Funds and Grants
Quick Response Grants
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting cultural activity in regional and remote Australia, the program is administered in the state by RANT Arts.
The Quick Response Grant program is open 4 times each year during the following months: February, May, August and November. Applications submitted by midnight on the last Sunday of each applicable month are collated for assessment and announced within ten working days.
All artists and arts organisations in Tasmania, including Hobart based organisations and artists, are classified as regional and therefore meet the location eligibility criterion of the Regional Arts Fund. Individuals and organisations can apply for Regional Arts Fund Project Grants provided they are based in Tasmania and where the primary beneficiaries are Tasmanian residents. Young and emerging artists, artists from diverse cultural backgrounds, Indigenous artists and artists with disability are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications from remote and isolated communities, or communities experiencing significant disadvantage are strongly encouraged to apply.
Individuals can apply for up to $1,500 and are eligible to receive a total of $3,000 over an 18 month period. Organisations can apply for up to $3,000 and are eligible to receive a total of $6,000 over an 18 month period.
More information here: Guidance material
NSW Small Project Grants (Quick Response)
Create NSW are offering Small Project Grants to support the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. Artists can apply for between $500 and $5000 towards their project.
Applications for Small Project Grants are open on an ongoing basis.
Regional Arts NSW – Quick Response Grants
Made available under the Regional Arts Fund allocation for NSW, Quick Response Grants offer funding for up to $2,000 are intended to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or small project opportunities.
All Quick Response Grants projects must be completed by 1 January 2022
The objectives of the Fund are to support and promote participation in, and access to, Australia’s arts and culture in regional and remote Australia.
Applicants must contact the Funding Manager prior to submitting their application to discuss their proposal and check there are funds available. Contact: Manager, Grants & Projects, Tel 02 9270 2502 Email email@example.com
Applications close 30 June 2021
Revised Criteria: Crisis Cash Requests for Support
In response to JobKeeper reductions, Theatre Network Australia have updated their EOI criteria for their Crisis Cash grant program. Independent artists, producers and production crew in the performing arts who have lost income, and are not receiving JobKeeper at the full-time rate, and belong to a one of the high-risk groups listed on their website, may apply for a one-off emergency payment of $1,000.
Applications for Crisis Cash payments are open on an ongoing basis.
View the expanded criteria and EOI process
Show Starter Loan Scheme
The Show Starter Loan Scheme is a $90 million loan initiative designed to help creative economy businesses access financing for new productions and events that stimulate job creation and economic activity. It provides tailored support to arts and entertainment businesses that have been adversely affected by the pandemic. The Show Starter Loan Scheme is backed by a 100% Government guarantee, which will enhance the ability of participating lenders to provide credit.
Under the Scheme, eligible Australian creative economy businesses will be able to apply for loans of up to 50 per cent of the total budget for an activity (or up to $5 million, whichever is the lesser amount) to support the delivery of new arts and entertainment productions or events. Loan terms are for up to five years.
To submit an Intention to Borrow application, visit the SmartyGrants online portal. You can also access the Show Starter Loan Scheme Rules through SmartyGrants. If you have any questions or need further information, please email the Show Starter Loan Scheme at ShowStarter@arts.gov.au.
Helpmann Academy Elevate Mentorship Program
The Elevate Mentorship Program is a valuable way to build on an emerging career by providing knowledge and experience beyond study, at a point of transition and exploration. This can take the form of creative development or business/entrepreneurial acumen. The mentorship structure can vary considerably depending on the goals of the mentee and what the mentor can offer. Applications should include a proposal outlining how the mentorship will be structured and what the expected outcomes will be.
Examples of how a mentorship can be structured include (but are not limited to):
- Studio visits, allowing for the hands-on development of skills and observational learning
- Development sessions for a dance, music or theatre work
- Film script development and advice on editing a film
- Advice on mounting an exhibition
- Assistance with establishing the business and practical side of an arts practice (e.g. writing a business or marketing plan)
For more information contact Helpmann Academy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Application closes 25 June 2021
Community Grants Program (City of Greater Dandenong)
The City of Greater Dandenong provides financial assistance in the form of grants and donations to community groups and individuals for activities that will benefit local residents.
Applications close 30 June 2021.
Australia Post Community Grants
The 2021 Australia Post Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $10,000 to eligible community-led, local projects that connect individuals and communities to improve mental health and wellbeing.
Being connected and feeling part of a community is vital to maintaining good mental health and wellbeing. At Australia Post, we understand that when people in communities connect, they feel better. We also know that this often results in improved mental health outcomes and we want to support the organisations that are helping make this happen.
Please read the grantGuidelines (PDF 1.92MB) andFAQsto make sure your organisation and project are eligible before applying.
Application closes 4 July 2021
Creative Arts Fellowships
Creative Arts Fellowships offer $10,000 to support writers and artists to spend four weeks at the National Library researching and developing a new artistic concept, artwork or body of work inspired or informed by the collections. Two Fellowships are available:
Creative Arts Fellowship – using our collections, artists can progress or complete a new artwork or body of work. Artists may be working in any medium other than writing. This may include music, dance, visual arts, emerging or experimental artforms. The Creative Arts Fellowship is supported by the Friends of the Library.
Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing – using our collections, writers can progress or complete a new creative work. This may include working in any literary form or genre, but does not include works of non-fiction. The Creative Arts Fellowship for Australian Writing is supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.
Applications close 26 July 2021 1pm AEST
Live Performance Support Program
The Live Performance Support Program has been designed to give the sector confidence to plan live performances in Tasmanian theatres and other venues throughout 2021. This program sees the Tasmanian Government share some of the risk of potential lost ticket sales if performances are required to be cancelled or significantly modified due to changes to Public Health Directives relating to COVID-19.
Tasmanian arts organisations, festival organisers, cultural producers and performing arts venues responsible for box office risk on performances or events in the eligible period can apply for a guarantee ranging from $10 000 to $100 000 through this $2 million program. To be eligible for support, events and performances must feature Tasmanian artists.
Applicants may only submit one application at a time but it may cover multiple performances or events scheduled to occur between April and 30 November 2021.
Applications close 31 October 2021
View all programs and key dates.
This program supports individuals and groups based in Tasmania to take up intrastate (in Tasmania) or interstate (in Australia) activities and individuals, groups and Tasmanian organisations to bring arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.
July round closes: 5 July 2021
For activities commencing after 1 October 2021
October round closes: 11 October 2021
For activities commencing after 1 January 2022.
This program supports: Individual artists and groups based in Tasmania for 6 of the last 12 months, Arts organisations based in Tasmania, Cultural heritage organisations based in Tasmania.
Artsbridge provides funding for expenses associated with taking up intrastate or interstate activities and/or expenses associated with bringing arts professionals to Tasmania to conduct creative and/or professional development activities.
Funding of up to $3000 per Artist or $10000 per group of four or more Artists is available.
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Contact the grants team on 03 6165 6666 or email@example.com
All applicants must meet Arts Tasmania’s general eligibility requirements.
Artsbridge – application form