New funding program for the arts

Funding announcement: Australian Arts and Cultural Fund

Catalyst - new funding program for the arts

A new funding program for the arts has just been announced!

After consultation with the arts community and following the appointment of a new federal Arts Minister the federal government has re-tooled their earlier National Program for Excellence in the Arts and announced a new program called Catalyst.

Catalyst aims to assist organisations to develop new creative and financial partnerships and to encourage participation in cultural activity by all Australians.

Priorities for the fund include innovative projects by small to medium organisations, and projects that increase participation of regional Australians in the arts and enhance our international reputation.

Funding can support activities such as performances, exhibitions, tours, development and creation of new work, festivals, investment in foundation or fellowship programs, and infrastructure and capacity-building projects.

For your application, you will need a project work plan and a detailed budget, and you will need to address the assessment criteria on the online form.

Applications will be assessed by at least three people, with a combination of independent and Ministry for the Arts assessors.

Applications are open now and are made online through the SmartyGrants grants management system. It’s easy to register if you aren’t already registered. Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications before mid-December to be considered for funding in early 2016. Otherwise applications can be made at any time and successful applicants will be advised quarterly.

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