Funding sources for dance artists factsheet #22

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Grants, residencies, fellowships and funding organisations/services for dancers, choreographers and arts workers.

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Project funding

Australia Council for the Arts

Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups supports the creation of new work, practice–based research, creative development, experimentation, collaborations, touring, festivals, productions, exhibitions, performances, publishing, recording, promotion and marketing, or market development activity.

  • Amount: ($10,000 – $50,000)
  • Closes: 2 February, 7 June, 4 October 2016

Creative Partnerships Australia

Crowdfunding program MATCH

  • Amount: dollar-for-dollar matched funding of up to $10,000 for private-sector crowdfunding campaigns in support of arts projects.
  • Closes: December

Regional Artist Fund

The Regional Arts Fund (RAF) is a grant funding program that supports arts and cultural development projects in regional, remote and isolated communities. It is delivered nationally by Regional Arts Australia through its member organisations. There are two types of regional arts fund grants:

'Quick Response Grants' to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to take up professional or skills development or to assist arts organisations and communities to take up small project opportunities

  • Amount: up to $1,500 per grant for individuals and up to $3,000 per grant for organisations per financial year
  • Closes: no formal closing dates for, with applications assessed on a rolling basis

'Community Grants' to assist cultural development projects that meet the objectives and eligibility criteria of the Regional Arts Fund.

For both grant types, apply directly to

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program focuses on specific cultural relations objectives that contribute to advancing Australia’s foreign, economic and trade policy priorities and enhance understanding of Australia overseas.

  • Amount: capped at $60,000 per application for a single year, with option for multi-year funding of up to three years ($180,000)
  • Closes: April 2016

Australia-Korea Foundation Grants Program has a policy of supporting innovative proposals in a broad range of areas.

  • Amount: most grants awarded are AUD$20,000–$30,000
  • Closes: April 2016

Australia-China Council Grants Program supports projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that broaden and strengthen Australia–China relations in education, business, culture and the arts. The program funds residencies, tours, exhibitions (in-bound and outbound); projects showcasings Australian creativity and artistic capabilities to Chinese audiences; programs which develop capabilities of Australian cultural institutions and artists to enter and succeed in China’s cultural sectors; practical initiatives developing and investigating new areas of cultural exchange, and opportunities for Australia in emerging cultural sectors and regions (e.g. second and third-tier cities in China).

  • Amount: capped at $40,000 per application
  • Closes: announced early 2016

Australia-India Council Grant Program—for projects which aim to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India.

  • Amount: considered on a proposal-by-proposal basis. Generally, grants between AUD 20,000 and AUD 50,000 are awarded.
  • Closes: at least six months before you plan to start your activity

Australia-Indonesia Institute grants—for projects aimed at promoting greater mutual understanding, contact and exchange between the people of Australia and Indonesia.

  • Amount: considered on a proposal-by-proposal basis
  • Closes: November

Professional development funding, fellowships & scholarships

Australia Council for the Arts

Development Grants for Individuals and Groups. Apply for a range of activities, including professional skills development, showcase opportunities, forum/workshop attendance, residencies, mentorships, arts market attendance and exploration.

  • Amount: $5,000 – $25,000
  • Closes: 2 February, 7 June, 4 October 2016.

Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships for artists in their early mid-career and in the first seven to fifteen years of their creative practice.

  • Amount: $160,000 over two years
  • Closes: Nominations for the 2016 Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships will open in June and close in August.

Australia Council for the Arts

Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity for a period of up to two years.

  • Amount: $80,000
  • Closes: 7 June 2016

Regional Arts Australia's Development Fellowship

Regional Artist Development Fellowships to develop their professional skills and gain experience in the national and international arts landscape.

  • Amount: Up to $30,000
  • Closes: 2016

Ausdance National

Ausdance Peggy van Praagh Choreographic Fellowship support choreographic development for mid-career choreographers over 35 years of age with a minimum of 10 years professional experience.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Closes: July 2017

Keith Bain Choreographic Travel Fellowship supports an emerging choreographer to travel internationally with the sole purpose of developing and extending their choreographic practice. Next offered in 2016.

  • Amount: $5,000
  • Closes: June 2016

Ian Potter Cultural Trust

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust assists early career artists of exceptional talent to undertake professional development, usually overseas. The Cultural Trust operates three funding rounds each year. 

  • Amount: up to $7,000
  • Closes: January 2016

Tanja Liedtke Foundation

Tanja Liedtke Fellowship for Australian dancers/choreographers between the ages of 20 and 35.

  • Amount: a creative development residency at ada Studio in Berlin, attendance at the international dance festival Tanz im August, and participation in Tanzlabor_21’s Summer Lab in Frankfurt am Main.
  • Closes: December

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellowships for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field.

  • Amount: depends on country visiting, but about $25,000
  • Closes: 15 May 2016

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships assist Australians to undertake study, research and professional development abroad

  • Amount: establishment and travel allowance, health and travel insurance, and a monthly stipend (visit website for more information).
  • Closes: 30 June 2016

National Library of Australia

Creative Arts Fellowship supports established and emerging practising artists to develop new work using or inspired by the Library’s collections.

  • Amount: $10,000.
  • Closes: June

National Folk Fellowship is offered jointly by the National Library of Australia and the National Folk Festival

  • Amount: $8,000 ($4,000 for residency expenses & $4,000 for performances & presentations at the 2016 National Folk Festival)
  • Closes: July

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships

Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarships help talented young (aged 21–35 & 17–35 for ballet) Australians explore and develop their artistic gifts either abroad and/or interstate.

  • Amount: $20,000 over two years.

Awards & prizes

Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards

Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards recognise outstanding achievements in dance, drama, comedy, music, opera, circus and puppetry.

  • Amount: The Individual Award ($50,000), The Group Award ($80,000), The Facilitator’s Prize ($20,000)
  • Closes: November 2016

Keir Choreographic Award

Keir Choreographic Award—This biennial Australian choreographic award is dedicated to commissioning new work and promoting innovation in contemporary dance. The Award invites Australian professional artists with an established practice to propose a choreographic idea for an original live performance of 20 minutes maximum in length.

  • Amount: $30,000 cash prize awarded to the winner selected by a jury. $10,000 cash prize awarded as People’s Choice by the audience at Carriageworks.

The Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS)

The CHASS Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS), including academics, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers  and students.


Australia Council for the Arts Cité Internationale Des Arts

A three-month residency to practice your artistic discipline and develop creative techniques. The diverse range of artists in residence at any one time allows for rich artistic conversations and potential for collaborations.

  • Amount: $10,000
  • Location: Paris, France
  • Residency dates: 21 July – 20 October 2016, 24 October 2016 – 23 January 2017, 26 January – 27 April 2017, 1 May – 31 July 2017 

Asialink Arts Residency Program

Asialink Arts Residency Program creates opportunities for in-depth research, stimulating cultural exchanges, international collaboration and uninterrupted time for creativity.

  • Amount: $6,000–$12,000
  • Location: across Asia and the Pacific
  • Closes: September

Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program

Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program—supports new work, research and collaborations by making the Bundanon properties available to creative thinkers and professional artists.

  • Amount: accommodation
  • Location: Bundanon, NSW
  • Closes: July


Dancehouse Housemate Research & Residency program

  • Amount: 8–14 weeks of free studio space, a salary package (or pro rata), and administrative, mentoring and production support
  • Closes: June

Dancehouse Summer Space Grants

  • Amount: fully-subsidised studio space in the form of 30-hour Summer Space Grants.
  • Closes: November

Dancehouse Quick Response Space Grants

  • Amount: 15 hrs of subsidized space to finesse an existing work, try out a new idea, work with collaborators.
  • Closes: apply at any time

Lucy Guerin Inc

Lucy Guerin Inc Studio Residencies for artists making new contemporary dance.

  • Amount: two weeks access to free studio space.
  • Location: Lucy Guerin Inc Studio, 28 Batman St, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003

Performance Space and Arts House

Time_Place_Space: Nomad—a two-week travelling laboratory program for interdisciplinary and experimental artists.

  • Amount: Return airfares and airport transfers, all ground travel for the laboratory program, a weekly artist’s stipend, shared accommodation/shelter—camping and dormitories, and all meals throughout the laboratory program.
  • Location: Melbourne to The Otways to Natimuk (Victoria, Australia)
  • Closes: June

Online arts fundraising tools

Pozible—driving your fundraising, finding support for great creative projects and transforming them from ideas into realities.

State-based funding organisations

Australian Capital Territory

  • Arts ACT—managing, supporting and advocating for the arts in the ACT.
  • ACT Health Promotion Grants—providing funds to community organisations to run projects to promote healthy living and healthy environments

New South Wales

  • Arts NSW—supporting NSW to be a vibrant, dynamic and creative place which values artists and cultural heritage, and enriches communities.
  • Regional Arts NSW—building positive futures through enriching the arts and cultural lives of those living in regional, rural and remote areas.
  • City of Sydney— invigorating and supporting the City of Sydney's local community through its grants and sponsorships programs.

Northern Territory

  • Arts NT—supporting, developing and promoting growth of the creative arts sector in the NT.


  • Arts Queensland—supporting professional development activities and opportunities that will significantly develop and advance artists’ careers
  • Brisbane City Council—supporting young and emerging Brisbane artists and arts workers aged between 17 and 30 through its Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships. 

South Australia

  • Arts SA—recognising and promoting the strengths and needs of our SA’s makers, presenters and collectors of art and cultural heritage.
  • Carclew Youth ArtsCarclew Scholarships support the professional development of young South Australian artists (26 years of age or under) who demonstrate outstanding motivation, talent and potential in their artform or practice. The Dame Ruby Litchfield Scholarship for performing arts offers $12,500
  • Helpmann Academy—providing valuable and practical assistance to emerging artists across all creative disciplines. Richard Llewellyn Arts and Disability Trust—helping professional artists with a disability and organisations working with disabled artists.


  • Arts Tasmania—providing financial assistance to individuals and organisations for a defined project or program of activities.


  • VicHealth Grants—assisting creative community interventions which increase physical activity and social connection. 
  • Besen Family Foundation—arts and culture grants for not-for-profit organisations based in Victoria.
  • ArtPlay's New Ideas Lab—providing opportunities for artists to propose new projects to creat and develop at ArtPlay.

Western Australia

  • Department of Culture & the Arts—enriching the lives of all Western Australians by supporting the arts and cultural sectors to provide unique and transforming experiences.

Other funding lists and resources

  • artsHub grants listing and advice (subscription required).