Cherish II

Key dates

Amount: $5,000 to $50,000

Applications close:  6 October 2020 for activities commencing from 1 December 2020.

Applications close at 3pm AEDT on the closing date.

Notifications: You will be notified by 30 November 2020.

Please note: To apply you must be registered in our Application Management System a minimum of two business days prior to the closing date.

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About Cherish II

The Cherish II Fund is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish II Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and the sector discussions and consultations in which the themes have focused on the sector priorities and needs through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cherish II Fund grants are available to First Nations individuals, groups and organisations to:

  • Protect senior custodians and elders as they are the source of cultural knowledge for cultural and artistic expressions through song, dance, story, images and narrative.
  • Explore and interrogate artistic and creative methodologies and processes to construct innovative models of creating artistic works.
  • Developing creative entrepreneurship through innovative business models to increase the ability of artists and creatives to manage and sustain a career portfolio through the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Support the professional skill development of arts workers to increase capacity and capability in navigating a digital world. 
  • Development of partnerships and co-funding to deliver projects of scale.

The Cherish II Fund has four (4) grant streams, they are: 

  • Living Libraries: supporting our cultural knowledge and intergenerational collaborations
  • Creative Practice: supporting artistic creative expression 
  • Creative Entrepreneur: supporting business models to expand your practice 
  • Creative Workforce: supporting our artworkers in a digital world

Applications should be considerate of COVID-19 gathering restrictions put in place by state and federal governments.

Your activity should last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

The purpose of the Cherish II Fund is to provide support for First Nations arts and cultural groups and organisations and their respective sector and membership base through the investment of strategic monies. The investment scale is minimum $5,000 to maximum $50,000.


Reporting

As this is a First Nations strategic initiative you will be required to provide: -

  • a program of activities within a month of receipt of grant
  • regular interim reports
  • a final grant report at the completion of your project

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Eligibility

Who can apply

  • First Nations individuals, groups and organisations can apply to the Cherish II Fund and each of the grant streams. 
  • Individuals can apply for themselves or on behalf of a group. You must be a practising artist or arts worker, and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.
  • Australian organisations that create artistic work or provide a service to the arts sector can apply.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply for a Cherish II Fund stream if:

  • you are not a First Nations artist, arts and cultural group or organisation
  • you received a grant from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to the Australia Council
  • you are a National Performing Arts Partnership organisation
  • you are an organisation based outside Australia.

Examples of activities you can apply for

  • Documenting Elder Stories- training fees, mentoring and mentor fees, equipment, recording fees.
  • Skills and career development – remote professional mentoring and mentor fees; digital residencies; coordinator and collaborator fees; course fees and online learning.
  • Creative practice development – adapting existing practice and operations; exploring alternative models and platforms for creation, collaboration, mobility or distribution; advisor fees; coordinator and collaborator fees; other expenses to research and develop new markets and income streams. 
  • Creative Entrepreneur-researching and exploring business models to commercialise or monetise creative works or developing innovative sustainable business models through partnerships and co-funding to increase scale.
  • Developing collaborations and connections – knowledge exchange; other expenses to explore and develop collaborative networks, communities of practice and platforms for community cohesion; advisor fees; coordinator and collaborator fees.
  • Digital capability – expenses to strengthen digital infrastructure; accessing the appropriate software and advice; making content accessible to diverse and underrepresented audiences, artists and arts practitioners; advisor fees; subscriptions; equipment and infrastructure.
  • Distribution programs- providing micro-grants and project investment to your sector or membership based on their immediate needs and priorities.

What you cannot apply for

  • Projects or activities that do not involve or benefit practising artists, arts workers or the arts sector.
  • Projects or activities that have already taken place.

Assessment

The First Nations Arts Strategy panel will review applications against the assessment criteria. 


Assessment criteria – Living Libraries 

We will assess applications against the following criteria:

1. The cultural integrity of the project 

  • adherence to relevant cultural protocols
  • evidence of considered consultation and engagement with participants, audiences and communities.

2. The skills and strengths of communities and individuals involved in the activity

  • artistic merit of the project 
  • artistic and Cultural experience of artists
  • quality of work previously produced.

3. Support of elders and younger people throughout the project

  • clear indication of how elders’ and young people will be involved
  • models of apprenticeship, mentoring or guided instructions
  • artistic and cultural experience of senior people.

4. The benefits and engagement of the activity for the individuals, community and the artform/s involved

  • clear need for this activity at this time
  • relevance and timeliness of activities to the community
  • capacity to strengthen skills and ability of artists/communities. 

5. The viability of your activity

  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability 
  • effective use of resources with realistic and achievable planning 
  • level of confirmation of proposed activities and partners 
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions 
  • costed project budget activities
  • include any earned income and any other co-funding into the project budget.

Assessment criteria – Creative Practice, Creative Entrepreneur, Creative Workforce 

We will assess applications against the following criteria:

1.The cultural integrity of the project

  • adherence to relevant cultural protocols
  • evidence of considered consultation and engagement with participants, audiences and communities.

2. The skills and strengths of communities and individuals involved in the activity

  • artistic merit of the project 
  • artistic and Cultural experience of artists
  • quality of work previously produced.

3. The benefits and engagement of the activity for the individuals, community and the artform/s involved

  • clear need for this activity at this time
  • relevance and timeliness of activities to the community
  • capacity to strengthen skills and ability of artists/communities.

4. The viability of your activity

  • partnerships and/or long-term sustainability 
  • effective use of resources with realistic and achievable planning 
  • level of confirmation of proposed activities and partners 
  • clear outline of income, expenses and in-kind contributions 
  • costed project budget activities
  • include any earned income and any other co-funding into the project budget.

Application form

The application asks you for:

  1. a brief description of your artistic practice, group or organisation 
  2. an outline of the proposed project or activity
  3. the artists and/or partner organisations involved in your activity
  4. a budget that shows how you will spend the funding
  5. an outline describing the impact your project or activity will have on the intended beneficiaries in the short and long term
  6. support material.

We accept applications in a range of accessible formats, for example by video, in Auslan or other languages. If you have any questions about the application form, please contact us.


Support material

1. Evidence of your practice

Provide recent examples of your artistic work or services that are relevant to the activity you are seeking funding for. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • a link to examples of your work that may include video, audio, images or written material
  • a link to examples of your proposed activity that may include video, audio, images or written material
  • a link to your website.

2. Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of support for your activity if appropriate. These letters should explain:

  • how the activity will benefit the intended beneficiaries
  • how appropriate cultural protocols have been observed and permissions obtained.

Individual artists can include up to three (3) letters of support for their projects with each letter no longer than one A4 page. Where possible, combine your letters into a single document or link. 

Groups and organisations can include up to five (5) letters of support, with each letter no longer than one A4 page. Where possible, combine your letters into a single document or link. 

Our preferred way of receiving support material is via URLs (web links). You can submit up to three URLs, which may include your website, or links to video, audio, images, scanned documents and written material. 

If you cannot provide URLs, you can attach up to two documents to your application in either PDF or Word formats.

We strongly recommend you link to existing, accessible examples of your work – there is no need to create new content for this application.

We do not accept support material submitted via post.

If you have difficulty submitting material online, or need advice on what type of support material to submit, please contact us.

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Contact

To discuss your application for the Living Libraries and Creative Workforce streams, please contact:

Michelle Wong - Project Officer, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts 

Phone: 02 9215 9171

Email: M.Wong@australiacouncil.gov.au  


To discuss your application for the Creative Practice and Creative Entrepreneur streams please contact:

Robyn Fernandez - Projects Officer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

Phone: 02 9215 9155

Email: R.Fernandez@australiacouncil.gov.au 

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