Funding

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

    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.

    If you are an individual artist, arts worker or group of artists, a Career Development Grant can provide support to further develop your skills or improve your capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. Career Development grants are available from $5,000 to $25,000. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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

    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.

    Our arts projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Examples of activities this grant supports include the creation of new work, creative development, touring, festivals, productions, exhibitions, publishing, recording and market development activity.

    To see case studies for projects that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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  • Artists with Disability Funding

    Artists with disability funding provides support for artists and groups who identify with disability. There is only one closing date for this funding round in 2016. Applications will be available again in 2017. 

    The Australia Council will offer one grant round in 2017. That grant round will close on Tuesday 7 February for projects starting after 1 May 2017.

    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.

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  • Arts Projects – Organisations - $10,000 - $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.
    Our Arts Projects 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.


    To see case studies of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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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.

    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.

    Four Year Funding Recipients announcement here.

    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 a list of the Four Year Funded Organisations click here.


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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.

    Please note technical support will not be available after 7pm 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

  • The Marten Bequest

    The Marten Bequest - $50,000 over two years

    One grant round is offered each year for these scholarships. In 2017, the closing date is:

    10 April 2017 for projects starting after 1 July 2017

    The Australia Council administers travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support in the artistic disciplines of ballet, acting, singing, instrumental music, poetry, prose, painting, sculpture and architecture. The scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either overseas or interstate.

    Eligible applicants must be born in Australia and be aged between 21 - 35 year old (17 - 35 for ballet) at the closing date.

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  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

    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.

    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. 

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

    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.

    The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. It provides travel support of up to $15,000 for artists and their manager for tours in Australia that include performances in regional and remote areas.  Up to an additional $15,000 can be requested for tours that meet the conditions for remote and very remote touring.

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  • Contemporary Touring Initiative

    Closing date: Tuesday 7 February 2017, for projects starting after 1 May 2017.

    Technical support will not be available after 7pm 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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  • National Touring Status Grant - up to $400,000 per annum over three years

    For 2016, the closing dates are at midnight on the:

           Midnight, 4 October 2016, for tours starting after 1 January 2018

    This Grant supports Australian organisations with demonstrated national touring experience, to program tours from 2018-2020. The Grant focuses on the opportunities to develop and engage regional and remote audiences through established partnerships with presenters.

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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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  • International Collaboration

    Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for alumni of the British Council ACCELERATE Leadership Program to apply for up to $5,000 in seed funding to generate international collaborations.  Collaborative projects or activities to be considered could be based either in Australia or internationally and we encourage you to be flexible, simple and open to new ideas. Projects must be delivered between 1 October 2016 and 31 December 2017.

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  • MPA Collaborative Arts Projects

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

    The program is intended to support and encourage a range of activities that foster meaningful long term positive outcomes for collaborative partners and focus communities, with particular emphasis on the six priority areas set out in the Australia Council’s Cultural Engagement Framework

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  • PPCA - Australia Council Partnership

    Expressions of Interest are now open for a PPCA-Australia Council partnership to support Australian artists to create new sound recordings.

    You can apply for any costs primarily associated with the creation of a sound recording, which may also involve costs associated with the promotion of that recording. 

    PPCA represents thousands of Australian recording artists when their music is used in public. In 2015 PPCA distributed almost $33 million to its registered artists and record labels. Registration for Australian artists is free.

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  • Dance Massive 2017 Project Fund

    Amount:   Up to $25,000

    Expressions of interest close:   16 May 2017

    Notification:   Early June 2017

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of Interest are invited for funding for presentations and tours arising from Dance Massive 2017.

    You must have attended Dance Massive 2017 and received an invitation to present your work internationally to be eligible to apply.

    We will only be able to support a limited number of proposals. You are also encouraged to consider funding options available through the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

    As this is strategic project funding, your proposal will not count towards your annual total allowable applications to the Australia Council’s Grants Program.

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  • Austrade China-Korea Publisher Visits 2017

    Amount:   $3,000

    Expressions of interest close:   10 April 2017

    Notification:   Mid-April 2017

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of Interest are invited from Australian publishers, rights managers, and/or literary agents, to participate in a delegation to research market opportunities for authors and publishers in China and Korea. Austrade Korea and Austrade China will organise a tailored 2-day program in each country, which will include meetings with publishers, market briefings, bookstore visits, and networking events in Beijing and Seoul, from 7-14 June 2017.

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  • Professional Arts Placements, China – Shanghai International Dance Centre

    Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for arts managers, producers, and production managers to apply for a Professional Arts Placement at the Shanghai International Dance Centre from 1 Sept – 31 Nov 2017.

    Chinese speakers are encouraged to apply. 


    Shanghai International Dance Centre (SIDC)

    Location: Shanghai, China

    Role: Arts Management

    Length of placement:  3 months

    Dates: 1 Sept – 31 Nov 2017

    Grant amount: $12,000

    Expressions of interest due: 16 May 2017

    Notification: Mid-June 2017

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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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