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Grant Sources

Grants are provided by many different organisations and Government departments around Australia. Most local councils offer grants, often only for people or organisations within their municipality, so do check out your local council! Local councils usually also manage a number of venues within their municipality, from sporting facilities to town halls, to theatres and more, so once again, if looking for a venue, your local Council is a great starting point. Tertiary institutions are another excellent source of grants, scholarships and bursaries, and may be able to inform you about grants offered within their region.

Below is a list of the grant sources that we're aware of. If you know of others, please let us know at [email protected].

If you're not able to access a link, or the application dates aren't helpful, it may be worth "googling" the organisation or grant name to get more information or to see if they have any other grants available.

ProviderDetails / what the grant is forWhen Open
The ChannelAustralia's first giving circle funding in the area of diverse sexuality, sex and gender, are distribiting $15 million in grants.April
City of DarebinDarebin 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.Feb – Apr
City of KingstonCity of Kingston Arts Grants: Projects must have a public outcome in the City of Kingston. Feb – Mar
City of MaribyrnongCouncil'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.Jul – Aug
City of MelbourneFunding to support and empower people and communities to engage, connect and take local action with a focus on local and vulnerable people.May – Jun
City of MelbourneOffers anyone with a great idea and an artistic outcome in the City of Melbourne the opportunity to apply for funding.May
City of MorelandProject grants up to $5000 (closing 1 April 2016), Operational grants up to $10,000 per year (applications open February 2017), Capital Works Partnership grants up to $40,000 (EOIs 11 Feb-1 Apr 2016) and minor grants (open most of the year)various
City of Port PhillipThe 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.Feb – Mar
City of StonningtonTo assist local community organisations in providing services to the Stonnington community, Council provides Community Grants (annually) and Arts and Cultural Grants (bi-annually).Feb – Mar
City of YarraInvesting in Community Grants: 2015 - 2017. Now closed, but hopefully a similar initiative will be created in the future.Jun - Jul
City of YarraSmall Project Grants: these are for up to $1,000 and for this reason have a fairly minimal application process. This might be of interest to little projects that just need a bit of help or a new project that is in a seeding stage.July
City of YarraMany different venues are managed by the City of Yarra. 
Creative VictoriaMany different funding sources available, in particular the VicArts Grants.February
Hobsons Bay CouncilHobsons 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 StudiesFeb – Apr
Lord Mayor's Charitable FoundationVarious grants are available, including: Eldon and Anne Foote Donor Advised Program Grants; Innovation Grants; Exploration Grants; Feed Melbourne Grants; and Thrive Grants.various
Readings Prize for New Australian FictionThe Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction supports published Australian authors working in fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.Ongoing
Regional Arts VictoriaThe 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.Ongoing
Victoria Law FoundationFor the first time ever, Victoria Law Foundation is opening up our grants funding to arts sector organisations for Law Week projects and events!Ongoing
VMC: Victorian Multicultural CommissionVarious grants available at different times, including: Community Harmony; Capacity Building and Participation; Multicultural Festivals and Events; and Community Infrastructure and Cultural Precincts.various
Youth Affairs Council VictoriaPart of larger Victorian Government funded initiative to support the mental health and wellbeing of Same Sex Attracted and Sex and Gender Diverse Young People.Sep / ongoing
Australian Government – Arts and Culture (National)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.Ongoing
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund (National)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.Closes April / ongoing
NAB Community Grants (National)Recognition that philanthropic grants are a critical pillar of revenue for not-for-profit organisationsMar - Apr
National Film and Sound Archive (National)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.Ongoing
Screen Australia (National)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.Ongoing
Screen Australia (National)Documentary Development: Screen Australia’s Documentary Development program assists experienced documentary makers to achieve planned outcomes for the development of their projects.Ongoing
Belconnen Arts Centre (ACT)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.Ongoing
Arts NSW (NSW)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.Ongoing
Mardi Gras (NSW)Parade Entrant Grant Registrations: each registrant can apply for a grant of $1,000 - $5,000 towards the cost of their Parade Entry.Nov - Jan
Metro Screen & City of Sydney (NSW)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.Ongoing
Fairfield City Council (NSW)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.Jan - Apr
Queensland Government (QLD)Arts Business Innovation Fund: provides a $1 million investment for not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations.Ongoing
Regional Galleries Association (QLD)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.Ongoing
Adelaide Fringe (SA)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.Ongoing
Auspicious Arts Projects (SA)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?Ongoing
Arts South Australia (SA)Individual Development: IMPP: Individual Development supports the professional development of individual, independent artists through various grant programs. Mostly for SA residents only.Closes March
Arts SA (SA)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.Closes Dec
Government of WA (WA)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.Ongoing