Australia Council goes "artist-centric" in new funding model

The Australia Council’s CEO Tony Grybowski has announced what is claimed as “the most significant change to its grants model in the organisation’s 40 year history”.

“With five grant programs, streamlined criteria, and opportunities to apply for multiple stages of a project in one application, we have made it simpler and easier to apply for funding. We want to encourage ambitious projects and see more audiences captivated by work that inspires and challenges,” Mr Grybowski said at the Sydney Opera House this morning.

“This is an artist-centric grants model which positively reflects extensive input from the sector, particularly through the Australia Council Review. The review identified that while our grant programs had served the arts well in the past, it needed to evolve with the sector and be more responsive to the new ways art is being made and presented,” he said.

Among the changes is a new model for arts organisations that allows them to apply for six year funding than the current three. This change is open to organisations that work across a number of art forms and it’s argued will reduce the administrative burden on organisations by allowing one application for funding towards their entire program of activity”. The funding will be subject to a midpoint review” and the new six-year funding agreements will start from January 2016.

The new funding guide can be read here.



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