Grants for international travel – apply now

Expressions of interest are sought for the Darling Travel Grants for International Travel which aims to provide travel opportunities for staff from Australian public visual arts institutions, including libraries.

A number of grants of up to $13,200 (inc. GST) are available to cover travel and living expenses for a focused trip which benefits both the individual and their collecting institution; and includes funding for:

  • catalogues and publications
    • that are scholarly
    • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection, artist or movement
    • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development excluding marketing or promotional costs
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development research projects
  • symposia

Successful applicants will be expected to provide a report of no more than two pages on their travel and outcomes within two months of completion.

Funding criteria

  • The Foundation encourages applications from all over Australia.
  • The Foundation is a funder of innovative projects.
  • The Foundation is a funder of projects providing increased access to the visual arts.
  • Projects will be expected to attract considerable public exposure.
  • Projects should demonstrate the highest levels of professional practice.
  • The Foundation may be the sole grant provider or the lead donor or a participant in a collaborative funding with other private and/or public donors.
  • The Foundation will not normally support projects that have been almost fully funded from other sources.
  • Preference will be given to projects which will tour.

Past library related recipients include:

  • Louise Denoon who visited the British Library Labs and the New York Public Library Labs to learn more about the innovative projects these libraries were working on and share with them some of the exciting things that were happening at the State Library of NSW.
  • SLQ received a grant in 2017, which enabled Dianne Byrne to travel to the UK.

Submissions will be examined by the Trustees of the Foundation three times a year in March, June and October. The closing dates for applications are 7 January, 31 May and 30 September respectively.