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 10 November 2022

IAN POTTER FOUNDATION -VIBRANT ARTS GRANTS

Closing Soon
Organisations only

For arts organisations. EOIs open October 17 2022. the Foundation seeks to support first-rate artistic institutions and organisations in metropolitan and regional Australia which are distinctive in artistic achievement, imagination and innovation to:

*foster development across a sector or art form. *host artists in high-calibre professional development and/or leadership opportunities of at least 12 months (e.g. fellowships, apprenticeships, mentorships, internships).

Info session 11am October 4 2022, register to attend.

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Closing 18 November 2022

LIVE MUSIC AUSTRALIA

Closing Soon
Australia-wide
Presentation support

Office for the Arts

The program is designed to bring more live music to Australian communities and will fund applications that support quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. $5,000 to $100,000 available to local government, not-for-profits and businesses.

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Closing 29 November 2022

STRENGTHENING RURAL COMMUNITIES

Closing Soon
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal

Grants up to $10,000 are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities that strengthen local people, places and climate solutions, with a preference for smaller communities (populations under 15,000).

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Closing 2 December 2022

ARTS AND CULTURE - MAJOR GRANTS PROGRAM

Closing Soon
International
Available to non-permanent residents
Organisations only

The Japan Foundation

The Arts and Culture grants program supports a range of arts and culture project such as performances, exhibitions, and festivals, to bring the work of Japanese artists, or Japanese arts and cultural content, to Australian audiences. Funding is distributed to non-profit organisations (individuals are not eligible to apply) to support a variety of high quality, traditional and contemporary content across Australia, and is subject to limited availability.

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Closing 6 December 2022

TRAVEL FUND FOR LITERATURE

Closing Soon
Australia-wide
International

Australia Council

$5,000 grant available to assist with international air fares and other travel costs associated with participation in literary festivals, book tours or other promotional events. Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors and illustrators to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas. The proposal should include a program of activities designed to engage international readers.

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Closing 6 December 2022

VACS MAJOR COMMISSIONING PROJECT (VISUAL ARTS)

Closing Soon
Australia-wide
Presentation support

Australia Council

Only individuals and groups that have a confirmed invitation to present a new commission at an institution before 31 December 2024 may apply. The institution can be Australian or international. Institutions are defined as a galleries or organisations with a publicly accessible space for the presentation of visual arts and crafts. Grants of $100,000 are available.

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Closing 11 December 2022

JOAN AND BETTY RAYNER CHILDREN'S THEATRE COMMISSION

Closing Soon
Victoria-wide
Creative Development support

Australian Children's Theatre Foundation & Regional Arts Victoria

Supporting the creative development of a new performance work to the amount of $20,000 for young children across Victoria. The successful applicant will also be given the opportunity to tour the new work as part of Regional Arts Victoria’s 2024 Arts & Education Program.

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Closing 10 January 2023

IAN POTTER CULTURAL TRUST

Australia-wide

Opening 17 October. For projects or travel happening after 28 April 2023. 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. In particular, they are looking for well-researched and planned projects that make the most of the time spent overseas.

The Trust primarily provides support for structured professional development and networking opportunities overseas such as: Residencies Mentorships Study tours which have a clear skills development focus Private lessons Internships Workshops Conferences and festivals

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Closing 23 January 2023

MABLE COMMUNITY GRANTS

Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Mable Foundation

$2,000 - $20,000 for people and projects that promote independence and inclusion for people with disability and the elders; for projects that promote inclusion across Sports, the Arts, Business & Technology. Mable Community Grants applications open once per year and can be made by an individual, group or business (not charities).

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Closing 14 February 2023

FOUR-YEAR FUNDING FOR ORGANISATIONS - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Australia-wide
Organisations only

Australia Council

Organisations must demonstrate a high degree of artistic achievement, along with a compelling four year vision for the period 2025-2028. To be competitive, organisations will also need to show they are well governed, effectively managed, and generate diverse income streams. This category is intended for organisations that are part of the small to medium arts and cultural sector. Minimum $100,000 per year for 4 years, maximum $520,000/year.

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Closing 28 February 2023

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION & MEMBERSHIP GRANTS - MERRI-BEK

Local Council area only

City of Merri-bek

This funding aims to support initiatives that help residents participate in community life and improve personal outcomes. Open for applications all year. Applications must be submitted at least 4 weeks prior to the activity or event. $750 for individual participation grants, up to $3,000 per year for group & membership activity grants.

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Closing 28 February 2023

BAKEHOUSE STUDIO BURSARIES

Creative Development support
Available to non-permanent residents

Bakehouse Studios

Bakehouse Studios launches a new round of bursaries for fully-supported studio rehearsals, available for women and gender-diverse musicians to apply. You don't need to be a permanent Australian resident to apply.

Bakehouse quick-release rehearsal packages include:

3 x 5.5 hour sessions in the best available room at Bakehouse Studios, Richmond, with

2 x sessions during off-peak rehearsal time &

1 x session during on-peak rehearsal time

Full back-line provided

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Closing 3 March 2023

COMMUNITY STRENGTHENING GRANTS - MERRI-BEK

Local Council area only
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

City of Merri-bek

Supports projects that enhance the wider Merri-bek community and aims to address areas such as social inclusion and community participation, environmental sustainability, healthy and active living and creating vibrant spaces. Funding up to $7,000. Opens on 3 January 2020. Outcome notified in May; for activities starting from July 2023. Online info sessions can be booked in to: https://www.merri-bek.vic.gov.au/my-council/grants-and-awards/community-grants-program/current-community-grants/#autoAnchor1/

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Closing 3 March 2023

ORGANISATIONAL ESTABLISHMENT GRANTS - MERRI-BEK

Local Council area only

City of Merri-bek

To support newly established organisations or groups over three years to grow and become independent. Funding up to $10,000 per annum for 3 years. Opens 3 January 2023. Outcome notified in May; for activities starting from July 2023. Online info sessions can be booked in to: https://www.merri-bek.vic.gov.au/my-council/grants-and-awards/community-grants-program/current-community-grants/#autoAnchor1/

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Closing 7 March 2023

PLAYING AUSTRALIA

Australia-wide

The Australia Council

The Regional Performing Arts Touring Program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. For projects starting after 1 June 2023

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Closing 31 March 2023

FREE BUSINESS COURSES

Non-financial opportunity
Broad grant criteria - not specifically arts

Business Victoria

Courses and Webinars from 30 minutes to 11 hours, on different skills in running a business. These may be useful or accessible. They are designed by a range of different education providers and have different styles and business focuses. They are all free.

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Closing 28 February 2025

MULTICULTURAL SENIORS SUPPORT PROGRAM

Victoria-wide

Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing

Funding supports activities to benefit their members and build stronger community connections. Funding available up to $8,000
Funding can be used for:

  • social and cultural activities
  • improving seniors’ digital accessibility and literacy
  • providing practical support
  • purchasing essential equipment and resources; and
  • running costs

Grant recipients will also receive Public Liability Insurance (PLI) and Group Personal Accident (GPA) Insurance

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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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