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Funding review: Australia Council extends grants 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”.

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:

“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.

“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.”

This article was originally published at Daily Review

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