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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

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

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

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

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:  
Exact dates to be confirmed with selected participants

Location
To be confirmed with selected participants Read more

  • Closing: 27 February 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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. Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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

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

Lending Rights

Australian Government Department of Communications and 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 2017
  • 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.

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

Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • 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.

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

Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • 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.

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

Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Heritage / Museums
  • 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

Art Bites

Screen Australia

An initiative for emerging documentary filmmakers with a passion for the Arts.

Screen Australia and iview Arts are calling for proposals from early career filmmakers nationwide for another round of Art Bites.

Art Bites will create four 6 x 5 minute Arts web series directed and/or produced by early career filmmakers. The films will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview which aims to illuminate the arts with smart, quality and shareable content.

Rather than simply reporting on existing work, the successful web series will be an accessible, engaging and entertaining insight into an aspect of Arts in Australia. Ideally the series will adopt a fresh approach or topic, one which has not previously been explored elsewhere.

Proposals will be assessed against the channel’s vision statement ‘Where Life and Culture Collide’. The web series should be designed to appeal to younger audiences, 18–35 years.

The series will be supported by an ABC digital Arts Commissioning Editor, and a Screen Australia Investment Development Manager.

 

WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?

ABC TV and Screen Australia will commit a total of up to $240,000 to this initiative ($120,000 each).

Applicants can apply for up to $60,000 for a series and may seek additional funding through discussions with their state agency and other sources. State and Territory screen agencies may provide up to $30,000 in additional funding to series from their State or Territory. Any other funding is subject to ABC approval and compliance with ABC Editorial Policies (see link below) and must be finalised prior to signature of the ABC Licence Agreement.

 
For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 April 2017
  • 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).

Read more

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

Brian White Scholarship

The Brian White Scholarship was launched in 2017 and be conducted annually. The program aims to encourage and foster the brightest, aspiring young minds in commercial radio news. It will help the recipient transition out of study and into the commercial radio industry.

The competition is open to recent graduates or students who are in their final year of study in an applicable course such as Communications, Media, Journalism and Radio. Entrants should have graduated no more than two years prior to the opening date.

The judges will be looking for a journalist who has a passion for radio news and is ready to take up an exciting opportunity to see how the major metropolitan newsrooms operate at Macquarie Media, Australian Radio Network, Nova Entertainment and Southern Cross Austereo. The successful applicant will already be immersed in the news cycle and will relish the chance to sit in the same room as senior journalists at commercial radio stations to experience how the news is sourced and compiled.

What is the Prize

The ten finalists will be invited to attend a one day workshop in Sydney (flights will be included for interstate finalists). This is a unique opportunity for finalists to gain knowledge and insights from commercial radio News Directors and to receive valuable feedback about their news presenting style and delivery.

The Brian White Scholarship recipient will receive an eight week paid work attachment (two weeks in each newsroom at Macquarie Media Limited, Southern Cross Austereo, Australian Radio Network and Nova Entertainment) in either Sydney or Melbourne.

NB: Accommodation and flights will be included if the recipient lives outside of the city in which the attachment is to take place.

How to Enter

Entries are submitted online. You will be required to submit:

  • A one page document stating why you think you should be chosen as the recipient of the scholarship.
  • Two radio news bulletins written from supplied stories (download stories here). One should be aimed at an FM audience and the other at an AM audience.
  • MP3 audio of one of your written bulletins showcasing your news reading ability.
  • Complete the online entry form.

 

Hints & Tips on preparing your entry can be found here

Answers to the most frequently asked questions can be found here.

Entry into the competition is free. Entries close on Friday 13th April. Read more

  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

The Mordant Family VR Commission

Australian Centre for the Moving Image

ACMI is joining forces with the City of Melbourne and Catriona and Simon Mordant AM to launch the Mordant Family VR Commission: a three year commitment to Australian visual artists, stimulating cross disciplinary collaboration to produce bold new and ambitious works using virtual reality (VR) and associated technology.

Open to mid-career and established visual artists, the Mordant Family VR Commission supports gallery-based practitioners to move into VR, encouraging experimentation and enabling the creation of ambitious artworks that push the limits of technology to engage audiences in new ways.

Awarded annually, the Mordant Family VR Commission recipient will be granted $80,000 for the development and creation of a new work. Commissions will be selected by a panel of national and international industry experts including Director of the Shepparton Art Museum Rebecca Coates; leading futurist, author and entrepreneur, Mark Pesce; ACMI Chief Experience Officer Seb Chan and ACMI Senior Curator ACMI Sarah Tutton, co-chaired by Simon Mordant AM and ACMI CEO and Director Katrina Sedgwick.

In addition to financial support, the recipient will receive expert advice and support from ACMI in the development phase, as well as a work space in ACMI’s vibrant Southbank co-working studio for the screen industries, ACMI X. Ultimately, works will be presented to the public and an edition accessioned into ACMI’s collection.

 

Applications
Applicants should complete the application form  and submit this along with a one-page proposal outlining the project, which includes the form the work is likely to take, an explanation of the subject, themes and ideas, as well as details of artistic and technical collaborators.

In addition applicants should supply a one-page production schedule, a one-page budget, a one-page curriculum vitae/resume (not a biography) outlining exhibition history and up to three examples of previous work (of no more than five minutes duration).

Applicants are required to submit seven (7) copies of their application and seven (7) copies of their support material.

All support material should be clearly labelled with the applicant’s name and project title.

 

Application Deadline
Applications for the Mordant Family VR Commission are open from Tuesday 28 February 2017 until Thursday 13 April 2017, 5pm AEST.

 

Applications should be addressed to

The Mordant Family VR Commission
ACMI X
4/2 Kavanagh St
Southbank, Melbourne VIC 3006

The successful applicant will be announced in May 2017.

 

Guidelines
The Mordant Family VR Commission supports:

  • Australian artists who have an ambitious new work using VR or other mixed reality technology
  • mid-career and established Australian artists who have a track-record working in the visual arts sector
  • projects created by individual artists or artist collaborations
  • projects that are ready to enter development and production in May 2017 and will be ready for presentation by December 2017

We are not able to fund projects retrospectively.

Artists need to be able to commit to the production period and it must be possible for ACMI to maintain regular contact throughout the production process.

To be classified as an Australian artist, the artist must be either:

  • born in Australia
  • an Australian citizen
  • in Australia as an approved temporary resident for a minimum of two years, and/or a permanent resident of Australia.

In summary, the commission is looking for a project that:

  • is centred around VR and other mixed reality technologies
  • is ambitious and experimental
  • explores the limits of technology and audience engagement
  • is by an Australian artist or artist group
  • can begin production in May 2017 and be completed within the year
  • is by an Australian citizen or Permanent Resident

Read more

  • Closing: 13 April 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Individuals

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.

Read more

  • 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

Georges Mora Fellowship

Georges Mora Fellowship

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded with funds generously donated by arts supporters and with the support of State Library Victoria, Alliance Française de Melbourne, the National Association for the Visual Arts and other partners.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

Applications open: 27 January 2017
Applications close: 23 April 2017
 

PURPOSE

The Georges Mora Fellowship is awarded each year to a contemporary artist who has demonstrated gravitas within their art. The Fellowship provides financial support, residency opportunities and access to organisations and individuals with specialist knowledge to support the artist to research, experiment and create. A public outcome is expected.

 

BENEFITS

PRINCIPAL BENEFIT

For the financial year of 2017-18 the Georges Mora Fellow will receive a cash grant of $10,000.
 
ADDITIONAL BENEFIT

The Fellow will receive one year’s premium membership to the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA).

 

OPTIONAL BENEFITS

State Library Victoria

The Georges Mora Fellow can choose to annex their Fellowship with a three-month full time or up to twelve-month part time secure desk at the State Library of Victoria. This option provides the Fellow with uninterrupted time to work with the rich resources of the Library to explore new thinking and research new ideas. This benefit includes access to a private study within the Library, which can be used outside normal opening hours.

Self-Identified Local Residency

If the successful Georges Mora Fellow is based outside of Victoria, the Georges Mora Fellowship is open to working with the Fellow to arrange an alternative residency, akin to the State Library of Victoria offer, within the applicant’s state.

Self-Identified International Residency

The Georges Mora Fellowship can also assist the Fellow in applying for an international residency, should they choose to travel overseas for their project. Costs associated with this residency are the responsibility of the Fellow.

ELIGIBILITY

The Georges Mora Fellowship is open to any Australian citizen or permanent resident who has a demonstrated art practice. The successful Fellow will have shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art. Artists at all stages of their careers may apply. There is no age limit.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

Applicants are shortlisted by the board of the Georges Mora Fellowship. An independent panel of recognised arts and cultural professionals then awards the Fellowship. In selecting the Fellow consideration is given both to the artist’s past work and if it has demonstrated gravitas and if the proposed Fellowship project will extend the boundaries of the artist’s practice in new and significant ways. The Georges Mora Fellowship seeks a Fellow who has shown a continuous commitment to the field of contemporary art and who wishes to challenge their practice and the field of contemporary art further.
 

CONDITIONS

Applicants must be available to fulfill the Fellowship between July 2017 and June 2018.

Fellows must present a public outcome that results from their Fellowship with acknowledgement of the Georges Mora Fellowship’s support wherever possible.

 

APPLYING TO THE GEORGES MORA FELLOWSHIP

Application form – Word (.docx)
Application form – PDF
 
For more information visit the website.
Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Visual Arts
  • 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

Screen NSW - ABC TV ARTS Documentary Feature Fund Initiative

Screen NSW

Applications for Screen NSW and ABC TV ARTS Documentary Feature Fund open 7 March 2017 via this form.

For the latest announcements it’s best to subscribe to our eNews and follow us on social media. When new program information is ready it will be announced on those platforms first.

Guidelines are available here. Read more

  • Closing: 30 April 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Artist Support Quick Response

Create NSW

Artist Support Quick Response funding provides professional development opportunities for NSW-based professional artists and arts/cultural workers to support skills development, take up outstanding opportunities of significance for their practice and/or develop markets.

Funding for projects that are solely focused on the creation, development and presentation of work should be submitted to Arts and Cultural Projects or another appropriate Arts and Cultural Development Program category.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Timeframe

Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Partnerships and groups.

Please note: priority will be give to applicants who have not received Artist Support funding in the last 12 months.

Funding range

Up to $5000.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

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

Aboriginal Quick Response

Create NSW

Funding supports professional and market development opportunities for NSW Aboriginal artists and arts workers.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Timeframe

Applications are received throughout the year for activities occurring between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018. Please allow up to 4 weeks for your application to be assessed and processed.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists, practitioners and arts/cultural workers
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups

Funding range:

Up to $5000

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

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

Early Development

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?
We fund the development of:

  • feature films
  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 

We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazinestyle productions
  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

 

*For further guidance on the distinction between infotainment, lifestyle, magazine programs and documentary/factual programs refer to the advice on Screen Australia’s website.


How much can I apply for?

  • You can request any amount up to $50,000
  • We expect most requests to be between $2,000 and $20,000
  • Recently funded projects and the amounts provided can be found under Funding Approvals


What can I use the money for?

We contribute to the following:

  • development of treatments, scene breakdowns and/or beat sheets
  • development of first drafts from short documents
  • development of mini-bibles and/or episode outlines for television or online series
  • creation of sizzle reels or promotional trailers
  • research and development of factual documents

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in the Screen NSW Terms of Trade which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Applicants will generally be a NSW based Key Creative, individual or company. If you are not based in NSW you must:

  • provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer OR
  • have at least one NSW based Key Creative (writer, producer or director) attached OR
  • satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry

 

You must intend to produce or post produce your project in NSW.
You must hold the rights in your project.

Teams generally need to include a Key Creative with credits in a relevant genre. If your team does not have these credits, please provide other information demonstrating that you have the relevant market knowledge and relationships.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time.

Complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all core materials listed on the form.

For Early Development we assess short documents and draft scripts. We also prefer that you have opened a dialogue with a distributor, broadcaster or online content commissioner.

The creative materials required may vary according to the project type.

 

FEATURES
Your short document should demonstrate the following:

  • the key dramatic beats of your story and how they will play out within your chosen genre
  • a clear beginning, middle and end
  • identified pivotal story points
  • the intended genre, tone and mood of the film

 

TV AND WEB DRAMA, NARRATIVE COMEDY AND CHILDRENS’ TV

We are generally looking for a preliminary pitch document and an indication of intended market.

We generally do not require marketplace attachment up front however we are unlikely to fund more than a mini bible without broadcaster interest.

If you have secured broadcaster development please indicate this in the ‘previous funding’ or ‘other funding for this stage’ section of your application form.

 

DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL
Your pitch document should concisely describe:

  • your subject matter
  • your intended narrative, line of enquiry, or argument
  • your intended stylistic approach your intended audience how you plan to tell your story (observational sequences, archival footage, interviews, recreations, etc)

If your program is reliant on the participation of a particular person or people you will need to have a document verifying that they consent to take part.

 

INTERACTIVE

Your application materials should provide:

  • a description of the story, journey or experience
  • any visual designs or early prototyping
  • information on intended audience and distribution strategy
  • any web metrics or sales figures for previous interactive projects

 

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be competitively assessed against the following criteria:

  • The strength and distinctiveness of the concept
  • The strength of the story and the quality of the submitted materials
  • The plans for use of the funding
  • The potential of the project to reach its target audience and its viability in terms of likely budget relative to market
  • The track record of the Key Creative(s), including the financial track record and experience of the applicant and any Key Creatives
  • The potential of the project to contribute to a robust screen industry in NSW

 

If we commission an indigenous assessment, the project will be assessed with reference to Screen Australia’s guidelines Pathways & Protocols: a filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts.

If your application is not successful the project may be resubmitted if substantially reworked. A project that is declined for Early Development can be considered for Advanced Development or Market Travel if it has advanced sufficiently.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?
Between four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

What are the terms of funding?
Please refer to the Screen NSW Terms of Trade.

Complaints
If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

Advanced Development

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?

We fund the development of:

  • feature films
  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • factual and documentary television or web programs and series animation series
  • creative interactive screen entertainment

 

We do not fund the development of:

  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazinestyle productions
  • current affairs and news programs
  • community television
  • shorts, short features (under 60 minutes)
  • projects being developed as part of a course of study

*For further guidance on the distinction between infotainment, lifestyle, magazine programs and documentary/factual programs refer to the advice on Screen Australia’s website.

 

How much can I apply for?

You can request any amount up to $50,000 but only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level. We anticipate most requests will be about $20,000.

Recently funded projects and the amounts provided can be found under Funding Approvals.

 

What can I use the money for?

We contribute to the following:

  • draft funding, if there is demonstrated marketplace support
  • the development of pitch materials related to financing budget and schedule preparation preliminary casting costs
  • script readings
  • for interactive projects: scripts, advanced graphics or game design

 

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in the Screen NSW Terms of Trade , which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

Applicants will generally be a NSW-based Key Creative, individual or company. If you are not based in NSW you must:

  • provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer OR
  • have at least one NSW based Key Creative (writer, producer or director) attached OR
  • satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry

You must intend to produce or post produce your project in NSW. You must hold the rights in your project.

Teams generally need to include a Key Creative with credits in a relevant genre. If your team does not have these credits, please provide other information demonstrating that you have the relevant market knowledge and relationships.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time.

Complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all core materials listed on the form. The creative materials required vary according to the project type:

 

FEATURES
A script or one-page synopsis

DOCUMENTARY AND FACTUAL PROGRAMS
A script or detailed treatment

TV AND WEB DRAMA, NARRATIVE COMEDY AND CHILDREN’S TV
The series bible, scripts and/or episode outlines

INTERACTIVE PROJECTS

  • a description of the story, journey or user experience
  • any visual designs or playable demos
  • information on intended audience and distribution strategy
  • any web metrics or sales figures for previous interactive projects

You should also provide evidence of plans to maximise the potential of your content to be exploited across different formats and platforms – i.e. serious games, mobisodes, and stage adaptations.

Assessment materials should include CVs from all key project members.

 

How will my application be assessed?

Your application will be competitively assessed against the following criteria:

  • The strength and distinctiveness of the concept
  • The strength of the story and the quality of the submitted materials
  • The plans for use of the funding
  • The potential of the project to reach its target audience and its viability in terms of likely budget relative to market
  • The track record of the Key Creative(s), including the financial track record and experience of the applicant and any Key Creatives
  • The potential of the project to contribute to a robust screen industry in NSW

 

If we commission an indigenous assessment, the project will be assessed with reference to Screen Australia’s guidelines Pathways & Protocols: a filmmaker’s guide to working with Indigenous people, culture and concepts.

If your application is not successful the project may be resubmitted if substantially reworked. A project that has been declined for Early Development can be considered for Advanced Development or Market Travel if it has advanced sufficiently.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?

Four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

 

What are the terms of funding?

Please refer to the Screen NSW Terms of Trade.

 

Complaints

If you would like to provide us with feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

Slate Development Loan

Screen NSW

What project formats are eligible?

We expect that development slates will mostly comprise projects from the genres eligible for Screen NSW funding. However, some flexibility will be extended in the interests of slate diversity and economic viability.

 

How much can I apply for?

The program provides interest free loans of up to $80,000 for up to five years.

Successful applicants who make a repayment and commence production in NSW within 12 months may be eligible to redraw the repayment amount together with a bonus loan of $15,000.

You must repay the loan from your next three productions and each repayment must be at least 30% of the outstanding loan.

Screen NSW will take a 10% share of the copyright in each of the projects comprising the minimum slate as security for the loan. We will reassign the rights to you once you have repaid the applicable amounts.

 

What can I use the money for?

Funding may be used to fund or contribute to the funding of:

  • a new business strategy to generate a cash flow stream
  • development of a slate of three or more appropriate projects from story outline stage onwards, including option payments, writers’ fees, script editors’ fees, script-printing expenses etc.
  • costs associated with financing projects, including overseas travel to markets, consultant fees to executive producers, legal fees etc.
  • fees for the applicant(s) or other key members of creative team(s)
  • infrastructure or running costs, including overheads, staff salaries, day-to-day and out-ofpocket expenses etc.

Who is eligible?

Screen NSW general eligibility requirements can be found in our Terms of Trade, which should be read in conjunction with these guidelines.

The Slate Development Loan program is targeted at significant production businesses and individuals in NSW with a commitment to production in NSW and a proven ability to repay the loan.

Applicants must have a slate of at least three projects where the majority would be eligible for NSW development investment and are designed to be produced or post produced in NSW.

Production service companies are not eligible.

Screen NSW is committed to supporting increased participation in the industry of people from underrepresented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

 

How and when can I apply?

You can apply at any time. Simply complete an online application form.

 

What do I need to submit?

You must submit all the materials listed on the form, including information that demonstrates financial stability and capacity to repay.

 

How will my application be assessed?

Eligible applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • The level of the producer/production company’s generation of production in NSW
  • The track record of the producer/production company
  • Financial stability of the applicant and its capacity to repay the loan
  • Strength of the minimum slate and the likelihood of the slate projects going into production
  • The likelihood of sufficient overall production being generated to repay the loan.

Screen NSW may also consider the diversity and balance of companies supported under the program.

Further information on the assessment process

We may commission a confidential report from an external credit analyst. Development and Production team members assess projects across our entire suite of development and production programs.

 

How long will it take to receive a decision?

Between four and six weeks from the date that we acknowledge receipt of a completed application.

 

What are the terms of funding?

For terms covering repayment of the loan please see Slate Loan Agreement Screen NSW.

Recipients cannot apply to the Early or Advanced Development programs until the loan is repaid, but can apply to other Screen NSW programs.

 

Complaints

If you would like to provide feedback, or believe you have cause for complaint, please consult our Feedback, Review and Formal Complaints Procedures. Read more

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

360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative

Screen NSW

Screen NSW and the ABC are seeking applications for Virtual Reality projects for Initial Development as part of our 360 Vision Virtual Reality Development Initiative. The initiative aims to develop the potential of this new frontier of content producing and with it, build a whole new world of entertainment and storytelling.

Details for 360 Vision 2017 program will be announced soon. Subscribe to our enews http://screen.nsw.gov.au/subscribe or follow on TwitterFacebook or YouTube to hear more. Read more

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

Loan Facilities

Screen NSW

The Loan Facilities program offers:

  • Production Loan Finance
  • Short term Minor Cashflow Loans

Loans are offered against fully secured presale and distribution agreements.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Please see the guidelines here.

Potential applicants are advised to contact the Head of Development and Production, Sophia Zachariou on 02 9995 0962 to discuss their application. Read more

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

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund

Screen NSW

Generator: Emerging Filmmakers Fund (GEFF) supports new and emerging filmmakers and screen practitioners in NSW by funding the production and post-production of short films.

In each round, projects receive grants of up to $30,000 for production and/or post-production of a short film. There is one round annually. This year we will provide funding for up to three projects.

Screen NSW has committed to supporting enhanced participation in the industry of people from under-represented groups including women, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, people from CaLD backgrounds, people with a disability, LGBTQI people, people from western Sydney and people from regional NSW.

In 2016, applications to GEFF will require the inclusion of a female director. Priority will be given to teams including people from under-represented groups.

Mentors/Executive Producers are attached to the GEFF program. This year, Aquarius Films will act as the mentor and Executive Producer (EP) for all the GEFF shorts.

Aquarius Films is a Sydney-based production company focused on producing high quality feature films, television series and documentaries for the international market. The company is a creative partnership between award-winning filmmakers Angie Fielder, Polly Staniford and Cecilia Ritchie (Lion, The Nightingale and the Rose, Berlin Syndrome, Wish you Were Here).

Applications for the round of GEFF are now closed, information on the next round is expected to be announced in mid 2017. 

Guidelines are available here. For the latest announcements it’s best to subscribe to our eNews and follow us on social media. When new program information is ready it will be announced on those platforms first. Read more

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

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Screen NSW

The Regional Filming Fund offsets costs associated with shooting in regional areas of NSW. Regional NSW is defined as all areas in NSW outside the Sydney Metro area (excluding the ACT). Click here for a map of the NSW local government areas and the Sydney Metro area.

Click here for funding guidelines.

Download an application form and submit the application at least four weeks prior to the start of filming in Regional NSW.

If you are also applying to the Production Finance program please submit the applications concurrently. An online application form for both Production Finance and the Regional Filming Fund will be available here when the next Production Finance round opens. Read more

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

Time Critical Shooting

Screen NSW

Time Critical Shooting supports shoots for essential material that must be gathered before a project’s official production schedule.

Projects must be intended for production or postproduction in NSW.

Guidelines are available here. Read more

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

Made in NSW - TV Drama

Screen NSW

The next production finance round opens April 10. Access the Made In NSW TV Drama application form via this link.

MADE IN NSW is a new $20 million fund over two years (2016/17 and 2017/18) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic significant feature film and major TV drama production.

The program will create a pipeline of high-end screen production in NSW and build on the success of previous investment. The program will focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:

  • significantly contribute to the NSW economy
  • create high value jobs
  • create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW
  • build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners
  • grow audiences; and
  • contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

The MADE IN NSW – TV DRAMA fund recognises the potential for major Australian TV drama series to:

  • Grow bigger audiences at home and internationally;
  • Create opportunities for NSW production companies to finance their new shows with international partners;
  • Develop returning series which leads to more work for our crews; and
  • Tell Australian stories that are both locally relevant and have international resonance.

Made in NSW – TV Drama is a new fund opening 1st July 2016 until 30th June 2018.

Throughout this period there will be several rounds in which projects will be assessed.

The next Round opens 12 December 2016 and will close 31 January 2017. 

After you have read the fund guidelines, you can complete your online application here. Read more

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

SEED: REGIONAL SHORTS

Screen NSW

Screen NSW has launched a new initiative to unearth filmmaking talent and content creators from regional NSW.

A partnership between ABC Regional and Screen NSW, SEED: REGIONAL SHORTS offers ten emerging creative teams grants of up to $4,000 each to create a short-form production.

Teams will be supported by a Screen NSW Development and Production executive, independent screen industry figures, and local ABC Regional producers, who will offer production advice and feedback on the projects to the teams. There is also scope for ABC Regional facilities and equipment to be made available to the ten teams.

The finished projects will screen to a wide audience on ABC online platforms, which in 2015 had 7.4 million users per week

Applications open Thursday 27th October 2016 and close Sunday 8th January 2017.

  • SEED is designed for early career creatives, aged over 18, based in regional NSW.
  • Applicants with feature film or television credits in their elected role are not eligible (Please note:  content previously broadcast through ABC Open does not exclude you from applying to SEED).
  • There must be at least one woman in a key creative role.

Narrative short film projects of up to 10 minutes duration (drama, documentary, animation and experimental projects) for online or small screen delivery (webisode series, transmedia, interactive, online documentary and mobile/tablet content) will be considered.

 

SEED is intended as a program for first time filmmakers. The grant of $4,000 is intended as seed funding, to support emerging filmmakers to leverage other funds and resources to make a short form project.

GENERATOR: Emerging Filmmakers Fund, which offers grants of up to $30,000, is intended for more experienced filmmakers with professional credits. More on Generator here: http://screen.nsw.gov.au/funding/production-support/generator-emerging-filmmakers-fund

More answers anout SEED on this link: http://bit.ly/2fDPw9m Read more

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

Festival Travel

Screen NSW

Festival Travel supports NSW Key Creatives whose projects have been officially invited to screen at significant international festivals outside Australia. Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Guidelines available here.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team on 02 9995 0945 to discuss the application process. Read more

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

Market Travel

Screen NSW

Market Travel supports NSW producers and Key Creatives for travel relevant to financing projects.

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

See Guidelines here.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team on 02 9995 0945 to discuss the application process. Read more

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

Charlie's

Screen NSW

Charlie’s, is a hub for the Australian screen practitioners in Los Angeles, offering a unique creative workspace for conducting business, collaborating and networking.

Charlie’s, managed by Australians in Film (AiF), is located within the historic Raleigh Studios, the oldest working lot in Hollywood, where Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks made films and frequently played cards.

Screen NSW has access to two “hot desks” at Charlie’s. Please read the Charlie’s eligibility guidelines here first, before you apply here. Read more

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

Emerging Producer Placement (EPP)

Screen NSW

Targeted at emerging producers with a track record in short form content, the EPP will provide producers with a unique opportunity to gain experience with NSW production companies, in addition to working with the Development and Production team at Screen NSW.

In this round, one candidate will be selected and paid to undertake a six month customised program. They will spend the majority of the time with production companies, with additional time at Screen NSW and attending key industry events.

The EPP aims to fast-track career opportunities by matching highly experienced screen industry practitioners with undiscovered emerging producing talent.

Applications are now closed, information on the next round is expected to be announced in July 2017. Read more

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

Screenability

Screen NSW

Screenability NSW is an umbrella program of activities that will deliver on an open-ended policy commitment by Screen NSW to work with industry to grow participation in the screen sector by people with disabilities.

The Screenability NSW Internship Program is a training and paid internship program for people with a disability, who are seeking employment in the film and television industry. The Program features training followed by internships on some of Australia’s most-watched “event” TV shows and highly-anticipated feature films, working with Australia’s leading production companies, broadcasters and streaming services.

The program will create opportunities for people in the technical and creative areas of screen production, including set building, art dept, camera and sound depts, make up and wardrobe, along with writing, producing, admin and production roles, plus editing, sound design, VFX, composing and many more. There will also be opportunities in the programming, scheduling and commissioning departments of partners including Foxtel, Stan and iView.

Prior to starting their internship, each of the eight individuals matched with a production will be provided with bespoke training through the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, developed in consultation with Bus Stop Films.

Internships, attachments and industry placements for emerging practitioners are well-established pathways to employment in the screen sector and we consider this program a critical first step towards working with the NSW government and the screen industry to deliver longer term job placements in the screen production sector.

  Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Disability, Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

SheDoc

Screen NSW

SheDoc is a Documentary Australia Foundation initiative to support female documentary filmmakers, proudly supported by Screen NSW and RØDE Microphones. The fellowship program aims to make a pivotal intervention in a woman’s filmmaking career and is open to women, resident in NSW, working in documentary at any stage of their career and in any key creative role.

This program will benefit women working in lead creative roles in factual and documentaries.

Our aim is to award up to 4 grants a year

  • to encourage new voices;
  • to enable skills to be consolidated or developed;
  • to assist projects to be kickstarted; and
  • to assist in building strategic audience engagement strategies.

By offering funding to facilitate opportunities that are self-directed and of benefit, our aim is to positively intervene in and support women’s filmmaking careers.

SheDoc will support travel, research, mentoring, residencies, skills development, seeding new work and the development of impact strategies using documentary.

SheDoc is not for production funding.

The initiative is funded by private philanthropic support, with funding from Screen NSW and corporate partner RØDE Microphones. In addition to the Fellowship funding, RØDE Microphones will offer each of the SheDoc fellowship recipients audio equipment that best meets their needs. They will also offer consultation and advice to the recipients on audio requirements and techniques. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • 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: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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

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: 19 May 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals

Ian Potter Cultural Trust Emerging Artists Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust aims to support and nurture a vibrant, diverse arts sector in Australia, and encourage the pursuit of excellence. Individual artists are the essential ‘building blocks’ of the sector, so the Trust’s grants work to reward commitment and passion, and support our most talented artists to develop their skills and achieve their potential.

The Trust offers grants of up to $7,000 to assist early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. International professional development opportunities allow emerging or early-career artists to gain experience, develop networks and learn skills from the world’s best. We believe these experiences are invaluable for the individual artists and for the ongoing development sector as a whole.

The Cultural Trust funds nationally, and across the Arts sector spanning traditional art forms right through to experimental mediums. We seek to support artists in a wide range of practice areas including:

  • visual arts
  • performing arts
  • dance
  • music
  • literature
  • design
  • multimedia/moving image and,
  • conservation/moveable cultural heritage.

The Cultural Trust has three funding rounds a year. Applications can be submitted in any round.

  1. Nov-Jan
  2. March – May
  3. July – Sept

Please check The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for specific dates as these vary from year to year. Read more

  • Closing: 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

Alan Sisley Memorial Award

Regional and Public Galleries NSW

Alan Sisley (1952-2014) was Director of Orange Regional Gallery from 1991 to 2014 and was previously President of Regional & Public Galleries of NSW. A gifted communicator, he used his role to passionately advocate for the role art can play in peoples’ lives. Sisley was widely acknowledged for his risk taking projects, but he always placed the artist and the audience at the centre of his concerns.

This Fellowship, named in his honour, and awarded biennially, seeks to provide an opportunity for a NSW gallery worker to undertake a period of research or study to develop a project or program beneficial to their organisation.

The aim of the Fellowship is to provide funds for a professional gallery staff member to dedicate time to research and develop ideas that will benefit their organisation. RPGNSW will provide funds up to $3,000 to cover travel and accommodation costs associated with the program of activity, as well as toward staffing costs to replace the applicant at their home venue. Note: Applicant organisations must be current financial members of RPGNSW.

Projects and applications must address at least one of four core areas:
1. EXHIBITIONS / CURATORIAL PROJECTS
2. COLLECTIONS
3. PUBLIC PROGRAMS / AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT
4. PARTNERSHIPS / SPONSORSHIPS

Examples of activity could include:
– Researching other regional collections for potential display at applicants home venue;
– Time to meet with artists or exhibition partners for a significant gallery exhibition;
– Researching audience development, education or public program initiatives;
– Establishing partnerships between institutions;
– Establishing partnerships with non-art-based organisations.

Applications Close Friday 2 June 2017
Decisions advised by Friday 7 July 2017 Read more

  • Closing: 2 June 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • 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

Arts and Cultural Projects

Create NSW

Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 1 May 2017
Applications close: 13 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

• Individual artists and arts/cultural workers

• Organisations, partnerships and groups.

Funding range:

  • Up to $60,000 for projects delivered within 12 months OR
  • Up to $75,000 for projects delivered over more than 12 months.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 13 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

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

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

Young Regional Artist Scholarship

Create NSW

The NSW Government is offering a total of 25 scholarships for young regional artists and cultural workers to undertake exciting and career-making professional development opportunities.

Scholarships are open to artists, performers and arts and cultural workers from all art forms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts, literature, music, theatre, screen, curatorial and the visual arts.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 24 April 2017*
Applications close: 19 June 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

*Please note there will be two funding rounds for this category in 2017.

Who can apply?

  • Individual artists and arts/cultural workers based in regional NSW.

Funding range 

Scholarships are valued at $10,000. Please do not request more or less than this amount in your application.

Your Application

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system.

As soon as you begin an application, Arts NSW will be in touch to provide information to help you plan your scholarship program and complete your application.

Arts NSW is committed to supporting applicants with disability. Information can be provided in alternative formats upon request (i.e. large print or electronic). If you require assistance with your application please contact Arts NSW on the details provided below.

Contact Us

Lachlan Herd, Sector Investment via phone (02) 9995 0646 and email: lachlan.herd@arts.nsw.gov.au

To make a National Relay Service call: 

  • TTY users phone 133677 then ask for (02) 9995 0646
  • Speak and Listen users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for (02) 9995 0646.

Useful Resources

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  • Closing: 19 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Dance, Disability, Indigenous, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Technology, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

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

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

Studios in Paris Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris is a non-profit international art centre which provides studio accommodation for artists and scholars from around the world.

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.

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship will be awarded to one of the winners of these residency scholarships.

Studio Scholarship

Moya Dyring Memorial Studio – two-month tenancy

Moya Dyring was an Australian artist and great supporter of young Australian painters and students visiting Paris. She lived at Quai d’Anjou on the Ile St Louis, almost opposite the Cité Internationale des Arts. After her death in 1967, her friends and family purchased a studio in her memory at the Cité for the continued support of visiting artists.

Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio – three-month tenancy

Dr Denise Hickey was an art educator and former Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. This studio was named by the Gallery to honour Dr Hickey’s life-long dedication to the support and education of Australian artists.

Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship

In memory of Eva Breuer, one of Australia’s most loved and prolific art dealers who made a signification contribution to Australian art in the 1980s and 90s, The Breuer Foundation has established an annual scholarship to be awarded to a young Australian female artist for the purpose of travel and study in Paris.

The Eva Breuer Travelling Art Scholarship is an award of $25,000. The winner will be chosen from one of the winners of either a two-month tenancy at the Moya Dyring Memorial Studio or three-month tenancy at the Dr Denise Hickey Memorial Studio.

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

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

Innovating Dance Practice Grants

AusDance NSW

Applications Close on Tuesday 27th of June before 5PM (AEST)
Funding Available: Applicants can apply for an amount between $500 and $5,000.
PROJECT PERIOD: 1 January – 31 December, 2018
 
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 through funds made available by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is year two of a three year initiative. Applications will be assessed by an independent panel, facilitated by Ausdance NSW.
 
The grant provides assistance to realise an opportunity that inspires new work, knowledge and skills , for example:
• Program of activity that develops your professional practice;
• Secondment with an organisation;
• Mentorship with an individual;
• Residencies involving innovative approaches to your working practice.
 
Funds can be used to cover any costs associated with your activities , such as, artist fees,
materials and equipment, travel (including international travel), venue/studio rental fees,
registration fees, workshops, conferences, documentation. Applicants may discuss their applications with Ausdance NSW staff. The online applications are managed through Create NSW’s secure online grants system – SmartyGrants . You must create a SmartyGrants account before you can proceed with
your application.
 
Your proposal must engage with at least ONE of the following Create NSW, Arts and Cultural Development Program (ACDP) priorities:
• People with a disability;
• Young people;
• Aboriginal people;
• People from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds;
• People living and/or working in regional NSW;
• People living and/or working in Western Sydney.
 
Guidelines & FAQs Click Here . Read more

  • Closing: 27 June 2017
  • Categories: Dance, Performing Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship

University of South Australia

Applications for the 2018 Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships are now open.

The Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarships were established in 1991 through the generous bequest of the late Gordon Samstag and provide fantastic opportunities for Australian artists to develop their practice and advance their careers.

Each scholarship is intended to cover the reasonable costs for a period of twelve months overseas, and includes a tax-exempt stipend of US $48,000 plus return airfares, personal travel and medical insurance and institutional fees for one academic year, where these apply.

The following are eligible:

  • All applicants must be either Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia, and be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students currently enrolled in a visual arts program having successfully completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree or a graduate, of not more than five years standing by the date when applications close, of a practice-led visual art undergraduate degree or postgraduate qualification at an Australian institution of higher education.

The University of South Australia offers the scholarships on behalf of the Trustee of the estate of Gordon Samstag, late of Naples, Florida USA.

Samstag guidelines and application forms are available to applicants as downloadson the View or Download Forms page.

Applications close Friday 30th June 2017.

View 2018 Application Form and Guidelines

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  • Closing: 30 June 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship

Art Gallery of NSW

The Brett Whiteley Studio, administered by the Art Gallery of New South Wales, awards an annual travelling art scholarship to a talented artist aged 20-30 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.

Mrs Beryl Whiteley (1917–2010) generously allocated funds for the scholarship in memory of her son, Brett Whiteley, both to encourage excellence in painting and to offer young artists the same opportunity to develop their careers as were afforded to her son.

The scholarship consists of $40,000 and a three-month residency at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, which is administered by the Gallery.

The $40,000 must be used by the successful applicant to further their art education in Europe for at least six months (including the three-month Cité residency) at the specified time.

To be considered for selection, an applicant must comply with all entry instructions and conditions.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 7 July 2017
  • Categories: 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: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

New Play Development

Playwriting Australia

Playwriting Australia is dedicated to working with writers at all levels of their career, offering them time, space and creative expertise to explore and refine their new plays. Whether with a cast of actors in a full workshop setting or one-on-one with a dramaturg, our script development models focus on exploration and creative dialogue between artists, away from the pressures of performance outcomes.
 
If you’ve submitted your work to Playwriting Australia before, please read carefully as we’ve made some changes to our script development program.
 
We now offer a more tailored approach to the way we support new plays by offering three different development programs:
 

  • LONGFORM: six months of individual sessions with a PWA dramaturg

  • RAPID FIRE: a day-long workshop with actors and creatives
  • NATIONAL SCRIPT WORKSHOP: an intensive development workshop of one or two weeks
     
    Read the full guidelines for more information about submissions and our selection process. Please note that this submission date within the guidelines is incorrect, the correct dates are below.

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    • Closing: 24 July 2017
    • Categories: Literature, Theatre
    • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Arts About Town

As part of a new grant program, Maitland City Council is seeking artists interested in engaging with audiences at ground level and challenging the boundaries of their work by using local streets as their canvas.
 
The Arts About Town grant program invites artists to create temporary and semi-permanent works for public spaces, streets and laneways across the city identified as being in need of transforming and revitalising. We are looking for projects that engage audiences and create unique experiences that respond to the space they are in.’
 
The grant program will fund projects ranging between $500 and $10,000 and is open to both emerging and established artists.
 
Expressions of Interest open on Friday 23 June and applicants will have until close of business on Wednesday 26 July to submit their proposal.
 
To apply for the Arts About Town grant program and for more information go to maitland.nsw.gov.au/creative-streets
 
The Arts About Town grant program is part of Council’s wider Creative Streets initiative, which aims to fund creative projects that bring vibrancy to the city and activate Maitland’s streetscape.
 
We encourage artists to discuss their ideas prior to submitting, RSVP to the workshop and direct any questions to Council’s Place Activation Officer (project manager) on (02) 4931 2858 or at amber.herrmann@maitland.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: 26 July 2017
  • 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

Creative Arts Fellowship

National Library of Australia

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. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing

National Library of Australia

The National Library of Australia Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing, specifically aims to support writers wishing to develop their creative ideas by immersing themselves in an aspect of the National Library of Australia’s collections. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The National Folk Fellowship

National Library of Australia

The National Folk Fellowship is offered in partnership with the National Folk Festival, and 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. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Dance, Multicultural, Music, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing NSW Early Career Writer Grants

NSW Writers' Centre

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.

Funding available: up to 4 grants of $5000 each (plus GST)

Opening date: 3 July 2017
Closing date: 30 July 2017
For project period: 1 February 2018 to 31 December 2018

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 $5000 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, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.

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)

Access costs for regional writers or for writers with disability may be included in the proposal. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Varuna Residential Fellowship

Varuna the National Writers House

Varuna the National Writers House invites writers and illustrators from across Australia to apply for a Varuna Residential Fellowship.
 
A Varuna Residential Fellowship offers writers and illustrators working across a wide range of literary genres and forms the gift of uninterrupted time and to develop a new work in an inspiring environment and a collegial atmosphere.
 
Fellowships include full board and accommodation including a private writing studio at Varuna the National Writers House in the world heritage Blue Mountains region of NSW.
 
Varuna assesses applications on merit and clarity of work plan and encourages writers from diverse backgrounds and at all stages of their career development to apply.
 
Varuna will award thirty Fellowships in 2017 with residencies of two or three weeks available to be taken between January and end of May 2018.
 
For full details of the program and to apply, please visit www.varuna.com.au email: varuna@varuna.com.au or phone: (02) 4782 5674 Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Writing NSW Writer & Scientist Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

The Writer & Scientist Grant is awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to foster connections between writing and the STEM sector (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The grant supports a NSW-based writer and scientist or 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 scientist must apply jointly for the grant of $2000 ($1000 each). Scientists may work in any field of science or technology, including medicine, mathematics, science, engineering or IT. Writers may work in any genre and be at any stage of their writing career.

For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 July 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

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

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  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: Music
  • 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 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Love Bites

Screen Australia

An initiative for filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community.
 
In recognition of the 40th Anniversary of Mardi Gras, Screen Australia and the ABC are calling for proposals from filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community for a new initiative, Love Bites.
 
Love Bites will be a series of 10 x 5 min documentary short films made by filmmakers from the LGBTIQ community across Australia. The films will premiere on the ABC Arts channel on iview which aims to present smart, quality and shareable arts content.
 
The successful projects will provide an accessible, engaging and entertaining insight into the lives and interests of the LGBTIQ community.
 
The content, tone and style of the short film are entirely up the creator, so all interpretations of the medium of documentary are encouraged. All proposals will be assessed against the ABC TV Arts vision statement ‘Where Life and Culture Collide’.
 
The selected programs will be supported by an ABC digital Arts Commissioning Editor, and a Screen Australia Investment Development Manager.
 
For more information visit the website. Applications close 11pm 6 August 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2017
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: Individuals

Artform Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.

Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.

Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.

 

 

Artform Fellowships

  • Visual Arts Fellowship (Emerging)
  • Visual Artist Fellowship (Mid-career/Established)
  • History Fellowship
  • Peter Sculpthorpe Music Fellowship
  • Writers Fellowship
  • Performing Arts Fellowship

Who can apply?

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

Funding range: 

  • Scholarships are valued at $10,000
  • Artform Fellowships are valued at $30,000
  • Priority Fellowships are valued at $50,000.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 7 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals

Priority Fellowships

Create NSW

The Arts and Cultural Development Program supports a range of Fellowships and Scholarships for emerging, mid-career and established artists and arts/cultural workers across a range of artforms and priority areas.

Applicants from all artforms, including dance, design, digital arts, history, Aboriginal arts and culture, literature, music, theatre, moving image, filmmaking (Priority fellowships), community arts, collections and cultural heritage, curatorial and the visual arts are invited to apply.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for each of the Fellowship and Scholarship categories.

Application opening and closing dates vary across the Fellowship and Scholarship categories. Please refer to the guidelines for specific deadlines.

 

Priority Fellowships

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

Who can apply?

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

Funding range: 

  • Scholarships are valued at $10,000
  • Artform Fellowships are valued at $30,000
  • Priority Fellowships are valued at $50,000.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 7 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Indigenous
  • 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

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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • 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 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

The Australian Religious History Fellowship

State Library of NSW

The specific focus of the Australian Religious History Fellowship is for the study and research of any aspect of Australian religious history of any faith. The successful Fellow will be based at the State Library of NSW, and is expected to be based there, although it is understood that it may be necessary to also work within other institutions and archives, and use resources outside the Library. Read more

  • Closing: 21 September 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • 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

Reg Rowe Scholarship

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)

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  • 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

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: 9 October 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals

Kickstart

Next Wave

Kickstart Helix is a fresh new learning program designed to support emerging and early career artists, curators, producers and writers from across Australia. This year-long program combines professional skills development with creative discussion and critical feedback through a series of residencies, workshops, showings and events, together with self-directed learning and ongoing staff support. Kickstarters are connected with peers, professionals and organisations from around the country, growing their networks and supporting them to produce and present their most ambitious work yet. Read more

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

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award

Playwriting Australia

The Max Afford Playwrights’ Award was created; ‘To promote interest in Australian drama and to encourage the writing of plays in Australia, to help and give incentive to young writers of plays’.
 
Malcolm ‘Max’ Afford was an Australian playwright and novelist. This award has been established in his honour, for a young playwright to further their education in the field of drama and to improve the general public appreciation of Australian drama and playwrights. Offered by Perpetual and administered by Playwriting Australia, the award included a $15,000 cash prize and a creative development with director, dramaturg and cast of actors for the chosen play.
 
Submissions close 19 November 11.59pm EST
 
For more information visit the website.
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  • Closing: 19 November 2017
  • Categories: Literature, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals

Access for Regional Writers Grants

NSW Writers' Centre

The NSW Writers’ Centre is delighted to announce that applications for the Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants will open on 5 June 2017 forprojects taking place between 1 July 2017 and 31 December 2017.

The 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 a professional development event at an approved not-for-profit organisation. Professional development events can include workshops or seminars designed to further their writing or
career skills.

Applications are open from 5 June to 18 June 2017 (for projects taking place between 1 July and 31 December 2017)

Our 2016 grant recipients included writers from areas such as Lismore, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, Mudgee and Dubbo.

They used their travel funds to attend professional development activities at Write Around the Murray Festival, Yellamundie National First Peoples Playwriting Festival, New England Writers’ Centre, Hunter Writers Centre and the NSW Writers’ Centre.

These grants are offered by the NSW Writers’ Centre with devolved funding from
Create NSW. Read more

  • Closing: 3 December 2017
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Individuals

Aboriginal Regional Arts Fund

Create NSW

The 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.

The information on this page is a guide only. Before you apply, please read the Arts and Cultural Development Program guidelines (ACDP guidelines) for more comprehensive information, including special eligibility requirements and assessment criteria for this funding category.

Applications open: 15  January 2018
Applications close: 26 February 2018 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Individuals based in regional NSW
  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW
  • The project must include Aboriginal practitioners/arts workers in key creative roles, and incorporate Aboriginal cultures as the focus of the project.

Funding range:

  • up to $5,000 for individual professional artists
  • up to $20,000 for organisations, partnerships and groups.

Read more about this funding category in the ACDP guidelines.

Please note: to apply for funding you will need to complete and submit the relevant application form on the Create NSW online application system. Read more

  • Closing: 26 February 2018
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Quick Response Grants

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