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Performers' Trust Foundation

Phonographic Performance Company of Australia

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts. The grants provided are non-recurring (i.e. one-off grants rather than a periodical payment) and are determined by the four trustees of the trust.
 

  • Two (including the Chairman) are appointed by the PPCA;

  • One is appointed by the Musicians’ Union of Australia;
  • One is appointed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (formerly Actors’ Equity)

 
All applications for grants are reviewed by the trustees and must be for one or more of the following purposes:

  • Performances at concerts at or for charitable institutions such as hospitals or homes for the aged;

  • Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;
  • The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;
  • The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

 
A grant under the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation can be used for costs associated with the above, including:

  • Tuition fees;

  • Travel costs (hire, airfares, petrol);
  • Accommodation;
  • Venue hire/ PA hire
  • A grant cannot be used to cover wages, salaries, commissions etc.

 
Although the trust is discretionary, the trustees are guided by the ‘purposes’ articulated in the trust deed. As a result, it is not their usual practice to approve funding for any project of a commercial nature. This would include:

  • Investments in recordings (e.g., studio time, producers fees, session musician fees, manufacturing or distribution costs);

  • Concert or festival promotion or staging costs;
  • Tour support;
  • Artist management expenses; or
  • Equipment purchases

 
You should also note that the trustees are unlikely to approve applications seeking funding for the majority of costs related to a project, and look to applicants to contribute and/or explore additional funding sources.
 
For more information visit the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia website. Read more

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

Foundation Grants

Gordon Darling Foundation

What does the Gordon Darling Foundation support?
The Foundation provides funding for a range of visual arts projects Australia-wide.
 
Funding may be provided for:

  • catalogues and publications

  • that are scholarly
  • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
  • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • research projects
  • symposia

 
The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works

  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

 
Who is eligible?
The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are required to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.
 
The Trustees will normally award only one application per organisation in any given year.
 
Funding criteria

  • The Foundation encourages applications from all over Australia.

  • The Foundation is a funder of innovative projects.
  • The Foundation is a funder of projects providing increased access to the visual arts.
  • Projects will be expected to attract considerable public exposure.
  • Projects should demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
  • The Foundation may be the sole grant provider or the lead donor or a participant in a collaborative funding with other private and/or public donors.
  • The Foundation will not normally support projects that have been almost fully funded from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to projects which will tour.

 
Application procedure
Read the guidelines.
 
Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form and detailed guidelines:
Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email: gdarling@bigpond.net.au
Administrators: Aileen Ellis/Sherrie Antonio
 
Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year’s form with any supporting material.
 
Submissions will be examined by the Trustees of the Foundation three times a year in March, June and October. The closing dates for applications are 7 January, 31 May and 30 September respectively. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Incubator Event Fund - Round Two

Destination NSW

The Incubator Event Fund offers seed funding to events in Regional NSW to support their first and second years of activity. The fund supports innovative events that demonstrate sound organisational planning, have a unique alignment with the character and culture of the local region and which can demonstrate a broad appeal likely to promote tourism and attract overnight visitation.
 
For more information visit www.destinationnsw.com.au Read more

  • Closing: 13 January 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants program

Environment & Heritage NSW

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed. The Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, managers and communities to know, value and care for their heritage.
 
Streams include:

  • Emergency Works Projects

  • Aboriginal Heritage Projects
    Community Heritage Projects

  • Community Heritage – Peak Organisations
  • Major Works
  • Heritage Reports
  • Local Government Heritage Planning Studies
  • Local Government Heritage Advisors
  • Local Heritage Places – Small Heritage Grants Program

 
For individual grant information visit the Office of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

  • Closing: 8 February 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

National Cultural Heritage Account

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

The National Cultural Heritage Account helps Australian public cultural organisations buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford.
 
The National Cultural Heritage Account keeps Australian protected objects in Australia so they can be preserved and made available to the public.
 
Cultural organisations that can care for and provide permanent public access to Australian protected objects have a priority for funding.
 
Individuals can also apply if they intend to gift the object to an eligible cultural institution with a permanent public collection. In these cases, the grant and the gifting of the object must be simultaneous.
 
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can apply for funding even if they do not have a permanent public collection. This is because of the special significance of Class A objects of heritage to Indigenous communities.
 
The following Australian protected objects are priorities for funding:

  • Class A objects in Australia and overseas

  • Class B objects that have been denied an export permit
  • Class B objects that have been granted an export permit on condition that they be available at fair market value for purchase by an eligible cultural organisation
  • Class B objects that are overseas.

 
For more information and to apply visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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

Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support Program

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

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

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

NSW Government Exhibitions Scheme

Create NSW

The NSW Government Exhibitions Indemnification Scheme is operated by Create NSW on behalf of the NSW Government. The main purpose of the scheme is to provide a level of indemnity cover for exhibitions in art museums, regional art galleries and other organisations that meet certain standards. Applications to the scheme are currently accepted for exhibitions with a minimum value of A$5 million.
 
For information on the scheme, please contact Sam Wild, Manager Sector Investment, Create NSW on 8289 6425. Read more

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

Feature Films | Feature Production & 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 our Documentary programs.
  • To be considered for Screen Australia production funding, a project must demonstrate that all other finance is in place at time of application.

 
However, producers may apply anytime for a Screen Australia Letter of Interest at an earlier stage.
 
For the latest deadlines and information, please visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Letter of Interest

Screen Australia

A Letter of Interest is an indication to the producer and the marketplace that Screen Australia recognises the project’s creative and/or commercial potential.
 
This is not a commitment for investment but it is an indication of the possibility of Screen Australia investing in the project at a later stage when the project will be competitively assessed against the published criteria.
 
An application for feature film production funding can then be submitted once the rest of the finance is in place.
 
Important: A Letter of Interest is neither a prerequisite for an application for production funding, nor a commitment from Screen Australia to invest in a project.
 
Documentary projects, including theatrical or feature-length documentaries, are not eligible under this program
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Distribution Better Deals

Screen Australia

The Australian distribution landscape for feature films is challenging and securing a local distribution deal is particularly tough for female-driven productions.
 
Gender Matters: Better Deals is a pilot program that will create a new incentive for distributors considering quality female-driven projects. In exchange, the producer may share a small percentage of the film’s receipts (to be negotiated between the producer and the distributor, with Screen Australia approval) returning revenue back to the industry to support the development of future projects.
 
This pilot program will give qualifying producers greater negotiating power to secure better deals with distributors. It will encourage healthy competition and lead to greater discussion and consideration of the gender makeup for commercial Australian projects in the local market. It also encourages positive collaboration between producers and distributors, giving the producer a voice throughout the distribution process.
 
This funding support will remove some of the barriers and disincentives affecting films that are perceived to be riskier in the marketplace and encouraging distributors to consider new and exciting projects from skilled female creative teams.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

International Marketing Support: Festivals and Awards

Screen Australia

For the promotion of Australian content and talent at key international festivals and awards events, enabling the enhancement of international marketing strategies.
 
Screen Australia funding may contribute towards the marketing budget for:

  • publicist fees

  • subtitling
  • promotional materials
  • attendance by the director or producer (supported by a clear plan to be implemented at the event)
  • attendance by high profile Australian cast on the red carpet at gala festival screenings, eg films in competition or significant programs (an associated publicity schedule will be a deliverable)
  • mandatory materials required by the festivals
  • attendance by the writer may be considered where there are clear benefits.
  • Invitation to a festival or awards event does not guarantee support. Approval is subject to the soundness of the marketing strategy and its plan for implementation, availability of funds and the strength of the application.

 
A project cannot receive more than one grant under this program, unless the second is for an eligible award (ie, Academy Awards®, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, Emmy Awards®).
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

International Marketing Support: Markets

Screen Australia

For planned attendance by producers with a range of experience at core markets to secure finance for Australian projects in advanced development and to advance their overall slates.
 
It is expected that outcomes will include securing international market attachments or finance, while building interest in upcoming projects.
 
For special Screen Australia announced targeted talent delegations to international events in order to increase international exposure and professional development opportunities for talent as well as Australia’s profile overseas.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Feature Films | Matched Marketplace Development

Screen Australia

Screen Australia recognises that marketplace entities delivering films to audiences will make sound creative judgements based on their experience and knowledge of audience tastes and trends.
 
Accordingly, the Matched Marketplace Development fund is designed to recognise and leverage this experience and knowledge, so is subject to a risk assessment (but not a creative assessment).
 
To be eligible for this funding, the bona fide offer of cash development for up to $50,000 must be from a genuine arm’s length marketplace entity and will be subject to a risk assessment (see the assessment process below).
 
A marketplace entity is defined as an entity whose core business is the sales, distribution, exhibition or broadcast/streaming of feature films.
 
Screen Australia’s funding must be applied to the Australian creative talent who are Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents and the Australian spend components of the development budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

P&A Plus

Screen Australia

This program is designed to enhance the distribution and marketing of quality Australian films across traditional and alternative release platforms.
 
Funding can be sought to support the traditional theatrical ANZ release of completed feature films that have an established local distributor attached, or for alternative release campaigns in certain circumstances (see box below).
 
Funding for traditional release is provided for activities commonly understood to come under the banner of ‘P&A expenditure’. The funding should not replace a distributor’s pre-existing P&A commitment, but rather add value to the confirmed investment already in place.
 
Nor does this fund replace the items in the Dedicated Marketing Budget of Screen Australia–financed productions, but should enhance the marketing, promotion and advertising of individual projects to increase audience potential and revenue.
 
The program operates as a commercial loan fund. Applications will be judged with regard to the revenue estimates provided, and applicants will need to demonstrate how Screen Australia funding will increase audience reach.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Story Development

Screen Australia

Creative story development involves art, craft and heart.
 
It’s a process that needs to be flexible and responsive, embracing a diversity of tools and approaches that will enrich and focus the creative vision at the heart of a story so audiences will be engaged and entertained across a variety of delivery platforms.
 
We encourage you to design a bespoke approach to development that will keep the project’s momentum up, its purpose alive and the audience in clear view.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Applications for Story Development funding can be made at any time for:

  • up to $50,000 for feature drama films with a total cap of $100,000 of Screen Australia funds over the life of an individual project unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated. This includes all funding received from Screen Australia’s Feature Development, Single Draft and predecessor agency feature-development funding.

  • up to $20,000 for online and interactive drama including series and one-off. Online and interactive drama must have a total cumulative running time of at least 30 minutes in order to be eligible for development funding. Funding excludes traditional television formats aimed at a mainstream broadcaster.
  • up to $40,000 for high-end television drama to develop an ambitious concept into a series bible, series outline, first-draft pilot script or first episode script. Please note: High-end television drama is high-budget programming intended to, and with the clear potential to, reach a wide global audience. Applications must be accompanied by written evidence of strong and genuine interest from a major international broadcaster or international internet streaming company, outside the ANZ territory, which can commission projects and has its own transmission network.

 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Wildcard Pitch

Screen Australia

For teams who do not meet the eligibility criteria, the Wildcard Pitch provides an alternative avenue to be eligible for Story Development feature film and online and interactive funding.
 
A video pitch of up to three minutes can be emailed via a downloadable and password-protected link at any time through the online application portal.
 
The pitch must describe:

  • the complete story concept for a fiction feature project or online and interactive drama series, one-off or virtual reality drama installations of any genre

  • the potential audience for the film or online and interactive drama
  • the current stage of the project (eg treatment, draft script or whatever form your project is in if your development plan is utilising more non-traditional approaches)

 
You will also need to include in the online application portal:

  • a 250 word (maximum) synopsis, and

  • a complete one page synopsis and maximum five-page writing sample (treatment and script) that is either an excerpt of the project you are pitching for in Wildcard or any other previous screen project that portrays your original storytelling style with the same genre.

 
We are looking for pitches that grab our attention, that evidence a story concept that will generate and sustain the dramatic structure of a feature film, online and interactive drama, or virtual reality drama installation, and one that knows its audience.
 
Pitches will be confidentially viewed by Screen Australia personnel and/or industry specialists as required and some teams may be invited to apply for Story Development funding. The intention of this pitch is to provide a virtual open door to talented storytellers to be eligible for story funding.
 
Given the magnitude of submissions we do not have the resources to provide feedback. We will advise whether or not an invitation to apply for funding will be afforded within approximately six weeks of receiving your pitch.
 
Wildcard pitch submissions that are invited to apply for Story Development funding will be evaluated competitively against our story development assessment criteria.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Children's Program Production

Screen Australia

Screen Australia aims to support the creation of a diverse slate of quality, innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling that resonates with contemporary audiences.
 
We are mindful that new online platforms are entering the commissioned arena and recognise that accessibility to content on a wide variety of platforms provides strong opportunities for audience engagement.
 
The guidelines apply to all productions made primarily for broadcast or subscription television, VOD platform or similar (with or without an associated catch up service), but specifically excludes theatrical projects qualifying for the 40 per cent Producer Offset and productions which fit under the parameters of Screen Australia’s Online Production guidelines.
 
For the purpose of these Guidelines the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or newer online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD).
 
All projects must have a Commissioning Platform attached at the time of application.
 
For projects to be considered eligible for Screen Australia funding the agreement with the Commissioning Platform must reflect the terms and conditions in these guidelines, including minimum licence fee requirements.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Online Production

Screen Australia

Through the Online Production program Screen Australia invests in the production of scripted projects that take risks and push the envelope of fiction storytelling.
 
Typical examples are risk-taking comedy or dramatic projects distributed on any platform including television, online web series, feature film, Augmented and Virtual Reality, tablet, mobile and PC based distribution.
 
This fund is aimed at lower-budget productions which may present talent development or project development opportunities. It values these benefits ahead of commercial gain, so it is expected that above-the-line fees and company overheads are budgeted modestly in accordance with those aims.
 
The fund is well suited to projects that include strong and compelling social media components to engage audiences.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

TV & Online | Skip Ahead

Screen Australia

Skip Ahead is a joint initiative of Screen Australia and Google to help a new generation of online storytellers to expand their vision and the ambition of the content they create for online audiences.
 
Since 2014, over the course of 3 funding rounds, it has supported 14 YouTube Channels to push themselves and their audiences, and support them to work towards sustainable career. Past recipients include Mighty Car Mods, Superwog, RackaRacka, SketchShe, and more.
 
The program aims to cultivate original Australian narrative-based content made specifically for global online audiences. Skip Ahead is an inclusive initiative, both in the filmmakers involved and the stories told. Australia has one of the most culturally diverse populations in the world. For the purpose of these guidelines, diversity encompasses cultural background, disability status, sexual orientation and gender identity. We also strongly encourage collaboration between creators, and the benefits of working with a reputable producer.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentary Development

Screen Australia

Screen Australia’s Documentary Development program assists experienced documentary makers to achieve planned outcomes for the development of their projects.
 
This could include further research, writing the next draft of a script or treatment, strategic shooting and/or editing to attract marketplace development or production finance, or compiling a sizzle reel.
 
The program is primarily focused on providing development support to one-off and series documentary.
 
Interactive or online projects: Producers of interactive or online projects must discuss their project with an Investment/Development Manager to explore what development may be possible, before applying for development funding.
 
Screen Australia does not invest in programs such as reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, current affairs, cooking, ‘how to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV, or community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentaries | Producer Program

Screen Australia

The intention of the Producer program is to provide producers with the flexibility to drive projects both creatively and commercially, with Screen Australia funding as the foundation for growing and securing deals.
 
The program is designed to support innovative documentaries with a strong creative vision in the context of today’s evolving media and distribution landscape and the commercial realities of increasingly fragmented sources of finance.
 
It supports one-off documentaries and series intended for broadcast, festival, theatrical, online and Virtual Reality audiences. Minimum budget is $125,000 per hour or $125,000 in total for non-linear projects. Please see above for exceptions in the January and April 2018 rounds.
 
Screen Australia aims to fund 20–30 hours of content a year through this program.
Marketplace commitment is not required at application but projects will need to demonstrate a highly developed understanding of how they will reach and engage their target market and audience. See ‘Pathways to audience’
 
Please Note: It is a condition of this funding program that successful applications will have all finance in place within four months from the date of confirmation of Screen Australia approval. It is understood that some funding approvals will lapse because they cannot confirm finance within this time frame.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Documentaries | Commissioned Program

Screen Australia

The Commissioned program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of quality documentaries made primarily for free-to-air or subscription television broadcast, VOD platform or similar (Commissioning Platforms), that offer a compelling vision and have clear enduring cultural value beyond their initial availability.
 
The program targets projects of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and a confirmed domestic commission.
 
Screen Australia aims to fund 30–40 hours of content a year through this program.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website.
Read more

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

Documentaries | Producer Equity

Screen Australia

The Producer Equity program provides a direct payment of funds to producers of eligible low-budget Australian documentaries, equal to 20 per cent of the approved budget. The payment is available with or without other Screen Australia documentary production funding.
 
Projects are not assessed beyond establishing eligibility.
 
The program is administered by Screen Australia’s Documentary Unit, and is subject to Screen Australia’s Terms of Trade eligibility requirements (section 1 only).
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Hot Shots Plus

Screen Australia

Hot Shots Plus combines funding for the production of a short narrative proof of concept (POC) as well as development funds for a long-form project.
 
The aim of this initiative is to arm screen content makers with an impactful POC that connects to a long-form project (feature film, TV, online series or virtual reality narratives) in order to build skills, relationships and create the audience and marketplace attention needed for the next step in their career. For example, a short film that speaks to a feature film (i.e. Cate Shortland’s Joy, Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke’s Cargo) or a pilot/test scenes that speak to a television or online series (i.e. Skitbox, Event Zero, and Bondi Hipsters).
 
The long-form project does not have to be the same story or a long version of the POC but should be connected to the POC, for example, by creative voice, genre, tone or stylistic approach.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Feature Development

Screen Australia

The Indigenous Department’s feature development program aims to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers with demonstrated experience to extend their craft and their ideas in the longer feature format. We are looking for striking and engaging storytelling that will connect with audiences.
 
Screen Australia reserves the right to require the attachment of a story consultant where appropriate.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | TV Drama Development

Screen Australia

This program seeks to provide practitioners with the opportunity to create appropriate written and/or visual materials to ensure that projects are as strong as possible when competing for production finance.
 
We are looking for striking and engaging storytelling that will connect with audiences.
 
Screen Australia reserves the right to require the attachment of a story consultant where appropriate.
 
Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers are encouraged to apply.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Documentary Development

Screen Australia

This program seeks to provide practitioners with the opportunity to create appropriate written and/or visual materials to ensure that projects are as strong as possible when competing for production finance. Emerging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander producers are encouraged to apply.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Any amount up to $30,000 will be available for one-off, feature-length documentaries; up to $30,000 for series; and up to $20,000 for television one-hour documentaries (other than in exceptional circumstances).
 
Funding is available for the further development of a treatment and/or script for one-off documentaries or documentary series, including, where appropriate,

  • script and project development

  • research
  • securing production financing.

 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Songlines on Screen

Screen Australia

Due to the success of the first Songlines on Screen Initiative held in 2014, both Screen Australia and NITV are pleased to announce a second Songlines on Screen initiative opportunity.
 
This initiative aims to give place to some of the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander songlines that are integral to the makeup of Indigenous Australia, incorporating the full spectrum of storytelling including dance, song, art, body painting, and sites of significance.
 
Screen Australia and NITV are requesting proposals from appropriate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander production companies and media organisations to record a songline or songline segment (one per company/organisation) that has been identified as being the most important and relevant to record at this time.
 
Up to 10 projects will be funded through development and production stages. Each will result in a broadcast-quality program of at least 15 minutes in duration, communicating the ‘open story’ of the songline or songline segment, with additional footage able to be used for other purposes at the discretion of the custodians. The footage will also be archived under appropriate conditions at two separate locations to ensure preservation and ongoing access and control by the songline’s custodians.
 
In addition, the initiative aims to develop screen production skills in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities through their participation in recording their own stories.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | Feature Production

Screen Australia

Limited funds are available through this program to invest in outstanding low-budget feature film projects which are based on strong and original ideas, and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.
 
Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers who have demonstrated extraordinary talent to extend their vision and their skills.
 
Post-production investment is also available to fund project-specific post-production costs associated with taking a project from the end of principal photography through to delivery.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous | TV Drama Production

Screen Australia

Limited funds are available through this program to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong and original ideas, and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.
 
Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers who have demonstrated extraordinary talent to extend their vision and their skills.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Indigenous Travel Grants

Screen Australia

The Travel Grants program is designed to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers in travelling to key international and Australian events. Professional development is a key objective.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Funding is available to support travel costs associated with attending:

  • recognised film festivals and pitching forums where an applicant’s film has been selected or invited to attend

  • events where the applicant or their film has been nominated for an award
  • key international markets
  • conferences and workshops providing significant professional development opportunities.

 
Up to $6,000 may be requested for international travel, and up to $5,000 for travel within Australia (other than in exceptional circumstances), supported by a budget.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Screen Culture Industry Partnerships

Screen Australia

Screen Australia partners with industry organisations in order to deliver events that will benefit the Australian screen industry. This may include one-off domestic and international events, conferences and seminars that will deliver extraordinary benefits for the participants.
 
The aim is to create opportunities through new, original and inclusive approaches to the industry that will expand networks and facilitate progress of high quality slates to markets and audiences.
 
WHAT FUNDING IS AVAILABLE?
Screen Australia will consider funding up to 50 per cent of a total event budget up to a cap of $50,000 for one event or a number of events conducted by one organisation over the financial year. Funding in excess of 50 per cent of the budget or $50,000 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Producer Offset

Screen Australia

The Producer Offset is a refundable tax offset (i.e. a rebate) for producers of Australian films, worth:

  • 40 per cent of the QAPE incurred by the applicant company in the making of a feature film, and

  • 20 per cent of the QAPE incurred by the applicant company in the making of TV and other eligible projects, other than feature films.

 
Films are only eligible for the 40 per cent offset if they are feature films produced for exhibition to the public in cinemas and meet all offset requirements. A film will only be eligible for the feature film offset if the primary release strategy for the film is a release in public cinemas. Films produced for home entertainment, TV or VOD release are not eligible for the 40 per cent offset but are eligible for the 20 per cent offset if they meet all offset requirements. The higher offset is available for feature films because they generally have higher production costs and it can also be more difficult to finance feature films because they are one-off projects. Refer to Feature Films and Distribution.
 
The Producer Offset is one of three refundable tax offsets for film production; the others are administered by the Department of Communication and the Arts (the Department):

  • the Location Offset, a 16.5 per cent offset on QAPE for film and television projects filmed in Australia with an Australian spend of over $15 million

  • the Post, Digital and Visual effects (PDV) Offset, a 30 per cent offset on the QAPE that relates to post, digital and visual effects production for a film.

 
Please note that the ITAA uses the term ‘film’ to refer to all eligible formats. These guidelines use the term ‘project’, unless quoting the ITAA.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Co-Production Program

Screen Australia

Official co-productions are made under formal arrangements between Australia and the governments of various countries, creating benefits for both partners.
 
Australia currently has treaties in force with the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Germany, Korea, South Africa, Singapore and China, and Memoranda of Understanding with France and New Zealand.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

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

Advanced Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Advanced Development contributes towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.
 
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 magazine-style 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 more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Regional Filming Fund (RFF)

Screen Australia

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).
 
Applicants may request up to 35% of the budgeted NSW Regional Spend.
 
NSW Regional Spend is the total of the below the line shooting expenses directly associated with filming in regional NSW. Eligible NSW Regional Spend expenses are limited to:

  • location fees

  • travel (for cast and crew traveling from other parts of NSW)
  • accommodation
  • per diems
  • local suppliers & services (e.g. construction contractors, security, traffic control etc.)
  • catering
  • salaries for regionally based cast and crew

 
Regional spend does not include any above-the-line expenses (including development expenses), indirect costs, company overheads, contingency or post-production expenses.
 
Support is provided as a grant. The maximum grant per production is $100,000. Read more

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

Time Critical Shooting

Create NSW, 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 post-production in NSW.
 
We fund factual and documentary television or web programs and series.
 
We do not fund:

  • feature films

  • adult and children’s television drama and narrative comedy including series, miniseries, web series and telemovies
  • creative interactive screen entertainment
  • *infotainment, lifestyle, travel, magazine, sports, education, game shows and other magazine- style 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 more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Festival Travel

Create NSW, 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.
 
The program is open to any project within the range of activity that Create NSW supports which includes animation, documentary, features, shorts, television, children’s television and interactive.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW. Read more

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

Market Travel

Create NSW, Screen NSW

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

  • Requests for travel support should generally not exceed $5,000.

  • An individual or a team can submit up to three applications to this program in any financial year, but only one application at a time
  • Generally we will not consider development funding for a project that has a current application to another Screen NSW program

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Strategic Opportunities Program

Create NSW, 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.

 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Australian Government Incentives / Offsets

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

Producer Offset
The Producer Offset is available to producers of Australian film and television projects including feature films, documentaries, television series (up to 65 episodes), telemovies and short form animation. Screen Australia can provide advice on whether a project meets the requirements for certification as Australian.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://screenaustralia.gov.au/producer_offset/
 
Location Offset
The Australian Federal Government provides an incentive for larger budget foreign films which film in Australia.The Offset is applied at a fixed rate of 16.5% of qualifying Australian expenditure on a film project and is available to productions with an Australian spend of more than AU$15 million.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive
 
Post/Digital/VFX (PDV) Offset
The PDV Offset provides a 30% rebate to projects that spend at least AU$500,000 on post, digital and VFX works in Australia, regardless of whether the production was shot in Australia.
For more information on this incentive please go to: http://www.arts.gov.au/film-tv/australian-screen-production-incentive Read more

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

Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Create NSW provides location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.
 
The objectives of the program include:

  • To market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination;

  • To increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW;
  • To familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects;
  • To provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities for their projects and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations of International significance and local practitioners and facilities.

 
The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services. Eligible projects are feature films, tele-movies, mini-series, TV series or reality programs.
 
The program is open to projects prior to commencement of pre-production and prior to or during financing. For international inbound visits, Create NSW generally works with Ausfilm to facilitate a suitable itinerary, however, enquiries can also be made direct to Create NSW Screen Destination Attraction area.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Australian Cultural Fund

Australian Cultural Fund

The Australian Cultural Fund is a collective funding platform for Australian artists. The fund was established in 2003 to encourage donations to the arts, and is managed by Creative Partnerships Australia.
 
Since its inception the ACF has helped to raise millions of dollars for Australian artists, allowing them to share their stories, passion, and creativity around Australia and the world.
 
Creative Partnerships is a not-for-profit organisation supported by the Australian Government through the Ministry for the Arts, created to increase philanthropic, business and social investment in Australia’s cultural sectors. Creative Parnerhsips’ unique Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status allows the ACF to offer tax deductibility to donors.
 
Through the ACF, artists upload their project and invite art lovers and supporters to donate to the projects they care about the most. We work to ensure two very important things:
 
The artist always wins. Unlike other all-or-nothing crowdfunding platforms, ACF donors commit rather than pledge funds. While artists set a funding goal, if it is not met at the end of the campaign all donations are still taken into account (minus a 5% service charge).
 
The donor wins, too. Donations over $2 are tax deductible through the ACF. Plus, art lovers and supporters get the chance to make a real difference to the work of Australian artists.
 
For more information visit the Australian Cultural Fund website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Flying Start

Jetstar

Jetstar’s Flying Start Program invites community groups and organisations across Australia to apply for a grant to fund a project that will enrich the lives of people in their local community.
 
Tell us your project story and you could receive a $30,000 grant.
 
Entry is open to not-for-profit community groups and organisations of any size, who are seeking funding to help enhance the lives of people in their local community; and can be classified into one of the following categories.The community group or organisation should have a specific project in mind for how the grant will be used to benefit their local community.
 
Grants will be awarded quarterly.
 
Each grant will be worth $30,000, comprising $15,000 cash and $15,000 worth of Jetstar travel.
 
For more information visit the Jetstar website. Read more

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

James N. Kirby Foundation

James N. Kirby Foundation

The Foundation’s overall goal is to distribute grants to charitable, educational and technical bodies throughout Australia in the areas of health, education, technology and science, art, and literature.
 
The Arts and the environment have more recently seen an increase in grants as we respond to the changing nature of our global community.
 
For more information please visit www.kirbyfoundation.com.au Read more

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

TV & Online | General TV & Subscription VOD

Screen Australia

Screen Australia aims to support the creation of a diverse slate of quality, innovative, original, culturally significant small-screen storytelling that resonates with contemporary audiences.
 
We are mindful that new online platforms are entering the commissioned arena and recognise that accessibility to content on a wide variety of platforms provides strong opportunities for audience engagement.
 
For the purpose of the Guidelines the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or newer online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD).
 
All projects must have a Commissioning Platform attached at the time of application.
 
For projects to be considered eligible for Screen Australia funding the agreement with the Commissioning Platform must reflect the terms and conditions in these guidelines, including minimum licence fee requirements.
 
For more information visit the Screen Australia website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • Categories: Screen Arts / Film
  • Open To: 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: TBA
  • Categories: Literature, Performing Arts, Theatre
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

IMB Community Foundation

Illawarra Mutual Bank

IMB has grown alongside the communities in which we live and work, and we believe it’s important to play our part and give back. The IMB Community Foundation was established in 1999 as a way for IMB to assist community groups in building community assets.
 
The foundation supports projects that reflect its objectives, which include enhancing the economic self-sufficiency of communities, as well as generating economic, social, cultural, environmental, tourism and educational benefits for those communities.
 
For more information please visit www.imb.com.au Read more

  • Closing: 28 February 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • 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.
 
For more information visit the NSW Family and Community Services website. Read more

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

 
For more information visit the Balnaves Foundation website. 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 we’re here to provide. Since we started out in 2000, the Foundation has provided up to $7 million in grant funding to over 100 different organisations, in everything from health to the arts.
 
The Harold Mitchell Foundation is bound by Australian taxation laws and its Trust Deed in terms of to whom grant funding can be legally provided. Before your proposal can be considered by our Foundation, your organisation must fulfil a number of eligibility requirements, as well as meet our project funding criteria and understand its obligations should you be successful in receiving project funding.
 
For more information visit the Harold Mitchell Foundation website. Read more

  • Closing: Ongoing
  • 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.
 
For more information visit the Myer Foundation website. Read more

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

Community Led Grants

Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet

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

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

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

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

Border Trust Community Grants

Border Trust

Border Trust, together with granting partners, invites submissions from not-for-profit, community organisations seeking to deliver community based projects within the region.
 
The Grant Program opens 1 February annually.
 
All organisations applying for funding must:

  • Lie within the Border Trust’s local government areas of Albury, Alpine, Corowa, Greater Hume, Indigo, Towong, Tumbarumba & Wodonga

  • Be community based and function for charitable purposes with a registered ABN
  • Organisations with, and without, Deductible Gift Recipient status are invited to apply
  • An auspicing body may be considered in exceptional circumstances (discuss with Border Trust prior to submitting your Application).

 
For information on grants available or to discuss your project and eligibility, please contact the Border Trust office on 0260513349 or mail@bordertrust.org.au.
 
Projects are funded for a one year time frame and grant must be used within twelve months of acceptance. We welcome partnerships and encourage applicants to seek funds from a range of sources. Read more

  • Closing: 15 March 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council

The Australia-China Council (ACC) is the Australian Government’s advisory and funding body dedicated to the strengthening of cultural, education, business, and more broadly, people-to-people relations between Australia and China.
 
Each year, we deliver around A$700,000 in grants for organisations and individuals across Australia. The Council’s funding is determined by the Government, and is subject to scope and availability of funding in each financial year.
 
For more information visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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

Creative Partnerships Awards

Creative Partnerships Australia

Who will you nominate as a champion of giving to the arts?
 
Great things happen when the arts, philanthropy and business work together. We invite you to nominate exemplary individuals from Australia’s philanthropy, business and arts sectors who show leadership in private giving, philanthropy and business partnerships with the arts to be considered for the 2018 Creative Partnerships Awards.
 
Nominating someone is easy – just answer a few simple questions against the awards criteria and your nominee will be in the running.
 
Eligibility
The awards are open to individuals from all Australian states and territories showing leadership in private giving, philanthropy and partnerships across the fields of arts, philanthropy and business. Nominees must:

  • be actively involved in developing private giving to the arts, through philanthropy, partnerships or sponsorships

  • promote the value of supporting the arts to the broader community
  • demonstrate an ongoing commitment to a strong, sustainable future for Australia’s cultural sector.

 
We encourage you to read the individual award eligibility and criteria before nominating.
 
Award Categories

  • Arts Leadership Award | for an individual working in the arts and cultural sector who through leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life; demonstrating vision, commercial acumen and strategic thinking in their engagement with donors and business, and encouraging increased giving to the arts.
     

  • Business Leadership Award | for an individual working in the business sector who through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has made an exceptional contribution to Australia’s cultural life by fostering increased investment and engagement between business and the arts.
     

  • Emerging Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual who is new to the philanthropic sector (within the last five years) and whose leadership and contribution to the arts is shaping the future of philanthropy and private giving in Australia’s cultural sector.
     

  • Philanthropy Leadership Award | for an individual, family, group, foundation or other entity that through their leadership, advocacy, practice and example has contributed significantly to the arts and encouraged philanthropic giving to the arts.

 
Ready to nominate? Read the individual award eligibility and criteria, then head to the nomination form. Read more

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

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round One

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation (ORAF) supports and benefits the Orange Regional Gallery, the Orange Civic Theatre, Central West Libraries, the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the Orange Regional Museum and any other cultural activity/project within the Orange Region.
 
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. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF.
 
For more information visit the website.

Read more

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

National Trust Heritage Awards

National Trust

The National Trust Heritage Awards recognise and promote corporate, individual and group excellence in heritage conservation. The awards bring light to tenacious projects committed to conserving and caring for our state’s heritage sites and our cultural and natural heritage. They celebrate projects, buildings, objects and environments that are being regenerated and revived for future generations to enjoy.
 
Categories include:
 
Adaptive Re-Use
This category is for projects that complement and utilise existing heritage fabric, re-purposing, and new developments which are sympathetic to the traditional uses of a site and its structures and which protect the heritage integrity.
 
Advocacy Campaigns
This category is to recognise the extraordinary commitment of a community group and/or individuals who have pursued the protection and conservation of key heritage places.
 
Conservation – Built Heritage
For projects that relate to conservation of our built heritage including capital works and repair. Such projects may include buildings, structures or sites, urban precincts, commercial items, places of worship, houses, interiors, additions, infill or collections.
 
Conservation Landscape
This category is specifically for projects that relate to landscape management and conservation. This also includes natural, urban and cultural landscapes; Indigenous and non-Indigenous.
 
Conservation Interiors and Objects
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Continuing Tradition – New Design, Construction & Development
An award recognising the process of continuing tradition through new design, construction and development.
 
Education And Interpretation
This category is for the restoration and conservation of interiors and objects, and may include historic product promotion, and historic industrial processes. Movable objects are also included in this category.
 
Heritage Events & Exhibitions
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Publications
This category is for publications which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Heritage Tours & Multimedia
This category is for events, exhibitions, displays which emphasis and promotes education, interpretation and community engagement.
 
Research And Investigation / Analysis
Projects for this category may include archaeology, conservation management plans or historical research.
 
For more information visit the National Trust website. Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2019
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Australia Korea Foundation

Australia Korea Foundation

The objectives of the Australian-Korea Foundation are to:

  • Increase public awareness of Australia in Korea, and of Korea in Australia, and the importance of the bilateral relationship

  • Develop partnerships in areas of shared interest in the bilateral, regional and global context
  • Increase Australians’ capacity to effectively engage with Korea.

 
Generally, the AKF Secretariat will conduct one major grant round each financial year, advertised on the AKF website. Applications will be received February-April for projects in the following financial year. If further funding becomes available, then a subsequent ‘intersessional’ grant round may be held within the financial year, also advertised on the AKF website.
 
For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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

Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program

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

The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance Program provides funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible international exhibitions touring to Australia.
 
The Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance program offers funding to offset the cost of insurance for eligible exhibitions, increasing audience access to significant cultural material they would not otherwise be able to experience.
 
The cultural material in exhibitions must have a minimum value of AUD $50 million for fine art exhibitions or AUD $20 million for museological exhibitions. The proposal can be for either multiple or single venue exhibitions. Insurance cover may apply to multiple or single items within an exhibition that meets the minimum value threshold.
 
For more information visit the Department for Communications and the Arts website.
Read more

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

Arts and Cultural Funding

Gunnedah Shire Council

Gunnedah Shire Council is one of the few Councils in NSW that provide funding to Arts and Cultural programs, projects and events. The aim of this funding is to assist in the continuation of existing local projects or to assist in funding new projects or initiatives that help to meet the needs of our growing community, while strengthening cultural identity and connection to place.
 
Gunnedah Shire Council aims to enhance local cultural opportunities and experiences and focuses on building the capacity of arts and cultural community organisations and groups to remain sustainable in the long term.
 
The arts and cultural project, program or event must align with the following general arts categories:

  • Acting;

  • Announcing;
  • Fine art and craft;
  • Directing;
  • Animation;
  • Dancing and choreography;
  • Entertainment and performance;
  • Music and singing;
  • Photography;
  • Production, and;
  • Writing.

 
This is a competitive annual funding opportunity. Projects can span up to 12 months. Successful applicants can apply for sub-sequential annual funding rounds. All applications are to be submitted using the funding template attached and submitted to Gunnedah Shire Council.
 
The applications will be assessed against criteria set by a panel aligning with the Eligibility and Key Project Deliverables stated in the below Arts and Cultural Funding Guidelines. Successful applicants will enter into a funding agreement with Gunnedah Shire Council. Organisations will be required to provide annual reporting specific to the terms of the Agreement.
 
For more information visit www.gunnedah.nsw.gov.au. Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Literature, Music, Performing Arts, Screen Arts / Film, Theatre, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Aboriginal Benefits Foundation Grants

The Aboriginal Benefits Foundation

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

  • health and well being of artists and their families

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

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

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

Community War Memorials Fund

NSW Government

The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for the repair, protection and conservation of existing local war memorials. The program has a focus on preserving memorials with heritage significance using an appropriate conservation approach.
 
The NSW Government established the Community War Memorials Fund to help protect and conserve war memorials across NSW. Since the establishment of the program in 2008, grants have been provided for a wide range of projects including honour roll repair, war memorial cleaning and conservation work, aborist advice for war memorial trees, memorial conservation assessments, security measures for memorials, repairs to war memorial halls and improvements to the accessibility of memorials.
 
For more information visit www.veterans.nsw.gov.au Read more

  • Closing: 25 April 2019
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Heritage Grants

National Library of Australia

The Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups. The grants are provided 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.
 
The types of projects supported include:

  • significance assessments of collections

  • preservation needs assessments of collections
  • conservation activities and collection management, and
  • training workshops.

 
For more information visit the National Library of Australia website. Read more

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

Early Development

Create NSW, Screen NSW

Early Development offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs.
 
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 magazine-style 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 more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Industry Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Industry Development Program provides funds to organisations that create professional development opportunities for NSW screen practitioners at various stages of their career.
 
Funding is provided for one-off or annual events including seminars, conferences, workshops and professional development activities.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Green Globe Awards

Environment & Heritage NSW

The 2018 Green Globe Award nominations are now open. The awards showcase people and projects making real progress toward sustainability across NSW.
 
It doesn’t matter if you are a big multinational, a tiny social enterprise or something in between. The Green Globe Award judges want to know about the work you’re doing and why it matters.
 
Nominate yourself or someone you think deserves recognition with a Green Globe Award.
 
Finalists will be will be announced at the end of August 2018 and winners will be announced at the gala event in October 2018.
 
For more information visit the Department of Environment and Heritage website. Read more

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

NSW Grandparents Day Grants

NSW Family and Community Services

The Grandparents Day event grants program, administered by the Department of Family and Community Services, funds community events that celebrate grandparents and provide opportunities for older people to participate in activities with their families and communities.
 
Who can apply?
All not-for-profit and community organisations, schools, childcare centres, and local government authorities based in NSW can apply. Workplaces or businesses that plan activities or projects that support the needs of older people can also apply.
 
For more information visit the Grandparents Day website. Read more

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

 
For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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

Audience Development Program

Create NSW, Screen NSW

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.
 
Funding applications to the Audience Development Program for the 2017/18 financial year have closed. Applications for the 2018/2019 will open in May 2018.
 
Events and programs that support high-quality activity, engagement and participation with these Priority Areas are of particular importance:

  • people living and/or working in regional NSW

  • people living and/or working in Western Sydney
  • Aboriginal people
  • people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) backgrounds
  • people with disability
  • young people.

 
Further information on addressing Priority Areas can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section on the Create NSW website www.arts.nsw.gov.au
 
Please note that Create NSW will not support conferences, panel discussions or similar events which have all male panel members.
 
For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Youth Opportunities Program

Youth NSW

The Youth Opportunities program provides one-off, time-limited grants between $10,000 and $50,000 to not-for-profit organisations and local councils for youth-led and youth-driven community projects that have a positive youth development focus. Read more

  • Closing: 16 July 2019
  • 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

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

  • Closing: TBA
  • 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:
 

Future2 Make the Difference! Grants

Foundation of Australian Financial Planners

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

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

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

Innovate/Situate Southern Cross University Design Prize

Southern Cross University

The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.
 
The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.
 
The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.
 
The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future. The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.
 
Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials

  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

 
Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience

  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria (desired but not essential)

 
Artist Fee:
$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.
 
Selection Panel:

  • Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

  • Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects
  • Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design
  • Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

 
For more information visit www.lismorequad.org.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: Awards & Prizes, Creative Industries
  • 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.

For more information visit the NSW Government website. Read more

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

IMAGinE Awards

Museums and Galleries NSW

The IMAGinE awards recognise the people who work in museums and galleries across NSW and the contributions they make. IMAGinE celebrates all institutions and pays homage to those organisations run by volunteers, with limited budgets and minimal resources. These awards offer a unique opportunity for museums and galleries in NSW to advocate, promote their achievements and raise their profile within the sector and the broader community.
 
The 2018 award categories are:

  • Exhibitions Projects

  • Engagement Programs
  • Capacity Building, Capital & Sustainability Programs
  • Individual Achievement

 
M&G NSW are also excited to announce the inaugural ACHAA Award for Excellence by an Aboriginal Curator.
 
For more information about the IMAGinE awards please visit mgnsw.org.au or contact 02 9252 8300 or imagine@mgnsw.org.au Read more

  • Closing: TBA
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

ANZ Seeds of Renewal Grant

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The ANZ Seeds of Renewal Program, which has been running since 2003, demonstrates ANZ’s belief in vibrant, sustainable rural communities.
 
The program focuses specifically on helping build vibrant and sustainable rural communities, to ensure the ongoing prosperity of regional Australia. It is built on two key tenets:

  • Vibrant communities are diverse and inclusive with strong social capital, where everyone can participate and build a better life.

  • Sustainable communities innovate, expand and create opportunities that will deliver demonstrable medium-to-long-term economic benefit to the community, contributing to economic sustainability.

 
Through the Seeds of Renewal program, ANZ commits $250,000 which is distributed through grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations for projects that will help their community thrive.
 
Examples of projects that could receive a grant include:

  • Providing training opportunities to enable community members to build skills, increasing their capacity for employment or creating business opportunities.

  • Supporting programs that help develop micro-business or social enterprises that involve strong community engagement and help to create employment opportunities.

 
Strong projects include those that:

  • Focus on building local capacity and increasing community participation

  • Benefit a large number of people from a diverse range of social groups
  • Encourage inclusion and participation of under-represented and marginalised groups
  • Will deliver ongoing and widespread economic benefits to the community and contribute to economic sustainability.

 
For more information visit the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal website. 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.

 
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.
 
For more information visit the Australian National Choral Association website. Read more

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

Emerging Writing Organisation Grant

Writing NSW

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: TBA
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Indent Event Development Grants

Music NSW

MusicNSW is pleased to present our Indent Event Development Grants Program for events for 2018. With two levels of funding, the grants support teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all-ages, drug and alcohol-free music events. Indent event development grants are open to a group of at least five young people (aged 12-25) in partnership with a support organisation such as a local council or local youth service.
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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.
 
For more information visit the Music NSW website. Read more

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

Orange Regional Arts Foundation - Round Two

Orange Regional Arts Foundation

The Orange Regional Arts Foundation (ORAF) supports and benefits the Orange Regional Gallery, the Orange Civic Theatre, Central West Libraries, the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the Orange Regional Museum and any other cultural activity/project within the Orange Region.
 
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. All proposals will be considered by the Board of ORAF.
 
For more information visit the website.

Read more

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

Economic and Community Participation Grants

National Disability Insurance Scheme

The Australian Government has a major funding round open for grants to:

  • Increase participation of all people with disability in arts and culture or sport and recreation
  • Increase employment of all people with disability.

These grants are offered to organisations by the National Disability Insurance Agency under its Information, Linkages and Capacity Building program. Applications close on 21 October. See the link below to detailed information on eligibility, types of activities and online application forms:

Economic and Community Participation: to increase employment and community participation of all people with disability (not just people eligible for NDIS packages). Types of activities that the grant round will fund include:

  • create employment pathways for people with disability; build capacity for employers to attract and retain workers with disability; build entrepreneurship/self-employment capacity for people with disability, including social enterprises (Stream 1)
  • increase participation of people with disability in arts and culture and sport and recreation (Stream 2).

The funding pool is $30 million nationally in this round, with a minimum $100,000 per grant for one year or minimum $300,000 per grant over three years.

 

Guidelines are at: https://www.ndis.gov.au/community/grants/economic-and-community-participation-program Read more

  • Closing: 21 October 2019
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Copland Foundation Grants

Copland Foundation

These Copland Foundation Grants fund projects throughout Australia that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests, namely:
 

  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition, and interpretation of collections,

  • The study, management, conservation, acquisition and interpretation of relevant historic architecture,
  • The provision of education programs, whether for staff of such museums, institutions, societies, organisations or for the general public,
  • The purchase of art works and/or other artefacts, to be identified on public display by the purchaser as a gift from the Copland Foundation.

 
The Copland Foundation grants are divided into three categories:

  • Acquisitions: To assist galleries, museums and historic houses in the acquisition of objects that may come up at auction, the Trustees will consider such applications at any time of the year.

  • Conservation
  • Interpretation: Grants will be awarded for the conservation, research and/or interpretation of historic houses or gardens, or collections and individual pieces already held by an institution.
     
    * Historic Houses
    Priority programs are those involving historic houses, their collections and gardens. While grants are not limited to this category, the Trustees will be particularly pleased to receive grant applications that come under this heading.
     
    Deadlines
    Applications for acquisition grants are accepted at any time, while the deadline for those relating to conservation or interpretation projects is November 15th each year.
     
    For more information please visit www.coplandfoundation.com.au Read more

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

2020 Artist in Residence - Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

Applications are now open for the 2020 Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery Artist in Residence Program.

The residency program awards $20,000 (ex GST) to an artist/collaborative group to develop a responsive project for installation/presentation in the public domain. The residency must engage with the local community and draw inspiration from the people and place of Broken Hill; celebrating it as a living museum.

The residency program is open to arts professionals from Australia and overseas, working in all disciplines.

Submissions close Friday 31 January 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 31 January 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Festivals Australia

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

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

Festivals Australia funds high-quality arts and cultural heritage projects that invite community participation and audience engagement. Projects can include but are not limited to a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.

The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or a significant one-off community celebration.

Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across a festival program.

There are two funding rounds each year which generally open in February and September

Current Round: February 24, 2020 09:00 AEDT to March 22, 2020 17:00 AEDT

The above funding period is for projects commencing from 1 July 2020.

For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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

Arts Projects - Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than 2 years from the proposed start date.

Closing dates
The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category.

In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:

  • Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020.
  • Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021.

Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

For more information visit the Australia Council website. Read more

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

Visions of Australia

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

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.

The Visions of Australia program funds the development and touring of exhibitions of cultural material of historic, scientific, design, social or artistic significance.

Tours must include at least three venues outside the organisation’s home state or territory. Regional and remote venues are a higher priority for funding.

  Read more

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

Creative Koori Projects

Create NSW

Creative Koori Projects funding aims to build support for a strong, resilient and exciting Aboriginal arts and cultural sector for NSW.

This will be done through embracing the principles of Aboriginal self-determination and putting Aboriginal artists, organisations and communities at the centre of funded cultural and creative activity.

Your intended projects may cover the following elements:

  • NSW Aboriginal cultural development
  • contemporary practice
  • sharing NSW Aboriginal culture the Aboriginal way
  • promoting NSW Aboriginal culture
  • strengthening the NSW Aboriginal arts and cultural sector.

Who can apply for funding?

You must be an:

  • Aboriginal individual or
  • Aboriginal organisation; and
  • have a strong cultural affiliation with country that is now called NSW.

 For more information visit www.creatensw.gov.au 

Read more

  • Closing: 2 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program: Bushfire Renewal Round

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The 2020 Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program (ACDGP): Bushfire Renewal Round will focus on supporting the building, rebuilding and promotion of the creative industries in bushfire-affected areas of Australia.

The ACDGP: Bushfire Renewal Round opened for applications at 9am (AEST) on 10 February and closes 2pm (AEST) on 16 March 2020. Applications must be submitted using SmartyGrants at https://dfat.smartygrants.com.au/ACDGP2020-21.

For more information please read the 2020 Guidelines: Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program or email Cultural.Diplomacy@dfat.gov.au.

This grant provides funding for international arts and cultural projects that promote Australia overseas.

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.

For more information visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. Read more

  • Closing: 16 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Production Finance

Create NSW, Screen NSW

The Production Finance program provides funding for projects produced or post-produced in NSW. Funding allocations are guided by ratios linking the Create NSW contribution to the amount spent in the State.

For more information visit the Screen NSW website. Read more

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

Strengthening Rural Communities

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Strengthening Rural Communities (SRC) program aims to give the thousands of small rural, regional and remote communities across Australia an opportunity to apply for funding that can support broad community needs.

The program criteria are deliberately flexible, and with applications being accepted all year round, communities have increased access to funds that can be used where and when a community knows it’s needed.

The Strengthening Rural Communities program has two funding tiers:

  1. Small & Vital grants

Small & Vital grants are all about meeting an immediate small scale need within a community, or for giving a boost to a larger initiative.

  • The Small & Vital grants provide funds of up to $10,000.
  • Applications are accepted year round via our online application system and awarded quarterly.
  • Applications close 24 March, 2020
  1. Larger Leverage grants

Through the Larger Leverage grants, small rural, regional and remote communities now have an opportunity to access funding to support more aspirational objectives, think bigger and leverage the ideas, creativity and resources of communities for bigger impacts and stronger, more connected communities.

The Larger Leverage tier is focused on supporting two types of projects:

  • a) Projects delivered in remote or very remote communities;
    b) Projects that require more financial support in order to enhance the community or organisational capacity and accelerate the outcomes to be achieved.
  • Applications close 4 February, 2020

For more Information: visit the Foundation For Rural & Regional Renewal Website Read more

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

Flagship Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Flagship Event Fund supports the marketing of emerging events in regional NSW to increase their profile and encourage visitation.  The Fund offers grants specifically to support marketing activities aimed at increasing visibility and attracting visitation to the event from outside an event’s local area.
The Flagship Event Fund offers two grants:

– Annual grants of $20,000 (excl. GST); or

– Triennial grants of $27,500 (excl. GST) plus $2,500 (excl. GST) in value-in-kind research services per year, guaranteed for three years

To be eligible to apply, an event must have been running for more than two years, be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Micro Event Fund

Destination NSW

The Micro Event Fund is a new initiative developed in response to NSW’s bushfire and drought crisis to support smaller, community-based events in Regional NSW areas impacted by bushfire activity or drought conditions.
The Micro Event Fund offers one-off grants of $10,000 (excl. GST) to support the delivery of events that demonstrate an ability to engage and harmonise their local community, build destination appeal, attract visitors from outside the region and stimulate the local economy.
To be eligible to apply, events must be held between 1 May and 31 December 2020, have a total expenditure budget of approximately $75,000 (excl. GST) or less and meet the fund criteria outlined in the terms and conditions.

Applications open on Friday 21 February 2020 and must be received by Destination NSW no later than midnight (Sydney time) on Wednesday 25 March 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 25 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

2020 NAIDOC Week Funding

Australian Government National Indigenous Australians Agency

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lending Rights

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

Australian book publishers or creators—authors, compilers, editors, illustrators and translators—can be compensated for the loss of income through the free multiple use of their work in Australian public and educational lending libraries.

Public Lending Right (PLR) and Educational Lending Right (ELR) are Australian Government programs that compensate Australian creators and publishers in recognition of income lost through free multiple use of their books in public and educational lending libraries. These programs also support the enrichment of Australian culture by encouraging the growth and development of Australian writing.

A creator or a publisher must register and submit title claims within five years from the year of publication. Books are surveyed in a sample of either public lending libraries (PLR) or school, TAFE and university libraries (ELR).

Eligible creators are:

  • authors, editors, illustrators, translators and compilers
  • Australian citizens, wherever they reside
  • non-citizens who normally reside in Australia (eligibility ceases if residency in Australia ceases), and
  • those who receive on-going royalties from the sale of their book.

Eligible publishers are:

  • companies whose business consists wholly or substantially of the publication of books and who regularly publish in Australia—’regularly publish’ is defined as at least once in the
  • preceding three year period
  • non-profit organisations that publish to further their aims or objectives, and
  • self-publishing creators.

Payments are only made to eligible publishers if an eligible creator is receiving a payment.

For more information visit the Department of Communications and the Arts website. Read more

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

Tackling Tough Times Together (TTTT)

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

The Tackling Tough Times Together grant program helps communities access the resources they need to support one another through the ongoing effects of the drought.

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

Three tiers of grants are available:

  • Up to $20,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $60,000 – projects to be finalised within 18 months of approval;
  • Up to $150,000 – applications for this tier are by Expression of Interest, and multi-year projects (up to three years) are welcomed. Applicants must speak with the TTTT team to discuss their project before applying.

The program has a strong preference to support grassroots organisations based in drought-affected regions over those delivering services to, but not based in affected regions. Projects led by local communities will be given strong preference.

Round 16
Late May 2020 for applications received by 25 February 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier have now closed.
Round 17 Late August 2020 for applications received by 28 May 2020. EOIs for the $150K tier must be received by 16 April 2020.

Read more

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

With One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding

Creativity Australia

Seed Funding Overview

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.

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 Creativity Australia 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.

Website: www.creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start/
Guidelines: Click here Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: Music
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program

Australian Government Department of Veterans' Affairs

The Saluting Their Service (STS) Commemorative Grants program is designed to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation.

Two categories of grants are available under the STS program:

  1. Community Grants (STS-CG) — Grants up to a maximum of $10,000 are available for community-based commemorative projects and activities. This includes, for example, the building of community memorials and the preservation of wartime memorabilia that is significant locally but is not necessarily nationally significant.
  2. Major Grants (STS-MG) — Grants between $10,001 and $150,000 are available for major commemorative projects and activities that are significant from a national, state, territory and/or regional perspective.

Closing Date & Time 31 March 2020 – 11:00pm AEDT Read more

  • Closing: 31 March 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Capital / Infrastructure, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

NSW Heritage Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Small Grants Program for Local History and Archives is administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government through the Heritage Council of NSW. Grants of up to $5,000 support the work undertaken by local historical societies, community organisations and individuals across NSW.

The projects should be relevant to understanding the history of NSW and its people and places. The main priority areas for 2020 are detailed in the guidelines. Please subscribe to our eNewsletter or blog for the latest news on this program.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

  • Closing: 1 April 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Volunteer Grants Activity 2019- 20

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Grants are to support the ongoing delivery of services or one-off projects and activities to encourage, support and increase participation in volunteering.

The purpose of the grants is to:

  • provide support and recognition for volunteers
  • maximise and promote volunteering participation, including opportunities to increase the diversity of volunteers and the ways in which people volunteer
  • maximise opportunities for volunteering to provide pathways to other forms of social and economic participation
  • support the development of a volunteering sector that is responsive to emerging trends and issues
  • encourage/maximise leadership, mentoring and volunteering activity
  • provide on-the-ground support and information for volunteers and volunteer-using organisations in locations where there is identified need
  • provide access to the resources and support volunteers and volunteer using organisations need to operate effectively and efficiently, and
  • build effective volunteering practices and opportunities within organisations and communities.

Open: 6 December 2019

Closes: 6 April 2020

All DSS grants are advertised on the Community Grants Hub website and organisations are encouraged to subscribe to receive updates and other grant alerts. Read more

  • Closing: 6 April 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round One

Arts On Tour

This grant is not being offered in 2020.

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 to non-professional 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.

Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

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

Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;
  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

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

Club Grants Infrastructure Grants

Liquor & Gaming NSW

The NSW Government offers grants to communities across NSW to support the building, renovation and fit-out of infrastructure. Funding is available for arts and cultural infrastructure, sport and recreation infrastructure and projects that assist communities with essential infrastructure and disaster readiness.

Infrastructure Grants are made possible through the NSW Government’s Clubgrants Category 3 Fund, which reinvests a contribution from the state’s registered clubs gaming machine profits back into community projects.

For 2019/20, three grant rounds are available. The rounds will open on 5 August 2019, 18 November 2019 and 16 March 2020.

For the March 2020 round, we will give priority to bushfire affected communities, to assist in the recovery efforts. This means these communities will be prioritised in funding decisions.

The March round of Clubgrants Category 3 Infrastructure Grants will now close on Monday, 20 April 2020. Read more

  • Closing: 20 April 2020
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Copyright Agency

There are six core elements to the program:

  • Virtual writers’ festivals – This will support scheduled writers’ festivals to make their programs digitally available by paying the Australian participants the participation fees they would have received if the program had proceeded normally. This money will cover over a hundred writers and interviewers in festivals we already support including the Sydney Writers’ Festival and Byron Writers Festival. The agency has included funds to cover assistance to other festivals that may not be able to proceed as ‘normal’.  Closes 14 April 2020
  • Emergency action fund – This is composed of $150,000 to be allocated in grants of between $5,000 – $20,000. It will focus on distributing this money as widely as possible so most grants will be around $5,000. The funding is open for writing and visual arts projects that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 or are responding directly to it. Applicants to this program should ideally demonstrate that they have matched funding. Closes 23 April 2020
  • New commissioned literary works – The program will support the publication of between 20-30 works by Australian writers responding to the disasters Australia has faced in early 2020. The working title for this is Our Year of Fire, Flood, and Plague: Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020. Pieces from this series will be published in The Guardian. Money is also set aside to facilitate a book publication of these pieces. Writers of each of these essays will be paid the rates recommended by the Australian Society of Authors (ASA).
  • Funding for innovative online projects – This includes an amount to support innovative projects that are responding to COVID-19. Writers and interviewers across Australia are setting up smart new ways of taking Australian writers to audiences. This money is available for the payment of monies to writers who participate in such online projects. Closes 14 April 2020
  • New commissioned visual arts work This component is for photographic and other visual documentation of the crisis for publication in journals, magazines and exhibition in a major gallery, and to possibly tour when the current events are resolved. The funding available for the generation of this work is $25,000. Closes 23 April 2020

Application forms to apply for the funding will be available shortly.

Information on the new guidelines and timelines under the initiative is available on our COVID-19 Emergency Funding page. Read more

  • Closing: 23 April 2020
  • Categories: Festivals, Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

National Science Week 2020 online program funding

Inspiring Australia

In NSW, this year’s National Science Week campaign will go online in light of restrictions to public gatherings due to the COVID19 pandemic.

The NSW Executive Committee for National Science Week and Inspiring Australia is therefore seeking expressions of interest for innovative online events and opportunities that can be delivered as part of science week from (or close to) 15-23 August 2020.

Where possible, we encourage applicants to collaborate with NSW Regional Science Hubs (See current list) as well as other local event providers whose public programs may have been disrupted as a result of COVID19 e.g. libraries and regional museums.

We are especially interested in receiving proposals that show evidence of community building and collaboration to boost engagement with STEM and those that can support the work of freelance producers whose incomes may have been affected by the pandemic.

Application deadline

5:00PM Monday 27 April 2020. Applicants will be notified of the results by Friday 8 May 2020.

For more information visit: Inspiring Australia Website Read more

  • Closing: 27 April 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Technology
  • Open To: Organisations

Translation Fund for Literature

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

This program is currently suspended.

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).

Funding is available to contribute to the translator’s fee and/or author’s advance only.

Australian publishers may also apply to support Australian translators producing foreign language works for local publication.

Amount: Contributions of $5,000 per successful applicant are available in two rounds per year.

Key dates

Round 1: Applications are now closed for Round 1

Round 2 

  • Applications open for the second round in February 2020
  • Applications close: 28 April 2020 (11:59 AEST) for activity from 1 September 2020 – 31 December 2020

For more information: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 28 April 2020
  • Categories: Literature
  • Open To: Organisations

Maritime Museums of Australia Project Support Scheme

Australian National Maritime Museum

2020 support for bushfire affected organisations:
In support of those organisations affected by the summer of 2019–20 bushfire crises across the country, a priority weighting will be given by the Selection Committee to applications submitted by these organisations.

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

It also supports staff or volunteers, from remote or regional organisations, to spend time learning specific skills and making valuable connections.

The scheme gives grants of up to $15,000 for projects that fall into one of these categories:

  • Collection management (registration, documentation and storage)
  • Conservation (preservation, vessel restoration, conservation work/treatments and professional assessments)
  • Presentation (research, development of exhibitions, establishing interpretative displays and workshops)
  • Development of relevant education or public programs which make collections more accessible to audiences
  • Museological training for paid or unpaid workers of not-for-profit organisations caring for Australia’s maritime collections.
  • Internships funding of up to $3,000 is also available to help develop museological skills and knowledge to increase standards of practice in caring for and managing maritime collections.

For more information see The Australian National Maritime Museum Read more

  • Closing: 1 May 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Resilience Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

The 2020 Resilience Fund includes three streams:

Survive – small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup financial losses due to cancelled activity.
Adapt – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new operating models.
Create – grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and develop creative responses in a time of disruption.

Organisations that currently receive multi-year funding from the Australia Council are not eligible to apply. This includes National Performing Arts Partnership organisations, Four Year Funded organisations, and organisations funded under the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.

Applications for the Resilience Fund quick response opportunities open on Friday 3 April 2020

For more information visit Australia Council for the Arts Read more

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

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round One

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.

Grants for Round One will support projects that start after 1 August 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 11 May 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants

Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Westpac Foundation has partnered with FRRR to offer Westpac Foundation’s Community Grants to rural and regional communities. These grants provide support for community organisations creating opportunities through education, training and employment.

The Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants program will offer grants of $10,000 for community-driven initiatives in regional, rural and remote Australia that enhance, develop or provide education and training opportunities for those who are most vulnerable.

Westpac Foundation Rural Community Grants will run one round in 2020.  Applications will close 5pm AEST, Wednesday 13 May. Funding will be announced in August, 2020.

For more information visit: FRRR Website Read more

  • Closing: 13 May 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

COVID- 19 Support for the small- medium arts and screen sector

Create NSW

To support independent artists and small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19, Create NSW is implementing a suite of new initiatives that provide employment and development opportunities, and new audience engagement and skill-sharing for arts, screen and cultural organisations and individuals across the State.

Creative Koori Digital Initiative

Supporting NSW First Nation’s arts and cultural organisations to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.   Applications for the Creative Koori Digital Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Digitise Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to create, develop and present creative practice and programming online and through virtual means. Organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.   Applications for the Digitise Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Screen NSW Slate Development Fund

NSW production companies and producers can apply for a maximum of $100,000 to develop a slate of three or more projects for TV Drama, Factual, Features and Online.  Applications are now open and will be assessed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Health and Wellbeing Initiative

Supporting NSW arts and cultural organisations to work with communities and artists to create, develop and present programming that deliver mental health and wellbeing outcomes. Individuals and organisations can apply for between $500 – $10,000.  Applications for the Health and Wellbeing Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

Regenerate Regional Event Initiative

Supporting organisations to commission the development of arts and cultural events featuring local artists with a particular focus on music and performance. It is only open to arts and cultural organisations based in regional NSW. Regional organisations in areas affected by the recent bushfires are encouraged to apply. Regional organisations can apply for up to $10,000.   Applications for the Regenerate Regional Event Initiative opens from 28 April 2020 and closes at 5pm AEST, 19 May 2020.

For more information go to: Create NSW Read more

  • Closing: 19 May 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

As of 31 March 2020

With immediate effect, the Australia Council for the Arts have suspended many of their investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate efforts on responding to the COVID-19 crisis situation faced by artists and arts organisations. 

The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

With immediate effect, they have suspended many of their investment programs currently or soon to open. This program has been suspended.

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. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested.

Closing date: Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).

Fore more information and guidelines head to the Australia Council for the Arts website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 June 2020
  • Categories: Performing Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Grants

Australian Ethical

The 2020 grant round is yet to open

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

Cultural Grants Program

Royal Australian Historical Society

The Cultural Grants Program is a Create NSW devolved funding program administered by the Royal Australian Historical Society on behalf of the NSW Government. This Cultural Grants program assists historical research and publication of local, community and regional history projects.

The Society would like to thank Create NSW for providing funding for the cultural grants program that supports local history and heritage projects facilitating an understanding of the history of the people and places of New South Wales. The Society will distribute $50,000 in grants each year.

For more information visit the Royal Australian Historical Society website. Read more

  • Closing: 10 June 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

The Cultural Fund - Grants for Organisations - Round Two

Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved.

Grants for Round Two will support projects that start after 6 July 2020.

For more information visit the Copyright Agency website. Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2020
  • Categories: Literature, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Building Partnership

NSW Government

NSW incorporated, community based not-for-profit organisations and local councils are invited to apply for the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership program, which can fund: construction of new capital works, refurbishment, repairs and maintenance to existing capital facilities, and the purchase of capital equipment.

Applicants should demonstrate how their project will benefit their local community through the building or improvement of facilities to deliver positive social, recreational or environmental outcomes.

Applications from local councils require a commitment of matching cash funding by the council.

2020 Key Dates

4 May Applications Open

12 June Applications Close

Find out more Read more

  • Closing: 12 June 2020
  • Categories: Capital / Infrastructure
  • Open To: Organisations

Cherish Fund

Australia Council for the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W: Australia Council for the Arts Website Read more

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

Future Form

Australia Council for the Arts

Future Form is an opportunity for small to medium arts organisations to transform and innovate their core business model. Future Form provides time and space for participants to reimagine and respond to the future.

In a supported environment, led by industry experts, up to 24 participants from 12 organisations will be guided through a four-phase process to:

  • Discover;
  • Ideate;
  • Experiment;
  • Evolve.

Participants will use a range of design techniques to interrogate the value proposition of their organisation; and identify practical solutions and next steps. The program includes a range of activities including online learning sessions, intensive residential labs, individual coaching sessions and peer support.

Applications close: 26 June 2020 11:59pm (AEST).

Successful Future Form applicant organisations will incur an administration fee of $1,500. The Australia Council will invest more than $15,000 per organisation throughout the program.

The Australia Council encourages you to contact them directly for financial support if required, as no organisation is discouraged from applying due to financial reasons.

For more info: Australia Council for the Arts Read more

  • Closing: 26 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General, Creative Industries
  • Open To: Organisations

Indigenous Languages and Arts Program

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Small Projects Grants (Quick Response)

Create NSW

Small Project Grants support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers.

You can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards your project.

Important Notice: Changes to the Small Project Grants Program and COVID-19. Last updated 23 March 2020 at 4pm AEDT. 

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications no later than 3 weeks after you submit your application.

Apply now until Tuesday 30 June 2020, 5pm AEST.

For more information visit the Create NSW website. Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

ANZ Community Foundation

ANZ Banking Group

The ANZ Community Foundation is funded by regular contributions made by ANZ staff and ANZ. The Foundation aims to support projects run by charitable organisations which offer a direct and tangible benefit to local communities.

Further information on the 2020 grant round will be available in May 2020.

Grants of around $5,000 support a variety of projects from disadvantaged youth to the environment. A National Advisory Board and State Committees comprising ANZ employees decide the granting rounds each year.

For more information please visit ANZ Website Read more

  • Closing: 30 June 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Audience Development Fund

Museums and Galleries NSW

Applications open: 1 April 2020

The 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.

Amount available: up to $10,000 for each grant (no minimum)

visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 29 July 2020
  • Categories: Creative Industries, Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Recovery Boost - RAF Relief Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

Opening 1 July 2020! Relief grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs Read more

  • Closing: 6 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

CSU Community - University Partnership Grants

Charles Sturt University

If you’re a community group, school, sporting club, Indigenous group or cultural organisation, you can apply for a grant of up to $1000 to help boost and support your project.

CUP grants are available in all Charles Sturt University campus cities:
Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie and
Wagga Wagga.

You can choose from six categories:
• Art and culture
• Education
• Indigenous engagement
• Health and wellbeing
• Environmental Sustainability
• Sport

Opens 13 July 2020, Closes 10 August 2020
More info Read more

  • Closing: 10 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Regional Arts Fund (RAF) Project Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

OPENING 29 JUNE 2020! The Regional Arts Fund is designed to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities. Read more

  • Closing: 21 August 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Dobell Exhibition Grant

Museums and Galleries NSW

supported by 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.  visit the website. Read more

  • Closing: 2 September 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums, Visual Arts
  • Open To: Organisations

Volunteer Museum Grants

Museums and Galleries NSW

M&G NSW is accepting applications for four 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 Create 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.
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SKILLS DEVELOPMENT GRANTS
Up to $4000 for the development and delivery of skill development training and networking events. The events are expected to involve more than one museum and usually bring in a professional consultant to run one or a series of workshops.
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LEG UP GRANTS
Matched funding of $50 – $500 for volunteers to attend or host development activities in NSW. The grants can cover the cost of attending a workshop, conference or course, bringing a presenter to your museum or the travel costs of a group of volunteers visiting another museum.
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Project Development

Up to $7,500 to allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity.

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  • Closing: 13 September 2020
  • Categories: Heritage / Museums
  • Open To: Organisations

Community Presenter Touring Grant - Round Two

Arts On Tour

This grant is not being offered in 2020.

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 to non-professional 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.

Applicants can submit a proposal for funding to:

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

Grant funds can be used to support up to 50% of the performance/delivery fee of a touring production. Applicants can apply for:

  • between $500 and $4,000 per venue;
  • up to $12,000 for a consortium of three or more venues.

For more information visit the Arts on Tour website. Read more

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

Country Arts Support Program (CASP)

Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW

The CASP 2020-21 is now open and will close on Tuesday, September 29th at 5pm. The 2020-21 round is being administered by Create NSW. Guidelines The information on this page is the full guidelines and will not be made available as a download. Read more

  • Closing: 29 September 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Recovery Boost - RAF Recovery Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

Opening 21 September 2020! Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Read more

  • Closing: 29 October 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Ian Potter Foundation Grants

Ian Potter Foundation

Due to Covid-19, Ian Potter Foundation has suspended grants in order to respond to the urgent needs of our local community. A full response will be made in late April 2020.

Supports cultural institutions and organisations in Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation. Extends cultural opportunities to regional centres, and encourages the development of arts programs at a local level. This program involves a two-step application process, firstly Expression of Interest, then full application invited. There are three rounds per year, although the third round is by invitation only.

Important Dates:

For projects/ travel after 30 April 2021
Expression of Interest
Open: Monday 19 October 2020
Close: Friday 6 November 2020 Read more

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

Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grant Program

Create NSW

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency. Funding supports Creative Kids Providers to transition their programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Applications open Wednesday 6 May 2020 and close Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Applications may be submitted at any time during this period. Your activity must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

The full guidelines are available here.

For more information visit: Create NSW Read more

  • Closing: 6 November 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Organisations

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council for the Arts project funding and literary translation Read more

  • Closing: 24 November 2020
  • Categories: All Artforms / General
  • Open To: Individuals, Organisations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

Council for Australian-Arab Relations

The Council for Australia Arab Relations (CAAR) has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CAAR is looking for projects that enhance Australia’s economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab region (comprising the 22 countries and territories of the Arab League). Applicants should carefully read the Guidelines for Funding Applicants before submitting their application.

For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au Read more

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

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

Council on Australia Latin America Relations

The Council for Australia Latin America Relations has postponed its 2020-21 grant round in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council provides funding through a competitive grants program for projects across Latin America and Australia. Projects need to enhance and strengthen links between Australia and Latin America, particularly in the priority areas of business, education, science, sustainability, tourism, cultural promotion and sport.

For more information please visit www.dfat.gov.au. Read more

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

Recovery Boost - RAF Renewal Grants - Closed

Regional Arts NSW

EOI Opening 1 July 2020! Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus. Read more

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

Quick Response Grants

Regional Arts NSW

OPENING 1 JULY 2020! Small grants that are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities. Read more

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