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Recent Funding Opportunities

First Nations Contemporary Music Program – OPEN NOW

The First Nations Contemporary Music Program will provide development opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians and bands through training, mentoring, performing, recording and promotion opportunities, and supporting sustainable employment and income-earning pathways.

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Aria-Ppca-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership – OPEN NOW

The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) in partnership with the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) and the Australia Council for the Arts will deliver a grant partnership, the ARIA-PPCA-Australia Council First Nations Sound Recording Partnership.

This partnership will support five First Nations Australian artists or groups to create new sound recordings. The initiative is designed to provide an opportunity for First Nations artists to create sound recordings, and access advice and managerial support to grow their audience.

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The RISE Fund – OPEN NOW

The RISE Fund is supporting the arts and entertainment sector to reactivate. The program is targeting funding towards the arts and entertainment sector organisations who are seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities. The program is intended to assist by providing finance to assist the presentation of new or re-shaped cultural and creative activities and events.

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Other Funding Opportunities

The Alastair Swayn Strategic Grant
Closes:
18 Sep  2020

The Strategic Grants support research into four specific fields, which the Foundation has identified as priorities confronting architecture and design.
More information: alastairswaynfoundation.org

The Alastair Swayn International Research Grant
Closes:
18 Sep  2020

Assists overseas travel and learning opportunities which support innovation research. Proposal must demonstrate a strong ability to share research outcomes for the benefit of the Australia design community.
More information: alastairswaynfoundation.org

The Alastair Swayn Research Grant
Closes:
18 Sep  2020

Research grants are awarded to successful applicants to conduct research into architecture and design that aligns with our Guiding Principles.
More information: alastairswaynfoundation.org

Be You Inc’s School Audition Grant
Closes: 20 Sep 2020

Be You exist to help facilitate growth by empowering performers, creatives and production teams by providing opportunities; this grant covers the audition fee for young people applying to performing arts universities.​
More information: beyouinc.org

Evelyn Chapman Art Award
Closes:
21 Sep 2020

This $50,000 scholarship is presented to an Australian painter under 45. Given every two years, the award is intended to support a young Australian painter by furthering their art education both in knowledge and artistic practice internationally or in Australia.
More information: shervingallery.com.au

Gordon Darling Foundation Visual Arts Grant
Closes:
23 Sep 2020

The Gordon Darling Foundation is a perpetual public charitable trust, established in 1991 to “support Australia-wide, activities of importance in the Visual Arts.”
More information: gordondarlingfoundation.org.au

The KSP Writers’ Centre Short Fiction Competition
Closes:
25 Sep 2020

This annual short fiction competition for Australian writers is FREE for youth to enter. Judges will be looking for good quality original, unpublished writing with engaging characters and a compelling narrative. All fiction styles and themes are acceptable.
More information: kspwriterscentre.com

Brigalow Arts Festival
Closes:
25 Sep 2020

Hosted annually in October the festival is Banana Shire’s local visual art awards. In 2020 the Shire is excited to offer over $10,000 in prize money.
More information: banana.qld.gov.au

First Nations Emerging Career Development Award
Closes:
28 Sep 2020

Open to Australian First Nations artists between 18-30 years old, living in Australia or overseas to pursue their professional development. This unique opportunity is available to artists and arts workers in all disciplines including dance, literature, poetry, visual arts, theatre, community arts and music.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

 Lorna McDonald Essay Prize 2020
Closes:
30 Sep 2020

This annual essay prize celebrates Lorna McDonald’s efforts in collecting, interpreting, recording and writing the history of the Central Queensland region. Open to essays of 3000-5000 words exploring any aspect of Central Queensland’s story.
More information: artscqinc.org.au

The Peter Porter Poetry Prize
Closes:
1 Oct 2020

One of Australia’s most prestigious prizes for a new poem, open to all poets writing in English – is named after the great Australian poet Peter Porter (1929–2010).
More information: australianbookreview.com.au

Love Oz YA Horror Tales
Closes:
1 Oct 2020

Wakefield Press is delighted to announce their October 2021 short story anthology Hometown Haunts: Love Oz YA Horror Tales, showcasing established and new voices. Four YA horror stories will be selected from an open call-out across Australia.
More information: wakefieldpress.com.au

National Campus Writing Comp
Closes: 1 Oct 2020

Launched in 2019 to celebrate the talents of student writers, regardless of their location of field of study. To be eligible to submit, you must be a currently enrolled student at a campus which holds a current Financial Membership with Tertiary Access Group (TAG).
More information: campuswriting.com.au

The A.M.E. Bale Travelling Scholarship and Art Prize
Closes:
2 Oct 2020

Boasting two categories for visual arts and one scholarship to win, these prestigious set of prizes are awarded biennially to Australian artists who have demonstrated talent and achievement in traditional styles.
More information: gleneira.vic.gov.au

Sculpture on the Edge
Closes:
2 Oct 2020

An outdoor site-specific annual sculpture prize held in the Sunny Coast Hinterland, open to artists across Australia and offering $6,500 in prize money.
More information: sculptureontheedge.com.au

Visions of Australia
Closes:
2 Oct 2020

With the joint objectives of increasing access for Australian audiences to exhibitions of quality Australian arts and cultural material, with a particular focus on regional and remote Australia and encouraging partnerships between orgs. to form curatorial partnerships and where appropriate, access to mentoring and skills transfer opportunities.
More information: grants.gov.au

The Dobell Drawing Prize #22
Closes:
5 Oct 2020

The leading drawing exhibition in Australia and an unparalleled celebration of drawing innovation. Presented by NAS and Sir William Dobell Art Foundation, this biennial, $30,000 acquisitive prize explores the importance of drawing within contemporary practice.
More information: nas.edu.au

Australia in the UK
Closes: 5 Oct 2020

The UK/Australia Season (the Season) is a joint initiative by the British Council and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to strengthen and build cultural connections. Organistions can now apply for grants up to $40,000 for the ‘Australia in the UK’ stream.
More information: britishcouncil.org.au

The Cherish II Fund
Closes:
6 Oct 2020

Informed by the First Nations Roundtables, the fund responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

Indigenous Languages Grants 2020
Closes:
6 Oct 2020

Indigenous Languages Grants up to $25,000 are available to eligible Queenslanders to support activities that help preserve and maintain Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages.
More information: datsip.qld.gov.au

My RØDE Reel
Closes:
7 Oct 2020

The world’s largest short film competition, giving away $1 million; the biggest cash prize ever offered in a short film competition. With ten different categories, 28 filmmakers will walk away with a share in the prize money.
More information: myrodereel.com

2020 QPF Film Poetry Challenge
Closes:
10 Oct 2020

Bring your poem to life through film or create a poetic video for your chance to be included in the finalist screening and win some great prizes!
More information: queenslandpoetryfestival.com

The 66th Blake Art Prize
Closes:
12 Oct 2020

One of Australia’s longest-standing and most prestigious prizes. Encouraging conversation about belief and non-belief, hope, humanity, social justice, religion and spirituality through art. Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre manages this bi-annual event with a prize pool of over $41,000.
More information: casulapowerhouse.com

RAF Recovery
Closes:
12 Oct 2020

Recovery grants are designed to meet the medium-term recovery needs of artists, organisations and communities. Projects in this program should focus on activities that assist in recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
More information: flyingarts.org.au

Bent Street – Call for Submissions
Closes:
15 Oct 2020

An biannual publication of Australian LGBTIQA+ art, writing and ideas, Bent Street is calling for contributions for the open themed end-of-year edition!
More information: bentstreet.net

AVCAT Essay Prize
Closes:
16 Oct 2020

AVCAT presents the inaugural in 2020, promoting recognition of the impact of the Vietnam War on veterans and their families and loved ones. This year’s prize will be presented on Remembrance Day for an essay, up to 2500 words, addressing the theme ‘Impact of the Vietnam War on Family’.
More information: avcat.org.au

The Thelma Afford Award for Costume Design in Stage and Screen
Closes:
30 Oct 2020

Established to promote the further study of theatre, film or TV costume design, in various visual dramatic media, for young matriculating high school art students or students from drama and art schools.
More information: apdg.org.au

Buzz Words Short Story Prize
Closes:
31 Oct 2020

An annual prize awarded to recognise excellence in short story writing for kids, the work must be suitable for readers ages 8-11 years old.
More information: buzzwordsmagazine.com

Best of Times Short Story Competition
Closes: 31 Oct 2020

Write a humorous short story up to 2,500 words for the chance to win a cash prize.
More information: wildthoughts.com.au

American Express Music Backers Fund
Closes:
9 Nov 2020

The $1 Million American Express Music Backers Fund is here to help Australian music business, artists and fans to keep the music playing – in whatever way possible. Whether you’re making it, mixing it, marketing it or just enjoying the tunes and moving to it, there is something for you.
More information: americanexpress.com

Odyssey House Victoria Short Story Competition
Closes:
13 Nov 2020

Odyssey House Victoria invites all writers to enter in their annual Short Story Competition; this years theme is “Isolation”. This competition is open to writers of all ages and experience – entry fee is $10 per submission.
More information: odyssey.org.au

HOTA Junior Playwrights Program
Closes:
16 Nov 2020

Award winning Playwright Matthew Ryan is coming home to the Gold Coast to share his secrets and skill with a select group of young people with a story to tell. On completion of the program a selected number or participants will present their short play in a rehearsed reading, at HOTA.
More information: hota.com.au

Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants
Closes: 20 Nov 2020

This program has two funding streams which, together, will support events, concerts, festivals and visitor attractions in fire affected regions to assist with recovery efforts and encourage international and domestic visitors to come back to the regions.
More information: austrade.gov.au

One Voice Community Choir Seed Funding Grants
Closes: 20 Nov 2020

Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation, depression and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply. Additionally, each successful application joins a 12-month intensive mentoring program.
More information: creativityaustralia.org.au

RAF Renewal
Closes: 23 Nov 2020

Renewal grants will provide up to three years of funding to support projects that have strong partnerships and demonstrated long term outcomes, with sustainable future-positioning focus.
More information: flyingarts.org.au

Translation Fund for Literature
Closes:
24 Nov 2020

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose).
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

MQFF 2021
Closes:
4 Dec 2020 

A highlight of Melbourne’s busy arts and cultural calendar, Films submitted for MQFF 2021 should be of interest to the LGBTIQ community. Entries are best accepted via FilmFreeway.com
More information: mqff.com.au

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2021
Closes:
18 Dec 2020 

Winner receives Author Coaching, Structural Edit and Line Edit (Prize Value $2,500).
More information: hawkeyebooks.com.au

The 2020 Resilience Fund
Closes: 31 Dec 2020 

The fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

Gordon Darling Foundation Visual Arts Grant
Closes:
1 Jan 2021

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.
More information: ppca.com.au

Live Music Venue Support
Closes:
1 Jan 2021

This program supports Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.
More information: arts.qld.gov.au

Performers’ Trust Foundation
Closes: 1 Jan 2021

Established in 1975, the PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.
More information: ppca.com.au

The LUMAS Gallery and Sequana Partners Arts Grant Program
Closes: 1 Jan 2021

A joint initiative by project management consultancy Sequana Partners and LUMAS Gallery to support and celebrate the creative community, providing artists with funding and a platform to showcase their work.
More information: sequana.co

The Copland Foundation Grants
Closes: 1 Jan 2021

These Copland Foundation Grants fund projects throughout Australia that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests, namely the study, management, conservation, acquisition, and interpretation of collections.
More information: coplandfoundation.com.au

The SCWC Poetry Award 2020
Closes:
1 Feb 2021

With winning and highly commended entries to be published in the South Coast Writers Centres’ 2021 Anthology, the award seeks poems responding to the theme ‘every body’.
More information: southcoastwriters.org

COVID 19 Arts Sustainability Fund
Closes: 31 Mar 2021

This fund aims to provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.
More information: grants.gov.au

The Fineman New Photography Award
Closes: 23 Apr 2021

This award places the focus on photographic artists working throughout the Asia-Pacific region, seeking to find those whose work is beginning to receive critical attention and deserves to be seen by international audiences. 
More information: ballaratfoto.org

Martin Kantor Portrait Prize
Closes: 1 May 2021

Open to all photographers and photo media artists, giving you the chance to have your work displayed and viewed at the Ballarat International Foto Biennale from 28 August to 24 October 2021 in Ballarat.
More information: ballaratfoto.org

Symposium of Lace in Art & Design
Closes: 4 June 2021

Doily Free Zone is offering 10 scholarships for students currently enrolled in tertiary courses of: Art, Fashion, Textile & Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering and Mathematics. One scholarship will be given every month leading up to the symposium in June 2021.
More information: doilyfreezone.net

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