The Australia Council for the Arts has today announced
a $5.8 million investment through its October project grant round. This will
support 184 projects, including $3 million for 141 individuals and groups, and
$2.8 million for 43 small-to-medium organisations.
Australia Council for the Arts Chief Executive Officer
Tony Grybowski said the round included the highest number of successful
multi-art form applications under the new model, and a continued commitment to
a large proportion of the investment going to individual artists, in
recognition that the Council is the lead Commonwealth funder of this part of
“We received 1,373 applications from across Australia,
and the 128 peer assessors had another impressive group of diverse projects to
assess in an increasingly competitive funding environment,” Mr Grybowski said.
“With ‘arts in
daily life’ as one of our strategic goals, I’m particularly pleased that
31% of the successful applicants had audience engagement, and access and
participation in the arts as the primary outcomes of their projects.
“It was encouraging to see that 19% of successful applicants
were based in regional and remote areas; more than half of grant funding to
individuals went to female artists; and multi-art form grant funding has hit a
five-round high, all of which continue the trend in fostering diversity,
strength and vibrancy of the arts across Australia,” Mr Grybowski said.
rigorous assessment process which underpins this program draws on the diverse
experience and deep knowledge of expert peers from across the national arts
sector. In this round, 19% of peer assessors identified as being culturally and
linguistically diverse, 18% identified as being Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait
Islander people, and 20% were from regional or remote Australia.
January 2017 also marks the beginning
of the Four Year Funding program, with $28 million invested annually in
128 small to medium companies who represent all state, territories and areas of
A full list
of the grants outcomes can be found on the Australia Council for the Arts grants register. Applications are now open for the first round of grant funding for 2017 and close on Tuesday 7
February for projects starting after 1 May 2017.
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