If you are developing a creative project that just doesn’t quite fit into the Regional Arts Fund guidelines, there may be other funding opportunities available to you.
Here is a brief list of some grant programs that may interest you. This list is not definitive, as there are many sources of government and philanthropic funding out there.
Before you start searching
Before you start your desktop research on funding, it’s important to break down your project and consider where the needs for funding sit. For example, are you working on a festival and require funds to pay for acts? Do you have a great community project in mind but need materials and payment of artist’s fees? Does your project encompass community health, is it educational, or will you bring an artist into your community to work œin residence? If you truly understand your project and why it is being created, you will be better placed to find funds that you will be able to direct to the appropriate area of your project.
Regional Development Victoria have a variety of grants that help to facilitate investment, create jobs and build regional communities.
For details go to http://www.rdv.vic.gov.au/grants-and-programs/grants-and-programs-search
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. A search of their grants will provide you with guidelines regarding funding for both individuals and groups with a variety of grants available to support fellowships, career development, touring, leadership and more.
For details go to http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/
Creative Victoria provides direct support to Victoria’s arts sector through a range of funding programs.
Together, these programs are designed to stimulate high quality, diverse arts activity across the state; strengthen Victoria’s reputation as a centre for artistic excellence and creativity; and ensure that all Victorians have opportunities to participate in and enjoy the arts.
VicHealth adds strength to other organisations working in health promotion through the provision of funding and other resources.
For details go to https://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au/funding
The Foundation for Regional & Rural Renewal (FRRR) have a variety of grants open at different times throughout the year to support communities to achieve social and economic aims.
For a grants calendar and further details go to https://www.frrr.org.au/grant_calendar.php
APRA AMCOS covers the rights and uses of music, for both local and international songs, for the benefit of music creators and music customers. APRA AMCOS deliver funds to hundreds of initiatives across Australia and New Zealand.
The National Association for Visual Arts (NAVA) offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual artists, craft and design practitioners.
For opportunities go to https://visualarts.net.au/opportunities/
Film Victoria works in partnership with film, television and games practitioners and industries to foster innovation and excellence in projects and people, encourage audience engagement, and promote our unique and diverse state as a filming destination. Film Victoria fund numerous programs in relation to the film industry.
For details of funding opportunities go to https://www.film.vic.gov.au/funding/
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Images from top to bottom
Transplant, Regional Arts Funded project by Makr Penzak, Photo by Eliza-Jane Gilchrist
Julie Shaw & Ann Ferguson Installing “Tallarook Stacks”, a Regional Arts Funded project, photo by Sandra Bowlett