NAVA Grants

NAVA offers a range of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of professional practitioners. To find out more, or to apply, please browse the links below.

Owen Leong ‘Original Nature’ at Artereal Gallery from 4-28 July 2018
NSW Artists' Grant recipient, Owen Leong, ‘Original Nature’ (install view) at Artereal Gallery from 4-28 July 2018. Photo by Zan Wimberley.

New South Wales Artists' Grant

The NSW Artists’ Grant has been initiated by NAVA to assist professional visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners residing in NSW to produce, present and promote their work throughout NSW, interstate and overseas. Artists residing in regional NSW and Western Sydney are encouraged to apply. This program is funded by Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments.

This grant provides assistance towards the costs of:

  • Production of new creative work
  • Presentation of work in a venue
  • Residencies involving the production of new work/ presentation of new work
  • Production and distribution of an artist’s publication or portfolio
  • Setting up a website, preparing a publicity campaign

Funding Available: 

$1,250 plus GST for individuals

$2,500 plus GST for groups/collectives

Important Dates: This grant operates in quarterly rounds. Applications for this round close 23:59 AEST Sunday 20 October 2019. Funds from this round can be used for projects or exhibitions taking place in February, March, April, May 2020 only.

Eckersley's Art & Craft is generously sponsoring a $200 gift card to one applicant in this round of the the NSW Artists' Grant. Only NAVA Premium and Premium Plus Members are eligible.

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This grant is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

The Freedman Foundation Travelling Scholarship for Emerging Artists

Each year 4 x scholarships are awarded to young early career artists to assist with the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake formal study or

• undertake a residency or mentorship (planned program with a professional artist) or

• undertake informal study for a planned research project.

Funding Available: Individual applicants are eligible to apply for funding of $8,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEDT Sunday 31 March 2019.

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The Freedman Foundation International Scholarship for Curators

An initiative to assist early career curators to develop their practice through overseas travel.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of overseas travel to:

• undertake a residency, internship or mentorship (planned program with a professional curator)

• undertake a self-initiated curatorial project which may include establishing valuable contacts, conducting studio visits, and researching current international practices and exhibition programs with the aim of producing their own curatorial project.

Funding Available: One application will be awarded $8,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications open April 2019 and close 23:59 AEST Sunday 23 June 2019.

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Windmill Trust Scholarship for Regional NSW Artists

Established in 1997 in memory of the artist Penny Meagher, the emphasis of the Windmill Trust Scholarship is to support professional artists from regional NSW to develop and or present their work.

This scholarship provides assistance towards the cost of:

• exhibiting work such as framing, freight, space rental, promotion, artists' fees, installation and documentation

• professional development and education

• independent artistic research or practice such as studio rental, material or labour costs.

Funding Available: One individual or group will be awarded up to $10,000 + GST.

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEST Sunday 21 July 2019.

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Carstairs Prize

The Carstairs Prize aims to support socially engaged art projects that embrace participatory and collaborative experiences, bring participants into active dialogue with the artist(s) in order to involve audiences beyond the art community.

The prize is intended to contribute to artwork production costs to assist the successful applicant(s) to develop and present new work.

This is a new program supported by the donor of the previous Carstairs Residency Prize. Named after the Carstairs, the prize drew its name from an intriguing and eccentric blend of writers, poets, painters, pianists, and illustrators who immigrated to Australia from Fife, Scotland in the 19th century.

Funding Available: One individual or group will be awarded $3,000 + GST

Important Dates: Applications closed 23:59 AEST Sunday 1 September 2019.

Visual Arts Fellowship

The Visual Arts Fellowship was funded by the Copyright Agency and administered by NAVA, and aimed to assist exceptional mid-career Australian visual and media arts, craft and design practitioners to undertake a self directed program of professional development.

Two $20,000 fellowships were available per year over three years to individual mid-career artists and groups.  Funding could be used toward a range of activities such as research, travel, skills development, residencies, mentorships, professional development and training, creation of new work and exhibition/ project costs.

Ignition Prize

The NAVA Ignition Prize for Professional Practice is awarded to a graduating student from university art and design schools that are ACUADS (Australian Council of University Art & Design Schools) members. One prize is offered to a student who achieved the highest marks in their professional practice unit or who academic staff feel would be most deserving of the benefits offered by the prize - a one year NAVA Premium Membership package. The Premium Membership includes access to resources which young artists embarking on their career will find invaluable: fact sheets, check lists and tutorials, guides, expert information and advice, opportunities and discounts for courses and events.

By offering the prize, NAVA supports graduates and alerts them to the benefits available via their professional association. Joining with their peers gives emerging artists a sense of continuing inclusion in the Australian visual arts community.

If you would like to offer the Ignition Prize to your students, please contact NAVA on

Please use this form to submit your acquittal for any NAVA Grant. NAVA requires acquittals to be submitted within three months of project completion. You must return an acquittal form to be eligible for future grants.

Writing Grant Proposals

NAVA's Writing Grant Proposals is a 7-week online course designed to help artists research, plan and write stronger grant proposals. You will develop clear writing skills for your artist biography and artist statement, and learn to make your professional CV and support material stand out from the rest.

Enrolment closes 1 September 2019.

Become a Grant Donor

NAVA invites your tax exempt donation either toward one of our existing grants or to set up an entirely new program shaped to your ideas and for which we can offer naming rights.

Providing this kind of philanthropic support can be a source of great satisfaction in making a valuable contribution to supporting living Australian artists.

For more information or to discuss your ideas, please contact NAVA's General Manager, Penelope Benton via nava[at]