Recent Funding Opportunities

Live Music Venue Support – OPEN NOW

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.




Other Funding Opportunities

The 2021 Dorothy Hewett Award
30 Nov 2020

A cash prize award for an Unpublished Manuscript, calling for submissions from writers who have completed a manuscript and are seeking publication. The work must be fiction, narrative nonfiction or poetry, inclusive of hybrid genres such as verse novels or memoir.
More information: uwap.uwa.edu.au

MQFF 2021
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

Ramsay Art Prize 2021
11 Dec 2020 

A $100,000 art prize supporting contemporary Australian artists under 40, the Ramsay Art Prize invites submissions from Australian artists working in any medium. Finalists will have their work included in an exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
More information: agsa.sa.gov.au

Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize 2021
18 Dec 2020 

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

Gordon Darling Foundation Visual Arts Grant
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

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

Local Artists – Local Content 2021 Art Prize
Closes: 15 Jan 2021

For Sunshine Coast creatives, Caloundra Regional Gallery invites artists to submit works in competition. Up to forty finalists will be included in an exhibition at the Caloundra Regional Gallery with prizes totalling $13,500.
More information: gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

The SCWC Poetry Award 2020
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

The Kathleen Mitchell Award
Closes: 2 Feb 2021

Presented presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career. The novel or novella must have been published or accepted for publication within the 2 years prior to the Award closing date.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

The Dal Stivens Award
Closes: 2 Feb 2021

Presented biennially to an author aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit; you may submit up to two entries.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

Re-Imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives
Closes: 23 Feb 2021

This new fund is offered in acknowledgment of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries.
More information: australiacouncil.gov.au

The Elyne Mitchell Photo Story Competition
Closes: 1 Mar 2021

Running alongside the Man from Snowy River Bush Fest, this photo story competition consists of an image with the theme ’The Gathering’. With a maximum of 200 words, could be a gathering of anything from people, to vehicles, to clouds, to flowers or animals. Select an image and then write about what that particular gathering means to you.
More information: bushfestival.com.au

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

The RISE Fund
Closes: 31 May 2021

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.
More information: www.arts.gov.au

Birdport Flash Fiction Prize
Closes: 31 May 2021

With first, second and third prizes, your story will feature in the Bridport Prize anthology which opens access to other competitions. The Prize is open to writers of any nationality writing in English aged 16 and over at the time of the closing date
More information: bridportprize.org.uk

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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