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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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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CITY OF PORT PHILLIP

Australia-wide

For individuals: Support for individual residents who are experiencing barriers to participation and have been selected and or invited to participate in an educational, sporting, cultural, recreational, or artistic pursuit through elite and competitive local events and activities. Up to $500.
For organisations: including programs and projects that increase social connection and participation, particularly for marginalised, vulnerable, and disadvantaged cohorts; & programs and projects that enhance, beautify, and celebrate local neighbourhoods. Up to $2,000
Open all year.

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AUSTRALIAN FESTIVALS ASSOCIATION

Victoria-wide

Just Add Music

Open to promoters and organisers, artists, venues (public and private) and other festival stakeholders who can deliver a series of projects specifically designed to grow opportunities for artists, provide sustainable frameworks and bolster programs with local original music content across outer suburban and regional Victoria.

Up to $100,000 per applicant.

EOIs close 30 June 2022. Events must be completed by 30 September 2022

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BIGSOUND

Closing soon
Non-financial opportunity
ARTIST APPLICATIONS FOR SEPTEMBER 2022

A showcase opportunity that puts artists in front of leading music industry delegates. The core purpose of BIGSOUND is to create business outcomes for showcasing artists by exposing them to the best of the Australian and international music industry in Brisbane Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 September 2022. Applications are assessed by gauging what potential outcomes artists may achieve from showcasing and ensuring showcasing artists are capitalising on existing momentum.

Applications close: Friday 20 May 2022

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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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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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CITY OF BALLARAT

Closing soon
Local Council area only
CREATIVE INSPIRATION GRANT

This is an ongoing grant program providing $1,000 to artists, creatives, producers, performers, creative industries, makers and artisans who are living, working or studying in the City of Ballarat. Administered by Regional Arts Victoria on behalf of the City of Ballarat, with three grant rounds throughout the 2021/2022 financial year.

Applications close: 3 June 2022

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CITY OF CASEY

Closing soon
Local Council area only

New Ground Commissions

Bunjil Place has launched a new commission program inviting early-mid career creatives in Casey, Cardinia and Dandenong to respond to the provocation "being an artist in the South East". Commissioned artists will receive financial support and work closely with the Arts team with the opportunity to present at Bunjil Place in October 2022. Commission tiers range from $4,000 to $14,000. Proposals from artists, curators, performers and collectives working in any creative background are welcome.

Applications close 5.00pm, Monday 6 June

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CITY OF DAREBIN

Presentation support
Local Council area only
FUSE FESTIVAL FUND

FUSE 2023 has a limited number of grants available between $1000 & $20,000. These grants are available for Darebin-based artists and community organisations to present their work as part of FUSE in Autumn or Spring 2023. There are 2 information sessions:

Applications close: 19 June 2022

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CITY OF DAREBIN

Presentation support
Closing soon
2023 GRANTS PROGRAM
  • Venue Hire – up to $8,000
  • Youth Projects – up to $5,000
  • Small Community Grants – up to $3,000
  • Medium Project Grants for Creative Projects and Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing – up to $15,000

Creative Projects can be applied for as an individual. For other grants of over $3,000 individuals are only eligible if auspiced. You can apply from outside the City of Darebin,  but your project must engage with, and primarily benefit the Darebin community.

Applications close: 31 May 2022

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CITY OF HUME

Closing soon
Local Council area only

EVENT SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM

For events in Hume between Jan-June 2023. For incorporated organisations, or auspiced applicants. Up to $30,000 over 4 tiers of event types, based on attendance (1,000 – 4,000+ people)

Applications close: 31 May 2022

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CITY OF MELBOURNE

Closing soon
Available to non-permanent residents
Australia-wide
Creative Development support
ANNUAL ARTS GRANTS 2023

Grants are available to artists and small to medium arts organisations from all backgrounds and abilities in three categories:

  • arts projects
  • Aboriginal arts projects
  • arts residencies

Support will be considered for one-off projects, a specific component of an annual program or a creative development that results in a public outcome within the City of Melbourne boundaries in 2023. Projects presented online and creative developments without a public outcome will also be eligible if they can demonstrate a connection to the City of Melbourne. Free online grant writing workshops are also offered on May 11, 12 and 19.

Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 15 June 2022

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CITY OF PORT PHILLIP & THE FITZROY ST BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Non-financial opportunity
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts
RENEW FITZROY STREET

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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CITY OF YARRA

Local Council area only
Non-financial opportunity
COMMUNITY TRAINING – INCLUDES GRANT WRITING

Sessions are run throughout the year to support not-for profit and community organisations in Yarra to help them run as effectively as possible. This is a great opportunity for people involved in local community organisations to seek advice and information about how to apply for grants, managing relationships, project management and media strategies. The program is aimed at community leaders, managers, coordinators, members of management committees or people considering joining management committees of not-for profit community organisations. All training sessions are free, however bookings are essential as places are limited.

Registrations for each session opens approximately 4 weeks prior.

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CITY OF YARRA

Local Council area only

Annual Arts Grants 2023

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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CITY OF YARRA

Local Council area only
SMALL PROJECTS GRANTS

Quick response grants for community groups and artists running projects in Yarra. Applicants may receive one Small Project Grant up to $1,000 per financial year.

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CREATIVE VICTORIA

Closing soon
Victoria-wide

Creative Neighbourhood Infrastructure Support Program

This program is open to micro to medium sized creative organisations and businesses, creative individuals and collectives as well as non-creative businesses and community organisations. Grants will support small to medium capital works, digital infrastructure upgrades, equipment purchases and installation.

Applications close: Thursday 2 June 2022 3pm

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CITY OF YARRA

Closing soon
YOUTH-LED GRANTS

Youth-Led Grants These grants provide an opportunity for a young person or group of young people aged 16-25 who live, work, study or have a strong connection to Yarra, to apply for a grant of up to $3,000 to plan, drive and deliver a project or event by young people for young people within Yarra.

Particular consideration will be given to initiatives that provide opportunities for young people to:

  • connect with or learn from, their peers, family and community
  • showcase their talents, identity, and culture
  • get involved and have a say in matters affecting them locally
  • learn about and address emerging themes for young people (such as health, safety, bullying, discrimination, and environmental awareness and sustainability)
  • get involved in inter-generational activities and opportunities

Applications closes on 31 May 2022 (or when the funding pool has been expended)

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MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL

Non-financial opportunity

Registrations Open

Registrations for the 2022 Melbourne Fringe Festival (6-23 October) are now open. Includes: event listing on the website, access to the ticketing platform, inclusion in our Festival , support from the in-house publicist, an artist pass for events and Club Fringe, touring and awards opportunities, and a suite of workshops, networking events and information resources.

Registrations Close: 1 July 2022

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MELBOURNE FRINGE FESTIVAL

Presentation support
Creative Development support
THE FRINGE FUND

The Cash to Create stream pays independent artists to make new work to be presented in the Festival or at Fringe Common Rooms. For artists at all stages in their careers.
Cash for Equity stream: Deadly Fringe and Radical Access. For artists who identify as First Nations, Deaf, or disabled.

Applications close: Sunday 22 May 2022

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MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS AND CITIZENSHIP

Australia-wide
Organisations only
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts
FOSTERING INTEGRATION GRANTS 2023

For Not-for-profit organisations.


The underlying principles of the Fostering Integration Grants are to assist migrants to integrate into Australian social, economic and civic life; support small culturally diverse community organisations and groups in Australia that provide cultural activities, and community programs and events; build upon Australia’s multicultural success with a particular focus on building social cohesion.

Applications close: 14 June 2022

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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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NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA

International
Available to non-permanent residents
NATIONAL FOLK FELLOWSHIP

The Fellowship provides support for professional development of artistic practice through research in the Library’s extensive folklore and related collections, as well as the documentation of the Fellow’s work for the Library’s Collection. Includes $8,000 stipend, a 4-week residency between October 2022 and early February 2023, a performance at the National Folk Festival (April 2023), a live streamed, public presentation/performance at the National Library of Australia (November 2023). Open to Australian & overseas applicants.

Application close: 21 June 2022 5pm

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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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REGIONAL ARTS VICTORIA

Victoria-wide
QUICK RESPONSE GRANTS

The Quick Response Grant program is open to applications on an ongoing basis throughout the year, for professional development opportunities for artists and arts workers or small project opportunities. Funding is up to $3,000 for Individuals, $5,000 for organisations. It supports immediate need that arises where the activity is unable to be planned for or supported in other funding rounds.

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SANGAM

Available to non-permanent residents

Commissions 2022 - "Light"

Sangam (Festival) is commissioning 6 early to mid-career South Asian performing artists who are connected to the Cities of Casey and Greater Dandenong to develop new performing art works; 3 live and 3 on large screen presentation, which respond to the provocation “Light”. Successful applicants will receive funding for their commission and work closely with the Sangam Creative team to develop and deliver these projects and the outcomes. Outcomes will be presented in October-November 2022, either on screens in The City of Greater Dandenong and / or at a live performance at Bunjil Place.

Submissions close 10 June 2022 5pm

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SIDNEY MYER FELLOWSHIPS

Australia-wide
SIDNEY MYER FELLOWSHIPS NOMINATIONS

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships provide unrestricted grants of $160,000 tax free over two years to individual Australian artists, arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Specific outcomes for the Fellowships are not required.

The two criteria used to select Fellows are: outstanding talent and exceptional courage. Specifically, this talent and courage relates to the artistic practice of the Fellows and not to cases of personal hardship.

Nominations are welcome for artists and arts managers across the entire spectrum of the visual, performing, interdisciplinary, new media and literary arts. Consideration is also given to arts managers and thought leaders in the humanities. Applicants to the program may not self-nominate and must include two referees who are not the nominator.

Nominations close: 5 June 2022

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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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THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL

Closing soon
International
Australia-wide

Mordant Family Fellowship EOI

This enables a visual artist to join the American Academy in Rome community for a period of two months to pursue their work. Practising established visual artists with a record of exhibitions in public institutions and galleries may apply. Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Fellows receive a grant worth AUD 7,500, a private single room and studio space in the AAR building, access to the library, gardens and other communal spaces and participation in the AAR’s events programme.

Closing date: Tuesday 7 June 2022

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THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL

Closing soon
Australia-wide
Presentation support

Playing Australia - Project Investment

Support for performing arts tours to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. Please note there have been changes recently introduced which may alter your approach to applying for Playing Australia. These changes give you the opportunity to:

  • present a proposed tour with an unconfirmed itinerary
  • propose an alternative touring model such as a residency model with live performance outcomes
  • present a tour that includes significant and targeted community engagement
  • present an annual touring program for single or multiple works
  • propose a digital tour

Applications close: Tuesday 7 June 2022

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THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL

Closing soon
Australia-wide

ACME residency – London

This supports visual artists, including arts writers and curators, in spending up to six months at the ACME studio to develop their projects and engage in networking opportunities.

Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Closing date: Tuesday 7 June 2022

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THE BUNDANON TRUST

Closing soon
Australia-wide

Dobell Foundation Visual Artist Residencies

The Bundanon Trust invites applications for its artist in residence programme. This provides artists of all disciplines, genres and levels of experience from Australia and overseas with time and space for research and the creation of new work by offering residencies.

Closing date: Monday 6 June 2022

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THE MELBOURNE PRIZE FOR MUSIC

Victoria-wide
REGISTRATIONS OF INTEREST

All music genres and career stages are eligible. Prize pool $90,000. Only open to Victorian musicians and groups, including performers and composers. Financial and professional development opportunities to artists, this is offered every three years.

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