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This is a locally relevant selection of the many grants, prizes and opportunities that arise for artists, arts organisations (and non-arts organisations) each year.

For more comprehensive listings visit the websites of Regional Arts NSW, Arts NSW and the Australia Council.

Arts Upper Hunter is happy to provide advice on possible funding sources for your project idea. We also run two workshops on grants and application writing each year.

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The Copland Foundation Grants fund projects throughout Australia that fall under the umbrella of Alex Copland’s interests, namely:

The study, management, conservation, acquisition, and interpretation of collections;
1.The study, managem ...

Closing Date15/11/2017

Scratch Art Space is offering regional artists an opportunity to live and work in Sydney for five weeks over Jan / Feb 2018. The Artist Residency includes accommodation that doubles as a studio, and an optional four day exhibition in our gallery to clo ...

Closing Date15/11/2017

Art of the Threatened Species is a collaboration between the Office of Environment & Heritage and Orana Arts, in recognition of the Saving Our Species program. They are seeking interested artists working in any medium to engage in a self-directed r ...

Closing Date17/11/2017

$50,000 in prizes goes to the creator of the most outstanding photographic portrait.

Portraits selected for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2018 will be displayed at the National Portrait Gallery from March to June and then tour to a r ...

Closing Date20/11/2017

'Contemporary Art Awards’ is a non-acquisitive art award and a six-month online exhibition. It is open to all mediums, which includes painting, works on paper, digital works, video, photography, sculpture, ceramics, installation and jewellery.


Closing Date28/11/2017

The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that our heritage is valued, protected, and enjoyed. The Heritage Grants Program is designed to help owners, managers and communities to know, value and care for their heritage.

The grant streams ...

Closing Date29/11/2017

This will be the second time the Tom Bass Prize will be awarded. Everyone invited to enter including established, emerging and young sculptors.

The Exhibition of Finalists will again be held at Juniper Hall in Paddington, commencing on the 1st ...

Closing Date30/11/2017

Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre (MRAC) invites artists to submit expressions of interest for their 2018 Muswellbrook Artist in Residence (AiR) programme.

The Artist in Residence programme aims to provide an opportunity for the creative dev ...

Closing Date01/12/2017

Indent, a project of MusicNSW and funded by Create NSW, is the peak youth network for all ages’ entertainment in NSW.

The Indent Event Development Grants fund teams of young people who are interested in staging their own all ages, drug and alco ...

Closing Date01/12/2017

Applications for the Writing NSW Access for Regional Writers Grants open on Monday 20 November 2017 for projects taking place between 1 January and 30 June 2018.

The grants are awarded by the NSW Writers’ Centre to help writers in regional NSW ...

Closing Date03/12/2017

The Awards are designed to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of young individuals in NSW & the ACT up to and including 29 years of age, as of 31st December 2017.

We would love for you to nominate ...

Closing Date08/12/2017

Create NSW's Arts and Cultural Projects funding supports professional arts and cultural projects at any stage of the creative process.

Individual artists and arts/cultural workers can apply, as well as organisations, partnerships and groups.


Closing Date11/12/2017

Indigenous writers will be able to apply for new fellowships under an exciting new program developed by the National Writers’ House Varuna, Magabala Books, Sydney University and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

“Australian Indigenous writi ...

Closing Date15/12/2017

This is a national acquisitive prize for contemporary Australian painting. Total prize pool is $30,000.

For all the details please visit http://www.albanyartprize.com.au/

Closing Date8/1/2017

The Public History Prize is an annual award offered by the Professional Historians Association of NSW & ACT (PHA NSW & ACT). The prize is open to NSW & ACT students engaged with the field and practice of public history. The winner will rece ...

Closing Date15/1/2018

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas.

For all the detai ...

Closing Date20/1/2018

The John Glover Art Prize (Glover Prize) is awarded annually for the work judged the best contemporary landscape painting of Tasmania.

The winner receives $50,000 plus a bronze maquette of colonial artist John Glover, designed by Peter Corlett ...

Closing Date26/01/2018

The History Council of NSW's 2018 Awards and Prizes are now open Totalling $6500, these include The Deen De Bortoli Award for Applied History, The Aboriginal History Prize and The Max Kelly Medal.

For all the details please visit https://histor ...

Closing Date31/03/2018

Bringing the religious spirit alive through film.
The Religious Short Film Prize is an opportunity for film-makers to explore the religious quest through a powerful contemporary medium.
Film-makers from all religions or non-religion are invit ...

Closing Date30/04/2018