What does the Gordon Darling Foundation support?

The Foundation provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects Australia-wide.

Funding may be provided for:

  • catalogues and publications
    • that are scholarly
    • that provide a permanent record of an exhibition, collection or project
    • the Foundation does not fund souvenir or promotional publications
  • exhibition development
    • marketing or promotional costs will not be funded
  • professional education initiatives including individual professional development
  • purchase or commission of artworks of unique national/local importance
  • research projects
  • symposia

The Foundation does not normally fund:

  • capital works
  • general or core activities
  • retrospective funding
  • recurrent funding of a project

Who is eligible?

The Foundation can only provide funding to Public Institutions in Australia.

Applications are only accepted from organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Individuals wishing to apply for funding for projects are advised to partner with a Public Institution which then takes responsibility for the project.

The Trustees will normally consider only one application per organisation in any given year.


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 or increase public access to the visual arts.


Application procedure

Read the guidelines.

Contact the Gordon Darling Foundation to request an application form:
Phone: 03 9820 3168, Email:
Administrators: Aileen Ellis/Sherrie Antonio

Applications must be submitted by mail in hard-copy on the current year's form with any supporting material.

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