Museums and galleries are the centrepiece of Australia’s regional arts and culture offering. As well as providing physical infrastructure for people to gather and celebrate history and culture, they’re critical in capturing stories of our past and conserving and presenting ephemera that help to tell our story as a nation.
The Australian Government’s Vision of Australia Program is now open for applications that increase access for Australian audiences to exhibitions of quality Australian arts and cultural material.
There’s a particular focus on regional and remote Australia as well as partnerships and collaborations, mentoring and skills transfer opportunities.
There are two streams of funding. The first focuses on development or touring of exhibitions and the second supports costs such as research, design, production, transport, installation and personnel.
Projects commencing after 1 July 2021 are eligible to apply for funding in the current round, which closes at 5.00pm (ACT time) on 5 March, 2021.
If you’re applying, I highly, strongly and vehemently suggest you check out the list of past grant recipients, which is available via a tab on the grant overview page. Knowing for what and to whom funding bodies have awarded grants in the past is excellent intel in terms of helping you prepare your application. You might find that a gallery in a neighbouring town received funds to do something similar to what you have in mind and they may be happy to share their successful application. Or you might find that there’s a trend towards digital adaptation that you hadn’t considered. This is one of the benefits of applying for government grants – accessing data around previous disbursements. You’d be foolish to not take advantage of that.
Get all the details for the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia grant – including eligibility criteria and online application at http://bit.ly/grantVISIONS.