GRANTS

Four Year Funding Recipients announcement here.

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.



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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  • OzAsia Arts Connect

    Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are now open for Australian artists and arts organisations working in the performing arts to attend the Australia Council OzAsia Arts Connect program in Adelaide, from 29-30 September 2016. Artists and arts organisations touring or co-producing in the Asian region (or planning to) are encouraged to submit an EO

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  • TPAM Performing Arts Meeting Yokohama, Japan 2017

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 29 August 2016

    Notification: Late September 2016

    Event dates: 11-19 February 2017 

    The TPAM Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama is the longest running international platform for contemporary performing arts in Asia, established in 1995. Since 2011, TPAM has organised diverse showcase programs, networking events, and panels, discussions and meetings about international performing arts. Artists, festival directors, venue producers, company managers, presenters and other professionals engaging in the creation of contemporary performing arts come together to exchange information, discuss current issues and build networks.

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  • Performing Arts Market (PAMS) Seoul, Korea 2016

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 8 August 2016

    Notification: Late August 2016

    Event dates: 4-8 October 2016

    The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at PAMS 2016, including a booth presence. The Council’s International Development Manager – North Asia will work with the delegation in Seoul to build connections with international performing arts professionals, organisations and artists, and their capacity to develop partnerships across Asia.

    We will support five delegates with $3,000 each, towards the cost of attending PAMS. The Council supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending PAMS including flights, insurance, accommodation and registration.

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  • International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) Showcase 2017

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 29 August 2016

    Notification: Late September 2016

    Event dates: 18-21 January 2017 

    The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at IPAY. Australia Council’s International Development Manager – North America will work with the delegation in Madison to build connections with international performing arts professionals, organisations and artists, and their capacity to develop partnerships in North America. 

    The Council will provide eight delegates with $3,000 each towards the cost of attending IPAY. The Council supported delegates will be responsible for all costs associated with attending the market including flights, insurance, accommodation and registration.

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  • Institute for Provocation Residency - China

    Location: Beijing, China

    Artform: Multi-Artform 

    Length of residency: 3 months

    Dates: 1 October – 31 December 2016

    Grant amount: $5,000

    Website: http://www.iprovoke.org/

    Expressions of interest close: 8 August 2016 

    Notification: Late August 2016

    The Institute for Provocation (IFP) is an artist-run workspace, think tank and project space that supports artistic research across the fields of visual art, architecture and design through residencies, research projects, workshops and lectures. As a workspace, IFP focuses on research practice and critical engagement with process, while cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural interaction provides a unique platform for the facilitation of work by individual artists. The residency programme is a core activity of IFP, offering the resident/s an environment that aims to initiate provocations on an artistic and collaborative level.

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  • IETM Autumn Plenary Valencia, Spain 2016

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 8 August 2016

    Notification: Late August 2016

    Event dates: 3-6 November 2016

    IETM, the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts, is the EU’s primary performing arts network. In 2009, the Australia Council developed a partnership with IETM to develop long term collaborations and co-productions between Australian and European artists.

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  • Art Basel Hong Kong 2017

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 29 August 2016

    Notification: Late September 2016

    Event dates: 17-25 March 2017

    Art Basel Hong Kong is the premier international art fair in Asia and a platform for showing contemporary visual art from across the globe. Art Basel Hong Kong provides an overview of the region's diversity through historical material and cutting edge works by established and emerging artists. Art Basel Hong Kong has an extended program of talks, artist films, and exhibitions across the fair featuring internationally renowned curators, artists, collectors and cultural theorists. 

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  • International Arts Festival and Performing Arts Fair (ChinaSPAF) Shanghai China 2016

    Amount: $3,000

    Expressions of interest close: 8 August 2016

    Notification: Late August 2016

    Event dates: 11-16 October 2016

    The Australia Council will lead an Australian delegation at ChinaSPAF 2016. The Council’s International Development Manager – North Asia will work with the delegation in Shanghai to build connections with international arts professionals, institutions and artists, and their capacity to develop partnerships across Asia.

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  • New York Performing Arts Events, January 2017

    Amount:   $3,000

    Applications close:   Midnight Tuesday 26 August 2016 AEST

    Notification:   Late September 2016

    Event dates:   January 2017 

    Expressions of Interest are now open for support to attend key performing arts events in New York in January 2017. Various performing arts events take place over this time including the APAP Conference, the International Society for Performing Arts (ISPA) Congress, the Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and Performance Space 122’s COIL Festival. You may apply for support to attend any one of these events or a combination of events.

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