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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

Community Grants

NRMA Insurance

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

Supports initiatives that help make the community safer through one-off grants for road safety, crime prevention, environmental, or emergency readiness and response projects. Read more

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

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

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

Up to $10,000 to enhance education and employment opportunities in rural, regional and remote areas, with preference given to projects that benefit communities with a population of fewer than 15,000 people. Read more

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

International Marketing Support

Screen Australia

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

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

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

Indigenous Programs

Screen Australia

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

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

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

Story Development

Screen Australia

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

• up to $50,000 for feature drama films

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

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

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

Drama Production

Screen Australia

Investment in high-quality fiction storytellling, including production investment for features, general and children’s TV drama, and innovative multiplatform drama.

There are various categories and closing dates – check the website. Read more

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

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

NSW Community Safety Fund

NSW Government

The NSW Government has established a $10 million Community Safety Fund to support local projects to improve community safety over the next four years.
The NSW Community Safety Fund 2017 will provide grants up to $250,000 to non-government or not-for-profit organisations, community groups, chambers of commerce and businesses for community safety initiatives with a crime prevention focus including those that:

  • address local crime hot spots
  • address anti-social behaviour in communities
  • promote safer and inclusive use of public space; and
  • promote collaborative approaches to community safety, crime reduction, prevention and detection initiatives.

Applications close: 20 February 2017.
02 8688 8666 or csf@justice.nsw.gov.au
More information Read more

  • Closing: 20 February 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

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

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

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

Rural & Regional Arts & Culture Small Grants Program

Charles Sturt University

A small grants program (generally $500 – $1,000) to support regional arts and culture programs including artists in residence, art shows, musical education, talks and lectures, and related activities that encourage engagement by younger people in artistic endeavours. Read more

  • Closing: 1 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Read more

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

Arts Projects - Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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

Community Building Partnership

NSW Family and Community Services

The program offers grants across the State at an individual State Electorate level for the enhancement of community facilities.  This current program round is closed for 2016 and will re- open in 2017.

Grants will be open to local councils and incorporated not-for-profit bodies such as charities, sporting, social and environmental groups.

Successful projects will benefit their local community through the improvement of facilities that deliver positive social, environmental, inclusive or recreational outcomes. Applications should be for;

  • Construction of new capital works.
  • Refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities.
  • The purchase of capital equipment with a minimum individual asset value of $2,500 and a life expectancy of 5+ years that enables the delivery of new or enhanced community services.

Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Youth Opportunities Funding

NSW Family and Community Services

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants of up to $50,000 to organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus.

Funded projects from previous rounds have focused on providing young people with the opportunity to develop a range of life skills, including healthy behaviours; leadership, communication and teamwork; event management and planning; and volunteering opportunities that link young people to further education and training.

Applications for the most recent funding round closed on 27 June 2016. Read more

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

Border Trust Community Grants

Border Trust

Border Trust, together with our granting partners, invites submissions from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community based projects within the Albury Wodonga region.

Projects are funded ($500 – $3,000) for a one year time frame and grant must be used within twelve months of acceptance. Border Trust welcome partnerships and encourage applicants to seek funds from a range of sources.

In 2017 the following grants will be available:

    • Border Trust Community Grants
      • Community Grant Program
      • Victorian Challenge Grant Program
      • Adroit Insurance Group contributing towards projects with a Youth focus
      • Youth Engagement Grant

  Read more

  • Closing: 3 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Cultural Fund - Project Funding

Copyright Agency

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

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

The Balnaves Foundation Grants

Balnaves Foundation

The Balnaves Foundation supports organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts. If your organisation primarily works in one or more of these areas then we would be happy to consider your application.

  • The Balnaves Foundation is open to receive applications at any time. There are no closing dates for applications.
  • This online application form is the first stage in applying for funding.
  • Your application will be considered by Trustees of the Foundation.

  Read more

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

Harold Mitchell Foundation Grants

Harold Mitchell Foundation

The Harold Mitchell Foundation’s grant scheme is about helping people help each other. So many organisations out there are full of great ideas, people and drive. To make a really big difference in our community, they just need a little bit of money, and that’s what the Harold Mitchell Foundation provides. Since the Foundation started out in 2000, the Harold Mitchell Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health to the arts. Read more

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

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
More information  Read more

  • 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
More information and application details Read more

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

Arts and ​Cultural Infrastructure Grants

Justice, Liquor & Gaming NSW

Liquor & Gaming NSW is inviting applications for projects that support communities across NSW to increase participation in arts and culture and drive cultural tourism. Projects with a particular focus on disadvantaged and regional and remote communities will be highly regarded.
What type of projects will be funded?
Arts and cultural funding is available for:

  • construction, alteration, renovation and fit-out of buildings
  • purchase of capital equipment integral to a facility, i.e. seating, stage machinery, lighting, audio-visual equipment, sound systems, air conditioning or accessibility upgrades.

Preference will be given to projects that are able to demonstrate they are ready to commence, with relevant planning and building approvals in place, and underway.
How much funding is available?
The funding range available for a single project is between $100,000 and $300,000.


Online application form

Applications forms are available online here.

Please read the information on how to apply.

How many applications can I submit?

A maximum of three applications can be submitted. Organisations should be aware there is a very high demand for funds in each grants round. Read more

  • Closing: 10 March 2017
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

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

Celebration Grants

Multicultural NSW

Celebration Grants are for events and festivals that celebrate our cultural diversity.

Celebration Grants open three times per year. Funding is available for events on or after 1 May 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 17 March 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

Read more

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

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

Read more

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

Small Grants for Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Small Grants for Rural Communities is the longest running and broadest program the  (FRRR) offers, opening twice per year.

In 2016, the SGRC program celebrated 30 rounds of grant-making. The program has supported hundreds of small communities in that time, investing millions of dollars into local projects.

It is a great example of a collaborative program supported by various partners, which has the flexibility to address issues that make a difference to the sustainability of rural, regional and remote communities including projects that address the following:

  • Strong Leadership & Community Capacity: Investing and developing leadership, skills and capacity of individuals and organisations, enhancing inclusion and strengthening culture.
  • Sustainable Community Infrastructure: Projects focusing on improving local infrastructure, creating places which enable communities to connect and grow their identity.
  • Equitable Access to Opportunities: Ensuring equitable access to quality services and opportunities in the areas of culture, arts, education, health, wellbeing, communications, transport, food and the environment.
  • Vibrant Local Economies: Projects that enhance a sustainable economy, providing jobs, growth and wealth for the community.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities  in rural, regional or remote Australia. Priority is given to communities of 10,000 or fewer.

Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Building Better Regions Fund - Community Investment Stream

Business

The Community Investments Stream will fund community building activities including, but not limited to, new or expanded local events, strategic regional plans, and leadership and capability building activities. These projects will deliver economic and social benefits to regional and remote communities.

To be eligible you must be a legal entity, have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:

  • a local governing body as defined by the Local Government (Financial Assistance) Act 1995
  • a not for profit organisation.

 

You are not eligible to apply if you are:

  • for profit organisation
  • an individual, partnership or trust (however, an incorporated trustee may apply on behalf of a trust)
  • a Commonwealth, state or territory government agency or body (including government business enterprises)
  • a university, technical college, school or hospital
  • a Regional Development Australia Committee.

Applications for the Community Investments Stream open on 18 January 2017 and close at 5pm local time on 31 March 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

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

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

The Regional Flagship Events Program

Destination NSW

The Regional Flagship Events Program identifies and supports events in regional NSW that have the potential to act as a ‘cornerstone’ or flagship tourism event for their area by attracting overnight visitation and delivering long term benefits to the region.

Since it was established in 1997, the Regional Flagship Events Program has supported 271 individual events across regional NSW.

On 6 July 2016, the NSW Government announced that the Regional Flagship Events Program would be expanded to include two new funds in addition to the existing marketing support fund. The name “Regional Flagship Events Program” will remain as the umbrella title under which the three funds will sit:

  • Incubator Event Fund – supports the establishment of new events (see terms and conditions).
  • Flagship Event Fund –  supports the marketing of emerging events to increase their profile and encourage visitation (see terms and conditions).
  • Event Development Fund – supports the strategic development of proven flagship events as drivers of tourism (see terms and conditions).

Regional Flagship Events Program Factsheet (PDF 470 kb)

Eligibility conditions and assessment criteria unique to each of the three funds within the Regional Flagship Events Program are detailed in their terms and conditions. It is recommended that prospective applicants thoroughly read the terms and conditions before applying.

For further information on the program and application process contact:

Aida Hijazi
Regional Flagship Events Coordinator
Tel: (02) 9931 1431
Email: aida.hijazi@dnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Festivals, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

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

MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

Australia Council for the Arts

Collaborative Arts Projects – Organisations program funds new collaborations and partnerships between major performing arts companies (MPA) and the broader sector and community groups.

For 2017, the closing date is at midnight on the 10 April 2017, for projects starting after 1 July 2017. Read more

  • Closing: 10 April 2017
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: 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

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

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

Heritage Near Me Incentives Program

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage

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

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

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

  • Closing: 21 April 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NAIDOC Week Grants

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Funding is available under the IAS Culture and Capability Programme to help communities to celebrate NAIDOC Week 2017. The NAIDOC local grant funding round is now open and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) invites eligible applicants to submit applications for funding.

The NAIDOC grant funding round aims to support activities being held during NAIDOC Week 2017 (2-9 July) that celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories, cultures, achievements and continuing contributions to our country and society.

To apply for funding, applicants should:

Applications close 27 April 2017, 4:00 pm (AEST).

All enquiries relating to applications for NAIDOC grant funding should be directed by email to Naidocgrants@pmc.gov.au or by phone to the PM&C Regional Network on 1800 079 098. Read more

  • Closing: 27 April 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

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

Community Heritage Grants

National Library of Australia

Grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups, to assist with the preservation of locally owned, but nationally significant collections of materials that are publicly accessible including artefacts, letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and audio visual material. Read more

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

Community Heritage Grants

National Library of Australia

Grants of up to $15,000 are available to community groups around the country to help preserve and manage locally held, nationally significant cultural heritage collections of documents and objects for future generations. Eligible projects include significance assessments, preservation needs assessments, conservation activities and collection management.

First-time recipients are invited to Canberra to receive their grant and enhance their skills through the expertise of institutions like the National Library – and take that knowledge back to their communities. Read more

  • Closing: 9 May 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: 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

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

Industry Development Program

Screen NSW

Industry Development Program

Applications for funding for the 2017/18 financial year will open on Monday 1 May 2017 at 1.00pm and close on Monday 12 June 2017 at Midnight.

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their careers.

Funding is provided for the following activities:

  • one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.

Preference will be given to projects that meet Screen NSW strategic objectives and in particular:

  • that increase screen industry professional development opportunities, particularly in Regional NSW and Western Sydney;
  • that meet identified professional development needs of NSW screen practitioners; and
  • that can demonstrate how Screen NSW funding will assist to increase the project’s sustainability.

 

Applying for a grant:

When the round is open, you can apply for a grant here:

Our funding guidelines have been broken down into easy to read steps below.  We also have FAQ’S to answer questions about applying through our online aapplication system.

Please subscribe to our e-news or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about our programs.

For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0555 or by email to josipa.draisma@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

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

Strategic Opportunities Program

Screen NSW

The Strategic Opportunities Program supports individual initiatives and events that demonstrate long-term benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis at any time during the year, subject to available funds.

The objectives of the Program are:

  • to build capacity within the industry and organisations and businesses within the sector;
  • to support new and sustainable partnerships in particular between organisations of State significance and practitioners;
  • to support audience access strategies for projects and practitioners.

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • the project/event is well planned and of high artistic quality and it has capacity to contribute to the overall stability and strength of the NSW screen industry;
    • the plans for the use of the funding and the amount of other funding;
    • track record of the applicant and partners;
    • alignment with the strategic directions as set out in the Screen NSW Strategic Plan;
    • the availability of funds.

Applying for a grant:

Apply online HERE.

Guidelines are available here.

FAQ’S about using the application form.

Please subscribe to our  e-news or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates about our programs.

For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0934 or by email to industrydevt@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

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

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

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

At Australian Ethical, we believe it’s important to provide financial help to organisations making a positive difference in the world.

That’s why we donate 10% of our yearly pre-tax profits to charitable organisations.

Grants recipients cover humanitarian, environmental, and animal welfare areas in Australia and abroad, aiming to bring dignity and aid to our global community.

For more information visit the Australian Ethical website.
Read more

  • Closing: 31 May 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

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

Audience Development Program

Screen NSW

Audience Development Program

Applications for funding for the 2017/18 financial year will open on Monday 1 May 2017 at 1.00pm and close on Monday 12 June 2017 at Midnight.

The Audience Development Program supports public screenings, festivals or tours that provide opportunities for audiences to see and experience quality screen content and innovative practice, and one-off or annual events including those in single or multiple venues.

Preference will be given to projects that meet Screen NSW strategic objectives and in particular:

  • that increase screen audience development, particularly in Regional NSW and Western Sydney; and
  • that can demonstrate how Screen NSW funding will assist to increase the project’s sustainability.

Applying for a grant:

When the round is open, you can apply for a grant here:

Our funding guidelines have been broken down into easy to read steps below.  We also have FAQ’S to answer questions about applying through our online aapplication system.

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For more information or contact the Stakeholder Relations and Industry Development unit on (02) 9995 0555 or by email to josipa.draisma@screen.nsw.gov.au if you would like to discuss your proposed project. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2017
  • Categories: Festivals, Screen Arts / Film, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Australian Government acknowledges the intrinsic value of Indigenous culture for all Australians and Australia as a nation. Language and art form a large part of culture and are essential to the well-being and identity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They play an integral role in maintaining the sustainability, vitality and strength of Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (ILA) provides funding for projects and organisations that support participation in and maintenance of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures through languages and arts. Read more

  • Closing: 13 June 2017
  • Categories: Indigenous
  • Open To: Organisations

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

Catalyst - Australian Arts and Cultural Fund

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

Catalyst is the Australian Government’s new funding program for the arts. It will invest $12 million each year in innovative projects and initiatives from arts and cultural organisations.

Catalyst will assist organisations to forge new creative and financial partnerships and stimulate innovative ways to build participation by Australians in our cultural life. It will enable access to high quality arts experiences in regional communities and international activities that achieve cultural diplomacy objectives.

This grant works in quarterly rounds. Submissions must be made by midnight (AEST) 15 June for activities commencing after October 2016. Read more

  • Closing: 15 June 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: 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

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

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

  • Closing: 21 June 2017
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

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

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

Unity Grants

Multicultural NSW

Unity Grants bring culturally diverse communities together to promote social cohesion and harmony.  Priority areas for Unity Grants are established each year prior to applications opening. Applications must address at least one of the identified priority areas.

Unity Grants of up to $30,000 are available to:

  • non-profit sharing community organisations
  • local councils in partnership with non-profit sharing community organisations.

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.

Please note only online applications will be considered. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Domino's Give for Good

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Building vibrant, resilient and adaptive rural, regional and remote communities is a vision shared by FRRR and Domino’s. We believe this can be achieved by harnessing and investing in the economic, community leadership and social strengths that exist in communities.

Give for Good is an annual program offering rural, regional and remote Australian communities grants of up to $5,000, for community-led projects that respond to one of these three impact areas. A total of $150,000 will be available in 2016.

  1. Education and youth initiatives (17yrs and over): provide young people in rural communities with opportunities to develop skills, access quality vocational and traditional education, and receive support for issues that may affect or hinder their participation and inclusion in community life.
  2. Leadership and entrepreneurship: to harness, nurture, develop and leverage the creativity that exists within communities to respond to local opportunities and challenges e.g. employment, tourism, enterprise, and local service sustainability.
  3. Skills, knowledge, and networks needed to prepare and recover from natural disasters: ensure that communities impacted by natural disasters can access support for community-led recovery when they are ready, and for projects that will facilitate their recovery. Importantly, better prepared communities tend to recover better, and funds will also be available to support projects that help communities to work together around risks and being prepared.

Read more

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

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

In 2017, a total of $160,000 is available in grants of up to $10,000 for projects that celebrate, profile and share the outcomes of existing or past community and philanthropy partnerships – projects whose main aim is to fundraise or attract new partners are not eligible for support. The projects should bring to life this year’s theme of building stronger communities together. Read more

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

Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Rural, regional and remote areas have an ageing population, just like the rest of Australia. The difference however is that often there aren't the extensive facilities necessary to care for aged residents in their local communities. Fortunately this situation is changing over time, but greater investment is required to enhance, and in some cases create, these facilities. Caring for Ageing Rural Australians (CARA) is a targeted grant program, designed to support projects and activities that benefit and support older people living in small rural and remote communities. Read more

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

Rural Education Australia Program - REAPing Rewards

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Rural Education Australia Program, which is known as REAPing Rewards, is a national program targeting educational outcomes in rural and remote communities.

It supports locally-driven projects and programs that directly benefit people up to 18 years of age, and their educators, through grants up to $10,000.

REAPing Rewards continues the essence of the former Rural Education Program (REP) and the Rural Early Childhood Education (REACH) program and incorporates new learning from the sector. This program is in high demand and we are currently seeking new funding partners to continue this valuable program. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants - Disability

Accessible Arts

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

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

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

Annual Program Funding

Create NSW

An annual program consists of multiple arts and cultural activities delivered throughout the calendar year. Funding can contribute to any aspect of the program.

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: 8 May 2017
Applications close: 3 July 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

Organisations with a minimum annual income of $50,000* that:

  • received 2017 Annual Program funding from Arts NSW (now Create NSW) OR
  • have a history of three Arts NSW grants in three of the last five years (at the time of application).

*Including Arts NSW funding.

Funding range:

Minimum: $10,000
Maximum: $150,000

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: 3 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Service Organisations Program

Create NSW

Service Organisations Program funding is available to organisations whose primary purpose is providing services to members of the arts and cultural sector in NSW.

Organisations predominantly delivering curated arts and cultural programs should apply through the Annual Program funding category.

Applications are open in 2017 for Service Organisations seeking annual funding. Information regarding Multiyear Program funding will be available later in 2017.

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: 8 May 2017
Applications close: 3 July 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Organisations dedicated to providing expertise, key services and critical functions to members of the arts and cultural sector in NSW
  • Applicants must demonstrate a central need within, and support from, the NSW arts and cultural sector for the services being provided.

Funding range

There are no minimum or maximum funding limits for this category, however, applicants should review the funding recipients list for an indication of the level of funding provided to successful applicants in previous rounds.

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: 3 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Culture, Arts, Tourism and Community Heritage Grants (CATCH)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Up to $20,000 for activities that enrich the life of rural and remote communities in the areas of culture and tourism, the arts, history and heritage. Priority given to projects and activities that benefit communities of less than 10,000.

Priority also will be given to projects that have community based/grass roots development, a level of sustainability or direct contribution to the economic fabric of that community, share assets amongst community groups, take a group to the next level of sophistication, preserve community heritage using approved methods and collaborative arts models that are as inclusive as possible. Read more

  • Closing: 10 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Small Grants

Way Ahead - Mental Health Association NSW

Each year a number of small grants are offered to assist the staging of mental health promotion activities or events during October’s Mental Health Month.
 
There are five grants available:

  • General grants
    General grants are for projects focusing on any part of the community.
    There are 5 x $1000 grants and 20 x $500 grants available.
     

  • Youth grants
    For projects focusing specifically on the youth population aged 14- 24 years.
    There are 3 x $1,000 grants and 4 grants x $500 grants available.
     

  • CALD grants
    CALD grants are for projects focusing specifically on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities.
    There are 1 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • Aboriginal Grants
    Aboriginal grants are for projects focusing specifically on Indigenous communities.
    There are 2 x $1000 grants and 6 x $500 grants available
     

  • LGBTI grants
    LGBTI grants are for projects focusing specifically on, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
    There are 4 x $1000 grants and 2 x $500 grants available

 
 

Eligibility

  • Organisations must have an ABN or be supported by an organisation with an ABN, and be undertaking the project in NSW.

  • The planned activity must occur during Mental Health Month in October, promote positive mental health in the community and tie in with the theme for Mental Health Month 2017.
  • Organisations or community groups wishing to submit a grant application can apply in only one category.
  • Funds are not available for the self-promotion of for-profit organisations.
  • Funds are not available for work that an organisation is already funded to undertake

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

  • Closing: 21 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

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.

    Read more

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

The ClubGRANTS Scheme

Clubs NSW

To ensure that larger registered clubs in NSW contribute to the provision of front-line services to their local communities; and to ensure that the disadvantaged in the community are better positioned to benefit from the substantial contributions made by those clubs.

Overview

  • Category 1 funding is available for specific local community priorities such as community welfare and social services, community development, community health services and employment assistance activities.
  • Category 2 funding is focused on core club activities (such as an RSL supporting veterans welfare) and traditional areas of club expenditure, such as support for sport and recreation groups.
  • Category 3 Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. Grants are available for sport, emergency and disaster relief, and arts and culture infrastructure.

If you are unsure of which council area you belong to, you can check here.

Website: http://www.clubsnsw.com.au/clubgrants.aspx
Phone: 1300 730 001
Email: enquiries@clubsnsw.com.au Read more

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

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

NSW Writers' Centre

Emerging Writing Organisation Grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to support emerging writing organisations, groups and collectives across the state. The aim of the grants is to foster a vibrant, diverse and innovative writing culture in NSW.

Emerging organisations must have started operating no earlier than 1 January 2014 and successfully delivered at least one activity to support writers and writing culture. They must not have previously received a grant of $5000 or more from State, Territory or Federal governments or their agencies. At least one grant will be awarded to an organisation based in regional NSW or Western Sydney, provided an application is received that meets all of the grant criteria.

For more information visit the Writing NSW website. Read more

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

National Stronger Regions Fund

Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

This programme will provide funding over 5 years, commencing in 2015-2016, to fund priority infrastructure in regional communities. Grants between $20,000 and $10 million are available for capital projects which involve construction of new infrastructure or enhancement of existing infrastructure. The project must deliver an economic benefit beyond the project and should support disadvantaged regions. Round 2 will open on 1 May 2015. Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

The 2015 Future2 Make the Difference! grants are now open to applications from community not-for-profits with programs to support socially and financially disadvantaged young Australians between 12 and 25 years of age.

Applicants may apply for two types of grant:

  • a short-term grant of up to $10,000 in one year
  • a multi-year grant with total value up to $30,000 over three years

Read more

  • Closing: 31 July 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Indigenous, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

Applications for 2016 NSW Grandparents Day grants closed on Friday 12 August.

Grants will fund organisations to deliver events that encourage intergenerational learning and/or offer older people ongoing opportunities to participate in their local communities.

Category 1: $100 to $1,000 for small-scale local community events or activities targeted at community organisations and schools

Category 2: $1001 – $5,000 for large-scale regional events that are targeted at specific communities or targeted at local government and larger community organisations Read more

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

Sing Your Age

NSW Family and Community Services

The Australian National Choral Association has been engaged by the NSW Department of Family & Community Services (FACS) to deliver Sing Your Age, a project part of the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016 – 2020.
 
The Sing Your Age is a project, offering grants to support the creation of new singing groups for older people, or the inclusion of older people in existing singing groups throughout NSW.
 
The creative arts is a key contributor to healthy and active ageing. Participation in singing programs and choirs provide older people the opportunity to stay active and connect with their communities.
 
ANCA is inviting singing groups and community organisations to apply for funding, in one of the following categories:

  • Category 1 – $100 to $1,000 for expanding existing singing groups to include older people

  • Category 2 – $1001 to $7,000 for creating a new singing group or choir in one location
  • Category 3 – $7,000 to $15,000 for creating and/or expanding singing groups in multiple locations.
  •  
    Applications must be made via the SmartyGrants online portal.
     
    Please read the Sing Your Age Grant Guidelines for detailed information on eligibility, assessment criteria and terms and conditions.
     
    Successful applicants will be required to submit a project plan, addressing key deliverables and performance milestones. ANCA will be available to offer support for grant recipients to fulfil their requirements throughout the duration of the project.
     
    Key Dates: The grant round is open on Monday 10 July 2017 and closes on Friday 18 August 2017.
     
    Full details are available on the website.
    Read more

    • Closing: 18 August 2017
    • Categories: Music
    • Open To: Organisations

Strong and Resilient Communities Grants

Australian Government

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to deliver services under Families and Communities Program /Strong and Resilient Communities from 1 April 2018 to 30 June 2021 for the following two grant rounds:
 

      Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants

        Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants

 

Strong and Resilient Communities – Inclusive Communities Grants
aim to increase the social and economic participation of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and families within their communities and enhance their life time wellbeing and sense of community belonging.
 
Strong and Resilient Communities – Community Resilience Grants aim to build strong, resilient and cohesive communities to help make Australia more secure and harmonious as a whole. This will be done through providing grants designed to address issues in communities that show potential for or early signs of low social cohesion, and/or racial, religious or cultural intolerance.
 
Applications for both grant rounds close at 2pm AEST Wednesday 23 August 2017
Further information about eligibility and how to apply are available on GrantConnect and the Community Grants Hub websites. Read more

  • Closing: 23 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Disability, Multicultural
  • Open To: Organisations

Building Safe Communities for Women

Australian Government Department of Social Services

The Australian Government is inviting applications for projects under Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children funding round which is open to local community groups, not-for-profit organisations and local governments.

These grants are designed to support communities to develop and implement practical solutions to reduce violence against women and their children in their own community; to help prevent this violence into the future; and to make a positive difference for women and their children who are victims of domestic violence. Read more

  • Closing: 27 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Partnerships

Create NSW

Regional Partnerships funding supports significant strategic and long-term partnerships in regional NSW that will stimulate strong and diverse regional arts and cultural activity, and leave a legacy.

This funding supports strategic partnerships across and beyond the arts and cultural sectors, including those with local government authorities or other public, private or community organisations.

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: 28 August 2017 (5pm, AEST – Sydney time)

Who can apply?

  • Organisations, partnerships and groups based in regional NSW.
  • Recipients of previous Regional Partnerships funding are eligible to apply for support to take a funded project into its next phase.

Funding range:

  • Up to $150,000 over a two-year period.

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: 28 August 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Cultural Fund

Create NSW

The Regional Cultural Fund has been established by the NSW Government to ensure regional NSW receives its fair share of arts and cultural infrastructure and the associated recreational and educational benefits.
 
The Fund will invest $100 million over four years to drive growth in arts, screen, cultural and heritage infrastructure for the social, cultural and economic benefit of communities in regional NSW. Up to $25 million available in the first round of funding.
 
Expressions of interest open: Monday 17 July 2017
Expressions of interest close: Midnight (AEST), Monday 4 September 2017

 
The Regional Cultural Fund will support investment in new and upgraded arts and cultural infrastructure, to support the provision of operational funding and to address the significant disparity in the quality and quantity of arts and cultural resources between regional and metropolitan areas.
 
There are four categories of funding:

  • Small scale regional cultural infrastructure (under $60,000)
  • Medium scale regional cultural infrastructure ($60,000 to $1 million)
  • Large scale regional cultural infrastructure (over $1 million)
  • Operational Grants.

 
For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 4 September 2017
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

The new Audience Development Fund (ADF) offers public galleries in NSW assistance in targeting and developing new audiences. It encourages galleries to create innovative public programs that engage artists and the community. The fund is designed to support galleries to develop and trial new models for engaging audiences that will increase immediate and future attendance, access and participation.

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 6 September 2017
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

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

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

For more information visit the website. Read more

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

NSW Seniors Festival Event Grants

NSW Seniors Festival

The NSW Seniors Festival grants program funds events and activities across NSW that help seniors live active, healthy and socially connected lives.

Run by the Department of Family and Community Services, the program provides $200,000 in seed-funding for organisations to hold events for seniors during the annual NSW Seniors Festival. Read more

  • Closing: 12 September 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Presenter Touring Grant

Arts On Tour

The purpose of the Community Presenter Touring Grant is to extend the reach of professional productions to smaller towns and remote communities in NSW that do not have a professional performing arts venue, by providing funds towards the performance fee of touring productions.

The Grant supports the presentation of professional, NSW-based productions in community-run venues in regional NSW. Funds for this Grant have been made available by Arts NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. This is a three-year initiative.

Community presenters can submit a proposal for funding to:

  • extend a regional tour to one or more community-run venues in regional NSW;
  • support a new tour to two or more community-run venues in regional NSW.

There are two grant rounds offered in 2017, closing dates as follows:

  • April 10, 2017 for projects between 1 June, 2017 and 31 December, 2018 (Applications for round 1 open 13 March 2017)
  • September 25, 2017 for projects between 1 January, 2017 and 31 December, 2019. (Applications for round 2 open August, 2017)

For more information visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 25 September 2017
  • Categories: Performing Arts, Theatre, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Australian National Commission for UNESCO

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Australian National Commission for UNESCO assists projects which will further National Commission and UNESCO priorities and objectives. Applications for grants for up to $20, 000 will be considered (note: the National Commission may decide to grant only part of the funding requested). Read more

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

Visions of Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

The Visions of Australia regional exhibition touring program supports audience access to Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on tours to regional and remote Australia. Read more

  • Closing: 6 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Touring
  • Open To: Organisations

Festivals Australia

Australian Government Department of Communications and the Arts

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

  • Closing: 20 October 2017
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Festivals
  • Open To: Organisations

With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding

Creativity Australia

Seed Funding Overview
Creativity Australia is building a happier, healthier, more inclusive nation, through the neuro-scientific benefits of community singing. The My Choir program is about building supportive networks, strengthening diverse communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.
 
Together, we can change the world… one voice at a time. With One Voice choirs are led by professional conductors, rehearse weekly followed by supper and perform at community and corporate events.
 
To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of seed funding grants of $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the $10,000 seed grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice choir.
 
Success is determined by our unique “Health of Choirs” indicators that measure member engagement and participation through our personalised program App. During the first six months one of our program staff will mentor the organizing committee to interpret the indicators and use them to focus their efforts to lay a strong foundation for the choir to succeed, be socially inclusive and build community wellbeing and inspirational outcomes for participants.
 
In addition (and separate to the initial $10k seed grant) individual communities may also apply for an allowance of up to $2,500 to support their conductor travelling to Melbourne to participate in the conductor training workshops to be held in early 2018.
 
How the With One Voice program works
With One Voice programs are set up and ran by local volunteers using the resources and materials provided by Creativity Australia. By establishing a local community choir under the auspices of Creativity Australia (as a registered charity) you hold a licence that enables the choir to raise funds to support projects and initiatives at a local level. The choir is set up as an unincorporated association under the umbrella of Creativity Australia. This includes an independent bank account which is jointly managed by the local choir volunteers and Creativity Australia.
 
There are seven key components to the With One Voice program:

  • bringing together a diverse range of local community individuals and organisations to promote, commence and participate in the program

  • finding an extraordinary music leader (who is empathetic and inspiring)
  • finding a safe, nurturing space to sing (that is accessible and close to public transport or infrastructure)
  • seeking out diversity (all are welcome…all ages, backgrounds and cultures…no auditions)
  • showcasing your choir … share the love (perform locally, celebrate accomplishments)
  • nurturing social connections (rehearse weekly, share supper, share the “Wish List”)
  • building sustainability (develop community & business connections, recruit some helpers, start fundraising).

 
Priority
Funding is not prioritized for any particular group or type of organisation, however, there is a set of criteria that applicants must meet. Please see the information pack that can be downloaded from the website for more information
 
Limitations
The organising committees of With One Voice Choirs must represent the community and applications will be assessed based on their diversity and/or plan to achieve diversity. If you would like assistance on whether or not your group or organisation would be suitable to help establish a With One Voice choir, please contact Creativity Australia. Please note, local and state government are not eligible to apply.
 
Applications / Guidelines
Applications Open: September 17
Applications close: November 4
Application methods: Online
Website: www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/
Guidelines: Click here
Application: creativityaustralia.wufoo.com/forms/with-one-voice/
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  • Closing: 4 November 2017
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Organisations

Indent’s Event Development Grants

Music NSW

Indent is a project of MusicNSW that was set up to help young people (13 – 25) in NSW access drug and alcohol free all-ages entertainment. Indent provides: funding for all ages events, workshops, training, advice, support, and resources.

There are two levels of grants available: Level 1 Event Development Grants for grants up to $2500. If this is the first time you’re applying for an Indent grant, then this is the grant for you. Level 2 Event Development Grants for grants up to $5000. If your Indent team has previously received an Indent Grant (Grassroots or Event Development) then this is the grant for you. Read more

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

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

Provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects Australia-wide. This may include catalogues and publications, exhibition development, professional education, purchase or commission of artworks, research projects and symposia. Funding can only be provided to Public Institutions in Australia with DGR status.  There are three rounds per year; 31 May, 30 September and 31 December. Read more

  • Closing: 31 December 2017
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

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

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for 2018 projects are now closed. Read more

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

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Community Grants

Regional Arts NSW

Applications for the 2018 Regional Arts Fund round are now closed. Read more

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