John Fries Award

The John Fries Award 2017 for early career artists is a non-acquisitive award of $10,000 with all finalists receiving an artist’s fee of $1000 each. It is an exciting opportunity for artists working in all media from performance to photography, from painting to conceptual art, and aims to encompass the multiplicity of contemporary practice.

Applications close: 27 February 2017
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Contact: 1800 066 844 or



The Sidney Myer Fund and the GALFA Board of Directors are pleased to announce their next joint funding round, with a focus on the wellbeing of LGBTI people living with a disability.

A grant of up to $15,000 will be available to support an initiative assisting LGBTI people living with a disability in any of the following areas:

  • Reducing isolation
  • Recognising multiple identities including Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or culturally diverse
  • Building community capacity
  • Enhancing cultural engagement and development
  • Building evidence
  • Improving LGBTI inclusive practice in services.

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Indigenous Affairs Community Led grants

The Department invites applications for grant funding for activities that contribute to the achievement of any combination of outcomes identified in the IAS programme information provided in Annexure 1 of the IAS Grant Guidelines.

The types of activities that may be funded will address one or more of the Government’s priority areas:

  • Education – activities focused on increased school attendance and improved educational outcomes that lead to employment. This includes activities that nurture and educate Indigenous children, youth and adults to improve pathways to prosperity and wellbeing. This includes improving family and parenting support; early childhood development, care and education; school education; youth engagement and transition; and higher education.
  • Employment and Economic Development – support to connect working age Indigenous Australians with real and sustainable jobs, including ensuring remote jobseekers participate in activities and gain experience that builds work-readiness and contributes to the broader community, foster Indigenous business and to assist Indigenous people to generate economic and social benefits, including from natural and cultural assets and including the effective management of Indigenous-owned land and seas.
  • Community Safety – activities that make communities safer for Indigenous Australians, enabling them to enjoy similar levels of physical, emotional and social wellbeing as those enjoyed by other Australians.

Applications close: Ongoing
Contact: 1800 079 098 or
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Festivals Australia

Festivals Australia meets the strategic priorities of supporting participation in, and access to, the arts and encouraging greater private sector support for the arts.

Festivals Australia seeks to celebrate the intrinsic capacity of the arts to engage, inspire and make meaning for all Australians, while supporting the celebration of place and promoting a sense of community identity.

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.

Applications close: 5.00pm, 17 March 2017.
Contact: or 1800 590 577
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ClubGRANTS NSW Round 3

Since the scheme began, clubs have given more than $1 billion to recipients such as Surf Life Saving, the Ted Noffs Foundation, Vision Australia and Legacy. ClubGRANTS funding is available to community groups, charities and sporting teams across NSW. Approximately 500 clubs voluntarily allocate funds to the ClubGRANTS scheme.

Funding is available under three separate categories:

Category 1: Supports community welfare and social services; community development; employment assistance activities; community health services; and projects aimed at improving the living standards of low income and disadvantaged people.
Category 2: Provides funding for general community development and support activities, such as junior sport.  
Category 3: Is a state-wide fund that supports large-scale community infrastructure projects. Grants are available for sport, emergency and disaster relief, and arts and culture infrastructure.    

The program is made possible through the support of NSW clubs, local councils and the NSW Government.
Click here to visit the Find Your Local Grant Round page.

Click here to visit the For Applicants page.

Click here for examples of projects successfully funded under ClubGRANTS.


Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) Grants

The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) supports projects that enhance Australia’s economic,cultural and social relations with the Arab world.  Applicants should carefully read the guidelines before submitting their application.

Successful CAAR projects have clear outcomes, and benefits are spread as widely as possible, leading to greater mutual understanding and cooperation between Australia and the Arab world, on an individual or institutional level. The Council has a special focus on assisting the initiation of activities that are likely to prove self-sustaining

The Council assesses grant applications on the likely benefits a project will bring, rather than the amount requested, and it therefore exercises some flexibility in the amounts disbursed as grants. While the level of grant funding will be decided according to the merits of the proposal, funding will generally be above a minimum of AUD $10,000 per grant, and up to a maximum of AUD $40,000. CAAR encourages applicants to also seek funding for their project from other sources.

Opening date: 9AM AEDT Monday, 6 February 2017
Closing date for submitting applications: 2PM AEDT Monday, 3 April 2017

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