Applications for HOMEFRONT are now open and will close 5pm, 17 April 2020. To submit an entry, please visit artsACT's online grants portal
The ACT Government recognises the immediate support needed for Canberra artists who have lost their income and ability to maintain their arts practice as a result of COVID-19.
As part of a whole of Government response to the impacts of COVID-19, funding of up to $10,000 per artist will be available for Canberra artists to support arts development and the sustainability of their arts practices over the next 6-9 months. This is across all artforms including screen artists. This includes research and development, making of new works or sharing of works via online platforms, and artists fees and living expenses to undertake arts activities. Artists may also apply for the creation and development of works to be exhibited or performed in public venues in the future, when it becomes safe to undertake these activities.
A total of $500,000 will be available. Applicants will need to provide:
- a statement outlining how the funding will support their arts development and practice;
- a brief bio; and
- a current CV.
Applications will open on 30 March 2020 and will close on 17 April 2020 at 5pm.
Announcements on successful recipients will be made approximately 1 May 2020.
Applications will be assessed by artsACT using a three-person moderated process which is currently used for the up to $5k Activities Funding. Assessment will focus on the below funding aims, as per our current guidelines.
- new and exciting ideas
- artists to develop their skills and practice.
Arts Participation and Access
Engages the community:
- as active participants in artistic skills development
- in inclusive and accessible arts activities that reflect the diversity of the community.
- artists and organisations to reach new audiences and markets
- artists and organisations to connect nationally and internationally including through residencies and cultural exchange
- work to be showcased to national and international audiences.
Note: Successful recipients will remain eligible for existing Arts Activities Funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much funding is available in this funding round?
The total amount of funding available is $500,000.
Will HOMEFRONT funding affect other funding rounds, including Arts Activities Up to $5K and $5-50K rounds?
No, HOMEFRONT funding is separate from other Arts Activities funding categories, and will not affect the availability of funding for these categories.
What is the purpose of HOMEFRONT funding?
This new initiative is to provide support for Canberra artists who have lost their income and ability to maintain or carry out their arts practice as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
How much is available per activity?
Individual artists can apply for up to $10,000 of funding.
What artforms are included?
Funding of up to $10,000 per application is available through HOMEFRONT across all artforms, including screen artists.
Is funding available to NSW artists that live near Canberra?
Individual artists who reside in Canberra are the priority for this initiative, although artists who do not reside in Canberra and live in the immediate Canberra region can also apply. To be considered for HOMEFRONT funding, you must provide strong and historical evidence that your practice is primarily based in Canberra and that you consistently promote yourself as a Canberra artist.
What can I apply for?
HOMEFRONT is designed to support Canberra artists to continue to develop and sustain their practice over the next six to nine months.
Funding can be used to support artists fees and living expenses to undertake research and development, making of new works or sharing of works via online platforms, and can include other costs to undertake your activity.
Activities may also include the creation and development of works to be exhibited or performed in public venues in the future, when it becomes safe to undertake these activities.
How long will HOMEFRONT applications remain open?
Applications for funding will open on 30 March and close on 17 April 2020 at 5pm.
How will applications be assessed?
HOMEFRONT applications for funding will be assessed internally by three artsACT officers.
Can partnerships, groups and organisations apply?
HOMEFRONT funding eligibility is limited to individual artists. However, partnerships, groups and organisations who do not currently receive organisational funding through artsACT are eligible to apply through Arts Activities funding rounds as available.
Are there restrictions on applying to both HOMEFRONT and Arts Activities funding?
No, however applicants should be mindful that the focus of the two funding categories is different. If an artist applies for funding in both categories, the application and arts outcome must be different.
When does the next Arts Activities funding round open?
The next round of 5-50K Arts Activities funding round will open for applications on 1 June and close on 31 July, 2020.
What if I am uncomfortable or have difficulties submitting a written application for HOMEFRONT?
If you prefer, you can submit a video or audio artist statement instead of a written statement in the HOMEFRONT application form.
All recipients will be required to provide an acquittal by 30 January 2021 with an information report on how the money supported their arts practice, what the artistic outcome was and how the funding was expended.
artsACT will keep in contact with funding recipients to check how the process is going and whether any additional non-financial support is required.
For any enquiries related to this new funding, please call artsACT on (02) 6207 2384.
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