The Australia Council for the Arts is looking for enthusiastic independent artists and small groups of artists who have a project to fund and are keen to learn the art of fundraising and building a sustainable arts practice.
MATCH Lab builds fundraising skills and provides dollar-for-dollar matched funding for fundraising campaigns. It supports artists to increase their knowledge of philanthropy and arts partnerships, develop broader arts business knowledge and create sustainable sources of revenue for their work into the future.
MATCH Lab is more than just a funding program; it emphasises long-term skills development. If you’re successful, you’ll take part in a professional development clinic and be eligible for matched funding for your fundraising campaign.
- They’ll provide matched funding for fundraising activities up to $10,000 per applicant.
- Fundraising campaign window: after fundraising campaign approval to 31st May 2024 (fundraising campaigns must run for a minimum of 4 weeks).
- Funded projects can start from the conclusion of fundraising campaigns – no earlier than 15 December 2023 – and must be completed by 30 June 2025.
- MATCH Lab is for individual artists and small groups of artists.
- To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a practicing artist, or group of artists.
- Be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident.
- Be aged 18 years or over.
- Have an ABN and be prepared to receive project funds; OR have an agreement in place with an auspicing body.
- Be available to participate in the Raising Money for Your Art clinic taking place on 3 and 4 October in Melbourne.
- Be prepared to run a fundraising campaign beginning after Fundraising Plan approval and concluding before 31 May 2024 (fundraising campaigns must run for a minimum of 4 weeks).
- Applicants that have participated in MATCH Lab previously will not be considered.
- Applicants that have previously received funding from Creative Australia must have met all existing acquittal and reporting requirements, including the Australian Cultural Fund, to be eligible for MATCH Lab.
The assessment process will consider:
- A demonstrated track record of arts practice.
- Your professional experience, direction and goals.
- Your capacity to fundraise and build private sector support (individual donations, crowdfunding, philanthropy, trusts or foundations, and business sponsorship) for your work.
For more information, visit Australia Council for the Arts.