The peak body protecting and promoting the Australian visual arts sector

Grants & Competitions

Grants are a great way to secure income for your practice, projects and professional development. Awards, prizes and competitions can offer impressive prizes for the winning entrants and provide opportunities to sell and exhibit you work. Here you will find information to support artists applying for grants and some of the great opportunities available .

Find the Opportunities

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Check out the national and international listings of the latest grants, prizes, awards and competitions. You can refine your search via region, residency, prize, competition or award to find your perfect match!


Submitting an entry?

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On our Guides page under the Awards, Prizes and Competitions category you will find essential factsheets and checklists to read before sending off your entry.

Grant Applications


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Looking for help with writing an application?

Writing a grant application can be daunting, especially if you have never written one before. When making an application for funding your aim is to optimise the competitiveness of your application to increase your chance of success. NAVA has many resources that can help guide you in writing a winning grant application.

  • Do you have an idea?
  • Have you done your research?
  • Are you eligible?
  • Do you have all your support material?

On the Guides page under the Grants category you will find factsheets and checklists to help you in writing your grant application including budgets, support material and top tips.

Need Help with Grant Writing?

Winning Grant Proposals

Winning Grant Proposals will enable participants to develop their skills, address challenges and generate strategies for writing funding applications, artists' statements and curriculum vitae.

Enrolments for 2017 open soon.

To find out more, please go to our Online Courses page.

Top Tips

In this video Michaela Gleave discusses her top tips for writing grant applications and expanding your art practice.

Michaela Gleave is an Australian-based artist currently living and working in New York City. Her practice investigates the physicality of perception, interrogating the systems and structures through which we construct our image of reality. Gleave's installations, performances and interventions question the relationship we have with our surroundings, allowing us to experience the processes by which we comprehend reality and rethink our presence within it.

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners. Our grants can assist with the production, presentation and promotion of work, study costs and travel. To find out more, please go to our NAVA Grants page.