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. 

PLEASE NOTE: The application schedule for International Residencies has changed. International Residencies will not be offered in the October 2018 closing date. Applications for International Residencies will open late in 2018 for residencies beginning in July 2019. Please check our website for updates or contact Ellen Dwyer e.dwyer@australiacouncil.gov.au. You can still apply for a self-organised residency in the October 2018 closing date through the Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups category.

Australia Council Grant Programs

  • Career Development Grants for Individuals and Groups - $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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019.

    In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
    • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
    • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

    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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting after 1 January 2019.

    In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
    • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
    • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

    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 – 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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019.

    In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
    • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
    • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

    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. The 2018 Fellowships round has now closed.  In 2019, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

    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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  • Artists with Disability Funding

    The Artists with Disability funding program is currently under review. More information will be available soon.

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

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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.

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

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018.This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
    • Tuesday 4 June for projects starting after 1 September 2019.
    • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

    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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018. This grant round has now closed.
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019.

    In 2019, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 5 February for projects starting after 1 May 2019.
    • Tuesday 1 October for projects starting after 1 January 2020.

    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 will close at midnight on Tuesday 5 February 2019, for projects starting after 1 May 2019.

    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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  • MPA Collaborative Arts Projects - $10,000 - $100,000

    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. Successful applicants will be required to provide an evaluation from the collaborative partner on the project outcomes at the conclusion of the funded activity.

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  • International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund - $5,000 - $30,000

    The International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund supports opportunities that directly arise from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council in the target international regions under the International Arts Strategy: Europe, North America, North Asia, South and South East Asia. The fund prioritises outcomes that directly involve and benefit Australian artists, for example tours, presentations, exhibitions and translations of Australian work.

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  • 2019 Australia Council Awards nominations

    The Australia Council Awards acknowledge the contribution that Australian artists have made to the arts and cultural life of the nation.

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  • Borak Arts Series at OzAsia Festival 2018

    Expressions of interest have now closed.

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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.


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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