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December grants round cancelled under new Australia Council program

The Australia Council has cancelled its December 2015 grants round and replaced its six-year funding programs with a four-year model, under its new grant program introduced following cuts to the organisation in the 2015-16 federal budget.

Under the new model, the council will offer $12m over two core grant rounds—down from the planned three—in 2015-16, with deadlines in September 2015 and February 2016. The upper limit for arts project grants in the February round will also be lower than the current maximum of $150,000, with the limit yet to be specified.

The council’s six-year funding for organisations program, which was introduced in August last year, will be replaced with a four-year funding model. Applications are due on 1 December with decisions to be announced in April 2016.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, the council cancelled its June grant round and suspended its six-year funding program in May, following $110m in funding cuts announced in the budget.

The council also announced three planned core grant rounds for 2016-17, with closing dates in June and October 2016 and February 2017.

The Australia Council will publish a new corporate plan, currently under development, on 31 August, to provide ‘further details about our national and international development activity’. Potential ‘cost saving opportunities and efficiencies in operating costs’ will be considered during the planning process.

For more information, visit the Australia Council website here.


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