Grants

Please note:

We recently experience technical issues with our new Application Management System which prevented grant recipients from submitting acquittals. Those issues are now resolved.

If you have an overdue acquittal, please complete and submit it now.

If you have an overdue acquittal and are planning to make an application at the 4 June closing date, and are concerned that you may not have time to submit the acquittal before that date, please contact a grants officer as soon as possible:

Phone: 02 9215 9000

Toll-free: 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677

Email: enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au

Learn about our new systems

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

  • 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 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 AEST 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 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 AEST 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. 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 AEST 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. Fellowships will close on Tuesday 4 June 2019.

    Each round closes at midnight AEST 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
    The Australia Council’s Four Year Funding program provides multi-year funding for arts organisations. The next round of Four Year Funding will support organisations from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024.

    Please note that there will be a two stage application process for the next round:

    • Stage 1: Expressions of Interest (EOI) are currently closed.
    • Stage 2: Full application process open September 2019 - closing 12 November 2019, for organisations successful at Stage 1.

    Expressions of interest are now closed.

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Other Grants and Opportunities

  • China Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair - $2500

    CCBF is the only book fair fully dedicated to books for children aged 0-16 years in the Asia-Pacific region, and is a major hub of rights activity for children’s literature. The focus of this delegation is to increase opportunities for Australian children’s authors by providing access via their representatives to China’s growing market for children’s books.

    The Australia Council will support delegates with $2,500 each towards the cost of attending.

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  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

    The Australia Council offers three grant rounds each year for Playing Australia.

    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.

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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. 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.

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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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  • Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019-21 - $30,000

    Applications for the 2019 round are now closed.

    The Australia Council for the Arts is offering six grants of $30,000 in each Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative round. 

    If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition.

    Applications to this initiative do not count as one of your three permissible applications to the Australia Council Grants Program in a calendar year.


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Our grants program supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity.

Assessment of artistic merit and excellence by peers with experience in the arts sector is central to our grant decision making process.


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 at least four weeks before the closing dateof the round to which you intend to apply.

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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