GRANTS

Four Year Funding Recipients announcement here.

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).

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

  • Development Grants for Individuals and Groups - $5,000 - $25,000

    For 2016, the closing dates are on:

    • Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
    • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

    Our development grants fund a range of activities that benefit the careers of individual artists or groups. Examples of the activity this grant supports include professional skills development, showcase opportunities, forum/workshop attendance, residencies, mentorships, arts market attendance and exploration.

    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

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

    • Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
    • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

    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. For 2016, applications closed on Tuesday 2 February 2016. There is only one closing date for this funding round in 2016. Applications will be available again in 2017. 

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

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

    • Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
    • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017
    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 of a project that could be submitted through this program please click here.    

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  • Fellowships - $80,000

    2016 closing date is Tuesday 7 June.

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

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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

    Applications to the International Residencies Program will close on Tuesday 4 October 2016.

    Please note technical 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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  • 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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Other Grants and Opportunities

  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

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

    • Tuesday 7 June 2016, for projects starting after 1 September 2016
    • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

    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

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

    • Tuesday 4 October 2016, for projects starting after 1 January 2017

    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 TRAX funding.

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  • Contemporary Touring Initiative

    Closing date: Midnight on Tuesday 3 May 2016, for projects starting after 1 July 2016.

    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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  • Chosen - Expression of Interest

    Chosen allows Indigenous communities to take control and plan for how they will nurture younger people from their community/sector in the arts and/or culture. Chosen sets out to reinvigorate the cultural practice of master apprentice relationships within the arts community and sector, successful projects will facilitate intergenerational transfer of knowledge.

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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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  • Peggy Glanville-Hicks Residency 2017 - $20,000

    Amount: $20,000

    Applications close: 26 September 2016

    Residency dates: 1 January  to 31 December 2017

    In her will, composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks bequeathed her house, a three-bedroom terrace in Sydney’s Paddington area, as a residence for composers.

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  • Tenth National Indigenous Arts Awards Nominations

    The National Indigenous Arts Awards were established in 2007 to recognise and celebrate the outstanding work and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.  These prestigious national awards consist of the Red Ochre and the Dreaming Award. 

    Complete the nominations form online here.

    You can also download nomination forms for the Red Ochre AwardFellowship and Dreaming Award and email them back to us.

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  • 2017 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.

    The Australia Council is now calling for nominations for the 2017 awards.
    The closing date is Tuesday October 4.

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  • India Art Fair and Kochi-Muziris Biennale Curators’ Program - $2,500

    Amount:    $2,500

    Expressions of interest close:  24 October 2016

    Notification:  Early November 2016

    Event dates:  1 – 11 February 2017

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of interest are now open for an Australian delegation to attend the India Art Fair and Kochi-Muziris Biennale in February 2017.

    A delegation of Australian visual arts curators will undertake a 10-day program in India, visiting the India Art Fair in New Delhi and Kochi-Muziris Biennale, as well as participating in industry meetings and networking events in New Delhi and Mumbai.

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  • India Literature Exploratory 2017 - $2,500

    Amount:    $2,500

    Expressions of interest close:  30 September 2016

    Notification:  Mid October 2016

    Event dates:  13 – 25 January 2017

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of interest are now open for an Australian delegation to attend key literature and publishing events in India in January 2017.

    A delegation of Australian publishers and programmers at writers’ festivals and centres will undertake a 12-day program in India. The delegation will visit the Lit for Life Festival in Chennai, the Kolkata Literary FestivalJaipur Literature Festival and Jaipur Bookmark, and New Delhi, as well as participating in industry meetings and networking events.

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  • Visiting International Publishers Program – Committee

    Expressions of interest close: 17 October 2016

    Notification:  Mid-November 2016

    VIPs program dates: 22-28 May 2017 

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of Interest are now open for positions on the committee for the 2017 Visiting International Publishers (VIPs) program, to be held alongside the Sydney Writers’ Festival from 22-28 May 2017.

    As a strategic program delivered by the Australia Council for the Arts, the VIPs program strengthens relationships between Australian publishers and agents and their international counterparts, showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of Australian titles in international markets. 

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  • Visiting International Publishers 2017

    Expressions of interest close: 7 November 2016

    Notification: Mid-December 2016

    Event dates: 22-28 May 2017 

    About the opportunity

    Expressions of Interest are now open for participation in the next Visiting international Publishers (VIPs) program, held in conjunction with the Sydney Writers’ Festival from 22-28 May 2017.

    As a strategic program of the Australia Council for the Arts, the VIPs program strengthens relationships between Australian publishers and agents and their international counterparts, showcases Australia’s literary talent, and promotes the sale of Australian titles in international markets.

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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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