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OzCo announces four-year funding; 49 unsuccessful orgs to receive extensions

The Australia Council has announced 95 arts organisations will receive Four Year Funding for 2021–24. Forty-nine currently-funded organisations that were unsuccessful this round will have their funding extended for 12 months. The extended funding to these 49 unsuccessful organisations, as well as the first year of funding to successful organisations, will be at a reduced level (approximately 70%).

The extension of funding to 49 currently-funded organisations unsuccessful in the 2021–24 round is to provide ‘additional time for them to recalibrate their organisations and make plans for the future’.

‘When we embarked on this Four Year Funding process, it was a very different landscape for the sector, and indeed the world,’ said Australia Council CEO Adrian Collette in a statement. ‘In the light of Covid-19, it has been essential to revise this round of Four Year Funding to provide support for the greatest possible number of small to medium arts organisations.’

In total, 144 arts organisations will receive a share of $31.7 million per annum in funding offered through the revised Four Year Funding for Organisations program. The following literary organisations were successful in their applications for 2021–24 four-year funding:

  • Australian Publishers Association
  • Emerging Writers Festival
  • First Nations Australia Writers Network
  • Giramondo Publishing
  • Griffith Review
  • Magabala Books
  • NT Writers Centre
  • Sharing Stories Foundation
  • Red Room Poetry
  • University of Queensland Press
  • Varuna the National Writers’ House (Eleanor Dark Foundation Ltd).

Among the literary organisations that were unsuccessful in the latest four-year funding round round, but will receive a 12-month extension on their funding at a reduced level are:

  • Australian Book Review
  • Brisbane Writers Festival
  • Overland (O L Society Ltd)
  • Sydney Writers Festival
  • Western Sydney University (Writing and Society Research Centre).

The Australia Council last week announced it would utilise approximately $5 million in repurposed and uncommitted funds to provide a Resilience Fund in response to Covid-19. Applications for funding, in the streams ‘Survive’, ‘Adapt’ and ‘Create’, opened on Friday, 3 April. For more information, see the Australia Council website.



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