UPDATE: Arts Funding and Support Programs

Posted 23 December 2020

A number of arts grants are open for a second round. From the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund to Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program, you may have an opportunity to submit.

  • RISE – Funding of $75,000 to $2 million is available to organisations in the arts and entertainment sector. RISE supports cultural and creative events or activities that will contribute to an organisations financial viability and job creation to support Australian artists, performers and their work. Deadline for the second round is Thursday 14 January. Visit the Office for the Arts for more information.
  • Live Music Australia – grants of up to $100,000 are available to support small to medium music venues become operational again. Deadline for the next round is Thursday 18 February. More information is available on the Office for the Arts website.
  • Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support program – Funding of up to $20 million per annum is allocated to organisations within the Indigenous visual arts industry who have a strong participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Find out if you are eligible to apply by visiting this page on the Office for the Arts website.
  • Arts Sustainability Fund – an initiative through the Federal Governments $250 million COVID-19 Creative Economy Support Package through the $40 billion Coronavirus Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Guarantee Scheme. The round opened Monday 31 August 202 and will remain open until all funds are allocated, or until Monday 31 May. For more information head to the Arts Sustainability Fund page on the Office for the Arts website.
  • Show Starter Loan Scheme is designed to assist eligible businesses with loans of up to 50% of total budget for an activity that supports the delivery of new arts and entertainment production or events. Applications close Wednesday 16 June 2021. Further information can be found on the Show Starter Loan Scheme page on the Office for the Arts website.

Applications for the above are through the online grants portal of SmartyGrants.

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