Visions of Australia Program

Visions of Australia Program

  • Two funding opportunities per calendar year, usually opening in February and
    September. The Program is an open and competitive process
  • Each year, approximately $2.7 million in funding is available, distributed across two funding rounds.

The Visions of Australia Program provides funding to support the development and touring of quality exhibitions around Australia by Australian arts and cultural organisations.

Program funding is distributed through two streams: development and touring. These streams support various costs, including exhibition design, crating, installation, freighting, and artist loan fees.

Tour proposals necessitate engagement with a minimum of three venues beyond the applicant's home state or territory, including regional and/or remote locations. For tour applications, confirmation forms from each venue are mandatory, while development applications require expressions of interest forms from each venue.

The Program delivers two funding opportunities per calendar year, usually opening in February and September and closing a month later. The program follows an open and competitive process.

Key Requirements

The Visions of Australia Program aims to:

  • enhance access for Australian audiences to high-quality exhibitions of local arts and cultural material, emphasising regional and remote areas
  • promote the development of partnerships among organisations, particularly museums and galleries, with a specific focus on collaborative efforts within the collections sector. This includes forming curatorial partnerships and, when suitable, providing access to mentoring and skills transfer opportunities

What is eligible for funding?

Eligible projects require proposed tours to include a minimum of three venues beyond the applicant’s state or territory, featuring consecutive exhibition dates and incorporating at least one regional or remote venue. Tour applications must furnish venue confirmation forms from each designated venue. Development applications necessitate the inclusion of expressions of interest forms from each venue.

What companies are eligible for funding?

Australian arts and cultural heritage organisations can seek funding for the development and touring of exhibitions nationwide. Eligible entities must be incorporated, with the principal purpose of focusing on arts and/or cultural heritage.

Unincorporated groups with an arts or cultural heritage purpose may apply but must be auspiced by an organisation meeting the above criteria.

Individual business units and entities of local or state government authorities engaged in arts or cultural heritage (e.g., art galleries, museums, or performing arts centres) are eligible to apply.

To fulfill eligibility requirements:

    • be a registered Australian entity
    • have an active Australian Business Number (ABN)
    • be GST registered if required by the Australian Tax Office
    • primarily focus on the arts and/or cultural heritage, as outlined in the organisation’s Constitution or Articles of Association, and evident in Annual Reports and Business Plans
    • have no outstanding reports, acquittals, or serious breaches related to Commonwealth funding.

Is this grant competitive or entitlement based?

Competitive. Your application will be assessed among other applications by a judging panel.

How can I increase my chances of winning this grant?

By engaging an accredited government grants consultant, such as Avant Group.

Competitive grants often require significant business case development and project analysis to support the application, this may include detailed presentations supporting the project’s merit, projected sales, cost-benefit analysis and more.

As part of your engagement with Avant Group, your account manager will assess the required documents and will provide the following as needed to support your grant submission.

Grant application writeup including a detailed presentation illustrating how the grant funding will contribute to your project, how the funding will contribute to the project’s budget, a project milestone plan, delivery timeline, impact on employment if applicable and a breakdown of the management and leadership team for the project

  • Industry analysis presentation
  • Competitor Analysis Presentation
  • Marketing and Sales Analysis Presentation
  • 3-5 year Cashflow Forecast
  • 3-5 year Balance Sheet Forecast
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis of Grant Funding
  • End-to-end grant application including information collating, analysis and application writing
  • CAPEX (Capital Expenditure) cost-benefit analysis
  • Stakeholder relations and Risk Mitigation Plans
  • Any other relevant forecasting that will support your application

How can I get help with my application? Or know if I’m likely to win funding?

Avant Group offers a no-obligation assessment of your eligibility for funding and will assess your likelihood of a successful grant application.