We have compiled a list of some of the grants that can be applied for each year. The typical application period is listed in brackets.
Besen Family Foundation (Mar - Apr)
Grants for Arts and Culture will be given to not-for-profit organisations based in Victoria.
City of Darebin (Feb – Apr)
Darebin Community Support Program: financial and in-kind support to more than 150 not-for profit groups and organisations to make the City of Darebin, a great, safe and exciting place where to live, study and work.
City of Kingston (Feb – Mar)
City of Kingston Arts Grants: Projects must have a public outcome in the City of Kingston.
City of Maribyrnong (Jul – Aug)
Council's annual Community Grants Program supports local projects or initiatives with activities that contribute to community strengthening, arts and cultural development, environmental sustainability, revitalising Braybrook, and encouraging wellbeing.
City of Melbourne (May – Jun)
Funding to support and empower people and communities to engage, connect and take local action with a focus on local and vulnerable people.
City of Melbourne (May)
Offers anyone with a great idea and an artistic outcome in the City of Melbourne the opportunity to apply for funding.
City of Moreland (various)
Project grants up to $5000 (applications open February - March), Operational grants up to $10,000 per year (applications open February - March) and minor grants (open most of the year)
City of Port Phillip (Feb – Mar)
The Cultural Development Fund (CDF) seeks to: Support artists and/or organisations to develop and realise creative ideas and projects within the City of Port Phillip; Support community managed projects; Generate arts and cultural activity; Build cultural identity; Support and celebrate community diversity; Support heritage initiatives.
City of Stonnington (Feb – Mar)
To assist local community organisations in providing services to the Stonnington community, Council provides Community Grants (annually) and Arts and Cultural Grants (bi-annually).
City of Yarra (Jun - Jul)
Investing in Community Grants: 2015 - 2017. Now closed, but hopefully a similar initiative will be created in the future.
Creative Victoria (Feb & Aug)
Many different funding sources available, in particular the VicArts Grants.
Hobsons Bay Council (various)
Hobsons Bay Community Grants. Hobsons Bay libraries also have several publications relating to grants which may assist. They are: The Complete Community Fundraising Handbook, Winning Grants Funding in Australia, How to Manage your Grant After Winning it!, How to: Find Money Fast, Effective Letters: 50 of the Best, Small Sparks Neighbourhood Grants Case Studies
Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation (various)
Various grants are available, including: Eldon and Anne Foote Donor Advised Program Grants; Innovation Grants; Exploration Grants; Feed Melbourne Grants; and Thrive Grants.
The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.
Regional Arts Victoria (ongoing - two rounds p.a.)
The Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund program supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote Australia. Project Grants of up to $15,000 are available twice yearly; Quick Response up to $1500 for individuals and $3,000 for organisations are available throughout the year.
RE Ross Trust (ongoing)
Impact Area A: Improved outcomes for the most disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised Victorians. Impact Area B: Improved outcomes for children and young people at risk (0-18 years). Impact Area C: Improved access to and achievement of equality and excellence in public education, arts and culture. Impact Area D: Protection and preservation of Australian flora and fauna.
The Channel (April)
Australia's first giving circle funding in the area of diverse sexuality, sex and gender, are distributing $15 million in grants.
Victoria Law Foundation (ongoing)
For the first time ever, Victoria Law Foundation is opening up our grants funding to arts sector organisations for Law Week projects and events!
VMC: Victorian Multicultural Commission (various)
Various grants available at different times, including: Community Harmony; Capacity Building and Participation; Multicultural Festivals and Events; and Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts.
Youth Affairs Council Victoria (Sep / ongoing)
Part of larger Victorian Government funded initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing of Same Sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse Young People.
Australian Government – Arts and Culture (National: ongoing)
The $2 million Public Grants Program is open to individuals, organisations and groups, including cultural institutions, arts organisations and artists for collaborative, commemorative arts and culture projects that engage local communities and produce high quality artistic outputs.
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund (National: closes April / ongoing)
The Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects which aim to encourage, and provide practical assistance to Copyright Agency’s members and the Australian cultural community. Seems to be mainly for Indigenous groups/people.
Ian Potter Foundation (National: ongoing)
The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants across a broad range of sectors and endeavours. Our grants are managed through nine program areas: Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability, International Learning and Development, Medical Research, Science, Travel, and Conference.
NAB Community Grants (National: Mar - Apr)
Recognition that philanthropic grants are a critical pillar of revenue for not-for-profit organisations.
National Film and Sound Archive (National: ongoing)
Take Three: an initiative to support Australian tertiary students and emerging filmmakers/artists by providing up to three minutes of footage/audio, and ten stills, free of licence fees for use in their projects.
Screen Australia (National: ongoing)
Features Development: Access to Screen Australia’s development funds is highly competitive so it is in your interest to apply for funds only when you are thoroughly prepared and can submit the strongest application for consideration.
Screen Australia (National: ongoing)
Documentary Development: Screen Australia’s Documentary Development program assists experienced documentary makers to achieve planned outcomes for the development of their projects.
Belconnen Arts Centre (ACT: ongoing)
Belconnen Arts Centre is developing its seasonal Artists in Residence program and is offering assistance to local artists, writers, performers, new media collaborators and other creative professionals looking to use studio, performance and exhibition space for development and presentation of new work.
Arts NSW (NSW: ongoing)
Aboriginal quick response: As part of the NSW Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy, funding of up to $5000 is available throughout the year to help Aboriginal artists, organisations and partnerships explore market development opportunities in the creative industries by attending trade fairs and export markets.
Mardi Gras (NSW: Nov - Jan)
Parade Entrant Grant Registrations: each registrant can apply for a grant of $1,000 - $5,000 towards the cost of their Parade Entry.
Metro Screen & City of Sydney (NSW: ongoing)
Digital Escalator program: supports cultural, community and arts organisations within the City of Sydney to develop digital video skills and build content creation and distribution capacity, through fully subsidised access to training, equipment, studio/venue/edit suite access, and expert advice and support.
Fairfield City Council (NSW: Jan - Apr)
Social Change Through Creativity Grants Program: the awarded projects must meet all of the grant selection criteria and at least one grant priority area. One-off grants of up to $5,000 are available to not-for-profit groups or organisations.
Queensland Government (QLD: ongoing)
Arts Business Innovation Fund: provides a $1 million investment for not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations.
Regional Galleries Association (QLD: ongoing)
Grants are available of up to a maximum of $500 for artists/curators, $1,000 for individual gallery/museum volunteers or $1,500 for public galleries/museums.
Adelaide Fringe (SA: ongoing)
The Adelaide Fringe Cultural Fund provides 8 grants of $5,000 (+ GST) to independent Australian artists presenting work in the Adelaide Fringe to support them in the presentation of their work.
Auspicious Arts Projects (SA: ongoing)
Arts South Australia Arts Pitch Grants: Are you an artist with a disruptive, creative interesting idea you would like to pitch to a panel of arts, cultural and business leaders to be considered for one of five $5k ArtsPitch grants?
Arts SA: IMPP (SA: ongoing)
Individual Development: IMPP: Individual Development supports the professional development of individual, independent artists through various grant programs. Mostly for SA residents only.
South Australian Living Artist Publication: the annual South Australian Living Artist publication focuses on the production of a major, high-quality book profiling a prominent South Australian visual artist.
Government of WA (WA: ongoing)
Department of Culture and Arts: distributes more than $3 million annually in project funding through its grants programs, which include the Creative Development, Commercial Development, Community Engagement, Aboriginal Arts and Scholarship and Fellowships programs.