COVID-19 travel restrictions make it challenging for me to confirm and be certain about a start date for my project. How should I fill in the project start date in my application?
The Trustees have committed to continuing the grant program for emerging artists’ professional development, however, they also know that the Australian Government’s current ban on overseas travel means that applicants do not know when they will be able to leave Australia, or when it will be safe to enter the country of the intended destination.
In completing your application you are still required to provide confirmation and start dates to adhere to our usual eligibility conditions. The project or study commencement date must, at a minimum, be later than the For travel/projects after date noted on the relevant funding round.
Be as realistic as possible when setting your dates but keep in mind that specific dates will be discussed with successful grantees after travel restrictions are eased. Note that if you are awarded a grant, funds will only be released when:
the Australian Government travel ban is lifted
it is safe to travel to your intended destination. NB Smarttraveller will be our guide.
the project and dates are confirmed.
I applied and was awarded a Cultural Trust grant before COVID-19, when will I be able to travel?
If you have been awarded a grant (and are yet to receive the funds), we remain committed to giving you flexibility in re-scheduling and delaying your travel opportunity.
Grant funds can be released when:
the Australian Government travel ban is lifted
it is safe to enter your intended destination. NB: keep up to date with Smarttraveller.
the project and associated dates have been reconfirmed.
I received a grant but couldn’t complete the project due to COVID-19. Is there any flexibility in using the balance of grant funds?
If you received a grant but ended your travel prematurely, we will work with you on a case-by-case basis to discuss further professional development opportunities to expend the remainder of the grant. This may be a resumption of your initial travel, an adjustment given limited funds remaining or changes that reflect a program no longer being viable. Please be aware that you must seek approval from the Cultural Trust Program Manager before undertaking these activities.
What is the maximum grant amount?
The Cultural Trust offers grants of up to $15,000 to assist emerging and early career artists of exceptional talent to take up professional development opportunities, usually overseas.
The maximum grant amount was increased from $10,000 to $15,000 as of October 2022 and applies to all future funding rounds.
Go to Apply for a Grant to check your eligibility.
What art forms does the Trust support?
The Cultural Trust supports artists working across all art forms and disciplines, including but not limited to: animation, craft, dance, design, ceramics, experimental and interdisciplinary art, jewellery, land art, metalwork, moving image, multimedia, music, printmaking, sculpture, tapestry and theatre. We require applicants to classify their area of practice under ten broad headings for internal purposes, however if your practice area does not fit neatly into a category this does not mean you are ineligible. Please simply select the 'Other' category and specify your arts practice accordingly.
- Community Arts
- Conservation and Moveable Cultural Heritage
- Craft (this includes jewellery, metalwork, tapestry, etc)
- Design (this includes fashion, graphic design, etc)
- Writing and Literature
- Multimedia (this includes film, television, radio, moving image work, etc)
- Performing Arts
- Visual Arts
Do I need to submit a hard copy application?
No. All parts of your application, including the signed statutory declaration and support materials, should be submitted through our online system.
Do I need to have confirmed all parts of my project when I submit my application?
Yes. We require that you submit letters of confirmation from all individual(s) or organisation(s) with which you will be undertaking professional development as part of your application.
If there are any issues in obtaining letters of confirmation by the closing date, please contact Cultural Trust staff to discuss.
Will I need to supply support material and work samples?
Yes. Links to samples of your work must be included in your online application.
As a guide:
Musicians should include at least 20 minutes of recorded material demonstrating a variety of styles.
Visual artists should include between 12—20 images. If your practice includes the 'moving image' you should include a sample in that format.
Performing artists must include up to 10 minutes footage showing a variety of work and should also include reviews if possible. Photographs only are not suitable.
Filmmakers should include a showreel up to 10 minutes long to give a sense of the scope and variety of your work, and one full-length piece.
Support Material should be submitted by URL. A URL (website link) which directly links to where an example of your work may be read, viewed or heard is the preferred method for supplying support material. Providing a URL allows you to present your work so that it can be easily accessed and played on a variety of operating systems (e.g., Mac, Windows, Linux) and devices (e.g., laptop, desktop, tablet, mobile).
You can link to a specific page on your artist or organisation's website that displays examples of your work. If you don’t have a website, there are a number of free and easy-to-use online hosting services, most of which allow you to password protect material if necessary.
Should I discuss my application with someone from the Trust?
If you have questions that are not answered on this website, please contact us and one of our Cultural Trust staff will be happy to assist.
Once my application is submitted, when can I expect to hear back from the Trust?
Once you have submitted your online application you will receive an automated receipt by email. So long as you have received this receipt and your project meets our guidelines, you can be confident your application will be considered. If you are unsure whether your project is eligible, please contact us.
During assessment, one of our Cultural Trust staff may contact you to request further information or clarification.
When will I be notified about the outcome of my application?
Applicants are advised of the outcome of their application approximately three and a half months after the round closing date.
Does the Cultural Trust provide feedback on applications?
No. Due to the number of applications received by the Cultural Trust each round, we are not able to provide individual feedback on draft applications or unsuccessful applications.
What are my chances of success?
Demand is high for these grants and we receive many more applications than we can fund. As a guide, about 20–30 per cent of applications are successful in each round.
Will the Trust fund the full cost of the project?
We require the applicant to contribute a reasonable amount themselves and encourage applicants to seek additional funding from other sources.
For further details on project requirements, please refer to the Criteria section of the Apply for a Grant page.
Can I reapply in future if I'm unsuccessful this time?
Yes, but only if you are seeking money for a different project. And, if you decide to reapply you should check that your new project meets the objectives and priorities of the Trust.
Can I apply again if I've already had a grant from the Trust?
Priority is always given to first time applicants. The majority of our grants are one-off, single year grants. Occasionally second grants may be approved but grantees should not expect or rely on a second grant to fund ongoing study.
The Trust only considers further applications if the applicant's previous grant(s) have been fully acquitted. You should also check to make sure that your new project meets the objectives and priorities of the Trust.
Please note that due to an increased demand for grants in recent years, a high proportion of funds have already been committed for 2019. As a result, applications from artists who have completed and acquitted a Cultural Trust grant within the past two years will not be considered.
I'm a member of a group, e.g. a quartet, can we submit one application?
No, each member of your group must complete an individual application. When submitting your online application, please make a note so that we know to consider you as a group.
How do you define emerging or early career artist?
The Trust does not have a precise definition of an emerging or early career artist. As a general guide, we consider emerging/early career artists to be artists who are within 10 years of graduating from an undergraduate degree (or equivalent). However, this does not mean that applicants need to have attained formal qualifications in their area of practice to be considered for a grant.
Will the Trust provide grants for postgraduate study courses?
The Trust will consider providing support for artists wishing to undertake postgraduate courses overseas, but will not support courses where the sole focus is research.
The Trust will not provide support for artists wishing to undertake undergraduate degree courses.
Does the Trust support unstructured/self-directed study and residencies?
The Trust will not support applications where the sole focus is an unstructured/self-directed study program. However, we welcome well-researched travel proposals that include unstructured/self-directed opportunities alongside structured professional development programs.
Where does the money come from?
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust receives all of its funding from The Ian Potter Foundation.
What’s the difference between the Cultural Trust and the Foundation?
The Ian Potter Cultural Trust:
• Awards grants to individuals
• Awards commissions and individual artist grants solely in the cultural and arts fields
The Ian Potter Foundation:
• Awards grants solely to organisations that have eligible tax status
• Awards grants in the areas of the Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment & Conservation, Health & Disability, Medical Research and Science.
Please refer to www.ianpotter.org.au for further information.
Can I also apply to other foundations or trusts that might be interested in funding my project?
Yes. The Ian Potter Cultural Trust is happy to support projects in partnership with other funders. Your project budget should include a breakdown of funding sources and amounts and whether these are confirmed or not, and if not, the dates when confirmation is expected.