Open now: Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF)
Arts QLD, QLD Department of Environment & Science
Closing: Ongoing applications accepted to 2025-2030
The Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF) supports the growth of not-for-profit arts businesses financially and operationally. The program provides funding of up to $100,000 to innovative business ideas that will improve business operating models and build the organizations capacity into the future.
Further application information and guidelines for the ABIF are available at: https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/arts-business-innovation-fund
How to Apply:
Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://artsqueensland.smartygrants.com.au/ABIF
Open now: Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)
Arts QLD, QLD Department of Environment & Science
Closing: Ongoing applications accepted to 2025
The Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP) provides funding to support individuals, organisations, or collectives to deliver dynamic and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland. The program is delivered through three funding streams:
- Arts Ignite – funding of up to $60 000 for new works, and up to $40,000 and in-kind venue support - Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts (JWCoCA)
- Arts Illuminate – funding of up to $100 000 to secure acclaimed artists that will engage the community and build local capacity
- Arts Impact – funding of up to $60 000 for diverse arts and cultural experiences for Queensland
Frequency: QASP is a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time, except for Arts Ignite – JWCoCA, which offers one round per year. Applications for 2020 are expected to close in November. For further information and instructions please visit the official program website at: https://www.qld.gov.au/recreation/arts/funding/organisations/arts-showcase
Further application information and guidelines for the QASP are available at:https://www.publications.qld.gov.au/dataset/qasp
Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://artsqueensland.smartygrants.com.au/
Australia Council for the Arts
Closing: Round 2 - Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST). Round 3 -Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).
Please note funding and dates for rounds 2 & 3 are currently under review due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. For further information please contact the Australia Council Artists Services team at: email@example.com, or (toll free) 1800 226 912.
Focus: Career Development Grants aim to assist individual artists, arts workers or groups of artists by providing support to further develop skills or improve capacity to build an enduring career in the arts. These grants can support a broad range of activities such as skills and professional development, mentorships, showcases, residencies and other projects directly related to your career development. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.
Amount: $5,000 to $25,000
In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:
(1) Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(2) Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(3) Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).
For further assistance and advice from the Australia Council for the Arts, please contact a Grants Officer on 02 9215 9000, 1800 226 912 (toll-free), or firstname.lastname@example.org
Open now: The Ian Potter Cultural Trust Grants
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Closing: Ongoing annual rounds offered. Please see specific dates below.
The Cultural Trust is committed to encouraging excellence and supporting a vibrant, world-class arts scene in Australia. The Cultural Trust offers grants up to $10,000 to assist talented emerging and early career artists to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas. The Trust may also consider supporting postgraduate study where no equivalent exists in Australia.
The grants are offered through three funding rounds:
Round 1: Monday 4 November 2019 - Grants announced late April 2020 - For travel /projects after 8 May 2020;
Round 2: Mond 30 March 2020 - Grants announced mid September 2020 – For travel/projects after 18 September 2020;
Round 3: Monday 6 July 2020 Grants announced mid December 2020 - For travel/projects after 18 December 2020.
Round 1 Closing: Tuesday 14 January 2020 5pm AEST - Grants announced late April 2020
Round 2 Closing: Tuesday 19 May 2020 5pm AEST- Grants announced mid September 2020
Round 3 Closing: Tuesday 8 September 2020 5pm AEST- Grants announced mid December 2020 -
Further application information and guidelines are available at: https://www.ianpotterculturaltrust.org.au/apply-for-a-grant/
Application forms for current rounds can be accessed through: Ian Potter Trust Applications
Focus: The PPCA Performers’ Trust Foundation provides grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts.
Amount: Up to $3,000 for an individual; or up to $5,000 for a group or organisation
There is no specific format for applications, except that they must be in writing and include the Standard Cover Sheet.
Focus: To support the delivery of performing and visual arts projects that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.
Amount: up to $250,000
Closing: Ongoing Applications Accepted
The following grant programs are currently closed. They will re-open for applications later in 2020.
Focus: Through our Arts program area The Ian Potter Foundation aims to help build the calibre and capacity of Australia’s arts organisations and support them to raise the bar of aspiration and achievement in the sector.
- To support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation in fostering development across a sector or art form.
- To support such institutions to host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).
Amount: up to $100,000 to undisclosed applicants
Currently closed. Next round opens October 19, 2020
Focus: The Individuals Fund is for individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.
Amount: Up to 10,000
Currently closed. Round One 2021 Opens October 19, 2020
Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development
Closing: 22-Mar-2020, 4:00 pm
Festivals Australia provides funding to support individual art projects at festivals and significant one-off community events, such as a town’s centenary celebration or opening of a new community resource. The aim is to give community members living in regional or remote Australia the chance to participate in or attend an arts experience at a festival, or important one-off community celebration. Regional artists, arts workers, and organizations can apply for arts and cultural projects that encourage community participation and engage people living in regional and remote communities.
There is no limit to the amount of funding that can be applied for (the average funding request is around $40,000). Only one project, per organization, per festival will be funded. The program delivers two funding rounds each year usually opening in February and September. Funding is available for projects commencing from 1 July 2020.
Further application information and guidelines for the QASP are available at:https://www.arts.gov.au/funding-and-support/festivals-australia
How to Apply:
- Carefully read program guidelines in conjunction with the application form;
- Complete a work plan and a detailed project budget;
- Provide confirmation of artist participation for each of the participating artists and evidence of community support for the project;
- Make sure you complete the application: incomplete applications are not considered;
- Keep it short: only the first 10 pages of an application’s support material are assessed.
Application forms for current rounds can be accessed at: https://arts.smartygrants.com.au/FAFeb2020
Focus: Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than three years from the proposed start date.
Amount: $10,000 to $50,000
In 2020, the grant rounds will close on:
(1) –Tuesday 4 February for projects starting after 1 May 2020 (11:59pm AEDT).
(2) -Tuesday 2 June for projects starting after 1 September 2020 (11:59pm AEST).
(3) –Tuesday 6 October for projects starting after 1 January 2021 (11.59pm AEDT).
Focus: The Indigenous Languages and Arts program (the Program) is part of a suite of programs under the Australian Government’s commitment to Arts and Cultural Development. The Arts and Cultural Development objective is to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture, including by supporting excellence in the arts, supporting indigenous arts, cultures and languages, and protecting Australia’s movable cultural heritage.
Amount: Up to $100,000 (total pool of $8,000,000)
Focus: The IVAIS grant opportunity is part of the Australian Government’s Arts and Cultural Development Program which supports participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture through developing and supporting cultural expression. Outcomes supported by IVAIS are:
- a professional, viable and ethical Indigenous visual arts industry that features strong participation and provides economic opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
- the continued production, exhibition, critique, purchase and collection of Indigenous visual art.
Amount: $5,000 to $80,000 (Total pool of $300,000)
Focus: In association with Arts Centre Melbourne, Playking Foundation supports Australian performing arts professionals develop creative collaborations with artists, producers and presenters from across the Asian region through the Playking Travel Grant initiative. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis with priority given to professional artists of distinctive talent and proven capacity who are proposing original, high quality and new creative collaborations which:
- bridge cultural divides through artistic practice
- are intended to result in a performance outcome in Australia and/or Asia in the foreseeable future
- profile a diversity of artists, cultures and creative outcomes
Amount: $5000 to $8000