National opportunities: funding and competitions

A summary of the great arts based opportunities that come across our desk. We’ve highlighted some of the big ones for regional arts makers. Click on the blue links to take you to the relevant website with more details.


To browse some of the available grants and opportunities open to the regional arts sector, visit the Regional Arts NSW Grants Calendar.

My Community Project. Closing May 15.
Museums & Galleries NSW Leg Up Grants – Ongoing, until 27 October or when funding is expended
Regional Arts NSW Quick Response Grant – Ongoing
Regional Arts NSW Country Arts Support Program (CASP) – Ongoing

Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists. Closes Sunday 26 May 2019.

The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators. Closes 23 June 2019.

Opera Australia Regional Vocal Scholarship. Year 11 & 12 Students. Apps close 28 June 2019.

Carstairs Prize.  Support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community. Applications open in June 2019 and close Sunday 1 September 2019.

Ian Potter Foundation. Expression of Interest: Arts. Open: Monday 4 November 2019. Close: Friday 22 November 2019. Application process follows.

Community Led Grants – Ongoing (ATSI)
Aboriginal Quick Response, Create NSW – Ongoing
Copyright Agency First Nations Fellowship – Ongoing​​


Arts On Tour Salon. Applications close May 17. Builds relationships between NSW theatre artists/producers and presenters, regional and metro. In Sydney and at Artstate Tamworth.

#IntersectArts is a British Council Australia and Diversity Arts Australia led knowledge exchange and mentoring for arts professionals in the UK and Australia. Apply now for 2019: www.britishcouncil.org.au/intersect


For all the local opportunities click here

Call out for Aboriginal artists in Central West NSW – ongoing

Totally Trundle – closes May 27

Corner Store Gallery Orange calling for proposals July-Dec 2019 – ASAP