Grants

Our grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

Expert, arms-length peer assessment of artistic merit and excellence is central to grant decision making at the Australia Council for the Arts.

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists and from Artists with Disability.
We accept applications in Languages Other Than English (LOTE).

Four Year Funding Recipients announcement here.

The Australia Council for the Arts issues SCAM ALERTS to provide information and protect the public from scams using our name. 


Australia Council Grant Programs

  • Career Development Grants for Individuals - $5,000 - $25,000

    If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, this grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career. Grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. 

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

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

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  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups - $10,000 - $50,000

    Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date. 

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  • Artists with Disability Funding

    Artists with Disability funding provides support for artists and groups who identify with disability. The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available in early 2018.

    Please contact the grants team if you wish to discuss making an application to another grant category.

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

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  • Arts Projects – Organisations - $10,000 - $100,000

    This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Only organisations are eligible to apply. Grants are available from $10,000 to $100,000. The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for this category. In 2017, the grant rounds will close on:

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

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  • Fellowships - $80,000

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

    Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

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

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  • Four Year Funding for Organisations - $75,000 - $300,000 p.a.

    Applications for this program have currently closed and will open again in 2019.

    Four Year Funding for organisations replaces the previously suspended six year funding program. To read more about the revised grants model click here.

    The Four Year Funding program provides multi-year core program funding for small to medium arts organisations of significant regional, national or international standing.

    For the full list of Four Year Funded organisations read more below.


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  • International Residencies

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

    For more information about the International Residencies program, please click here.

    Closing dates

    In 2017, the international residencies round will close on:

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

    Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

    Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

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Other Grants and Opportunities

  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

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

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

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  • Contemporary Music Touring Program - Up to $15,000

    The Contemporary Music Touring Program supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides support of up to $15,000 for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for remote and very remote touring. The Australia Council offers two grant rounds each year for the Contemporary Music Touring Program. In 2017 the grant rounds will close on:

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

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date. Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date.

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  • Contemporary Touring Initiative

    Applications for this program have closed for 2017 and will reopen in 2018.

    Each round closes at midnight on the closing date.

    Technical and administrative support will not be available after 5pm on the closing date. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

    The Contemporary Touring Initiative, as part of the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, supports significant exhibitions of work by living contemporary visual artists and craft practitioners that reach and engage national audiences, and extend into regional communities. The grant provides up to three years of funding for the development and/or national touring of nationally significant contemporary visual arts and craft exhibitions. 

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  • Leadership Program

    The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. The Program is made up of five components including the Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring & Secondments and Scholarships & Partnerships.

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  • Arts Governance Program

    A national opportunity for arts organisations to enhance their governance practices through a program tailored specifically to the arts. The program aims to enhance governance skills, supporting leaders to prosper, and arts organisations to thrive.

    Program Outcomes

    • Enhanced understanding of arts governance by boards and senior leadership in organisations of all sizes
    • Strengthened understanding between senior leadership, including artistic leadership, and board members
    • Greater confidence in managing board and organisational performance
    • Greater confidence in guiding the artistic health of an organisation.
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  • IETM Autumn Plenary, Brussels 2017 - $3,000

    Australia Council has worked in partnership with the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts Network (IETM) since 2009 to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists. This project has now evolved into a broader engagement with European networks and partners.

    The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at the 2017 IETM Autumn Plenaryin Brussels, Belgium. Australia Council’s International Development Manager – Europe will work with the delegation in Brussels.

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  • IPAY, Philadelphia, USA 2018 - $3,000

    Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 24 – 27 January 2018. 

    Australia Council’s International Development Manager – North America will work with a delegation of Australians in Philadelphia to build connections with international performing arts professionals, organisations and artists working in children’s theatre/youth arts, and support their capacity to develop partnerships in North America. 

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  • Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM) 2018 - $3,000

    Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend the Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama (TPAM) from 10 – 16 February 2018.

    Australia Council support will provide five delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of travel. These delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.

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  • New York Performing Arts Events, January 2018 - $3,000

    Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend a variety of key performing arts events in New York in January 2018.

    Australia Council support will provide eight delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of travel. These delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the meeting including flights, visas, insurance, accommodation and registration.

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  • BIGSOUND 2017 - $600 for Individuals and $1000 for groups

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for BIGSOUND First Nations Market Readiness program.

    Artist programmed to perform need only apply for this grant. 

    BIGSOUND is an annual music festival, conference and international marketplace, where the global industry gathers to do business and discover talent.

    This program offers tailored support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to attend this key event. Participants will better understand how the music industry works and explore how various strategies are used to showcase and promote their work.

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  • 2018 Australia Council Awards Nominations

    The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2018 awards. The closing date is Tuesday October 3 2017.

    These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts, visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors. The Australia Council will announce the Awards to eight distinguished Australian artists in March 2018.

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  • 2018 National Indigenous Arts Awards Nominations

    The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2018 National Indigenous Arts Awards. The closing date is Tuesday October 3 2017.

    The prestigious Red Ochre Award was established by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board in 1993 to pay tribute to a senior Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person for their outstanding lifetime achievement in the arts and their contribution to the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, both nationally and internationally.

    The Dreaming Award was established in 2012 to recognise an inspirational young artist aged 18-26 years and support the opportunity for them to create a major body of work through mentoring and partnerships, either nationally or internationally. 

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The Australia Council has revised the grants program in response to the 2015-16 budget measures.

Our grants program supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. It is easier and simpler to apply for grants.

Area of practice based peer assessment of artistic merit and excellence, is central to grant decision making.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

The arts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reflect the unique cultural heritage of the world’s oldest living culture.

  

The new grants program maintains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decision making on applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations.


Arts and Disability Funding

Dedicated funding is available to provide support for artists or groups who identify with disability. Click here for more information.

Applications for funding can be made through the Development Grant for Individuals and Groups, and Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups in the February 2016 round.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

We accept applications in any language, for projects and activities in any language (including Auslan).

If any aspect of your application requires translation, please contact the Grants Enquiry Team before the closing date of the round to which you are intending to make a grant submission.

Please be aware that if you do not contact us before the closing date we may not have sufficient time to meet your translation needs.

WARNING

The Australia Council for the Arts is warning people about a scam involving callers who claim to be from the Council offering grant money. The caller tells people they have grant money for them and they quote an application number, but to access the funds they must provide bank account details and personal information. The phone number the scammers are calling from is answered by a voice identifying as the "Australia Council".

The Australia Council is also aware of several businesses purporting to offer information on government grants for a fee. This information is freely available from our website. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provides further details on relevant companies operating these scams through its SCAM Watch website. Clients should check the SCAM Watch website to avoid paying for publicly available information. The SCAM Watch website is found at www.scamwatch.gov.au please also see this link for further details https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/beware-of-websites-offering-access-to-government-grants 

These are scams. The Australia Council does not seek people’s bank details over the phone.  Any calls of this nature should be reported to the police and to the Australia Council on (02) 9215 9000 or toll-free 1800 226 912.



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