COVID-19 Emergency Action Funding

Opportunity Closes Notified
Innovative Online Projects closed 13 April 2020 17 April 2020
Virtual Writers’ Festivals closed 13 April 2020 17 April 2020
Grants Program closed 23 April 2020 13 May 2020
Visual Arts Projects closed 23 April 2020 4 May 2020
In addition to these grants, please also see the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants for 2020.

 

Emergency Action Funding for Innovative Online Projects

Applications closed

This funding will support exceptional individuals or groups to create innovative online projects, including podcasts, featuring Australian writers. Funding will support payments to writers and to hosts/interviewers. Grants of up to $5,000 are available for these projects.

The criteria for this funding are:

  1. Funding will support payments to Australian authors only.
  2. Projects should promote authors whose books have recently been published.
  3. Interviewer/hosts should demonstrate a relationship with publishers and familiarity with their publishing schedules.
  4. Writers will include a mix of established and newer writers, in many literary genres, and from diverse backgrounds.
  5. Arrangements for the promotion and sale of Australian writers’ work – either in physical or digital form – should be integrated and promoted as part of the project.
  6. Applicants must have acquitted any overdue grants from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants.

 

Support for Australian Writers’ Festivals

Applications closed

The Cultural Fund supports many of Australia’s major, national writers’ festivals to present panel sessions or talks which focus on Australian writers. As a result of COVID-19 we are offering funding for festivals who have been adversely impacted by COVID-19 to present their festival online.

Our priority is to ensure Australian writers are paid to participate in the festival and for any new work created for the festival.

The criteria for this funding are:

  1. The grant money must be paid to Australian authors and panellists.
  2. If a funded panel is made up of Australian and international authors, all participants should be paid; however, our grant will support Australian writers only.
  3. Participating writers will include a mix of established and newer writers, in many literary genres, and from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Festivals must ensure appropriate payment to authors and panellists in line with usual festival appearance fees.
  5. All sessions should be promoted and/or podcast via the festival’s usual channels.
  6. Copyright Agency’s funding should be acknowledged for all funded panel sessions.
  7. Arrangements should be made for the promotion and sale of Australian writers’ work via the festival website or through other digital channels.
  8. Applicants must have acquitted any overdue grants from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants.

 

Emergency Action Funding Grants Program

For individual writers, visual artists and creative organisations

Applications closed

This funding will support Australian writers, visual artists, publishers, and key stakeholders adversely impacted by COVID-19. Grants of between $5,000 to $20,000 are available.

The criteria for this funding are:

  1. The funding will support writing and visual arts projects adversely impacted by COVID-19 or responding directly to COVID-19.
  2. Applicants must be Australian citizens or residents or an organisation in Australia.
  3. The grants will support work by established and new creators, in many genres, and from writers and visual artists from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Funding to creative organisations should ideally be matched from other sources.
  5. Grants for individuals will generally be for $5,000, and may be higher, depending on particular projects. Copyright Agency strongly encourages successful applicants to seek matched funding from other sources.
  6. Applicants must have acquitted any overdue grants from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants.

 

Emergency Action Funding for Visual Arts Projects

For individual artists and groups

Applications closed

This funding will support up to ten visual artists to undertake projects that immediately respond to the impact of COVID-19. Funding is available for the documentation or creation of new work in any medium and style.

Grants of up to $2,500 are available.

The criteria for this are:

  1. The funding is open to visual arts projects adversely impacted by COVID-19 or responding directly to COVID-19.
  2. Applicants must be Australian citizens and residents.
  3. The funding is open to individual visual artists and for collaborative projects.
  4. The applicant(s) must demonstrate a commitment to professional practice through exhibition and publication history.
  5. Applicants must have acquitted any overdue grants from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund grants.
Important dates

For closing date changes to our existing grants, visit the Cultural Fund page.

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