COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding
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.