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.

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February  2018
    • Tuesday 5 June 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October 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.

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February  2018
    • Tuesday 5 June 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October 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.

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February  2018
    • Tuesday 5 June 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October 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.

    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.

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February  2018
    • Tuesday 5 June 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October 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.

    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 3 October for projects starting after 1 January 2018.

    In 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February  2018
    • Tuesday 2 October 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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  • 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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  • Kyoto Art Center Exchange, Japan 2018 - $7,500

    Location: Kyoto, Japan
    Artform: Visual Art 
    Length of residency: 2 months
    Dates: July - October 2018 (dates to be finalised with Kyoto Art Centre)
    Grant amount: $7,500
    Website: http://www.kac.or.jp/eng/ 
    Closing date: 10 October 2017
    Notification: Mid-December 2017

    The Kyoto Arts Centre is a multi-art form arts venue, managed by Kyoto Arts and Culture Foundation. Located in central Kyoto, it houses a number of performance halls, exhibition spaces and artists’ studios. It is the hub of a network of visual arts and dance organisations in Kyoto and across Asia.

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  • International Leadership Program (Asia Pacific)

    The Australia Council International Leadership Program supports arts professionals from eligible Asia Pacific countries to join two leadership programs in Australia: Arts Leaders Program and Future Leaders Program.

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  • Signature Works: Innovation Lab 2018

    Applications close: 3 October 2017

    Applicants notified: November 2017

    Event Dates: 6 – 10 March 2018

    Location: Conference Centre, 40km from Sydney CBD

    The programme is aimed at First Nations arts professionals who have at least five years’ experience in the creative industries. Participants are typically in the first decade of their career and will be selected based on the strength of their project pitch.

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  • Dhaka Art Summit, Bangladesh - $3,000

    Event dates: 2-10 February 2018

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of Interest close: 17 October 2017

    Notification:  Early November 2017

    About the opportunity

    Now in its fourth edition, the Dhaka Art Summit (DAS) is a hub for art and architecture in South Asia, held at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, in the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

    In 2018, the DAS program will include its Critical Writing Ensembles: an experimental platform for the exchange of ideas and debate around critical writing today. The new Artist-Led Initiatives forum will feature curated exhibitions from 11 artist-led initiatives in Bangladesh, as well as visiting initiatives from Nepal, Northeast India and other South Asian neighbours.

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  • Seagull Publishing School Residency - Kolkata - $10,000

    Event dates: 2 January – 31 March 2018

    Amount: $10,000 

    Expressions of Interest close: 17 October 2017

    Notification: Mid-November 2017

    About the opportunity

    The Seagull School of Publishing, India’s premier publishing academy, offers intensive three-month courses in book editing and design. Aimed at publishing professionals, these courses offer a comprehensive view of the publishing process and industry, with a focus on translation, foreign selling rights, digital publishing and current innovations.

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  • Festival Arts Leadership Exchange

    The two day Arts Leadership Exchange offers an interactive learning experience to inspire and enhance festival leadership. The program is tailored to suit emerging and mid-career professionals, and responds to current leadership challenges and opportunities in the festival sector. Recognising that everyone has something to contribute, the facilitation will be centred on peer learning and collaboration.

    This exchange is part of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Leadership Program, hosted in partnership with Festivals Adelaide. The Australia Council has a long history in building the resilience and sustainability of the arts sector through strengthening its leaders.

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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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