Check out the following links and resources to help you find arts grants and tenders Australia-wide and learn more about how to catch one (or many!). Not all are arts-based, but some of the business and community ones might help!
A grant is a gift (usually of money) given for the common good, with a particular purpose. Grants are most commonly made by government and philanthropic organisations to nonprofit organisations, but may also be made to individuals for arts development, research study or start-up business. Check out the Grant Glossary here.
Grants and Assistance – www.business.gov.au/grants-and-assistance
Business.gov offers help n looking for grants that are applicable to small business in Australia.
Australia Council for the Arts & Grant – www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/new-grants-model
OzCo offers a grants program that supports a diverse range of artists, artistic practice, organisations and arts activity. It’s now easier and simpler to apply for grants.
Philanthropy Australia – www.philanthropy.org.au
Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a non-profit membership organisation. Subscription to either their hard copy or online directory gives you access to a listing of their members which are foundations and trusts which provide funding.
The Funding Centre –www.fundingcentre.com.au
The Funding Centre provides free help sheets, services, newsletters, books and training to help community groups improve their fundraising abilities and become healthier and more viable.
National Library of Australia – www.nla.gov.au
The NLA Community Heritage Grants (CHG) program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.
Copyright Agency Cultural Fund – www.copyright.com.au/cultural-fund
The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund provides grants for Australia’s creators. CAL is authorised to allocate 1.5% of its income to development projects that will support the Australian publishing and visual arts industries. This Cultural Fund supports a wide variety of projects which aim to encourage, and provide practical assistance to Copyright Agency’s members and the Australian cultural community.
The Business Aid Centre – governmentgrantsaustralia.org
Fee for service organisation that finds the business funding programs in Australia right for you, then stores the information of shortlisted business funding programs in our database for you to access the most appropriate one according to your business plan.
When organisations are looking for a business to supply goods and services, they will often put together a Tender document of Expression of Interest (EOI) to find the best business that meets their needs and provides the best value for money. Tendering is the process of making an offer, bid or proposal, or expressing interest in response in response to this kind of invitation. Creative businesses are increasingly being invited to offer competitive tenders.
BUSINESS.gov.au – www.business.gov.au/info/run/tenders-and-contracts
A government funded tendering website that contains important information about the tendering process, and explains best how to understand a potential client, and how to plan, prepare and submit your tender.
AusTender – www.tenders.gov.au
AusTender provides centralised publication of Australian Government business opportunities, annual procurement plans, multi-use lists and contracts. You need to register to use AusTrade, but this service is free. You get automatic notification of business opportunities and are allowed electronic lodgement of tender responses into a secure electronic tender box.
State Based Tendering websites:
Tenders VIC – www.tenders.vic.gov.au
SA Tenders & Contracts – www.tenders.sa.gov.au
Tenders WA – www.tenders.wa.gov.au
NSW eTendering System – tenders.nsw.gov.au
NT Tenders ONLINE – www.dob.nt.gov.au/business/tenders-contracts
ACT Procurement Solutions – www.procurement.act.gov.au
QLD eTendering Website – www.hpw.qld.gov.au/qtenders
Local governments and councils also have Tendering websites, usually linked to their home pages. See the following City pages as examples:
Sydney – www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/business/tenders/open-tenders
Melbourne – www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/AboutCouncil/Tenders/
Brisbane – www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/about-council
Adelaide – www.adelaidecitycouncil.com/city-business