Guide to Government COVID-19 Assistance for the Arts 2021

This guide sets out various assistance initiatives that are being provided by Federal and State/Territory governments in response to the continuing COVID-19 impacts in 2021. In order to assist artists and arts workers, the guide is ordered as follows:

– measures applicable to arts organisations and individual artists;

– measures are then ordered by relevance to arts organisations and individual artists.

The intention is for this to be a “live” document, updated as circumstances change. Suggested additions and corrections are encouraged. Please email them to [email protected].

Download the PDF here: Guide to Government COVID-19 Assistance for the Arts 2021

THE AUSTRALIA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS

Arts Projects For Individuals And Groups

The next closing dates are:

  • Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 3pm AEDT, for projects beginning after 1 June 2022.
  • Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 3pm AEST, for projects beginning after 1 December 2022

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences. Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Please note: Your project must take into account thelatest adviceregarding COVID-19.

Apply here: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/arts-projects-for-individuals-and-groups/

 

Arts Projects – Organisations

The next round closing dates are:

  • Tuesday 1 March 2022 at 3pm AEDT, for projects beginning after 1 June 2022.
  • Tuesday 6 September 2022 at 3pm AEST, for projects beginning after 1 December 2022.

This program 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.

Please note: Your project must take into account the latest adviceregarding COVID-19.

Apply here: https://www.australiacouncil.gov.au/funding/funding-index/arts-projects-organisations/

 

AUSTRADE

Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industries.

To qualify for an EMDG grant, your business must have promoted your product for export and your product must be one of the following:

  • a good made in Australia
  • a good made outside Australia where Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas (see the EMDG guide to exports(PDF) for more information)
  • all services except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations
  • a tourism service (including accommodation, passenger transport or tours)
  • a conference or event held in Australia
  • an intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia (see IP registration and insurance(PDF) for more information)
  • a trademark that was owned, assigned or first used in Australia
  • know-how that mainly resulted from work done in Australia

The reoriented EMDG will provide greater upfront funding certainty so exporters can plan their offshore promotional activities with confidence.

Small to medium enterprise (SME) exporters can apply for 3 different grants over 8 years (not necessarily consecutively) for eligible promotional activities.

Grants are available in 3 stages, called tiers. Each tier provides a different level of support for SMEs as they grow their export markets. The lengths of these grants reflect the different stages of an exporter’s journey.

  • Tier 1: Ready to export
    First time exporters
    2 years and maximum $40,000 per financial year
  • Tier 2: Exporting and Expanding
    For businesses who are exporting and
    Expanding export promotion activities
    3 years and maximum $80,000 per financial year
  • Tier 3: Exporting, expanding and strategic shift
    For businesses who are exporting and
    Expanding export promotion activities and making a strategic shift, for example targeting a new market or a new type of customer
    3 years and maximum $150,000 per financial year

From 1 July 2021 the EMDG program will become an eligibility based grants program, and the process for receiving a grant will be as follows:

  • You apply for a grant before you spend money on promotional activities.
    Once all applications have been assessed, Austrade offers a grant agreement to each eligible applicant.
  • You enter into a grant agreement with Austrade. You then undertake your promotional activities as agreed in the grant agreement.
  • You request milestone payments in accordance with your grant agreement.
  • Your grant agreement will set out when your milestone payments should be made and what you need to do in order to receive these payments.

You can apply for a grant under the EMDG program for eligible expenses incurred from 1 July 2021.

Grant applications are currently closed.

Information here: https://www.austrade.gov.au/australian/export/export-market-development-grants/emdg-from-1-july-2021/how-to-apply

Further information: A Guide to Applying for EMDG  (PDF)

 

DFAT

International Relations Grants Program

Over the past nearly 40 years the Australian Government has established cultural councils supporting people-to-people links underpinning our key bilateral and regional relationships. Eminent Australian business and community leaders are appointed to the boards, providing a range of expertise and input to Australia’s foreign policy and economic diplomacy goals. Funding for these Foundations, Councils and Institutes and for the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grants Program is provided through the International Relations Grants Program.

The International Relations Grants Program (IRGP) supports the Government’s foreign policies and economic diplomacy interests and projects a positive contemporary image of Australia. IRGP grants support professional, community and institutional linkages between Australia and its partners on contemporary issues of shared interest including business, education, innovation, science, technology, the arts, media and sport.

Foundations, Councils and Institutes include:

  • Australia-ASEAN Council
  • Australia-China Council
  • National Foundation for Australia-China Relations
  • Australia-India Council
  • Australia-Indonesia Institute
  • Australia-Japan Foundation
  • Australia-Korea Foundation
  • Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR)
  • Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR)

Apply here: https://www.dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/foundations-councils-institutes/Pages/foundations-councils-and-institutes

 

Photo: Peking Duk, India 2013 – Pic by Johnny Au.

 

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