Grants

Arts & Communications Grants

Support Act

The charity, Support Act, has $10 million to provide immediate crisis relief to artists, crew and music and live performance workers who have lost employment or are experiencing hardship following the cancellation of gigs, music festivals and other performances across the country.  For funding from Support Act, please click here.

Free, confidential counselling support is available for individuals in the music or performing arts industries through Support Act on 1300 731 303 or by contacting their Wellbeing Helpline on 1800 959 500. For more information visit the Support Act website.

If you are experiencing a personal crisis, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.

 

RISE - Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund (GO4286)

This program aims to provide capital to help production and event businesses who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic to put on new festivals, concerts, tours and events as social distancing restrictions ease, including through innovative operating and digital delivery models. It seeks to support the delivery and presentation of activities across all art forms to audiences across Australia

RISE will provide various grants for varying amounts between $75,000 to $2 million.

The maximum grant period for the activity is two years, from the date of execution of the funding agreement. Funding is available in the 2020-21 financial year only.

The objectives of RISE are to:

  • assist companies in the arts and entertainment sector to present new or re-imagined activities which have been disrupted by the COVID-19 restrictions
  • deliver new activities, opportunities and structural adjustments that have been developed in response to the COVID-19 restrictions, including innovative ways to deliver content and productions
  • provide increased employment opportunities in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • generate increased economic activity in the arts and entertainment sector and allied industries
  • help build the longer-term financial sustainability of cultural and creative companies, including increased revenue and earning capacity
  • provide creative and cultural experiences to audiences across Australia.

Eligible activities are those that support cultural and creative events or activities that, in the absence of this funding, would be substantially less likely to proceed (due to constrained availability of funding to the applicant as a consequence of COVID-19), including:

  • Cultural and creative events or activities, including innovative ways to deliver performances, exhibitions, tours and online delivery
  • Cultural and creative programming and promotion
  • Festivals
  • Purchasing or leasing essential equipment for events, such as sound or lighting equipment
  • Development of COVID-safe infrastructure and protocols
  • Community outreach activities such as workshops
  • Capacity-building activities that link to the objectives and outcomes of the program, supporting support an organisation to build long-term financial sustainability.

Closes 31 December 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.

Please note, those who were unsuccessful in the first round of this grant should contact [email protected] to discuss reapplying.

 

Arts Projects for Organisations

This grants funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Organisations that undertake arts programs, projects or that provide services to artists are welcome to apply.

Organisations can propose a single project, a suite of projects or annual programs of activity.

Grants are available from $20,000 to $100,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

You can only submit one application to this closing date for Arts Projects - Organisations.

The grant funds a range of activities, for example:

  • professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
  • the creation of new work
  • practice-based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • activities to develop the arts sector
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
  • activities that creatively engage communities.

Closes 1 March 2022  for projects beginning after 1 June 2022.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Grants between $10,000 and $50,000 are available.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- Professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
- The creation of new work
- Practice-based research
- Creative development
- Experimentation
- Collaborations
- Touring
- Festivals
- Productions
- Exhibitions
- Performances
- Publishing
- Recording
- Promotion and marketing
- Market development activity
- Activities that creatively engage communities

Closes 1 March 2022  for projects beginning after 1 June 2022.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Festivals, Events and Awards (Marketing Support)

Screen Australia will contribute to the promotional budget for eligible events generally up to $20,000 for feature films and television series and $10,000 for short films.

The level of funding will be determined by a film’s individual international marketing strategy as evidenced by a comprehensive plan and budget, produced by either the sales agent or producer. Festival screenings must be the title’s world or international premiere.

Screen Australia funding may contribute towards the marketing budget for:

  • Publicist fees
  • Subtitling
  • Attendance by the director or producer (supported by a clear plan to be implemented at the event)
  • Attendance by high profile Australian cast on the red carpet at gala festival screenings, e.g. films in competition or significant programs (an associated publicity schedule will be required)
  • Mandatory materials required by the festivals
  • Attendance by the writer may be considered where there are clear benefits.

Whilst there are hundreds of international film festivals, this program can only support titles invited to the most prestigious industry acknowledged events.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Online Production Grant

This grant invests in the production of scripted projects that take risks and push the envelope of fiction storytelling.

Typical examples are risk-taking comedy or dramatic projects distributed on any platform including television, online web series, feature film, Augmented and Virtual Reality, tablet, mobile and PC based distribution.

This fund is aimed at lower-budget productions which may present talent development or project development opportunities. It values these benefits ahead of commercial gain, so it is expected that above-the-line fees and company overheads are budgeted modestly in accordance with those aims.

The fund is well suited to projects that include strong and compelling social media components to engage audiences.

Applications may be for any amount up to $500,000 per project. For a project utilising multiple platforms, this includes all components.

Budgets greater than $16,500 per minute will be at the upper limit of the fund’s scope and will need to be justified.

The level of Screen Australia’s funding commitment will be determined by the decision making process and the total demand on available funds.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Industry Partnerships Grant

Screen Australia is offering limited partnerships with industry organisations to deliver activities that will significantly benefit the Australian screen industry in one-off domestic events or initiatives.

The aim is to create opportunities through new, original and inclusive approaches to the industry that will expand networks and grow the Australian industry. 

Screen Australia will consider funding a portion of the total budget up to a cap of $30,000 per activity/activities conducted by an organisation over the financial year. 

Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for Screen Australia funding in the Terms of Trade. In addition:

  • The activity must be new, original and inclusive
  • Funds cannot be provided retrospectively

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Screen Australia: Documentary Development Program

This program assists documentary makers toward achieving planned outcomes for the development of their projects. It primarily supports one-off and series documentaries, including both online and VR.

Grants of up to $30,000 are available.

Activities to be funded could include:

  • Further research
  • Writing the next draft of a script or treatment
  • Strategic shooting and/or editing to attract marketplace development or production finance
  • Compiling a sizzle reel

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Location Incentive (GO4180)

The objective of the Location Incentive is to ensure that Australia remains competitive in attracting large budget international film and television productions, thereby providing opportunities for Australian cast, crew, post-production companies and other screen production service providers to participate in the production. It will contribute to the development of the Australian screen production industry’s capabilities and help ensure its future viability.

Grants will be provided to large budget international screen productions undertaking filming in Australia.

The grant amount is $540m for eight years from 2019-20.

Closing date 30 June 2027. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) – Project Development Funding

The ACTF provides development funding and support to a number of high quality Australian children’s television projects each year. 

Eligible projects could:

  • Be an original idea or adaptation of a novel or other work.
  • Address gaps in content/genre/age groups
  • Offer an Australian voice and point of view.
  • Reflect Australia’s cultural diversity and consider the diverse interests of the child audience.
  • Bring new and emerging producers to the industry, while harnessing the skills of experienced producers

This grant is ongoing.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Screen Australia - Enterprise People

This program support individuals as they build sustainable screen careers as well as share information and experience between industry participants, and promote business opportunities.

Funding available is up to:

  • $70,000 per year for up to two years for local career placements and up to one year for international career placements. Part-time placements will be paid pro-rata.
  • 20,000 for creative career development including consultations (up to $5,000), mentorships (up to $5,000) and/or other professional development opportunities (up to $10,000).

In light of the impacts of COVID-19, Screen Australia has suspended all applications for attendance at any overseas activity until the Government’s broader travel advice changes.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Documentary Commissioned Program

This program is designed to support the production of a diverse range of quality documentaries made for a variety of platforms that offer a compelling vision and have clear enduring cultural value beyond their initial availability.

The program targets projects of at least a commercial half-hour in duration, with a minimum budget of $250,000 per hour, and a confirmed domestic commission.

Screen Australia aims to fund 30–40 hours of content a year through this program.

Any amount up to $1 million may be requested per project. The amount of direct Screen Australia support is limited so that total Federal Government funds, including the Producer Offset where relevant, do not account for more than 75% of the project’s total budget.

Co-funding with state agencies, other government organisations, cultural institutions, private investors or other partners is encouraged, and the assessment process will take into account the level of Screen Australia funding requested as a proportion of the overall budget.

Applications for matched post-production funding will be considered up to a maximum of $100,000, provided that the project has a post-production presale to a domestic commission with a licence fee of at least $50,000 per commercial hour.

The project must:

  • be a one-off documentary of at least a commercial half-hour in duration or a series of any number of episodes at least a commercial half-hour in total duration. Please refer to the ACMA guidelines for the definition of a documentary
  • note: Screen Australia does not invest in programs such as reality or magazine television, light entertainment, panel or travel shows, infotainment, current affairs, cooking, ‘how-to’, sports, corporate, training, games, extensions to film or TV, or community access programs or projects whose primary market is the education sector 
  • have an approved budget/finance plan of at least $250,000 per hour
  • be intended for distribution via a Commissioning Platform with the required presale confirmed
  • not be more than 15 commercial hours of any one project, which may include multiple series. Projects longer than 15 commercial hours will not be eligible for funding unless exceptional circumstances can be demonstrated.
  • not be a pilot or standalone episode for a longer series.

Foreign formats are eligible but priority is given to original material.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Indigenous Program

Funds are available through Screen Australia to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong, original ideas and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.

Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to extend their vision and skills.

For more information, please click here.

 

Indigenous Languages and Arts, Targeted Grant Round 2021

The overarching outcome of the ILA Program is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to express, preserve and maintain their cultures through Indigenous languages and arts activities.

Grant funding allocated through the ILA Program supports three key outcomes:

  • the empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to preserve and teach their culture through languages and arts
  • a strong sense of cultural identity and wellbeing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, which contributes to sustainable and strong communities
  • celebration and increased recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and arts in the wider Australian community

Closes 30 June 2022

Grant guidelines, please click here.

 

National Cultural Heritage Account

This grant helps Australian public cultural institutions buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. These institutions include museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts, local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

This grant ensures that Australian protected objects are kept in Australia, preserved and made accessible to the public.

Applications can be made at any time. Funding is approved on a case-by-case basis.

$500,000 is available each year.

For more information on cultural heritage grants, please click here.

 

Screen NSW - Early Development

This program offers funding support for select project formats, to cover both pre-draft and early draft costs including research.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available.

Eligible applicants must be a NSW-based Key creative, individual or company.

Non-NSW-based applicants may apply but must be able to:
- Provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer.
- Have at least one NSW based key creative (writer, producer or director) attached.
- Satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Closes 30 June 2022

Further information is available here.

 

Screen NSW - Advanced Development

This grant contributes towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.

Grants of up to 50,000 are available. Only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level.

Further information is available here.

 

Screen NSW - Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

This program provides location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination.
- Increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW.
- Familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects.
- Provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations 

The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the associated costs such as accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services.

Closes 30 June 2022

Further information is available here.

 

Screen Australia - Story Development: Premium

This grant supports content creators in taking advantage of opportunities to develop compelling drama stories:

  • for any platform - series or one-off.
  • from and with a diversity of creative voices from around Australia.
  • that capitalise on current and emerging digital platforms and audience opportunities.
  • with budgets that make sense in terms of the experience of the team and audience reach
  • in order to build a vibrant creative environment with increased business and job opportunities.

Note: The word ‘drama’ refers to scripted fiction content of any genre (comedy, action, thriller, etc)

For the purpose of these guidelines, the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD) i.e. Netflix, Amazon, Stan, Hulu, iView, SBS on demand, etc.

Premium has four primary aims:

  • Ambition & Scale: to identify and support distinctive, quality, higher budget drama projects of ambition and scale for any platform.
  • Success: to support successful screen content makers.
  • Viability & Market: to generate viable projects and teams that will attract marketplace finance and are intended for significant audience reach.
  • Culture & Diversity: to ensure the storytellers and stories being told reflect gender equity, and/or the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are important culturally, creatively and economically.

Applications will be open to anyone who:

  • has a significant track record/production credits on projects that have commercial success and/or critical acclaim.
  • is an Australian individual or team and meets our Terms of Trade. Co-productions may also apply with an application from the Australian Company.
  • controls the rights whether they are the writer, director or producer.
  • has the demonstrated know-how to develop the project, raise finance and execute the vision in production for the intended platform and audience. For applications from writers and/or directors, a producer will need to be attached at later stage development.

What you can apply for:

  • funding for a distinctive, higher budget series or one-off long-form drama project of ambition and scale for any platform.
  • The development budget can contain whatever the project and team need including, but not limited to, a treatment, scriptment, draft script, bible, research, writers rooms, and/or the production of a Proof of Concept or sizzle reel.
  • There is no cap on funding but the application must be reasonable and strategic with regards to the project, the amount of funding applied for, the proposed phase of development and any additional sources of development financing. Screen Australia will only support higher budget projects for a Commissioning Platform in order to leverage the aims of the fund, particularly in regards to the distinctive subject matter, diversity and inclusion.

Applications will be open all year round with a two-stage process for assessment.

This grant runs on an ongoing basis.

For grant guidelines, please click here.

 

Screen Australia - Story Development: Generate

This grant supports content creators to take advantage of existing and emerging opportunities to develop compelling drama stories:

  • for any platform - series or one-off.
  • from and with a diversity of creative voices from around Australia.
  • that capitalise on current and emerging digital platforms and audience opportunities.
  • with budgets that make sense in terms of the experience of the team and audience reach.
  • in order to build a vibrant creative environment with increased business and job opportunities.

Note: The word ‘drama’ refers to scripted fiction content of any genre (comedy, action, thriller, etc).

For the purpose of these guidelines, the term Commissioning Platform includes a free-to-air or subscription television broadcaster and/or online platforms such as subscription video on demand (SVOD) i.e. Netflix, Amazon, Stan, Hulu, iView, SBS on demand, etc.

Generate has three primary aims:

  • Talent: to identify and support new and emerging talent and their career progression, as well as create opportunities for experienced practitioners to take creative risks.
  • Story & Audience: to encourage bold and distinctive lower budget drama stories for any platform that can demonstrate a clear pathway to an audience.
  • Culture & Diversity: to ensure the storytellers and stories being told reflect gender equity and/or the diversity of people and experiences from around Australia, all of which are
  • important culturally, creatively and economically.

Applications will be open all year round with a two-stage process for assessment.

This grant is available on an ongoing basis

For grant guidelines, please click here.