Avenues of support

MAV encourages artists and communities of colour to access public (government) and private resources for artistic and cultural development. We regularly update Avenues of Support to help inform people of opportunities that are available. This list is not exhaustive, but we try to make it as relevant and useful as possible.

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Closing 31 July 2022

SPEAKEASY

Closing Soon
Presentation support

City of Darebin

Applications are now open for both Developments and Presentations of performance-based works at Darebin arts venues in 2023. The Darebin Arts Speakeasy program partners with artists and organisations to provide the highest quality experiences to audiences at the Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre and the Darebin Arts Centre. They are looking for a broad mix of artistic disciplines – circus, music, dance, theatre, live art, participatory work, etc. They are also looking for work aimed at both adult and family audiences. You do not have to be a Darebin resident to apply. Applications can be written or video submissions.

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Closing 31 July 2022

ANNUAL ARTS GRANTS 2023 CITY OF YARRA

Closing Soon
Local Council area only

CITY OF YARRA

For activities that benefit the City of Yarra community (this usually means it has to happen in the City of Yarra area and/or you must be based there). There are information sessions on June 7, 8 & 9, as well as grant writing support via Community Training https://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/about-us/grants/community-training/ Categories are: Arts Development; Festivals and Events; Community Arts. There are also Community Development grants that some arts projects may be eligible for. Applications Open: 13 June 2022

Applications Close: 31 July 2022

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Closing 2 August 2022

HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL ARTIST PROGRAM

Closing Soon
Australia-wide
Creative Development support

Australia Council for the Arts

This residency program offers three 3-month residencies, with time and support for developing new work in dialogue with the local art scene. The goal is to offer space for experimental, cross-disciplinary art practices and to actively contribute to topical debates within and around the context of art. The HIAP residency venues are located on Suomenlinna island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site located a 15-minute ferry ride away from the centre of Helsinki, and in the Cable Factory cultural complex in Helsinki.

Residency periods: Jan - April 2023; April - July 2023

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Closing 11 August 2022

CREATIVE PROJECTS FUND

Closing Soon
Victoria-wide
International
Creative Development support
Presentation support

Creative Victoria

The Creative Projects Fund seeks to support professional artists, creative practitioners, groups/collectives and creative micro to small organisations with short-term funding to develop and/or launch work that defines and represents Victoria’s cultural identity and breaks new ground. Apply for $5,000 to $20,000.

15% of these funds is reserved for artists who identify as culturally or linguistically diverse.

Contemporary Music projects eligible for Music Works, and Music Touring projects eligible for Touring Victoria, are not eligible for this grant.

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Closing 14 August 2022

SUBURBAN GRANTS

Closing Soon
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Department of Jobs Precincts and Regions

Open to Not-for-profits incorporated associations and local councils (except City of Melbourne). Organisations that are not incorporated may be auspiced.

The Suburban Grants are intended to support projects in suburban shopping strips and activity centres that will support and respond to the opportunities and challenges in Melbourne’s suburbs as more Melburnians work and spend their leisure time locally.

The objectives of the Living Local – Suburban Grants Program are to: • support the development, improvement and promotion of suburban neighbourhoods, shopping strips and activity centres as places of local economic activity and community gathering • enhance liveability, safety, accessibility and vibrancy of suburban neighbourhoods, shopping strips and activity centres • enhance opportunities for small business in neighbourhood shopping strips to thrive • address the needs of local people and enhance living, working, socialising and recreation in local areas • encourage partnership between local government, business and the community sector

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Closing 16 August 2022

CONTENT, SPECIALIST RADIO PROGRAMMING GRANTS

Closing Soon
Australia-wide

Community Broadcasting Foundation

Content grants increase and diversify the voices heard in Australian media by supporting the creation of compelling content. As we recover from the impacts of a pandemic, we will continue to fund initiatives that:

• increase community participation and diversity in community media

• support creativity and excellence in content production

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Closing 17 August 2022

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Closing Soon
Victoria-wide
Must have ABN or an auspice

Department of Families Fairness and Housing

Community organisations across Victoria can apply for up to $50,000 to deliver multicultural festivals and events in either a digital or face-to-face format, for events held between 1 January 2023 and 30 June 2023.

Applicants are encouraged to explore new methods to reach all Victorians by considering how their events could be delivered in an online or hybrid format.

Funding will be offered in two streams:

o Small stream - Up to $2,000

o Large stream – Between $6,000 and $50,000

A series of online information sessions will be held to support community organisations in their project planning and application process, see the web link for details.

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Closing 19 August 2022

THE WEST GATE NEIGHBOURHOOD FUND

Closing Soon
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Department of Families Fairness and Housing

The West Gate Neighbourhood Fund is an initiative of the West Gate Tunnel Project to support communities in Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong council areas during the construction of this project. We are looking for ideas in areas such as arts and culture, learning and development, and community participation.

Up to $100,000 is available for a community led projects in three streams:

Connecting neighbourhoods - Up to $10,000 for a one-off project or activity

Celebrating neighbourhoods - Up to $20,000 for festivals, events, and installations

Transforming neighbourhoods - Up to $100,000 for improvements to local community facilities.

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Closing 22 August 2022

2023 SOUTH SIDE FESTIVAL

Closing Soon
Presentation support
Available to non-permanent residents

Frankston City Council

EOIs open from creatives for artistic works to be presented within the 2023 South Side Festival period. Creatives across all artistic mediums, platforms and career stages are encouraged to apply, there are no creative restraints or parameters. South Side Festival 2023 dates: Friday 5 May to Sunday 14 May, 2023

Frankston City Council Funding amount for this EOI category: $5,000.00 AUD

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Closing 25 August 2022

CVITY OF MARIBYRNONG COMMUNITY GRANTS 2023

Closing Soon
Local Council area only
Organisations only

City of Maribyrnong

Not-for-profit community groups, community organisations, agencies and certified social enterprises are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $25,000 for projects and initiatives that:

  • Encourage and remove barriers to participation in community and civic life.
  • Build community and/or organisational capacity and strengthen networks.
  • Support and enable community connectedness and wellbeing.
  • Increase intergenerational and/or intercultural participation, understanding and opportunities.

Council encourages First Nations led projects and projects from or developed in partnership with CALD communities, LGBTIQA+ people, young people, older people and/or people living with disability.

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Closing 6 September 2022

ARTS PROJECTS FOR INDIVIDUALS AND GROUPS

Closing Soon
Australia-wide

Australia Council for the Arts

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences and communities. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The September 2022 closing date includes additional funding from the International Engagement Fund.

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Closing 6 September 2022

ARTS PROJECTS FOR ORGANISATIONS

Closing Soon
Australia-wide

Australia Council

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences and communities. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects, or that provide services to artists, are welcome to apply. Organisations can propose a single project, a suite of projects or annual programs of activity. Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date. The September 2022 closing date includes additional funding from the International Engagement Fund

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Closing 6 September 2022

FELLOWSHIPS

Closing Soon
Australia-wide

Australia Council

Australia Council Fellowships of $80,000 support outstanding, established artists’ and arts workers’ activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. From 2022-2024 the Australia Council is offering a Fellowship in the field of Arts and Disability to support established, outstanding d/Deaf artists and arts workers, and artists or arts workers with disability. There are nine Fellowships offered in the areas of: Arts and Disability; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; First Nations; Literature; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts.

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Closing 6 September 2022

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC TOURING PROGRAM

Closing Soon
Australia-wide
Presentation support

Australia Council

The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music. The tour must comprise of performances in at least three venues or locations outside of the performer’s hometown. Tours that include regional and remote destinations, or which assist performers residing in regional and remote areas to tour, are a priority for funding. Grants are available from $5,000 to $50,000, depending on the number of tour venues or locations in regional or remote areas.

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Closing 19 September 2022

CREATE GRANTS

Australia-wide

The Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency’s Create Grants support mid-career writers and visual artists to create and develop new work. Amount of grant: $25,000

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Closing 19 September 2022

ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION - CALL FOR ENTRIES

Local Council area only

CITY OF WHITTLESEA

For artists who live, work or are connected to the City of Whittlesea. Artworks will be exhibited from Thursday 10 November until Thursday 15 December 2022 in The Great Hall, Council Offices, 25 Ferres Boulevard, South Morang. This year’s theme is New Light.

All art mediums, materials, processes, practices and interpretations are welcome.

EOIs close: 19 September 2022

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Closing 26 September 2022

CULTURAL FUND GRANTS FOR ORGANISATIONS

Australia-wide
Organisations only

The Copyright Agency

Grants for organisations for projects that deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, picture book illustrators, English and literacy teachers, visual artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. The aim is to support organisations to create, award, present, publish, and to offer significant income generating, professional development and career sustaining opportunities for writers, visual artists and publishers. $5,000 to $25,000.

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BLACK CAT GALLERY

Available to non-permanent residents
Australia-wide
International
2022 EXHIBITIONS

Black Cat Gallery has a new home in Brunswick St Fitzroy, and is seeking proposals for exhibitions in 2022. Artists, curators and collectives working in all mediums invited to apply.

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RENEW FITZROY STREET

Non-financial opportunity
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

CITY OF PORT PHILLIP & THE FITZROY ST BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

One year pilot project aims to transform empty spaces into vibrant places on Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. If you create or make your own wares or IP, run a creative based community group, social enterprise or NFP and are seeking low cost or rent free space you may qualify for this activation project.

Applications Now Open

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SUPPORT ACT

Australia-wide

CRISIS RELIEF GRANTS

For music and performing arts industry workers.
Eligibility:

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or have a valid working visa
  • prove that you have been working professionally in the Australian music or live performing arts industry for three years
  • provide names and details of two professional referees
  • have household expenses which are greater than your household income

There is no deadline to apply, however those experiencing hardship should submit your application as soon as possible.

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PPCA PERFORMERS TRUST FOUNDATION

Australia-wide

Grants to promote and encourage music and the music-related performing arts:
Scholarships for the promotion and encouragement of musical and theatrical education;

The promotion and encouragement of the performing arts to the general public;

The aid or assistance of any beneficiary who is unable to adequately maintain herself/himself by her/his own exertions and other income

Individuals: up to $3,000. Groups: up to $5,000

Applications assessed four times a year.

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NATIONAL DEBT HELPLINE

Australia-wide
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is a challenging time for everyone in Australia (and the world).
This is a guide on steps you can take to look after yourself and your family financially in the Covid-19 pandemic.

It contains information about:

  • Emergency Relief
  • Centrelink support
  • Maintaining your rent or mortgage
  • Payment priorities
  • Making repayment arrangements
  • Accessing superannuation early

If you are in financial difficulty, free support is available at the National Debt Helpline: 1800 007 007. You can speak to a financial counsellor to get advice.

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ARTS LAW CENTRE OF AUSTRALIA

Australia-wide

The arts sector has been hit hard with cancellations and disruption in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. Arts Law has put together answers to some of the most common questions they have received from artists and arts organisations.

Arts Law is a community legal service providing legal advice and support to artists and arts organisations. Where Arts Law may not be equipped to help with certain issues, particularly non-legal ones, they have linked to other services that they recommend you contact.

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BUSINESS VICTORIA

Non-financial opportunity
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Call the Business Victoria coronavirus hotline on 13 22 15 to find out about:

  • the latest information on the public health measures and how these affect your business
  • how to access the financial support available through the national and state governments
  • other support services, like accessing business, legal and IT advice and mentoring to help with things like developing business continuity and recovery plans.

Business Victoria also has advice, updates and support on their website to help your workplace plan and respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

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