FESTIVALS AUSTRALIA GRANTS NOW OPEN
Festivals Australia will fund high quality arts or cultural heritage projects that participants and audiences can engage with, through activities such as a parade, performance, workshop, installation or exhibition.
Festivals Australia will:
- provide access to a diverse range of high quality, innovative arts projects that grow audiences at festivals across regional Australia
- support partnerships and collaboration across the arts sector
- encourage community participation in arts projects at regional and remote festivals
To achieve these objectives, Festivals Australia will offer funding to support individual art projects that will allow community members living in regional or remote Australia to participate in or appreciate an arts driven experience at:
- A festival – which under Festivals Australia, is considered to be a program of events that is open to the public and provides an opportunity to gather and celebrate. A festival is presented regularly, for example annually, biennially or triennially; or
- A significant one-off community celebration – which under Festivals Australia is a schedule of events that are open to the public and are focused on an anniversary or launch of great significance to the community. For example, a town or area’s centenary celebrations, a significant anniversary of a major local event or the opening of a major new community resource could be the basis for an eligible significant one-off community celebration.
What Festivals Australia will fund
Festivals Australia will fund high quality arts or cultural heritage projects that participants and audiences can engage with, through activities like a parade, performance, workshops, installation or exhibition. Projects must be a single discrete activity, not a range of unrelated activities across the festival program. The arts or cultural heritage focus of the project could include but is not limited to:
- cross art form
- visual arts and crafts
Who Festivals Australia will fund
To be eligible for funding, applicants must:
- be an Australian incorporated organisation
- have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
- be registered for the Goods and Services Tax (GST), if required by the Australian Tax Office]
- not have any outstanding reports, acquittals or serious breaches relating to any Commonwealth funding
- Unincorporated groups are eligible for funding but must be auspiced by an organisation that meets the above criteria.
What Festivals Australia will not fund
- a project at a festival in a capital city or metropolitan location
- projects that will commence before the funding is approved
- components of projects that are also funded by other programs administered by the Ministry for the Arts
- Eligible projects need to align clearly with the objectives of the Program.
If you are uncertain if your organisation or the project you are considering may be eligible please contact the Ministry for the Arts prior to submitting your application.
What you can’t spend grant funds on Festivals Australia grant funds may not be used for:
- festival or business start-up costs
- general marketing
- insurance costs
- operating costs for the festival
- publication of festival programs
- infrastructure costs including building or fitting out permanent structures
Applications / Guidelines
Address: 3-5 National Circuit BARTON 2600 ACT
Phone: 1800 590 577
Email: festivals [at] arts [dot] gov [dot] au
Applications are now open!
Applications for Festivals Australia opened on 10 September 2015 and are due by 5pm AEST on 9 October 2015.