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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    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
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    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 2018, Fellowships will close on Tuesday 5 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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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
    • Tuesday 5 June for projects starting after 1 September 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    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 2018, the grant rounds will close on:

    • Tuesday 6 February for projects starting after 1 May 2018
    • Tuesday 2 October for projects starting 1 January 2019

    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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  • The Marten Bequest - $50,000

    Travelling scholarships from The Marten Bequest are administered by the Australia Council on behalf of Perpetual as trustee. The scholarships provide financial support under the categories acting, architecture, ballet, instrumental music, painting, poetry, prose, sculpture and singing to help talented Australian artists achieve their dreams.

    One round is offered each year for these scholarships. In 2018, the grant round will close on Monday 31 January 2018 (or earlier if proposal submission limit is met) for projects starting after 30 June 2018.

    Notification of scholarship proposal outcomes is in late April 2018.

    Individual artists who were born in Australia and who are aged 21 - 35 (17 - 35 for ballet) at the closing date may submit proposals.

    Please click here to read more.

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  • The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship & Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship - $30,000

    The Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet and Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarships were established by a Deed of Lady Mollie Askin to further culture and advance education in Australia by providing travelling scholarships for Australian citizens with outstanding ability and promise in Ballet & Opera.

    One round is offered every two years for these scholarships. In 2018, the grant round will close on:

    Monday 31 January 2018 (or earlier if proposal submission limit is met) for projects starting after 1 July 2018.

    Notification of scholarship proposal outcomes is in late April 2018.

    Applications for the Lady Mollie Isabelle Askin Ballet Scholarship are open to individual artists who are Australian citizens aged 17 – 29 at the closing date.

    Applications for the Sir Robert William Askin Operatic Scholarship are open to individual artists who identify as male and are Australian citizens aged 18 – 29 at the closing date.

    Click here to read more.

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  • ISCP, New York - $20,000

    Location: New York, USA
    Art form:  Visual arts (includes curators)
    Length of residency:  5 months
    Dates: 1 June – 1 November 2018 (dates to be finalised with ISCP
    Grant amount:  $20,000
    Website:http://iscp-nyc.org
    Closing date: 21 November 2017
    Notification: 18 December 2017

    About ISCP
    The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) supports the creative development of artists and curators, and promotes exchange through residencies and public programs. Housed in a former factory in Brooklyn, with 35 light-filled work studios and two galleries, ISCP is New York’s most comprehensive international visual arts residency program, founded in 1994.

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  • Mordant Family/Australia Council Affiliated Fellowship - $7,500

    Art form: Visual Arts

    Dates: Negotiated with American Academy in Rome (TBC)

    Length: 2 months

    Grant amount: $7,500

    Closing date: 21 November 2017

    Website: www.aarome.org

    Affiliated Fellows join the AAR community for a period of two months to pursue their work in an inspiring, collaborative and supportive environment. Fellows receive a private single room and studio space in the AAR’s historic building on the Janiculum Hill, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events program.

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  • Blakdance, The Australia Council And Brisbane Powerhouse present A First Nations Exchange at APAM 2018

    The Australia Council for the Arts supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers to attend two key capacity building and international engagement programs alongside APAM 2018.

    APAM is Australia’s leading, internationally focused industry event for contemporary performing arts. The next APAM will be held from 19 - 23 February 2018 at the Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane. These programs will commence on 18 February 2018.

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  • APAM 2018 – First Nations Market Readiness Workshop

    The First Nations Market Readiness Workshop is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts workers attending APAM for the first time.

    The aim of the workshop is to prepare participants to navigate the international marketplace, to engage with presenters and producers, and leverage network opportunities. Ten places are available.

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  • Strategic International Market Fund - $5,000 - $30,000

    About the opportunity

    The Strategic International Market Fund provides support for artists and arts organisations to respond to opportunities and develop networks in target international markets that directly follow on from strategic initiatives delivered by the Australia Council.

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  • Artistic Proposal EOI for National Participation at The Australian Pavilion, Biennale Arte 2019, Venice

    A two stage EOI process

    Stage One: Expressions of Interest close midnight ADEST, Wednesday, 22 November 2017.
    Shortlisted applicants will be notified in mid-December 2017.

    Stage Two: Shortlisted applicants will be funded to provide a detailed proposal by Monday, 29 January 2018.
    The successful proposal will be announced in February 2018.

    Expressions of Interest are now open for artistic proposals to represent Australia in the category of National Participation at the Australian Pavilion for the 58th International Art Exhibition, Biennale Arte 2019 (Venice Biennale).

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  • Remix Sydney 2017 Leadership Development Opportunity

    The Leadership Program regularly provides opportunities for alumni to further develop their leadership by providing by participating in key activities. As part of this support, the Australia Council invites applications from past participants to join a delegation of arts leaders at REMIX Sydney on 7-8 December 2017.

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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.


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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