We know how challenging it is to be an artist in Australia right now. Heck, anywhere in the world really. COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the delivery of live music, performing arts and exhibitions and showcases. But, right now, there’s a tonne of money available to artists of all kinds to support their artistic practice as well as their pivot to digital and remote delivery.
Here are eight regional funding providers with open grants right now. Get amongst it folks.
American Australian Association grants for emerging artists
These grants offered by the American Australian Association are open to emerging or early career artists and support study or artistic development in each country. Grants of up to $5000 USD support artists in theatre, film, TV, photography, fashion, literature, music, visual arts and design and funds can be used towards the costs of travel, living and tuition for artistic development broad. Both American and Australian artists can apply to travel to each other’s country. Applications close 15 October 2020 and more information is available at: https://www.americanaustralian.org/scholarships/arts-fund/.
Australia Council funding for the arts
Australian Council funding for organisations
Through its Arts Projects Program, the Australia Council is offering grants of between $20,000 and $100,000 to organisations that provide services to the arts as well as benefits to the sectors and the wider public including national and international audiences. Applications close at 3.00pm on 1 September for projects commencing after 1 December 2020. Activities including creation of new work, professional development, experimentation, collaboration, touring, festivals and exhibitions (amongst a long list of others) are eligible. For more information phone 1800 226 912 or visit https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/arts-projects-organisations/.
Australia Council funding for individuals and groups
Between $10,000 and $50,000 is available for activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. There is a limit to projects which can be wrapped up within three years of the proposed start date and applicants must choose the peer panel they wish to assess their application. Applications close 1 September at 3.00pm and more information is available at https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/arts-projects-for-individuals-and-groups/ or by phoning the Australia Council on 1800 226 912.
Australia Council Fellowships
Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding and established artists to create and develop professionally for a period of up to two years. The fellowships are valued at $80,000 and are awarded in the areas of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community arts and cultural development, visual arts, theatre, emerging and experimental arts, literature, music and dance. Funds can be used for the creation of new work, research and development, collaboration and mentorships, for example. Fellowships are only open to individuals. Applications close 3 September at 3.00pm and more information is available on 1800 226 912 or online at https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/fellowships/.
Australia Council Cherish Fund
These grants are available to individuals and organisations to protect senior custodians and Elders as a source of cultural knowledge for artist expression, to explore and interrogate artistic methodologies and support professional skill development for arts workers navigating a new digital world. A maximum of $25,000 per grant is available and the fund is a direct response to COVID-19 and the disruption experienced by Fist Nations’ arts and cultural communities. Applications are only open to First Nations people and organisations. Funding round closes 6 October and more information is available from Michelle Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 226 912.
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Brisbane Portrait Prize
The Brisbane Portrait Prize is all about celebrating Brisbane portrait artists and their sitters, while encouraging public engagement with the arts. Any artist with a connection to Brisbane is eligible to enter. The sitter must also have a connection with Brisbane. The Prize celebrates Brisbane artists and their sitters, while also encouraging engagement with the arts. There are six prizes including an acquisitive prize valued at $50,000 as well as a People’s Choice Award ($7,500) a Digital Prize ($10,000), a Prize for Women Artists ($5000), a Packers’ Prise ($5000) and a Music and Performing Arts Award ($7500). Entries close 16 August and more information is at https://www.brisbaneportraitprize.org/prizes.
Create Grants for artists | Copyright Agency Limited
This grant offers opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists and supports the creation and development of new work. The grants provide a living allowance to a writer or a visual artist to write or create a new work for publication or exhibition. Grants of either $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 are available and applications close 14 September 2020 at 1.00pm. Get all the details at https://www.copyright.com.au/culturalfund/individual-grants/create-grants/.
Arts Queensland grants
Creative To Go – Arts Queensland
The Creative to Go program will provide Queensland-based artists and arts organisations with support to deliver live performances and engagement activities in regional Queensland. The aim of the program is to enable regional Queensland communities to continue to access high quality arts activities that COVID-19 restrictions may have made unviable for artist and venues to deliver. Up to $20,000 is available per grant and funding decisions are ongoing until funding is exhausted. Artist in residence programs, performances and the extension and adaptation of confirmed touring activities are all eligible. More at https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/fund/creative-to-go.
Live Music Venue Support – Arts Queensland
The Live Music Venue Support program supports Queensland-based music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. Grants of between $15,000 (up to 499 pax capacity) and $25,000 (500+ pax) are available, until the allocation is exhausted. The fund aims to relieve immediate cost pressures for live music venues, support employment of venue staff, technical crew and artists and ensure live music venues are in a strong position to safely resume full operations as and when restrictions are lifted. Get guidelines, forms and more information at https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/fund/live-music-venue-support.
Playing Queensland Fund for regional communities – Arts Queensland
Arts Queensland’s Playing Queensland Fund offers up to $150,000 for the delivery of high quality, ready-to- go work to regional Queensland communities. Funding is available for activities occurring after 1 January 2021 and applicants can submit proposals at any time at least 12 weeks out from the first date of tour or residency. Funding is administered across four funding streams: performing arts touring for individuals and small to medium organisations, performing arts touring for major performing arts organisations, visual arts touring and arts and education. Applications are ongoing and more information is available at https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/playing.
Queensland Arts Showcase Program
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations or collectives to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The Program is administered across three funding streams: Arts Accelerate for new works; Arts Activate for diverse arts and cultural initiatives; and Arts Advantage for arts-led projects which provide social benefits to Queenslanders across community sectors. Between $30,000 and $60,000 is available per grant. There are four rounds closing in the next 12 months. The current round closes 14 August 2020 with subsequent rounds closing 20 December 2020, 14 March 2021 and 30 May 2021. More at https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/arts-showcase.
Spaces and Places – Arts Queensland
This Arts Queensland program supports organisations, creative businesses, local councils and festivals to develop new products with cultural tourism potential that employ local artists and leverage supporting partnership funding. There are three strands: commissioning new works; public art initiatives that activate spaces; and performing arts and live music touring that create destination events. Funding of up to $250,000 is available towards the development and delivery of arts and cultural activations. Applications close 21 August 2020. More at https://www.arts.qld.gov.au/aq-funding/spaces-and-places.
Ian Potter Cultural Trust arts grants
Grants of up to $10,000 are available for talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities. The Trust supports applicants demonstrating both initiative and exceptional talent as well as an ability to convert their ambitions to reality. Well-researched and planned projects are highly favoured as the trust primarly provides support for structured professional development and networking opportunities such as residencies, mentorhsips, study tours, private lessons, internships and workshops. Applications for the current round close 8 September at 5.00pm and a subsequent round closes 12 January 2021. Find out more at https://www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au.
Flying Arts Alliance, Recovery and Relief Grants for artists
Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities in regional Queensland. Projects should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19 with maximum grants of $30,000 available. Project activities could include creative recovery projects, training programs, operational recovery plans, asset purchase or replacement (up to $5000) and the development of risk plans and emergency operating procedures and responses. A total pool of $10 million is available and applications open 31 August and close 12 October 2020. You must be in a regional location to be eligible for this grant. Get all the details here: https://flyingarts.org.au/regional-arts-fund-recovery-boost/.
In addition to these Recovery Grants, Flying Arts is administering RAF Relief grants of up to $5000. This is a rolling fund and will remain open until money is exhausted. The third round opens 14 September 2020. These grants specifically support regional artists, arts organisations and communities to meet their immediate needs. More at https://flyingarts.org.au/regional-arts-fund-recovery-boost/.
The Next Chapter’s writers’ scheme grants
The Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter writers’ scheme, supported by the Aesop Foundation elevates Australian stories that aren’t being published, nurturing a new generation of writers to tell them. Each year The Next Chapter selects ten outstanding writers and provides $15,000 to each to develop their work. Applications close 10 August 2020. Find out more at https://thenextchapter.wheelercentre.com.