The MATCH Lab grant process
Learn about the process of our MATCH Lab program, including application and assessment, verification and the requirements for project delivery.
MATCH Lab comprises several stages. Here’s what you can expect, and what’s expected from you as a successful applicant.
Applications for this program have now closed and applicants will be notified of funding decisions at the end of November, 2017.
- Stage 1: Applications
We strongly encourage you to contact program staff to discuss your application before you apply. We also encourage applicants to use our MATCH Lab resources to guide your thinking about your professional practice and fundraising approach before you apply.
Please note: Applications are now closed and applicants will be notified of funding decisions at the end of November, 2017.
1. Read through our FAQs and get in touch with our programs staff to go through your idea
2. Download our MATCH Lab Guidelines and make sure you’re eligible
3. Head to Smartygrants and fill out your application form.
All MATCH Lab applications must include:
- A brief professional biography
- An outline of some of your key artistic achievements or career highlights
- An outline of your future artistic practice
- An outline of the project you’re seeking to fundraise to support
- A budget outline of your project
- A timetable of activity for future plans
- An outline of how you’re expecting to finance your professional practice in the future
- An outline of your experience with fundraising, and how it could help shape your practice in the future
- An outline of how this program would impact your career
- Links to supporting material relevant to the proposal, including artistic examples or letters of support or confirmation.
- Stage 2: Interviews
A panel of experts will assess applicants and a shortlist will be selected for an interview. The interview process is an opportunity to pitch your interest in a more casual environment, discuss your proposal in more depth, and give program staff a chance to determine if you’re a good fit for the program. If you’re selected for an interview we’ll give you questions to consider in advance so you’re well prepared.
Assessment will consider:
- Your track record of arts practice
- Your professional experience, direction and goals
- Your capacity to build support from the private sector for your work.
- Stage 3: Fundraising clinic
If your application is successful, you’ll attend our two-day Raising Money for Your Art clinic. The clinic is a two-day intensive fundraising and arts business opportunity in Melbourne. MATCH Lab participants will be fully supported to attend the clinic, including cost of attendance, return airfares and two nights’ accommodation.
The Raising Money for Your Art clinic connects you with experts and your peers to develop a blueprint for supporting your arts practice and a strategic plan that supports your next artistic project. It will take place Wednesday 31 January to Thursday 1 February.
The clinic will give you a deeper understanding of your potential support options, how to build private sector support and fund your art in a sustainable way, and the skills to develop your career as a creative entrepreneur.
- Stage 4: Fundraising campaign
Armed with your strategic plans, your next step is to develop and implement your own tailored fundraising campaign.
Recipients will need to run their fundraising campaign between Monday 5 February and Friday 31 May 2018.
We offer ‘in-principle’ matched funding support to successful MATCH Lab applicants, capped at $10,000. Successful applicants must complete an online declaration to accept the program conditions and confirm participation.
MATCH Lab will match funds sourced from:
- Private giving
- Fundraising events
- Business sponsorship or partnership
- Trusts and foundations
- Workplace giving programs.
MATCH Lab will not match:
- In-kind support
- Earned income (including membership, box office and non-deductible ticket expenses)
- Local, state or federal government funding
- Pre-existing fundraising commitments.
Recipients of funding need to check in with us during and after their campaign and their project.
Note: Fundraising legislation varies from state to state. Before submitting a Plus1 application, please familiarise yourself with your state’s legislation. Information is available at The Funding Centre and ATO websites.
- Stage 5: Project delivery
Successful recipients can commence their project or activity once they finish fundraising. Recipients are expected to check in with us on the progress of the project and the impact of MATCH Lab.
- Stage 6: Project reporting
Recipients are required to submit a fundraising campaign survey within 30 days of the end of the campaign, or by 30 June 2018; and a project report within 12 weeks of your project’s completion, or by 30 June 2019.
These reports will include financial reconciliation of your funding, and some questions on what you learnt from the experience.MATCH Lab recipients must provide all project/activity reports to us to meet contractual obligations. We cannot provide further funding to organisations with overdue progress reports.