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Angela Goh, Desert Body Creep, photo by Zan Wimberley.

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Translation Fund for Literature

Closing Date:

Tue December 6, 2022 3:00 pm (AEDT)

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works by living authors of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism, or analytical prose).

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Rights Fund For Literature

Closing Date:

Tue December 6, 2022 3:00 pm (AEDT)

This program supports literary agents, rights managers and publishers to attend international markets such as book fairs to sell rights in Australian works of creative writing.

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Travel Fund for Literature

Closing Date:

Tue December 6, 2022 3:00 pm (AEDT)

Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors and illustrators to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas.

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VACS Major Commissioning Projects

Closing Date:

Tue December 6, 2022 3:00 pm (AEDT)

This program funds new visual arts and craft commissions to be created for presentation nationally and internationally.

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The Marten Bequest Scholarships

Closing Date:

Tue February 7, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Marten Bequest Scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas.

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Dal Stivens Award

Closing Date:

Tue February 7, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author, aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit.

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Kathleen Mitchell Award

Closing Date:

Tue February 7, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career.

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Four Year Investment for Organisations

Closing Date:

Tue February 14, 2023 3:00 pm (AEDT)

Four Year Investment provides multi-year investment for arts and cultural organisations.

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Closing soon

Translation Fund for Literature

International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works by living authors of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism, or analytical prose).
Closing soon

Rights Fund For Literature

This program supports literary agents, rights managers and publishers to attend international markets such as book fairs to sell rights in Australian works of creative writing.
Closing soon

Travel Fund for Literature

Individuals or international literary organisations may apply to support authors and illustrators to travel to attend events or activities associated with publication and promotion of their work overseas.
Closing soon

VACS Major Commissioning Projects

This program funds new visual arts and craft commissions to be created for presentation nationally and internationally.
Open

The Marten Bequest Scholarships

The Marten Bequest Scholarships offer talented young artists the chance to explore, study and develop their artistic gifts through travelling either interstate and/or overseas.
Open

Dal Stivens Award

The Dal Stivens Award is presented biennially to an author, aged 30 or under, for a short story or essay of the highest literary merit.
Open

Kathleen Mitchell Award

The Kathleen Mitchell Award is presented biennially to the author, aged 30 or under, of an outstanding novel or novella to encourage advancement in their literary career.
Open

Four Year Investment for Organisations

Four Year Investment provides multi-year investment for arts and cultural organisations.

 

We invest in Australian arts and creativity through grants, initiatives, programs and opportunities. Our investment fosters and develops Australia’s arts and cultural sector and raises the profile of Australian arts nationally and internationally.

  • investment in Australian artists at various stages of their careers through our grants programs, fellowships and awards. This investment supports the public’s engagement with arts and creativity 
  • our multi-year investment in organisations through Four Year Funding, multi-year investment in First Nations-led organisations, and the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework. This investment supports cultural organisations to achieve an array of artistic, social, cultural and economic outcomes to national acclaim 
  • management of government initiatives such as the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy and  the national regional touring programs which provide greater access to enriching arts experiences for all Australians 
  • investing in diverse artists, creators and organisations to tell their stories and present this work to broad audiences 
  • ensuring inclusive decision-making and diverse peer assessment panels for our grants and other direct investment 
  • dedicated funding to First Nations people, groups and organisations through our grants program 
  • delivering co-investment that leverages our investment and expertise to support Australian arts and culture. 

  • sector development work underpinned by a significant national sector recovery consultation in 2020–21 
  • stakeholder engagement, partnerships and consultation guided by the principle of ‘nothing about us without us’ 
  • strategic initiatives that encourage diverse representation, including capacity building programs and international development activity 
  • support for the arts and cultural sector to develop new practices and business models to increase audience access to transformative experiences 
  • support and capacity building for the digital and physical mobility of Australian arts and creativity 
  • research that provides a comprehensive picture of Australians’ evolving relationship with the arts in their daily lives, and the economic, social and cultural value of arts and creativity 
  • leveraging our investment and expertise through strategic partnerships  
  • brokering new opportunities for audiences to experience Australian arts 
  • capacity building programs that develop people, grow networks and broker opportunities for Australian arts and artists, contributing to the long term resilience of the Australian arts community 
  • our Digital Culture Strategy 2020–2024 that sets out our approach to support a digitally enabled and thriving arts and cultural sector  
  • strategic partnerships that create new opportunities 
  • pursuing new sources of co-investment to grow the funds available for the arts  
  • international opportunities that nurture meaningful and effective international engagement for the Australian arts and cultural sector. 

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and from artists with disability.

We accept applications in Languages Other Than English (LOTE). 

The Australia Council for the Arts issues SCAM ALERTS to provide information and protect the public from scams using our name. 

You are encouraged to speak with your Australia Council contact about options that can provide flexible support during these difficult times. If you’re not sure who that is, please contact Artists Services we will direct you to the right person.