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Flourish: First Nations Fashion and Textiles Fund

Providing $10,000 to $50,000 investment to support design, production, marketing and development.

Artists Roseranna Larry [left centre] and Keturah Zimran [right centre] with models showcasing Ikuntji Designs in Paris, 2022. Photographer: Dr Chrischona Schmidt.

About the opportunity

The Flourish: First Nations Fashion and Textiles Fund provides grants from $10,000 to $50,000 to build sustainable businesses and support economic, cultural, and social development opportunities. The opportunity is open to First Nations individuals, groups and organisations (including Art Centres) working in the textile design and fashion sector.

Grants can be used to support innovation, production, capacity building, marketing, professional development, seed funding and/or increasing digital visibility.

To apply for this opportunity,  applicants are required to provide a proposal detailing what they would like to achieve with the fund.

Flourish is for projects beginning after Friday 1 November 2024.

Supported activities must last no longer than 12 months from the proposed start date.

Who can apply

  • First Nations individuals, groups, businesses and organisations

Who cannot apply?

You can’t apply for Flourish if:

  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • protection and development of First Nations art, culture and community,  including licensing and protection of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property (ICIP)
  • business development support, best practice standards and philanthropic engagement
  • difficulties in connecting with industry networks and resources, including supply chain, distribution, promotion and market opportunities
  • access to industry education and skills development, particularly for emerging creatives and entrepreneurs
  • digital platforms and access
  • increasing business visibility domestically and globally
  • audience and marketing development  and capacity building
  • retail and wholesale engagement.
  • engaging expertise to interpret artwork into fabric design
  • collaborating with a designer to create a new clothing collection
  • professional development for individuals, groups and or businesses
  • marketing and capacity building activities
  • activities to expand your creative practice and or business
  • partner with small to medium First Nations businesses to build expertise
  • First Nations lead partnering and mentoring opportunities
  • seed funding.

The types of questions we ask in the application form include:

  • a title for your project
  • brief description of your artistic and/or professional practice
  • describe how the planned activity will strengthen and develop your creative practice and/or your professional development
  • project start and end dates
  • a projected budget which details the expenses, income, and in-kind support of the project
  • support material/letters of support.

Applications are assessed by First Nations Industry Advisors, with the final decision on their recommended recipients approved by the Creative Australia Executive team.

Assessment Criteria:

  1. Potential of the creative/group/organisation.

The assessment panel will assess the potential of the individual, group and/or business at the centre of the proposal.

They may consider the following:

  • merit of proposal
  • quality of work previously produced
  • public or peer response to work previously produced
  • demonstrated ability, skills and creative thinking.
  1. Viability

The assessment panel will assess the budget and viability of the proposal.

They may consider the following:

  • skills and artistic ability of the people involved, and their relevance to the proposed activity
  • demonstrated effective use of resources and funds with realistic and achievable planning
  • level of confirmation of proposed activities and partners’ adherence to relevant cultural protocols
  • evidence of considered consultation and engagement with participants, audiences and communities
  • clear and detailed project budget.
  1. Impact on career

The assessment panel will assess the impact of the proposed activity on career and business development and how these exercises will strengthen skills in the identified areas of practice and work.

They may consider the following:

  • activity is relevant to the identified areas of practice and career development
  • capacity to strengthen skills and abilities of designers/business
  • potential to discover and develop new markets, or meet existing market demand
  • relevance and timeliness of activity.

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

  • Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, and provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

  • Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

  1. Evidence of your practice

Provide recent examples of your artistic and or professional work that are relevant to the activity. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • a link to examples of your work that may include video, audio, images or written material
  • a link to examples of your proposed activity  that may include video, audio, images or written material  links to websites and related social media sites.
  1. Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of support for your activity if appropriate. These letters should explain:

  • how the activity will benefit your practice or professional development
  • how appropriate cultural protocols have been observed and permissions obtained.

Artists can include up to three (3)  letters of support for their projects, with each letter no  longer than  one A4 page. Where possible, combine  your letters  into a single document or link.

Our preferred way of receiving support material is via URLs (web links). You can submit up to three URLs, which may include your website, or links to video, audio, images, scanned documents and written material.

If you cannot provide URLs, you  can  attach up to two documents to your application  in either PDF or Word.

We strongly recommend you link to existing, accessible examples of your work – there is no need to create new content for this application.

We do not accept support material submitted via post.

2024 recipients

Lillardia Briggs-Houston  commercial collection 2024

Tarsha Davis Aboriginal Artist and Group Facilitator

Nina Fitzgerald (PR Creative) Textiles and Manufacturing Space in Larrakia Country 

Melissa Greenwood (Miimi & Jiinda) Yarrila, the second fashion collection by Miimi & Jiinda 

Madeline Hope-Hodgetts Creation of the Kirralaampuwan collection: Place of fallen stars 

Jedess Hudson Innovative Stitches: Weaving Tradition into First Nations Fashion 

Nathan McGuire  Denimsmith x Nathan McGuire: Capsule collection presentation at Melbourne Fashion Festival 2024 

Corina Muir Amber Days Autumn/Winter ’24 Collection 

Juanita Page (JOSEPH & JAMES)  Sample Collection Development for 2025 

Daen Sansbury-Smith (Clever Fulla Pty Ltd) Adjadura Art: Augmented Reality First Nation Language and Cultural Fashion 

We Are Warriors – the Warrior CollectionStories of Country