Funding review: Australia Council extends grants model

The Australia Council of the Arts has released a new strategic review, outlining new extended funding arrangements for artistic organisations.

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”.

Among the changes for the federal government’s arts board, part of a strategic review into the council, is a new model for organisations that allows them to apply for six-year funding agreements rather than the current three.

The 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. Grybowski said at the Sydney Opera House this morning:

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