Unfunded Excellence on the rise

Australia Council for the Arts has reported in Senate Estimates that the total value of unfunded excellence across their 2017 and 2018 grant programs alone is valued at over $30.9 million dollars.

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Unfunded Excellence, in relation to the Australia Council's grants program, is determined by the number and value of the applications assessed by peers as being of high merit and deserving of support, but could not be funded within the scope of the budget.

Projects assessed as meritorious of support but unfunded in 2017 were valued at $11.9 million and in 2018 at $19 million. 895 applications were assessed as meritorious of support but unfunded. This represented 12 per cent of total applications.

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