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Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Promotes and encourages music and the performing arts. Can cover tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation, venue /PA hire for performances at concerts, scholarships, promotion of the performing arts to the general public, assistance to appropriate beneficiaries.  Applications are assessed by trustees four times a year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

Jump Start Production Grant

Provides substantially subsidized access to the high quality industry standard equipment, studio and post production facilities at Metro Screen. Three rounds annually – check website for details. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Regional Filming Fund

Screen NSW

For filmmakers that intend to film for at least one week or more in any part of regional NSW. Assistance to offset the costs associated with filming in regional areas. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Early Stage Development

Screen NSW

Supports early development costs including materials, business consultants and assistance with writing business plans for screen businesses. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Advanced Development and Marketing

Screen NSW

Supports projects previously (or in process of being) financed by Screen NSW that are now ready for marketplace finance. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Festival Travel Fund

Screen NSW

Assistance for filmmakers to attend international festivals and markets. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Producer Extension Scheme

Screen NSW

Training in development and production finance for 2 emerging producers each year. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Support Grants

Community Relations Commission

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

Assists individuals and communities to participate fully in community life and build community capacity. Support grants are flexible and varied.  Funding available for up to $10,000 per annum and $500 for individuals. One round per year. Read more

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

Emerging Filmmakers Fund

Screen NSW

Supports talented emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films. Read more

  • Closing: 19 January 2015
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Production Finance

Screen NSW

Investment in a number of productions each year to encourage a high level of quality productions in NSW and to ensure employment for NSW creative teams and crews. Read more

  • Closing: 6 March 2015
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Cultural Fund - Project Funding

Copyright Agency

Project funding – supports a mix of writing, publishing and visual arts projects from around Australia. Priority given to innovation in the Australian creative industries to develop local and foreign markets for Australian works and to projects not supported by government funding bodies. Read more

  • Closing: 6 March 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Wildlife and Botanical Artist In Residence

Capital Woodland and Wetlands Trust

Wildlife and Botanical Artists (WABA) and Capital Woodland and Wetlands Trust are collaborating on a national Artist-in-Residence Program at the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Reserves during 2015.

This Residency will promote collaboration between artists and scientists, and support greater community understanding of endangered and threatened species programs within these two unique endangered Australian landscapes.

WABA will award two Australian artists with grants of up to $3,500 each to use for innovative artistic proposals at the Mulligans Flat and Jerrabomberra Wetlands Reserves. The artists will spend four to six weeks working with ecologists, scientists, community volunteers and other artists responding to these unique environmental settings through visual art mediums.

There are 2 residencies available for selection of a 2-dimensional artist and a 3-dimensional artist.

  • • Artist in Residence One: 21 April – 31 May, with final artwork due 26 July 2015.
  •  Artist in Residence Two: 1 June – 12 July, with final artwork due 4 Sept 2015.

Read more

  • Closing: 27 March 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

Lending Rights

Ministry for the Arts

Makes payments to eligible Australian creators and publishers whose books are held in public lending libraries. The Education Lending Right (ELR) scheme makes similar payments for books held in educational libraries. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2015
  • Open To: Individuals

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

2015 NSW Creative Achievement Awards

NSW Trade & Investment

The NSW Creative Achievement Awards are a NSW Government initiative to celebrate and reward outstanding achievements that help raise the global profile of NSW Creative Industries. Read more

  • Closing: 12 April 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Arts and Cultural Grants

Grants are available for innovative projects and initiatives to increase mutual understanding, institutional partnerships and people-to-people links between Australia and Thailand.

The ATI provides grant funding for arts and culture, science and technology, education, health and sport, public policy and media projects.  Previous successful projects have included art and literary festivals, scholarships and educational exchanges, research partnerships, business exchange and surf life saving training programs. Read more

  • Closing: 18 May 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Kate Challis RAKA Award

The Australian Centre

This award for Indigenous creative artists has been made available through the generosity of Professor Emeritus Bernard Smith, eminent art and cultural historian. The prize was established to honour the memory of his late wife, Kate Challis, who was known in her youth as Ruth Adeney (RAKA is an acronym for the Ruth Adeney Koori Award).

The approximately $20,000 award is offered in a five-year cycle with a different area of the arts – creative prose, drama, the visual arts, scriptwriting and poetry – being rewarded each year.  In 2015 the award will be offered to the best book of poems, already published and written in English. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2015
  • Categories: Indigenous, Literature, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

The Peter Blazey Fellowship, 2016

The Australian Centre

The Fellowship is awarded annually to writers in the non-fiction fields of biography, autobiography and life writing and is intended to further a work in progress. Applications will be judged on literary merit, and the winner will be supported in his or her work by a prize of approximately $15 000, and a one-month writer-in-residency at the Australian Centre. Read more

  • Closing: 15 July 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Dinny O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship

The Australian Centre

the DJ (Dinny) O'Hearn Memorial Fellowship is a biennial award that offers a residency at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, to emergent Australian writers. and is awarded to a writer of fiction, poetry or drama. The Fellowship has a current value of approximately $5000. Read more

  • Closing: 15 July 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

World Heritage Artist in Residence

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre

This program consists of a 6-week artist residency for one artist at Bilpin international ground for Creative initiatives, sponsored by the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, to create a new body of work in response to the World Heritage Area followed by an exhibition at the Blue Mountains City Art Gallery. Emerging, mid-career and established visual artists working in any medium from Australia and overseas are encouraged to apply. Read more

  • Closing: 24 July 2015
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Quick Response Grants

Music NSW

Supports artists and artist managers in developing export opportunities whilst attending Australian industry conferences, trade fairs and other career defining opportunities.

Round 1:      June 23 2015        Big Sound / EMC          July 27 2015

Round 2:   August 25 2015    Face The Music / AWME    September 27 2015 Read more

  • Closing: 27 July 2015
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

The Seed Fund

The Seed Fund

2015 categories for The Seed Fund are:

Management Workshop for emerging managers, including self- managed artists.

Professional Management Support– up to $5,000 for emerging managers who have previously attended The Seed Management Workshop

Its All About The Song– up to $3,500 for Australian performing/ recording artists to work with a producer

  Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2015
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Emerging Filmmakers Fund

The Emerging Filmmakers Fund supports new and emerging filmmakers in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short form projects. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2015
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

The Lloyd Rees Memorial Art Award

Centrehouse Arts Centre

This Biannual Art Award is supported by the Lane Cove Council and Centrehouse Community Art Centre& Gallery Lane Cove. It is open to emerging Australian artists 18 to 30 years, working in the mediums of painting, printmaking and drawing. Read more

  • Closing: 1 August 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Peace Foundation Grants

Graham F. Smith Peace Trust Inc

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

Applications are invited from artists and community art organisations within Australia for art projects that support peace and justice through the arts. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Creative Fellowships

The Myer Foundation and Sydney Myer Fund

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

Fellowships of $80,000 per year for two years to individual artists, arts managers, and thought leaders in the humanities with ‘outstanding talent and exceptional courage’ in their professional practice. Individuals must be early mid-career – that is, in the first 7 to 15 years of their creative practice. Read more

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

Responsive Program

Critical Path

Are you a NSW choreographer with an idea you want to explore?

Critical Path’s 2016 Responsive Residency Program provides choreographers and their collaborators with financial support up to $19,000 as well as space, equipment, technology and advice. Read more

  • Closing: 14 September 2015
  • Categories: Dance
  • Open To: Individuals

The CH Currey Memorial Fellowship

State Library of NSW

This fellowship supports the writing of Australian history from original sources, particularly from the collections of the State Library of NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Nancy Keesing Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The Fellowship supports research into aspects of Australian life and culture using the resources of the State Library of NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2015
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Southern Highlands Foundation 2015 Reg Rowe Scholarship - $5,000

Southern Highlands Foundation

As a way of encouraging and supporting young people in visual arts and related fields to further their educative and professional endeavours, Southern Highlands artist, the late Reg Rowe, entrusted funds to The Southern Highlands Foundation to be awarded annually to support local young art professionals in their individual career aspirations.

Essentially, this scholarship seeks to be applicable to a broad cross-section of visual arts practitioners to enable further study or provide the means by which young artists may enrich their opportunities.

It is open to people aged 20-45 years living in, or with a connection to, Wingecarribee Shire (Southern Highlands)

  Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2015
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Kickstart

Next Wave

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

Next Wave’s major developmental activity, assisting young artists across artforms to develop new work in a supportive environment. Read more

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

Cultural Fund - Career Development

Copyright Agency

Creative Industries Career Fund – up to $5,000 support for individuals working in the publishing and visual arts sectors to develop skills and enhance their careers. There are four closing rounds in 2015: 13 February, 8 May, 14 August and 20 November. Read more

  • Closing: 20 November 2015
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Indigenous Languages and Arts (Languages) Support

Ministry for the Arts

This funding supports language centres and other organisations to conduct activities and to provide employment opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language workers in funded organisations.

On occasions the ministry provides one off or special purpose grants that are designed to meet a specific policy outcome or urgent or specialised requirement. Funding proposals for one off or special purpose grants may be submitted at any time. Read more

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

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia invite submissions of unproduced drafts at any stage of their development with a view to providing a crucial and timely investment in the work. They strongly encourage applications from playwrights from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous and CALD writers, as well as those based in regional areas. Read more

  • Closing: 22 January 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

International Marketing Support

Screen Australia

Grants to support the promotion of completed films premiering at major international festivals; support for projects in advanced development being introduced at international markets.

There are various funding sub-categories and closing dates – check the website for details. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Programs

Screen Australia

Indigenous filmmakers may apply to any Screen Australia program in addition to the funding programs of the Indigenous Department.

Applicants can apply for funding to cover documentary programs, drama programs, internships and travel grants.  Check to website for each categories closing dates. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Story Development

Screen Australia

Applications for Story Development funding can be made at any time for:

• up to $50,000 for feature drama films

• up to $20,000 for online and interactive drama including series and one-off.

• up to $40,000 for high-end television drama Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Documentaries

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s direct funding for documentary aims to support quality, cultural value, innovation and diversity.

Three programs supporting documentary production are offered:

  • Producer Program
  • Broadcast Program
  • Development Support
  • Producer Equity Program

check the website for each programs closing dates. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Talent Development

Screen Australia

Professional development opportunities for Australian filmmakers, focused on building skills and careers in drama production.

Funding categories include:

  • Creative Talent Suite
  • Hot Shots: short film funding
  • Events

Each category has its own closing date- check the website for more info. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships

Veolia Mulwaree Trust

The Veolia Mulwaree Trust Creative Arts Scholarships endeavour to support creative culture in the Southern Tablelands Arts region.

One arts practice scholarship will be available for a creative artist to further his or her art practice. This may include making and/or completing a body of work for exhibition, publication, or performance.

The other is an arts study scholarship which will be available for a creative artist to undertake a program of arts study in any format, for example, at a tertiary institution, or other educational program, through a mentorship program or study tour.

Each scholarship is valued at $3,000.

Applications close Tuesday 1 March 2016. Read more

  • Closing: 1 March 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

pwa lab

Playwriting Australia

Playwrights have an essential role to play in all kinds of performance. The PWA Lab is a week-long workshop opportunity encouraging artists to examine the possibilities of including playwrights in innovative processes, aiming to bring the unique skills of a writer to an ever-widening theatre-making practice.

What are PWA offering?

  • Up to one week access to a rehearsal studio
  • Dramaturgical support from PWA’s Artistic Director and/or Associate Artist
  • Weekly wage at MEAA standard rate for the creative team including performers
  • Travels costs including accommodation, airfares, airport transfers and per diems
  • Technical equipment hire (within agreed budget)
  • Administrative and project management support

PWA Lab Dates:  
August/September 2016
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: 24 March 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, 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.

Read more

  • 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.

Read more

  • 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.

Read more

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

Churchill Fellowship

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The aim of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas in search of new ideas, innovation and excellence.

No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident. Merit of the proposed project is a key factor and a desire to share the research findings with the Australian community must be displayed. Read more

  • Closing: 15 May 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grant (Round 1)

NSW Writers' Centre

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in an approved professional development event such as a workshop or seminar designed to further their writing or career skills.

This year there will be an additional $300 travel grant to help an Indigenous writer from regional NSW to access professional development. Read more

  • Closing: 5 June 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Artist-in-Residence

Bundanon Trust

The Artist-in-Residence program at the Bundanon site was initiated in 1993 and is the largest such program in Australia, hosting around 300 artists each year on both Bundanon and Riversdale sites. The properties are Arthur Boyd’s gift to the Australian people, and his vision for Bundanon was to provide an inspirational haven for artists to pursue their practice.

The Bundanon Trust Artist-in-Residence program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines. This includes artists, writers, performers, producers, directors, composers, curators and educators. Residencies can be for research and development or for the creation of new work. Read more

  • Closing: 21 June 2016
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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

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

Early Career Writer Grants

Writing NSW

Early Career Writer Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state.

Applicants must be early career writers who have had no more than two full-length works professionally published or performed and must not have previously received a grant of $5,000 or more for their writing from either State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 28 August 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Amplifier

Screen NSW

Amplifier is a new bespoke script development program for feature films. The program brings together world-class advisors with New South Wales creative teams for individually tailored script development.

Amplifier is designed to provide direct pathways to the end market, including engagement with distributors and exhibitors. Screen NSW will work with the teams for the entire life of the selected projects. As part of the program, advisors will also have an on-going relationship with the filmmaking teams over an extended development period to further enhance their creative relationship. Read more

  • Closing: 2 September 2016
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • 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

Early Career Writers’ Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

Early Career Writers’ Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to assist early career creative writers in any genre who are resident in NSW. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in the state

Early career writers may apply for a grant of up to $5000 to help support their writing. At least one grant will be awarded to a writer from regional NSW.

Activities to be funded by the grant may include: creation, production or publication of new work, professional development or mentoring, cultural exchanges or other travel that will assist in the production or presentation of new work, audience development activities conducted by the writer (but not for payment of marketing professionals). Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2016
  • Open To: Individuals

Writer & Technologist Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

The Writer & Technologist Grant is awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to foster connections between writing and technology. The grant supports a NSW-based writer and technologist wishing to work together on a joint writing related project that helps to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.

The writer and technologist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Technologists may work in any field of technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2016
  • Categories: Literature, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grant (Round 2)

NSW Writers' Centre

Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW access professional development. Regional writers in any genre may apply for a travel grant of $300 to help them participate in an approved professional development event such as a workshop or seminar designed to further their writing or career skills.

This year there will be an additional $300 travel grant to help an Indigenous writer from regional NSW to access professional development. Read more

  • Closing: 4 December 2016
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout Australia and overseas.

Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST.

This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close Saturday 21st January 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 21 January 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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. Read more

  • Closing: 9 February 2017
  • Categories: Disability, Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Charles Perkins Centre - Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017

University of Sydney

Applications are now open for the $100,000 Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship. The Fellowship will support an established Australian writer to create new work within Australia’s leading interdisciplinary centre dedicated to easing the global burden of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions through innovative research and teaching.

The Fellowship will be for one year (2017-18), and will include:

  • a grant of AUD $100,000
  • an Honorary Appointment at the University of Sydney
  • a base in the Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub
  • full library access, and
  • the opportunity to meet and work with a diverse range of researchers, educators and clinicians at the Charles Perkins Centre.

The Charles Perkins Centre Writer in Residence Fellowship 2017 has been made possible thanks to the generosity of its inaugural Patron, Judy Harris.

Applications are open until 5pm, Friday 10 February 2017: Apply now.

View the Writer in Residence 2017 Fellowship Guidelines. Read more

  • Closing: 10 February 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

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

MATCH Lab: Fine tune your fundraising potential

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

MATCH Lab is Creative Partnerships Australia’s matched funding program and professional development program for independent artists and small groups. The program aims to build artists’ skills in fundraising, increase their knowledge of philanthropy, develop their broader arts business and learn more about creating sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.

How does it work?
If your application is successful, you’ll attend our two-day Raising Money for Your Art clinic, where you’ll connect with experts and your peers to develop a blueprint for supporting your arts practice and a strategic plan that supports your next artistic project. Armed with your strategic plans, your next step is to develop and implement your own tailored fundraising campaign.

Where does the ‘match’ part come in? Creative Partnerships will also give your project a boost by matching dollar-for-dollar (up to $10,000) what you raise during your fundraising campaign, to help you leverage support for your new project!

Who’s it for?
MATCH Lab is for individual artists and small groups of artists looking to build their fundraising and arts business skills and run a fundraising campaign. Refer to the guidelines for full eligibility criteria.

What’s on offer?
We’ll offer up to 25 places nationally to participate in MATCH Lab.

Key dates

Applications open: 16 January 2017

Applications close: 17 February 2017

Interviews and assessment: 17 February to 17 March 2017

Notification of successful applicants: 20 March 2017

Raising Money for your Art fundraising clinic: 12 April and 13 April 2017

Fundraising campaigns: 1 May 2017 to September 2017.

Visit creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au for guidelines, expression of interest form, FAQs, resources and case studies.

MATCH Lab is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Communications and the Arts. Read more

  • Closing: 17 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Arts NSW

The NSW State Government is offering 15 scholarships for young, regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities. Read more

  • Closing: 20 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund

APRA AMCOS

In recognition of the limited opportunities for art music composers to have their works performed, APRA AMCOS has initiated the Art Music Fund.

A total pool of A$100,000 per annum is on offer to provide funding for  Australian and New Zealand composers to create commissioned work that is complemented by an exploitation program.

The Art Music Fund exists to commission new work that is innovative, displays professional compositional craft and represents a benchmark of excellence in its field. These works must have committed partners to ensure the work is presented multiple times with the intention to create a long artistic life for the work and by extension, its composer.

This fund supports a wide range of music styles including: notated compositionelectroacoustic musicimprovised music (including innovative, original jazz); sound artinstallation soundmultimediaweb and film sound and music; and theatricaloperatic and choreographed music.

All applicants will be asked to explain how their arts practice aligns with the qualities identified in the Art Music Fund (innovationcompositional craft, and excellence), regardless of style.

It is expected that composers will collaborate with ensembles, orchestras, producers, recording companies, broadcasters, festivals and other parties to propose the writing of a work that will be guaranteed multiple exposures by way of performances, recordings, broadcasts or digital dissemination.

Applications close 21 February, 2017 at 5pm AEDT.

Full details are available at apraamcos.com.au/artmusicfund

Please note: The Art Music Fund is not intended to support popular and rock music, especially of commercial importance, nor folk and traditional music. Read more

  • Closing: 21 February 2017
  • Categories: Music
  • 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

Helpmann Fellowships

Helpmann Academy

The Helpmann Academy is thrilled to be partnering with The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation to present this wonderful opportunity, open to emerging artists from all of our partner institutions.

Valued at up to $20,000 each, two fellowships will be awarded in both 2017 and 2018. The Fellowships will fund projects of significance, supporting early career artists to realise their visions and build sustainable practices, shaping their future and empowering them to transform the cultural landscape. It is intended the Fellowships will enable artists to pursue professional development opportunities overseas or interstate.

The Helpmann Fellowships are made possible through a grant from The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation. The James and Diana Ramsay Foundation fosters excellence in the arts and is committed to supporting high quality arts programs to encourage a robust arts sector and increase its accessibility.

For more information contact Helpmann Academy on (08) 7320 3330 or email nadia.dolman@helpmannacademy.com.au

Apply now / More info
www.helpmannacademy.com.au/opportunities/helpmann-fellowships
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  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Healing Foundation Microgrants

Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation is calling for urgent action to address the widespread crisis in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

The National Apology to the Stolen Generations was just one of 54 comprehensive recommendations made in the 1997 Bringing them Home report to address the impact of forced removal on the Stolen Generations and their descendants. Most have not yet been implemented.

The report highlighted that many of the issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (including substance abuse, mental illness and family violence) are strongly associated with the forced removal of children and the subsequent failure to provide healing.

“The Apology provided an important acknowledgement of the harm that was done but practical measures are urgently required especially to meet the needs of ageing Stolen Generations members within their lifetimes,” Healing Foundation CEO Richard Weston said.

Between now and the 20th anniversary of the Bringing them Home report on 26 May 2017 the Healing Foundation will be raising awareness of the outstanding needs of Stolen Generations members and their descendants through a new project called Heal Our Past, Build Our Future, BTH20.

As part of this project, the Healing Foundation is today announcing a series of grants to enable communities, Indigenous organisations and schools in each state and territory to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the report and celebrate their local Stolen Generations members.

Grant applications open Monday 13 February and close on Friday 24 February.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Indigenous Producer Internship Program

Screen Australia

Targeted industry placements to advance the skills of early-career creative Indigenous producers.

The Indigenous Producer Internship Program will provide the opportunity for  participants to undertake creative producer internships with successful production companies on a full-time basis over a one-year period, or a part time basis over a two-year period, being mentored by an experienced Australian producer.

The program aims to grow the number of Indigenous Producers currently working in the Screen Industry, ensure sustainable ongoing employment, and increase screen credits for early career producers.

The applications will need to be jointly completed by the Indigenous Producer participant and the mentoring Producer and Company.
 
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
The Indigenous Producer Internship Program will support up to three Indigenous Producers to undertake internships with a chosen production company and alongside a committed producer mentor with a proven track record. The company will be responsible for employing and mentoring the intern over the duration of the internship. (12 months full time, or 24 months part time). Screen Australia expects to provide each company with around $50,000–70,000 per year as a contribution to the salary of the Indigenous Producer placement.
 
 
ARE YOU A TARGET APPLICANT?
The program is aimed at established screen businesses with capacity to provide intensive on-the-job development for an emerging Indigenous creative producer. Funding will target applicants (jointly the Indigenous Producer and Production Company Mentor) who  have strategies to deliver high-level experience resulting in screen credits.

The program aims to support the early career development of Indigenous producers, which may include diversifying the skills of industry professionals.

Companies must not submit more than one application. This application can be for one candidate only.
 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 24 February 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Arts NSW

The 2017 NSW Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund (ARAF) supports arts projects that celebrate and promote Aboriginal cultural identities in regional NSW and, by doing so, make the rich and diverse Aboriginal cultures of regional NSW more visible and accessible.

  • Projects must commence on or after 1 July 2017 and be completed by 31 December 2018.
  • up to $5,000 for individual professional artists
  • up to $20,000 for organisations.

Applications close: 27 February 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time) Read more

  • Closing: 27 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Career Development Grants for Individuals

Australia Council for the Arts

If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Australia Council for the Arts

The arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring

Australia Council for the Arts

The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour.

The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 6 June for projects starting after 1 September 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Contemporary Music Touring Program

Australia Council for the Arts

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017
  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Music, Touring
  • Open To: Individuals

City of Wodonga Young Achiever Scheme

City of Wodonga

Through the Young Achiever Scheme (YAS), the City of Wodonga recognises and supports young people (under 25) who display an outstanding commitment to and/or achievement in their chosen endeavour.

The scheme provides financial assistance to young people to participate, develop skills, compete, perform or represent Wodonga in their chosen endeavour at a state, national or international level. Funding ranges from $200 for individuals at a state level, to $800 for teams at an international level.

Individuals or groups are eligible to apply.

There are six eligibility categories:

  • Arts, performance, music and dance;
  • Sport and recreation;
  • Community leadership;
  • Education and training;
  • Cultural; and
  • Agricultural, environmental and sustainability.

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  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Open To: Individuals

Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program

Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation

This Small Grants Program supports strategies to benefit Australian communities.
The aims are to:

  • alleviate the negative effects of poverty and disadvantage;
  • demonstrate new ideas about how to address poverty and disadvantage;
  • strengthen communities’ abilities to deal with poverty and disadvantage.

Priority Areas

  • communities experiencing social and economic exclusion with particular emphasis on Indigenous Australians,
  • asylum seekers and refugees, and people living in isolated rural and remote areas of Australia,
  • children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds who lack the opportunity to improve their wellbeing,
  • small, discrete projects that meet the needs of a community rather than supplementary funding for large projects. A small, discrete project will be considered to have a total budget of up to $50,000.

The Poverty and Disadvantage Small Grants Program accepts applications on an ongoing basis, with no specific closing dates.

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

Community Led Grants

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

Ignite Career Fund

Copyright Agency

The Ignite Career Fund supports individuals working in the publishing and visual art sectors to develop skills and progress their careers.

Overview
Individual grants of up to $5,000 are offered to successful applicants, with two rounds held each year. A total of $25,000 is available each round.

Opportunities typically supported include:

  • structured mentorships
  • residencies with structured mentorship or structured learning opportunities
  • participation in professional workshops, courses and conferences relevant to an applicant’s practice and career development
  • specific training in technical areas directly relevant to an applicant’s creative professional practice within publishing or visual art sectors.

Applications typically supported include those that demonstrate:

  • appropriate skills development for an applicant’s particular career stage and practice
  • activities that are not supported by government funding bodies
  • the applicant is making in-kind contributions to the opportunity
  • an appropriate level of benefit to the industry – e.g. sharing knowledge

Applications close: 16 March 2017.
Contact: 02 9394 7600 or careerfund@copyright.com.au
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  • Closing: 9 March 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Lightbulb Moments

Regional Australia Institute

It’s often the ‘bright ideas’ local people have that create the greatest impact for local communities in regional Australia, and with 8.8 million regional Australians your ideas are just the beginning!

But sometimes, even the very best ideas and projects need a little helping hand to get going.

Have you got a fantastic project or bright idea that you are passionate about that will really make a difference to your community and economy? We want to hear about it!

The ‘top ten’ entries will WIN a dedicated Project Development Support Package from the Regional Australia Institute and a heap of publicity. One lucky National Winner will even get their own TV ad and Airtime Support Package thanks to PRIME7!

Additionally, the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) will provide finalists with assistance to identify fundraising strategies that can support their project goals.

For prize details see Terms and Conditions.

With your passion and our help your idea could really take off.

So, what are you waiting for? ENTER NOW and plant a seed for your community’s success. Entries close Friday 10 March 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 10 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship

Australia Council for the Arts

Established in 1894, the American Academy in Rome (AAR) is the oldest American overseas centre for independent study and advanced research in the arts and humanities.

The Australia Council, through the generous support of the Mordant Family, will offer a visual artist the opportunity to undertake a two month residency in Rome through the American Academy’s Affiliated Fellowship Program.

Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.

The Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship is open to established visual artists with a significant record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries. Expressions of interest will need to outline your plan of activity whilst in Rome, and how the AAR will further your professional and artistic practice development.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 14 March 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Support Grants

Multicultural NSW

Support Grants help individuals and communities to participate fully in community life and assist in building community capacity. Support Grants are flexible and varied, ranging from individual support for young people to participate in sport to providing services.

Priority areas are established each year.  Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.

Support Grants of up to $10,000 for an organisation and up to $500 for individuals are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • registered sporting clubs in sports recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS).

Eligibility criteria and excluded activities are clearly outlined in our Grants Program booklet, please take the time to review this prior to submitting an application.

2017 Priority Areas are:

  • Projects/ initiatives that use sport to engage with young people from refugee backgrounds
  • Support for migrants, refugees and asylum seekers who are not or no longer eligible for settlement support
  • Promoting the meaningful participation of women and girls in the community
  • Regional communities where service gaps in meeting the needs of the diverse communities is evident
  • Supporting the participation of people with a disability from diverse backgrounds.

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  • Closing: 17 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Multicultural
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Hilltop Hoods Initiative

APRA AMCOS

Emerging Australian hip hop and soul artists are invited to apply for the Hilltop Hoods Initiative to help further their careers.

Offering a grant of $10,000 to cover costs associated with manufacturing, promoting and distributing an album or EP, the Initiative is open to APRA AMCOS members who have not yet released an album commercially.

While the grant is not intended to cover the costs of recording or mixing an album, it can be used for costs like mastering, publicity, artwork and vinyl manufacture.

Along with the cash, the winning artist will also receive legal advice courtesy of David Vodicka and Media Arts Lawyers plus a Love Police ATM merch start-up kit.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 21 March 2017
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

A new initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)

• undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 25th March 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit NAVA Grants or contact Penelope Benton, on (02) 9368 1900. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Dreams for a Better World

SunSuper

The Sunsuper Dreams for a Better World program offers a $150,000 annual grant pool. It’s shared over four rounds and there’s a Grand Final event to celebrate and recognise those who generously give their time and effort to make the world a better place.

This year, if you really want to help a cause close to your heart, dream big, because you could receive up to $50,000 in grants to help make that dream a reality.

1. Submit

If your dream is for an Australian cause and can be undertaken in the next 12 months, submit your dream today!

2. Shortlist and public vote

Each quarter, our judges will select 6 dreams to make the shortlist, and then it’s up to you to get as many votes from the Australian public as you can. So get out there and let people know what you do and how you’re making the world a better place. Be different, be creative and show our judges just how much you want to be in our top 3.

3. Finalists

The 3 dreams with the most valid votes will be the category finalists and win $5,000 each.

4. Round winner

From the top 3 finalists, our expert panel of judges will decide which dream should be named the winner. They receive an additional $5,000 grant and go on to the Grand Final.

5. The People’s Choice

At the end of the year, we go back to the polls and ask the Australian public to vote for their favourite dream one last time. The People’s Choice $10,000 grant will go to the Round Winner with the most valid votes, and will be announced at the Grand Final Awards Night.

6. Grand Final

Winners from each round pitch to the judges and are invited to attend the Grand Final Awards Night where the annual winner is announced. Each of the four grand finalists will receive an additional grant of up to $30,000.

So what are you waiting for? Submit your dream for the chance to help your cause.

Terms and conditions apply

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

Regional Pitchfest

Australia Post

Australia Post Regional Pitchfest is your opportunity to pitch your business or idea to a live audience and expert panel for the chance to win cash and prizes. We are looking for regional Australia’s innovators and entrepreneurs and are excited to be not only providing them a platform to launch from, but also a spotlight on the great opportunities in regional areas across the country.

Applicants will be given the opportunity to undertake pitch and business growth training. The top five applicants from each state and territory will take the stage between June and July 2017. Flights and accommodation are included for each finalist.

All state winners will be flown to Wagga Wagga for the national final on Friday 18th August.

Applications open 6 March 2017 here. Read more

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

Cross-Pollination

Australia Council for the Arts

Amount: Each participant will be provided with $6,000 to cover costs such as interstate travel and accommodation

Expressions of interest close: 14 March 2017

Notification:
28 March 2017

Activity dates: 1 April – 30 June 2017

About the opportunity

Expressions of Interest are now open for Cross-Pollination, an audience development initiative.

This program offers peer to peer learning for staff involved in audience development across different art forms and regions.  Each participant will be paired with a contrasting organisation and complete a two week exchange to discover how each works with audiences in situ. Group workshops before and after the exchanges will allow participants to develop plans and share experiences.

The intention is for future leaders in arts organisations to understand how audiences interact with different art forms and organisations, and the various strategies employed to attract, retain and/ or deepen engagement with audiences. The exchange will help participants identify good practice, encourage a rethink of current operations and generate new ideas that can be shared and applied to their own organisations.

The program will suit emerging to mid-career arts administrators involved in programming, curating, marketing, education or community engagement, working in presenting and producing organisations of all sizes. We are looking for curious and collaborative people.

Participants will be matched by Australian Council staff, with reciprocal exchanges to take place between April and June 2017 at a suitable time negotiated by each organisation. Workshop dates will be advised following the selection.

The Australia Council will provide each participant with $6,000 to cover interstate travel, accommodation and living away from home allowance for two weeks. Travel related to workshop participation will be arranged directly by the Australia Council.

Eligibility

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Note this is an expression of interest and not a grant application. It does not count as an application to the Australia Council Grants Program.

Selection Criteria

Australia Council staff and industry advisers will assess the impact of the opportunity for the individual, group, organisation, and/or work represented. They may consider one or more of the following:

  • The relevance and timeliness of the proposed opportunity in delivering your audience development goals.
  • How the opportunity will strengthen your capacity as an arts professional and/or organisation to deliver your audience development goals
  • Evidence of how you have applied previous collaborative learning experiences to your career development.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their preferred areas of learning or exchange in the ‘About your project’ section of the EOI.

Supporting material

You must confirm your organisation has the resources and capacity to host an extra staff member for two weeks between April and June 2017 before applying and supply written approval from your General Manager (or equivalent) as support material.

You are not required to submit a budget with your expression of interest.

Selection process

Expressions of interest are assessed against a framework considering the overall mix of participants necessary to reflect a diverse range of art forms and type of organisation.

You will be informed of the outcome of your expression of interest by 28 March 2017.

How to submit an Expression of Interest

Click on the ‘Submit an EOI’ button at the bottom of this page. Expressions of interest must be submitted via the Australia Council’s online system. To apply in the online system, please click on ‘Grants & Grant Reporting’ and choose ‘Expressions of Interest (EOI)’.

Contact

To discuss your expression of interest, please contact James Cox, Audience Development Officer, 02 9215 9036 Read more

  • Closing: 28 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Small Grants

Accessible Arts

Currently Closed.

The Small Grant offers funds for projects at any stage of their creative development and/or public presentation, of amounts between $5,000 – $20,000. Read more

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

Feature Films Production and Completion / Post-Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Feature Film Production program aims to support a diverse slate of Australian films for theatrical release that entertain and enlighten domestic and international audiences while reflecting the unique characteristics of Australian identity.

The program is open to films of any budget size, including low-budget projects and projects that require completion funding. Marketplace attachments are required, but they are not the only elements taken into consideration when Screen Australia makes funding decisions.

Documentary projects, including theatrical or feature-length documentaries, are not eligible under this program. Refer to the Documentary programs. Read more

  • Closing: 7 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

LEGENDAIRY

Dairy Australia

Australia’s dairy farmers and farming communities are proud, resilient and innovative. In short, they’re LEGENDAIRY.

The search for Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital calls on people from the country’s eight dairy regions to nominate their town for the prestigious title by sharing stories about what makes them LEGENDAIRY. Each finalist receives a $2,500 grant to invest in a community project.

One of those eight towns then go on to secure the coveted title of Australia’s LEGENDAIRY Capital 2017 and receive a further grant of $7,500 for its nominated community project. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, 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

[Black Space]: Web Series Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department is calling on Indigenous filmmakers, online content creators and vloggers from across Australia to produce online series.

The creation of online content is fast becoming the future of screen storytelling and in the same vain as successful web series, Bondi Hipsters, Broad City, Black As and The Katering Show, we are on the hunt for dynamic proposals for online series with refreshing voices, daring stories, courageous characters or even a couple of oddballs!

Screen Australia’s Indigenous Department will fund two Black Space submissions (three to five standalone episodes, each around four minutes in duration). The initiative is designed to bring Indigenous stories, authored and crafted by Indigenous people to online audiences.

We are looking for Indigenous talent, with big ideas at a production ready stage. As part of the Black Space initiative the successful teams will attend a two day workshop focussed on marketing online content. Each series will be made entirely for online delivery in conjunction with YouTube and Facebook.

The production ready series can be comedy, drama, mockumentary, factual and/or any other relevant genre.

All applicants should be able to commit to production by June 2017, for delivery and launch by October 2017.

For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Australia Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP) supports the delivery of high-quality public diplomacy initiatives which promote our economic, artistic, and cultural assets to an international audience. These initiatives strengthen Australia’s reputation as an innovative, creative nation and foster collaborative people-to-people links internationally. Read more

  • Closing: 12 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

The Aboriginal Benefits 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.

Please note, for legal reasons, the ABF may only pay grant money to organisations or companies endorsed as a “Deductible Gift Recipient” (a DGR).

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  • Closing: 12 April 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation has funds available on a yearly basis to support appropriate projects or activities that meet the objectives of ORAF. Proposals will be accepted twice each calendar year – by 30th March and 30th October. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF. Read more

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

Hot Shots Plus

Screen Australia

Hot Shots Plus combines funding for the production of a short narrative proof of concept (POC) as well as development funds for a long-form project.

The aim of this initiative is to arm screen content makers with an impactful POC that connects to a long-form project (feature film, TV, online series or virtual reality narratives) in order to build skills, relationships and create the audience and marketplace attention needed for the next step in their career. For example, a short film that speaks to a feature film (i.e. Cate Shortland’s Joy, Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo) or a pilot/test scenes that speak to a television or online series (i.e. Skitbox, Event Zero, and Bondi Hipsters).

The long-form project does not have to be the same story or a long version of the POC but should be connected to the POC, for example, by creative voice, genre, tone or stylistic approach.

POC PRODUCTION

Support can be provided for a narrative short film, series pilot, or visual proof of concept in all fiction platforms (feature, television, online, VR):

  • up to $70,000 for live action production as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • up to $100,000 for animation production as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • up to $40,000 for post-production to completion funds as appropriate to the platform and the project.
  • Funds are available for live action or animated short screen narrative stories of up to 30 minutes in length.
  • While encouraging low budget approaches to storytelling, Screen Australia will allow additional financing from other sources however the funds must be in place at the time of submitting your application and evidence of this provided in the successful second stage applications.
  • As per our Terms of Trade, Screen Australia funding is conditional on paying at least award minimum rates including key creatives, cast and crew, see Budget Notes on Page 6.
  • In exceptional circumstances, we may accept applications with funds that exceed the amounts for the POC funding above, in recognition of the regional nature of certain productions.

LONG-FORM DEVELOPMENT

In your application you will also need to include your plan and requested development funds for your long-form narrative project.

  • up to $50,000 for development costs
  • Funds may include writing costs, workshops with actors, research, mentorships, consultations – whatever will nurture and feed the creative vision of the team and the heart of the story and to arrive at a strong package for your anticipated long-form project.
  • You will also need to include the estimated total production budget for the long-form work. Strategically, we are looking for lower budget projects because they are more likely to be financed and made with emerging teams. For this initiative we are saying this means for features under $2 million, for online series and VR under $10,000 per minute and for television under $600,000 per one hour episode.

 

For more information head to the website. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

New South Wales Artists’ Grant

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Arts NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $1,250 +GST. Group applications are eligible to apply for funding of up to $2,500 +GST. An individual exhibiting in a group show can apply for individual funding but the assessors may choose to limit the funds going to any one exhibition.

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEDT Saturday 22nd April 2017. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in July, August, September, October 2017 only.

Eckersley’s Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $250 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists’ Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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  • Closing: 22 April 2017
  • Categories: Technology, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Creatability 2017

Screenworks

CREATEABILITY 2017 is a Screenworks initiative supported Screen NSW and the ABC that provides funded opportunities for professional filmmakers living in Regional NSW to profile artists with disability living and creating in their communities.

Screenworks has funding available for 8 filmmakers to produce 8 films in total. Each film will between 3 and 7 minutes and will profile an artist with disability who resides and creates in Regional NSW.

CREATEABILITY 2017 is not an entry-level initiative for filmmakers.  All applications must first meet eligibility criteria in order to complete the application process.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2017
  • Categories: Disability, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording.

PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.

The Australia Council is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. The Council supports artists and arts organisations to create and present artistically adventurous work, and delivers national and international strategic activity which develops markets and audiences for Australian work.

Who can apply

Only individuals are eligible to apply. If you are part of a group, you must nominate one of the members to apply on behalf of the group.

Applicants are encouraged to also register with the PPCA. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals

Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship aims to assist emerging artists to develop their practice through overseas travel or tuition. This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

  • undertake formal study
  • undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist)
  • undertake informal study for a planned research project.

 

Funding Available
4 applicants will be awarded $5,000 plus GST each.

Closing date
23:59 AEST Saturday 29th April 2017.

This round is for projects taking place from September 2017 onwards. Read more

  • Closing: 29 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

National Library of Australia Fellowships

National Library of Australia

National Library of Australia Fellowships for advanced research by scholars opens February, closes 30 April 2017.

Eight funded Fellowships are available for 2018, including two exciting new Fellowships: one for Curatorial Research supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Libary’s Treasures Gallery Access program, and a Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia for research across a wide range of fields.

The eight Fellowships available are:

  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Deidre McCann and Kevin McCann AM and the Macquarie Group Foundation.
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Ryan Stokes
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by past and present members of the National Library Council
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by Library Patrons and Supporters
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship supported by the Minerals Council of Australia
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship in Japan Studies, supported by the Harold S. Williams Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Research in Australian Literature, supported by the Eva Kollsman and Ray Mathew Trust
  • National Library of Australia Fellowship for Curatorial Research, supported by the Patrons and Supporters of the Library’s Treasures Gallery Access Program

Additional Honorary Fellowships may be awarded to support research and special access, but without financial support.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

The Innovating Dance Practice grant is an initiative of Ausdance NSW to assist professional dance practitioners residing in NSW to develop and innovate their practice.

Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000, for projects taking place between 1 Jan – 31 December 2018 Read more

  • Closing: 1 May 2017
  • Categories: Dance, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Studios in Paris Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

Studio Scholarship

The Art Gallery of NSW awards artists or scholars in the visual arts a two-month or three-month tenancy in either the Moya Dyring Studio or the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris.  These scholarships can be awarded to up to 10 applicants per year, and covers the rent of the studio in Paris.

Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship is an award of $25,000. The winner will be chosen from one of the winners of the above Studios Scholarship, who is female and 35 years of age or under, at the time of application.

Applications now closed. Next round will open in 2017.

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  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Dance Massive 2017 Project Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest are invited for funding for presentations and tours arising from Dance Massive 2017.

You must have attended Dance Massive 2017 and received an invitation to present your work internationally to be eligible to apply.

We will only be able to support a limited number of proposals. You are also encouraged to consider funding options available through the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

As this is strategic project funding, your proposal will not count towards your annual total allowable applications to the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

Eligibility

The Australia Council will only accept Expressions of Interest from independent artists and small to medium companies who attended Dance Massive 2017.

Major Performing Arts companies are ineligible to apply.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website.

Please contact us if you are unsure if you are eligible to apply. Read more

  • Closing: 16 May 2017
  • Categories: Dance
  • Open To: Individuals, 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

CUP Rural and Regional Indigenous Community Engagement Program

Charles Sturt University

Small grants ($500 – $1,500) are available from the Indigenous Students Centre to support community or individual initiatives through contributions to cultural, economic, sporting and related activities and build higher education aspiration and awareness particularly among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in rural and regional communities in CSU’s campus footprint. Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Fellowships

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

The Australia Council offers one grant round each year for Fellowships. In 2017, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 6 June. Read more

  • Closing: 6 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to enable artists from regional NSW to be part of the professional art making community.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists’ fees, installation and documentation

• professional development and education

• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of up to $10,000 + GST.

Applications close 23:59 AEST Saturday 10th June 2017.

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  • Closing: 10 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

International Collaboration

Australia Council for the Arts

Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for alumni of the British Council ACCELERATE Leadership Program to apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding to generate international collaborations.  Collaborative projects or activities to be considered could be based either in Australia or internationally and we encourage you to be flexible, simple and open to new ideas. Projects must be delivered between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2017.

We will accept submissions up to 16 June 2017 or until the funding runs out. You can submit an EOI at any time between now and the closing date. The purpose of this fund is to:

  • Generate and support ideas for international collaboration between ACCELERATE alumni and international artists and/or arts organisations.
  • Build on the ACCELERATE UK trip and Yirama Yangga-na, the first alumni gathering in Wollongong.
  • Encourage idea exploration for the next gathering at the International Indigenous Arts Festival Yirramboi in May 2017.
  • Extend professional development of ACCELERATE alumni.

Eligibility

This opportunity is only available to the alumni of the ACCELERATE Leadership Program including the 2016 participants.

International collaboration should either be included in this activity or have the potential to be included in future activity. Collaborations can include Australian organisations as partners alongside international collaborators.

Only one application per participant.

Please check the general eligibility requirements on the Australia Council website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

Quick Response Grants - Disability

Accessible Arts

The Quick Response Grant supports a range of small‐scale initiatives for not-for-profit arts and disability services/organisations and/or for groups or individual artists with disability living in NSW. 

The Grant offers funding up to $5,000 for artist projects that demonstrate evidence of urgency, unforeseen or sudden opportunity. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants (QUICKS)

Regional Arts NSW

Small grants that respond to arts development and professional development opportunities that arise at short notice. Read more

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

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

Australian writers are invited to submit a proposal for an essay exploring one or more aspects of the relationship between art and design today. The winning writer will receive $3,000 to develop their submission for an essay to be published in an issue of Art Monthly Australia. The winning writer will also be invited as a guest of MPavilion to present their essay as part of the official 2017/18 season of MPavilion in Melbourne. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia Writing Award

MPavilion/ Art Monthly Australasia

MPavilion’s unique annual architecture commission and design event for Melbourne is partnering with Australia’s art magazine of record, Art Monthly Australasia, to present an innovative writing award to explore the flourishing field of interdisciplinary practice within art and design. Read more

  • Closing: 1 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

An annual scholarship awarded to a young artist/painter with an established body of work who is best able to demonstrate the use and benefit of the scholarship to further their art education in Europe.

The scholarship consists of an amount of $30,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, administered by the Art Gallery of NSW.

The current application round closed 8 July 2016 and will reopen again in 2017. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Fellowships

National Library of Australia

The National Library offers three Fellowships to support practising writers and artists to develop new work creatively using or inspired by the Library’s collections.

Applications open for applications for the 2018 Creative Fellowships on April 13, 2017 and close July 28.

The Library provides creative artists with a unique and supportive environment in which to immerse themselves in the collections. The Fellowship enables artists to be inspired by, repurpose, transform or imaginatively respond to published sources, such as music, maps, rare books or ephemera, or original sources, such as pictures, manuscripts, oral histories and folklore recordings, in any way.

  • The Friends of the National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship is open to creative practitioners and artists, working professionally in any art form, to create new artistic work that is inspired by or using particular collections. Artists may be working in such fields as music, dance, theatre, visual arts, emerging, hybrid and experimental art forms.
  • The National Folk Fellowship, offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, supports folk musicians, singers, dancers, poets, performance artists, or collector-performers to develop a project based on the Library’s original folklore and related collections, with a performance at the following National Folk Festival.

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  • Closing: 28 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Dance, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Dyason Bequest

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

A grant offered to Australian art students who have already won a travelling scholarship, to assist with the cost of overseas travel. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Basil and Muriel Hooper Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

An annual scholarship of $4000 aimed at fine art students attending recognised universities or schools in New South Wales to assist with costs of fees and general living expenses. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Elioth Gruner Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

This grant is closed for 2016 and will re-open in 2017.

The Art Gallery of NSW awards an annual prize of $1000 for excellence in the study of a landscape in oils. The applicant must be an art student who has lived in New South Wales for at least five years before entering the competition. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Visual Arts Fellowship

National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA)

The Visual Arts Fellowship is funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aims to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development. Read more

  • Closing: 23 September 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Robert Le Gay Brereton Memorial Prize

Art Gallery of NSW

An annual prize of $2000, awarded to art students exhibiting skill and promise in the area of draughtsmanship.

This Grant is currently closed and will re- open in 2017. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Asian Studies Grants

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Japan Study Grants closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for 2018 will open in July 2017.

The National Library of Australia offers annual Japan Study Grants to support scholars undertaking research on Japan and requiring special access to the Library’s Japanese or Japan related collections. These scholarships are made possible thanks to Harold S. Williams Trust Fund.

Preference for Japan Study Grants will be given to those with a demonstrated need to access the Library’s Japanese language collections and who do not have ready access to Japanese language collections in their own region or institution.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of up to four weeks in the following calendar year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

For more information view the website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Summer Scholarships

National Library of Australia

Applications for 2017 Summer Scholarships closed on 30 September 2016. Applications for the following year will re-open in July 2017.

The National Library of Australia offers annual summer scholarships to support younger scholars undertaking postgraduate research requiring special access to the Library’s collections. These scholarships are made possible through the generosity of the family of the late Norman McCann (a former National Library Council Member), and of John and Heather Seymour.

Preference for Norman McCann Scholarships will be given to those working in the disciplines of Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration or museum studies. Preference for Seymour Scholarships will be for those undertaking biographical research.

The scholarships are tenable for a period of six weeks commencing in the second week of January each year. Scholars have privileged access to the Library’s materials and facilities, as well as sustained interaction with many of its staff.

For more information visit the website here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

International Residencies

Australia Council for the Arts

The International Residencies Program enables the artistic development of individual artists and groups by brokering and offering high quality residency experiences.

In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

  • Tuesday 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

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  • Closing: 3 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals