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals

2020 NAIDOC Week Funding

Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency

The National NAIDOC Committee has decided to postpone NAIDOC Week 2020 (5 July – 12 July) in the interest of safety for our communities. This decision was not taken lightly.

We have suspended the nomination process for the National NAIDOC Awards 2020 and announcement of the winner of the poster competition until further notice. The 2020 NAIDOC Local Grants Round has also been closed until further notice.

NAIDOC Week grants support communities to celebrate the histories, cultures and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples during NAIDOC Week.

Funding is available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations to help meet the costs of local NAIDOC activities such as flag raising ceremonies, family days, art exhibitions and other cultural activities.

The NAIDOC Local Grants Guidelines and application package is available on Grants Connect. Read more

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

Placement Programs

Museums and Galleries NSW

Volunteer Placements

provide volunteers from NSW volunteer managed museums and Aboriginal cultural centres with the opportunity to spend two weeks with staff and resources of larger or more specialised cultural organisations.

Up to $1,500 per placement is available and individuals can be hosted at the following organisations:

  • Hurstville Museum & Gallery
  • State Archives and Records of NSW
  • Volunteer Placement applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  visit the Museums & Galleries of NSW website.

Mentorship Program

Mentorships provide opportunities for emerging and mid-level NSW 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:

  • Art Gallery of NSW
  • Australian Museum
  • Mentorship applicants also have the option to choose their own organisation.

M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf.  Find out more

Fellowship Program

Fellowships offer senior staff from NSW museums and galleries the opportunity to spend two weeks at an international cultural organisation.  Up to $6,000 per placement is available and individuals.
M&G NSW staff can provide advice on possible placements and make contact with organisations on their behalf. Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 2 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums, Indigenous
  • 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

Cherish Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The Cherish Fund is a new initiative created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and sector discussions.

Cherish grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to:

  • protect senior custodians and elders as they are the source of cultural knowledge for cultural and artistic expressions through song, dance, story, images and narrative
  • explore and interrogate artistic and creative methodologies and processes to construct innovative models of creating artistic works
  • support the professional skill development of artsworkers to increase capacity and capability in navigating a digital world.

The Cherish Fund has three (3) grant streams:
Living Libraries: supporting our cultural knowledge
Creative Practice: supporting artistic creative expression
Creative Workforce: supporting our artworkers in a digital world.

Applications should be considerate of COVID-19 gathering restrictions put in place by state and federal governments.

Applications close: Monday 15 June 2020 at midday (12:00pm).

Please contact the Australia Council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts team directly if you require further information.

Michelle Wong,
Project Officer, First Nations
P: +61(0)2 9215 9171
E: FirstNationsArts@australiacouncil.gov.au

W: Australia Council for the Arts Website Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2020
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

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

The Indigenous Languages and Arts (ILA) program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through languages and arts activities around Australia.

With COVID 19, the deadline for this grant has been extended to 30 June 2020

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program provides funding to organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia’s Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts.

Funding is offered in two ways: an open grant round and direct offer grants.

For more information visit the Department for Infrastructure, Regional Development and Communications website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2020
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

The National Indigenous Arts Awards

Australia Council for the Arts

The National Indigenous Arts Awards are now closed.

The National Indigenous Arts Awards celebrate the significant contribution of First Nations artists to the vibrancy of Australian arts, and celebrate the work and achievements of both established and emerging artists. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Awards & Prizes, Indigenous

Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Each year, five fellowships, including accommodation, all meals, travel expenses and manuscript consultations, are awarded to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers from anywhere in Australia.

This fellowship program is open to writers of all genres of fiction, narrative non-fiction, poetry, children’s books, graphic novels, dramatic/screen writing, writing for radio, translation, essays or short fiction. Submissions in language are welcomed.

The fellowship week also includes professional development opportunities, including one-on-one mentoring session, and a half day group workshop .

Key dates

For 2021 fellowships, applications open mid-October 2020 and will close mid-December 2020.

Read more

  • Closing: 14 December 2020
  • Categories: Fellowship & Scholarship, Indigenous, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals