Funding Round Up – Government COVID-19 Support
The information supplied was last updated 29-7-2020.
The federal government have announced their $250m package for arts sector recovery in the wake of COVID-19. Read the full media release here. Eligibility criteria and funding guidelines are under development.
A Fact Sheet relating to the package is available here.
Australia Council Resilience Fund – $5m to support artists and arts organisations to Survive, Adapt & Create through the coronavirus crisis. There will be no June program funding round.
You can also visit the Office for the Arts COVID-19 updates page for non-sector specific federal funding assistance available.
The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry have published this straight-forward COVID-19 Government Assistance Guide.
AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY
On 24 March 2020, the ACT Government announced $500,000 for Homefront for Canberra’s artists and creatives.
On 11 May 2020, the ACT Government announced an additional $ 1 million investment to arts organisations that had been severely impacted by COVID-19.
Eligible arts organisations (currently funded Key Arts and Program organisations) will be invited to submit proposals for support by demonstrating their financial need this calendar year.
The proposals will be due on 22 May 2020 and will be assessed based on support already received through the Australian Government (if any), lost revenue and the desired outcome of keeping Canberrans employed and the ACT arts sector viable.
NEW SOUTH WALES
On 24 April 2020, Create NSW announced $6.34 million in funding to support independent artists and small to medium arts, screen and cultural organisations impacted by COVID-19.
Applications for Small Project Grants (Quick Response) are open and close 5:00pm (AEST) 30 June 2020 or until grant allocation is expended.
On 27 April 2020, the New South Wales Government announced up to $112.5 million to support a Council Job Retention Allowance of $1,500 per fortnight per qualifying NSW local government employee for up to three months.
On 24 May 2020, the New South Wales Government announced $50 million for a Rescue and Restart package for NSW arts and cultural organisations.
The Rescue and Restart package will be delivered in two stages:
- Funding available now to enable NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations to hibernate temporarily.
- Funding available in the coming months to enable NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations to restart operations after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Funding will be available to NSW not-for-profit arts and cultural organisations across the State on a case by case basis. The Rescue and Restart package is designed to assist NSW arts and cultural organisations to hibernate now, so they are in a position to restart operations when health guidelines permit.
On 25 April 2020, the Victorian Government announced $16.8 million in funding to provide immediate support to Victorian creative organisations and individuals impacted by COVID-19.
The funding round for the Sustaining Creative Workers initiative will open 9:00am (AEST) 30 April 2020. Applicants can apply at any time up to 1 June 2020 or until the funding pool is exhausted.
On 21 March 2020, the Victorian Government announced $500 million to establish a Business Support Fund for the hardest hit sectors, including arts and entertainment.
On 4 July 2020, the Victorian Government announced the creation of the $15 million Victorian Live Music Venues Program to secure the future of grassroots venues by providing grants to help pay wages and basic business expenses.
Applications are now open for a new Digital Adaptation fund under the Queensland Government’s $22.5 million Arts and Cultural Recovery Package. Applications are due August 21, 2020 and you can apply here.
Live Music Venue Support focusses on relieving cost pressures for Queensland live music venues with a track record of presenting original live music to reopen under current restrictions. It will assist music venues to reopen with grants of up to $15,000 for small venues (up to 499 pax.) and up to $25,000 for large venues (Over 500 pax.) by helping to offset costs associated with operating the venue under current restrictions.
The Arts and Cultural Recovery Package includes a range of measures to strengthen the sector’s foundations for the future, drive new creative work, employ artists and arts workers, retain our skilled and talented creatives, and importantly, ensure the activation of our venues. Read more information here.
On 16 June 2020, the Queensland Government has announced (16 June 2020) a new $22.5 million two-year Arts and Cultural Recovery Package for Queensland’s arts and cultural sector as part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Strategy: Stage Two.
On 18 March 2020, the Queensland Government announced $8 million in funding relief for the arts sector.
On 24 March 2020, the South Australian Government announced that Arts South Australia would reconfigure its available grant funds, providing $2.5million to assist artists and organisations to respond to immediate pressures.
Western Australia’s artists, arts groups and organisations can apply for up to $60,000 in funding through the State Government’s Arts 15k-plus and Contemporary Music Fund grant programs. Applications close August 20, 2020. More information here.
Lotterywest have established a $159 million COVID-19 relief fund.
$14 million is allocated to a Event Cancellation Relief Fund to provide urgent financial relief for eligible sports, arts and community organisations which have experienced financial hardship as a result of cancelled events and programs. Applications are open and close midnight (AWST) 13 May 2020.
$25 million is allocated to Sector Support Packages to enable eligible not-for-profit sports, arts and community organisations to maintain staff, pivot operations, maintain viability and build resilience for future recovery. Applications are open and close midnight (AWST) 13 May 2020.
On 9 April 2020, the West Australian Government announced it will invest $2.1 million over the next three years in regional arts.
On 26 March 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced new funding of $1.5 million and operational measures of over $2 million for a Cultural and Creative Industries stimulus package to support the individuals and organisations leading Tasmania’s cultural sector.
Applications for the Arts and Screen Digital Production Fund are open and close 4 May 2020.
Applications for the Tasmanian Contemporary Music Fund are open and close 4 May 2020.
On 24 March 2020, the NT Government announced a $2 million Creative Industries Immediate Response and Resilience Package to support the creative industries sector with a range of programs aimed at helping people and organisations.
Round 2 of the Territory Arts Project will open in June 2020.
Round 1 of the Screen Industry Support and Content Development Program will open on 1 June 2020 and close on 29 June 2020.
**On 27 April 2020, the New South Wales Government announced up to $112.5 million to support a Council Job Retention Allowance of $1,500 per fortnight per qualifying NSW local government employee for up to three months.
City of Sydney
On 20 March 2020, the City of Sydney announced the first stage of their COVID-19 Business, Arts and Creative Support package.
The City of Sydney also allocated $3.25 million to local artists and cultural organisations.
Applications for the COVID-19 Quick Response Grants are open and close when funds run out.
City of Melbourne
On 18 March 2020, the City of Melbourne announced more than $10 million for a local economic stimulus package to keep Melburnians in jobs and support city businesses affected by COVID-19.
On 26 March 2020, the City of Melbourne announced $2 million in financial assistance for artists or small organisations to develop new work, or for digital presentation of artistic works and performances.
Brisbane City Council
On 19 March 2020, the Brisbane City Council announced a $7.9 million business relief package. The package includes refunds of fees and charges for events cancelled due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions.
City of Perth
On 21 April 2020, the City of Perth announced an $18 million package designed to provide immediate support to City of Perth businesses, rate payers and residents over 12 months.
The City of Perth is currently working on a long-term stimulus package.
City of Adelaide
On 23 March 2020, the City of Adelaide announced a $4 million city support package to address the social, cultural and economic impacts of COVID-19.
City of Hobart
On 23 March 2020, the City of Hobart approved a $3.5 million Community Support Package on 23 March 2020. The Community Support Package includes Quick Response Grants to support businesses and creative industries. Refunds or waivers of fees and charges will also be provided to organisers of cancelled events.
CIty of Darwin
On 9 April 2020, the City of Darwin Council unanimously approved a $55 million economic package that aims to provide wide-ranging economic support to local households and businesses during the COVID-19 response.
Thank you to Live Performance Australia for compiling the majority of the above list.
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