2020 Cultural Fund Projects


Adelaide Writers’ Festival 2021 $15,000 Adelaide Writers’ Week, 27 February – 4 March 2021, writers’ panel sessions
Brisbane Writers’ Festival 2021 $10,000 Author/Editor Series, May 2021 plus online series, writers’ panel sessions
Byron Writers’ Festival 2021 $7,500 Online Schools Program 2021, 9 – 20 August 2021
Canberra Writers’ Festival 2021 $7,500 Canberra Writers Festival 2021, 18 – 22 August 2021, writers’ panel sessions
Melbourne Writers’ Festival 2021 $20,000 Melbourne Writers Festival, 3 – 12 September 2021, writers’ panel sessions
Perth Festival 2021 $15,000 Literature & Ideas: Weekend in the City, 20 – 21 February 2021, writers’ panel sessions
Sydney Writers’ Festival 2021 $25,000 Our Favourites’ Favourites, 24 April – 2 May 2021, writers’ panel sessions
The Wheeler Centre $15,000 Speakers’ fees for Australian participants in Broadly Speaking digital series
Western Sydney University $27,000 Sydney Review of Books, expand the review coverage of Australian non-fiction


All That We Are* $5,000 ArTELIER Youth: professional mentoring for aspiring writers and illustrators
Australian Association for the Teaching of English / Australian Literacy Educator’s Association $10,000 AATE/ALEA 2021 National Conference Brisbane
Australian Book Review $10,000 ABR Arts – Theatre and visual arts reviews
Australian Poetry $20,000 Australian Poets Festival 2021
Avant Gaga* $10,000 The Poetry Night at Sappho – a monthly poetry event that presents a diverse selection of established and emerging poets
Canberra Glassworks* $8,000 Residency for visual artist Megan Cope
Children’s Book Council Australia NSW Branch* $10,000 Kids, Book Creators with Curious Creatures at Taronga Zoo
Cosmos magazine* $16,000 New ways of seeing: Commissions for creative writers to engage with Australian science through a series of long-form features in Cosmos magazine
Curious Works* $9,700 Everything Is Fine – Writers’ Group Development – A collaborative theatre project developed by young, Western Sydney writers, sharing their perspectives and experiences with mental health through comedy and story-telling
Goolarri Media Enterprises $15,000 To continue teaching, mentoring and supporting emerging Indigenous performance writers
Griffin Theatre Company $66,000 over three years Griffin Award 2021- 2023 – A national playwriting prize celebrating the best in new Australian writing
Griffith Review $20,000 Emerging Longform Voices: A New Award for longform writing (non-fiction, fiction, creative non-fiction), from emerging writers
Guardian Australia $20,000 Weekly reviews of Australian books
Institute of Professional Editors $5,000 Editing on the Edges: 10th National Editors’ Conference
Island Magazine $20,000 over two years Contributors’ fees and the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize
Iwantja Arts* $11,000 For Vincent Namatjira to create a new body of work
Kill Your Darlings* $4,000 Digital Marketing Professional Development for staff
Malthouse Theatre $20,000 Playwriting Innovation Award – A new award to support innovation in playwriting
Melbourne Press Club $15,000 The 2020 Michael Gordon Social Justice Journalism Fellowships
National Art School, NAS Gallery $10,000 Multimedia presentation of John Olsen journals for major exhibition
National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA) $5,000 Professional Practice Mentorship Program
Perpetual Limited $37,500 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award – Prize money for shortlisted authors and towards judges’ fees
Poetry in Action $23,476 To create new theatre shows for young people, both live and digital
Red Room Poetry $45,000 over three years 3030 Poetic Pursuits – 30 poets:30 days of publication – commission 30 poets each year to write poems for publication and amplification with 1-2 poems being released daily as part of the national celebration of Poetry Month in August 2021/22/23
Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators $18,300 Children’s Book Illustrator Awards
Southerly Journal* $12,000 Writing Through Fences – contributors’ fees for new writing by refugee writers
Sydney Review of Books $75,000 over three years Commission 20 writers each year to write substantial review essays on new works of Australian literature
The Ethics Centre $6,000 Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) Digital essay series – commissioning fees for writers
West Space $10,000 Offsite digital commissioning platform for artists
WestWords $60,000 over three years Western Sydney Emerging Writers’ Fellowships

*Supported through the Copyright Agency’s Emergency Action Funding



Australian Book Review $20,000 Commentary on cultural, political and social issues
Australian Historical Association $9,000 Early Career Researcher Scheme
Better Reading $15,000 Online month-long features and promotion of Australian emerging authors
Big Issue in Australia $5,000 The Big Issue Fiction Edition
Blackfella Films $20,000 Books That Made Us, Companion Volume to ABC TV series
Booked Out Agency $15,000 Celebrating Literature across Australia: Rural and Regional Author Visits
Co-Curious $20,000 NextGen – Creative Development & Capacity Building in theatre for people from diverse backgrounds
Cordite Publishing $10,000 Author Payments for Poetry Contributors and Book Authors
Griffith Review $16,000 Unsettling the Status Quo: Supporting new First Nations’ work
Inside Story Publishing $25,000 Inside Story Essays and Reportage
International Pen Sydney Centre $30,000 over three years PEN Free Voices – funding for speakers’ events
Kaldor Public Art Projects $10,500 do it (homework) – Connecting artists with schools
Meanjin $60,000 over three years Meanjin Papers
Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council $10,000 All the Animals – a children’s story book about donkeys and Anangu by storytellers and artists of Tjanpi Desert Weavers
Office of Other Spaces $10,000 The Moon Speaks – funding for Ceridwen Dovey to write text and for visual artists
Photo Australia $10,000 PHOTO Fellowship program for mid-career Australian artists
Queensland Theatre $18,500 Support for Robyn Archer to write “The Other Great Australian Songbook”
Spineless Wonders Publishing $9,000 Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award 2021
State Library of Queensland $15,000 Queensland Literary Awards – David Unaipon Award 2020
The Eleanor Dark Foundation $10,000 The Blue Mountains International Writers’ Residency Program for Australian writers
The Stella Prize $75,000 over three years The Stella Prize 2021-2023
University of Queensland Press $7,000 Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times Poems and Podcast
University of Tasmania $60,000 over three years The Hedberg Writers-in-Residence Program
Westerly Centre $23,319 over three years Westerly Magazine’s Writers’ Development and Fellowship Program 2020–22
Word Travels $49,000 over three years Story-Week 2020, 2021, 2022
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