There are a large number of grants and funding opportunities available to artists and not for profit organisations who work in the arts and cultural sector. Part of the role of Arts Upper Hunter is to assist groups and individuals who are seeking funding. So if you have a project and you need some help determining who might be able to provide funding please contact us. We also run courses in the grant process from time to time. There are a number of grants available through Regional Arts NSW, in particular CASP (Country Arts Support Program )for further information about these please contact us, there are also a number of examples of projects that have received funding for projects on the projects page. Up and coming opportunities are listed in our monthly newsletter artsbark.More Information about funding bodies >
Open to prose, fact or fiction between 1000 to 2000 words on the topic of ‘In Defence of Women’. Entry fee $10, first prize $500.
For all the details, visit their http://www.irishheritage.net/prizewinners.html
There are eight sections and a total prize pool of $ 3,050. The art show is being held 17-19th May at the Beresfield Bowling Club.
For all the details and an entry form please down load the form, or contact Pat Lennon, ph 02 4966 1912, or 0421 001 024 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Arts NSW has partnered with Artspace Visual Arts Centre to offer a 12-week residency at the end of 2013 (Oct – Dec 2013). Applicants will need to demonstrate a high degree of artistic merit in their work to date and the potential for the residency to contribute to their future creative and professional development. ■Applicant must be a professional practicing visual artist, and be available to take up the residency at Artspace, Sydney for the full three month period.
For all the details please visit Regional Arts NSW's website http://regionalartsnsw.com.au/2013/02/artspace-ransw-residency/
Rookwood Cemetery is the largest working cemetery in the Southern Hemisphere. Rookwood General Cemetery Trust is once again partnering with Sydney Olympic Park Authority, Auburn City Council and The GroundSwell Project to create the fifth annual Rookwood Sculpture Walk. The 2013 outdoor exhibition will once again be featured amongst the graves in one of the older sites of the cemetery and neighbouring areas.
Artists from culturally diverse backgrounds, emerging artists and artists with a genuine link to Western Sydney are encouraged to enter.
For all the details please visit http://www.hidden.rookwoodcemetery.com.au/
Silent Disco is a gutsy, edgy, contemporary play by award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott. Silent Disco will be presented by Tantrum Theatre as its major production of 2013 and will be performed at the Civic Theatre Playhouse, 25 July – 3 August and Lake Macquarie Performing Arts Centre 8 & 9 August
Tantrum is on the lookout for committed, talented young actors for the following roles:
For more details please download flyer or visit Tantrum Theatre's website http://www.tantrumtheatre.org.au/
Nominations for the 2013 Creative Partnerships Australia Awards (previously the AbaF Awards) are now open. These Awards honour and celebrate the very best in relationships between the creative industries, business and donors as well as innovation and success in arts programs with outcomes for accessibility, arts and health, environmental sustainability, philanthropy and volunteering.
For all the details please visit http://www.creativepartnershipsaustralia.org.au/arts/awards.html
This grant provides professional artists with assistance towards the costs of public presentation of visual arts, craft and design. This can include, but is not limited to, framing, media releases, media photographs, advertising, space rental, installation costs, promotional printing, mail outs, documentation, freight, travel, equipment rental, insurance, technical assistance and opening costs.
Amounts available are: $1250 + GST for individuals and $2500 + GST for groups.
There are four rounds each year, closing dates of the other rounds for 2013 are: 15 August, 15 November.
For guidelines and application details please visit http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants/nsw-artists-grant/
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is calling for entries. Total prize pool is $2,350. The awards are open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, aged 12 years and older, residing in the Muswellbrook, Singleton and Upper Hunter Shires. The exhibition dates are from 18 May to 14 July, with the Awards Ceremony on the 13 July.
For more details please visit the MRAC website at http://www.muswellbrookartscentre.com.au/ or download the entry form below.
This annual competition was initiated in 1988 by the internationally renowned artist and local resident Ken Done AM. The Prize is open to all young people aged 12-21 years and is one of the richest Youth Art Prizes in Australia.
Over $14,000 in cash prizes, art scholarships and materials are awarded to junior, senior and tertiary artists who can submit artworks in a variety of art media including; painting, photography, drawing, sculpture/installation, printing and video.
For all the details please visit http://mosmanartgallery.org.au/exhibitions/mosman-youth-art-prize-2013
North Sydney Art Prize takes a new direction exhibiting painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture, installation and site specific works across two venues. $10,000 Major Open Award. $20,000 in total prizes.
For all the details please visit http://www.northsydney.nsw.gov.au/Community_Services/Arts_Culture/The_North_Sydney_Art_Prize
Open to short stories of any genre from 2000-5000 words. First prize $5000 plus publication on the ABR Online Edition website, and an e-book. Second Prize: $2000. Third Prize: $1000. Shortlisted entries may also be published in selected issues of ABR. Entry fee: $20.
For all the details please visit their website https://www.australianbookreview.com.au/prizes/elizabeth-jolley-story-prize
These grants support the development and touring of contemporary creative visual arts and crafts exhibitions.
For all the details on these grants please visit the Australia Council's website http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2013/visions-of-australia-and-contemporary-touring-initiative
Steam eReads is calling for entries to the 2013 “Some Like it Hot” Romantic Fiction Competition.
They are looking for original, previously unpublished works of 50,000+ words. Entry is free, and open to Australian and international writers aged 18 and over.
Total prize pool is $3,000 AUD.
For all the details please visit Steam eReads' website http://steamereads.com.au/competition/
These grants assist the touring of professionally produced performing arts across Australia, including regional and remote areas, where there is a demonstrated public demand and tours are otherwise not commercially viable.
Opens 22 April.
For all the details please visit http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2013/playing-australia-31-may
This prize is presented by the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens. It is open to amateur, professional and student botanical illustrators. There are 3 sections and a total of $2,000 prize pool. For all the details please visit the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens at http://www.huntergardens.org.au/ or call 02 4987 1655.
The Seed Fund supports emerging musicians, artists and arts workers via 4 grant categories, and 3 initiatives.
For all the details please visit their website http://www.theseedfund.org/
The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists provides assistance towards travel (for educational purposes) and/or tuition costs for young people building a career in the visual arts broadly in the areas of painting, photography or sculpture.
For all the details please visit http://www.visualarts.net.au/grants/freedman-foundation-travelling-scholarship
This is Gloucester Arts & Cultural Council's annual photography competition focusing on Gloucester Shire and it’s culture. Total prize pool of $1500. Categories Include:
• The Lie of the Land
• Cultural Events
• This Natural Environment
• Man Made
• Not Your Normal Photo
• Absence of Colour
The information form and entry form can be downloaded from the Gloucester Gallery's website http://www.gloucester-gallery.com.au/downloads
The Hutchins Art Prize is a nationally recognised biennial award for works on paper. The award is open to artists working in Australasia and the Pacific rim and offers a first prize of $15,000. For all the details please visit http://www.hutchins.tas.edu.au/hutchins-art-prize/
Open to short stories, micro fiction and poetry on any topic, or short stories on the theme “gem”. Word limits and prizes vary. Students aged 12-18: $3 entry fee, 18+: $10 entry fee.
For all the details please visit http://www.capwritersandfriends.com/liz-huf-memorial-literary-awards.html
This year's theme is "All Things Thoroughbred. Best in Show - $15,000, Runner Up - Antler Luggage & Yalumba Wine, and People's Choice - Mont Marte Crank Easel. Artwork must include at least one thoroughbred. Artwork dimension to be no greater than 125cm including frame.
For all the details and to enter online please visit http://www.australianartsales.com.au/InglisEquineArtPrize.html
Jumpstart production grants offer a total of $45,000 worth of equipment and facilities annually with three application rounds. Successful applicants can access Metro Screen’s high quality equipment, studio and post production facilities to offset your production budget.
Rounds close in 2013: 4 November.
Presented by the Rotary Club of Singleton On Hunter. Total prize pool is $14,000. Overall Winners Prize is $5000. There are 12 sections: Section A - Traditional Prize, Section B - Watercolour Prize, Section C - Contemporay Prize, Section D - Pencil, Pen Ink Prize, Section E - Portrait Prize, Section F - Still Life /Flowers Prize, Section G - MIniature Prize, Section H - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Prize, Section I - Local Prize, Section J - Youth Award 16-18 yrs, Section K - Youth Award 12-15 yrs, Section l - Youth Award 8-11 yrs.
For full details please Graeme O’Brien on 65745185 or at email@example.com
Open to short stories, this competition invites stories from the bottom of the world. 4000-word limit. First prize: $500 and publication in Spineless Wonders annual anthology. $10 entry fee.
For all the details please visit their website http://shortaustralianstories.com.au/submissions/the-carmel-bird-award/
Skills and Arts Development – General grants enable professional development opportunities for craftspeople, designers, media artists, visual artists, arts writers and curators.
The professional development activities supported by the Visual Arts Board may include self-organised residencies, writing projects, curatorial projects, mentorships, participation in conferences or workshops and research projects. Individual artists and groups are eligible to apply.
For all the details please visit http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2013/visual-arts-skills-and-arts-development-general
The Dungog Annual 2013 Art Exhibition will again be held during the Pedalfest weekend. Opening night - Friday 14th September. 2013. The exhibition will continue through to Sunday 22nd September, 2013. The venue again will be the Workshop, 96-102 Dowling St. Dungog.
Application forms will be available at the end of June. Enquiries to Marilyn Rudak, President, 4995 6030 – email firstname.lastname@example.org.
These grants support regional, remote and community festivals to present quality arts projects which have not been presented before, and would not be possible without financial support. No maximum grant amount limit.
For all the details please visit http://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/grants/2013/festivals-australia-6-september
VIM Skills Initiatives Grants provide funding to volunteer museums, museum networks and keeping places for regional or state focused skill development training and networking events. Grants of up to $5000. available.
For all the details please visit http://mgnsw.org.au/grants/vim_skills_initiatives_grants/
The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal’s Small Grants for Small Rural Communities is a collaborative program supported by various partners. The program will offer up to $400,000 per round in grants up to $5,000 for projects and activities that offer clear public benefit for communities, with populations of 10,000 or less, living in small rural and remote locations in Australia, contributing to their development in social and community welfare, economic, environmental, health, education or cultural areas.
For all the details please visit their website http://www.frrr.org.au
VIM Development Projects Grants allow community museums and keeping places to carry out strategic and innovative projects with mid to long term outcomes. The grants can also provide an opportunity to work productively with an appropriate museums and/or arts consultant as a skill development opportunity. Grants of between $2,000 and $7,000 available.
For all the details please visit http://mgnsw.org.au/grants/vim_development_project_grants/
The 100 Years from Gallipoli Poetry Project challenges poets to answer the following question:
Total prize pool is $5,000. For all the details please visit Ozzy Writer's website http://www.ozzywriters.com/index.php/100-years-from-gallipoli or download the flyer.
This award is a new initiative for Lorne Sculpture aimed at developing critical writing about contemporary sculpture. The Scarlett Award will be a nation wide competition for Australian professional and non professional critics, artists and writers. It gives all the opportunity to contribute reviews about sculpture exhibitions or public art installations; whether that is a solo, group, or a major event within Australia.
Cash prize of $5,000.
For all the details please visit the Lorne Sculpture Biennale's website http://www.lornesculpturebiennial.com/TheScarlettAward.html