An update on the fund as at 31 May 2012:
The Community Centenary Initiatives Fund has received a strong positive response with a large number of high quality submissions from the community. As a result the fund is now closed and no further applications will be accepted at this time.
A Centenary for the community.
There are many planned opportunities for community participation throughout the Centenary year.
However, in addition—to help drive a grassroots celebration throughout the community—the ACT Government offered a total of over $1 million to individuals and community-based organisations as part of the Centenary Community Initiatives Fund.
In the lead up to 2013 and the Centenary of Canberra, the ACT Government was keen to support high quality, community driven projects that enhance the program of activities being developed.
The $1 million Centenary Community Initiatives Fund was established to provide funding directly to initiatives that will enhance the program being curated by Creative Director Robyn Archer AO, and which support the vision and goals of the Centenary.
In particular, the ACT Government encouraged proposals for projects that were well developed, that engaged with various sectors of the community and that will create a lasting legacy to benefit generations to come. A total of 51 community organisations were funded under this intiative.
Eligible activities include, but are not limited to:
- elements of existing festivals and events which particularly relate to the Centenary of Canberra
- regional, national or international extensions of events, and
- projects with community benefit, engagement and legacy.
For more information call the Community Engagement Officer, Ms Penny Stott on 02 6207 7176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To date the following recipients have received funding:
Project: Faces of Canberra
Organisation: Barbara Van Der Linden
Project date: Jan 2010 – 30 Dec 2013
Description: 5 portraits will be painted over 3 years of the people of Canberra who make this city a unique and interesting place to live. Each portrait will celebrate the life of these people with a community unveiling event culminating in an exhibition of all the portraits on 9 May 2013 at M16 Artspace.
Project: Footsteps to Follow
Organisation: Tuggeranong Community Festival Inc
Project date: Sep 2011 – Feb 2014
Description: Past and present residents, community groups, clubs, associations and businesses that have made a significant and positive contribution to the social, artistic, cultural, health and educational wellbeing, sporting achievements and the economic and political development of Tuggeranong since it was established in 1974 will be recognised with a bronze plaque placed in the wall of the entrance to Tuggeranong Town Park.
Project: Centenary of Canberra Rally
Organisation: National Trust (ACT)
Project date: 14-20 Oct 2013
Description: The Centenary of Canberra Rally will be a large scale motoring event of historic and modern alternative energy vehicles linking Jervis Bay and Canberra. It will incorporate an event at Jervis Bay, Braidwood and will link with the Centenary of Canberra event and is designed to be an ongoing tourist event.
Organisation: Tuggeranong Community Arts Incorporated
Project date: 12-16 Sep 2013
Description: A family fun weekend with temporary sculptures made from recycled materials sited alongside Lake Tuggeranong with workshops for children, artist’s forums, artist’s talks and a site specific work for the gallery.
Project: Royal Canberra Show
Organisation: Royal National Capital Agricultural Society
Project date: 22-24 Feb 2013
Description: The 2013 Canberra Show will showcase the development of agriculture and practice as well as craft, art and entertainment from ‘side-show alley’ through the decades. A Centenary theme will be run across all 23 competition sections encouraging community participation in activities that were popular 100 years ago in fields such as art, craft, and horticulture. Events will showcase popular activities from yesteryear including a heavy horses feature breed exhibition, a boxing tent, vaudeville-esque side-show attractions, sheep dog trials, campdraft competitions, a bullock team, and crafts practised 100 years ago such as quilting, lace making, spinning and weaving.
Project: Heritage Preservation Project
Organisation: Artsound Inc
Project date: Oct 2011 – Mar 2012
Description: To create a detailed catalogue of the deposit of Artsound’s recordings and archival material currently contained in the ACT Heritage Library in Woden. The full project will culminate in 2013. The collection comprises programs and interviews with poets, writers, artists and arts related personalities, concerts by local, interstate and nationally acclaimed musicians and includes rarely recorded Australian poets and musicians.
Project: Open Day
Organisation: Cake Decorators Association of the ACT Inc
Project date: 1 Jun 2013
Description: Open day for the public and cake decorators from around Australia and will include demonstrations of sugar art celebrating Canberra’s centenary.
Project: From Lady Denman to Katy Gallagher
Organisation: National Foundation for Australian Women
Project date: Feb 2012 – Feb 2013
Description: The project aims to document and publicise the contribution women and women’s organisations have made to Canberra through the development of a permanent academically rigorous on-line exhibition on the Australian Women’s Register which can be added to over time. The exhibition will include 100 entries for women or women’s organisations and will be brought together through a covering essay setting out how women have participated in Canberra, at the national and local level, both as individuals and through community organisations.
Project: Dance Nation
Organisation: Kulture Break
Project date: 29-30 Jun 2012, 29-30 Jun 2013
Description: The Dance Nation project is about celebrating our cities rich multicultural diversity and heritage through dance. It will feature two performances – one in June 2012 and one in June 2013. Dance Nation will be an explosive, energetic, entertaining, fun and moving tribute of the people that make Canberra what is it today. It will involve using traditional and contemporary dance forms such as ballet, swing, hip hop, breakdance and contemporary to celebrate our unique demographic of people living together in harmony. It is expected that the 2012 Expo will include around 450 performers and the 2013 Expo will attract approximately 1000 performers.
Project: Morris 100 Canberra
Organisation: Morris Register of NSW
Project date: 19-26 Apr 2013
Description: The Morris 100 Canberra is a celebration of the centenaries of the production of the first Morris car and Canberra. The event has two components: a public display of classic cars with a tour of Canberra and two ‘Battle Of The Sites’ (those towns that nominated themselves as ideal National Capitals) tours to Orange and Dalgety.
Project: Scouts Air Activities
Organisation: Scout Association of Australia, ACT Branch Inc
Project date: 1 Dec 2011 – 2021
Description: Scouts ACT will purchase a Centenary/Scouting branded hot air balloon and will deliver a ballooning program to 16-25 year olds resulting in a number of them gaining their pilots license. The balloon will attend major Scouting, Guiding and community functions to promote Scouting, Guiding and the Centenary around Australia.
Project: Fire Brigade Centennial Ball, Display, Torchlight Parade and Australasian Road Rescue Championships
Organisation: Fire Brigade Historical Society
Project date: 15 Jun 2013
Description: Ball to celebrate 100 years of fire service to the Canberra community; a display of historical appliances and trucks; a parade down Northbourne Ave with all emergency services (fire brigade, rural fire service, SES, Police, ESA and TaMS staff led by a pipe and marching band; 3 days of championship events concentrating on electric and hybrid vehicles.
Project: Capital Jazz Project
Organisation: The Street Theatre
Project date: Jul 2012 & Jul 2013
Description: Capital Jazz Project is a new music event for the ACT celebrating all things jazz within a nine-day festival format presenting a mix of international, national and ACT-based artists together with learning and participatory activity for artists and audiences. This project represents an exciting opportunity to create a national forum around jazz bringing top quality jazz acts together in Canberra and nurturing the next generation of Australian and ACT jazz artists.
Project: Canberra 2013 Highland Gathering
Organisation: Canberra College of Piping and Drumming
Project date: 13 Oct 2013
Description: A traditional Scottish Highland Gathering involving pipe bands, highland and Irish dancing, folk bands, Scottish and other stalls, clan society tents, Scottish heavy events, static displays and a multitude of children’s events. The first ever international juvenile pipe band contest will be held and called the Canberra Centenary Juvenile Pipe Band Championship with invited bands from the USA, Scotland and New Zealand.
Project: Viva la France in Canberra
Organisation: Alliance Francaise
Project date: 6 Apr 2013
Description: A one day event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the commencement of the Alliance Francaise activities in Canberra and the 90th anniversary of the formation of the Telopea Park School (Lycee Franco-Australien). These two significant anniversaries coincide with the 2013 Centenary of Canberra celebrations, providing a great opportunity for an all day long, free and open to all, French themed dress up party at Albert Hall. A day of free activities involving French art, culture, music, French games, competitions, displays, children’s activities and gastronomy will finish with a Masquerade Ball. It is expected this will become a bi-annual event.
Project: Kanga Cup
Organisation: Capital Football
Project date: 4-14 Jul 2013
Description: This project will invite and host a youth football team from Sister cities Beijing and Nara and Friendship city Dili at the 2013 Kanga Cup held in Canberra. The Kanga Cup is the largest international youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere and is the landmark youth tournament of Australia and the Asia Pacific. This tournament would be a celebration of Canberra and its international friends.
Project: Centenary of Canberra Community Tapestry
Organisation: ANU Canberra 100 Community Tapestry
Project date: Mar 2012 – 20 Dec 13
Description: This project involves the nation in creating tapestry to celebrate its capital through two components. The first component will be a major community tapestry designed, produced and permanently displayed in the ACT Legislative Assembly which will be made by members of the community in Canberra. The second component will be small tapestries woven by individuals or groups from around Australia and the world which will be exhibited with the centenary tapestry in the ACT Legislative Assembly Gallery in 2013. These tapestries will be returned to their makers and will commemorate the Centenary in personal collections across the country.
Project: The Four Elements Arts Festival
Organisation: Mirramu Creative Arts
Project date: 14-24 Mar 2013
Description: A cross arts festival involving artists in residence, a workshop program, a regional schools dance program and culminating in a public event at Mirramu Creative Arts Centre. The festival will include performances from festival participants and an exhibition of visual artworks. The public event will bring together professional dance and music performers, children from regional schools, visual artists, writers, choirs, special interest groups, organisations and community participants in a celebration of the artistic excellence of the Canberra region and the capacity of the arts to enrich, enliven and inspire the lives of its people.
Project: Terrain: Mapping Strathnairn
Organisation: Strathnairn Arts Association
Project date: 2-25 May 2013
Description: Terrain is a multi-layered event of selected land art installations. It will include a program of activities for community participation to extend the Artist In Residence theme of exploring the environment. A series of works made by the community will be located alongside the work of professional artists in areas around the property.
Project: 100 Views of Canberra
Project date: Mar 2012 – Dec 2013
Description: 100 Views of Canberra is a PhotoAccess project seeking contemporary images by local photographers to represent the maturity and diversity of the national capital on the eve of its Centenary. All images received will be displayed on a web gallery, 100 images will be exhibited at the Manuka Arts Centre Gallery with an accompanying high quality publication documenting Canberra today and revealing the rich and complex city Canberra has become.
Project: Imagining a Sustainable Canberra in 2020
Project date: Jan 2012 – Nov 2013
Description: This project will result in a ‘Festival of Young Ideas’ in April 2013 and an ACT Parliament of Youth that will focus on ‘Imagining a Sustainable Canberra in 2020’. It seeks to engage up to 60,000 students and school communities across the ACT to think positively and creatively about Canberra’s next decade and century as we address the social, environmental and economic challenges that now confront the human world. The Festival will showcase outstanding entries in a series of competitions in 2012 under the heading ‘Innovation Youth Taking Action on the Inconvenient Truth’ and will bring together outstandingly imaginative young people’s contributions to the future.
Project: Enable Canberra
Project date: 1 Mar 2012 – 4 Dec 2012
Description: EnableCanberra is a social marketing campaign designed to provide information regarding venue accessibility to People with Special Needs seeking to attend the Centenary of Canberra activities to be held during 2013. The project will deliver guidelines to venue owners and staff by focusing on customer experience rather than infrastructure offering venue owners and event organisers a way to improve accessibility of their hospitality services. People with Special Needs are defined as people with disabilities, the elderly, pregnant women and people with newborn children.
Project: Canberra at Street Level
Organisation: BMA Magazine
Project date: 1-21 Mar 2013
Description: A free, hands-on exhibition which will include community vox-pops where people can share their memories of the ACT’s music, arts, and entertainment culture. Every copy of Canberra’s street press BMA Magazine since the first issue in 1992 will be on display. BMA Magazine’s archive will be opened to the public, allowing the public to give feedback on what they see and remember as a result is a wonderful way of reminding people about the amazing things that have been achieved in the region through music and art.
Project: The National Children’s Playground
Organisation: Boundless Canberra
Project date: Launch 21-27 Oct 2013
Description: Funding for the design, community consultation and fundraising strategy for the National Children’s Playground - an all abilities playground where children, young people and adults can play, socialise, be challenged and have lots of fun. This will be a space where there are no barriers to play or inclusion. At a minimum the playground caters for vision, hearing and mobility impairments, as well as spectrum disorders. It will aim to be Australia’s premier playground, in its location, size and design, in order to match the significance of the Centenary of Canberra. The playground will be designed in a way that allows children of all abilities to play, socialise and interact together – on a level playing field.
Project: Canberra Centenary Special Olympics National Swim Meet
Organisation: Special Olympics ACT (SOACT) in partnership with Special Olympics Australia (SOA)
Project date: Apr – May 2013
Description: A three day swim event, with participation by all Australian States and Territories, along with invitations to teams from our sister cities of Beijing, Nara and friendship city Dili and a New Zealand team. Special Olympics is a not-for-profit organisation that provides year round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Project: Centennial Cup
Organisation: ACT Showjumping Club (ACT SJC)
Project date: 4-6 Oct 2013
Description: An elite competition of Australia’s best showjumpers as part of the ACT Showjumping Cup. The event will showcase the redeveloped Equestrian Park and Canberra as a major equine facility to the competitors and spectators.
Project: Centenary of Floral Art in Canberra
Organisation: Floral Art Guild of the ACT Inc
Project date: Jul 2013
Description: An exhibition based upon the changes in flower arranging/floral art between 1913 and 2013 will be staged at the Canberra Centre. Many significant Canberra events and historic milestones, such as Parliament and building openings and Royal Visits, have been marked by specially created floral art. Floral references will be made to historic events such as these.
Project: Australian Masters Athletics National Championships 2013
Organisation: ACT Veteran’s Athletic Club Inc
Project date: 29 Mar – 1 Apr 2013
Description: The Australian Master’s Athletics National Track and Field Championships is the premier masters-level athletics competition in Australia. Approximately 650 – 700 athletes aged 30 or more plus officials will attend over the 4 days of Easter 2013.
Project: WIND AIR WATER, Centenary Kite Festival on Lake Ginninderra
Organisation: Belconnen Arts Centre Incorporated
Project date: 2-8 Jun 2013
Description: A celebration of World Environment Day featuring the making a series of family and community kites including large Centenary kites to be flown on the foreshore of Lake Ginninderra outside Belconnen Arts Centre with accompanying music, local food and refreshments. The aim is to cultivate the making of kites to express culture, family and the elements in the environment and fly kites as a celebration of World Environment Day. This project will form the main focus of a new festival for Belconnen and the region on the shores of Lake Ginninderra.
Project: Bush Capital Celebration
Organisation: Friends of the Australian National Botanical Gardens
Project date: 5-6 Nov 2013
Description: A two day program that highlights the Australian National Botanic Gardens, the natural assets that it holds for the benefit of all Australians and its relationship with the local community. The celebrations will have a key focus on the condition of individuals, communities, governments and businesses that have helped to develop and maintain our ‘Bush Capital’ environment. The ‘Open Weekend’ style program will incorporate a variety of engaging and stimulating events, talks, displays, performances and presentations across the Gardens, including the newly opened Red Centre garden, and will culminating in a gala ‘bush dance’ celebration.
Project: Volunteering – a CAPITAL Experience
Organisation: Volunteering ACT Inc
Project date: Sep 2011, May 2012, Dec 2013
Description: Varied public events leading to major volunteering EXPO on International Volunteer Day, 5 December 2013, highlighting 100 years of volunteering in Canberra. Our nation’s capital has an enviable record for volunteering since it was founded, with services to the swiftly growing population being first provided most often by volunteers. 2013, Canberra’s Centenary Year is a fitting context to bring our community together to celebrate the contribution to Canberra’s volunteers over the past 100 years and to stimulate new ideas and forge new connections for the next century.
Project: Local Gold
Organisation: The Cashews
Project date: throughout 2013
Description: A series of ten Local Gold ‘guerrilla gigs’ – gigs in public spaces not typically used for musical performance, where audiences receive only one hour’s notice on the specific location – by local band The Cashews and special guests. Local Gold venues are nominated and discussed by community members in an online forum.
Project: Skateboarding Australia @ SPIN
Organisation: Skate Australia Inc
Project date: 19-20 Oct 2013
Description: Skateboarding Australia will hold ‘Battle at Belco’ featuring Australia’s best street and transition skaters on Saturday and ‘Streetwise’ learn to skate sessions on Sunday. To be held at the Belconnen facility , which since it’s upgrade has created a park that is cutting edge with a range of unique obstacles nowhere else in Australia and, with a skateable area of over 2800 square metres, it is the largest skatepark in the southern hemisphere.
Project: Marion Mahoney Griffin Annual Lectures
Organisation: Walter Burley Griffin Society
Project date: Jul/Aug 2012 and 2013
Description: The Fourth and Fifth Annual Marion Mahoney Griffin Lectures in July/August 2012 and 2013. The 2013 Lecture will occur within ‘Big Issues, Big Talk’ Centenary project.
Project: 5th Oceania Pan Hellenic Games Canberra 2013
Organisation: Pan Hellenic Games Pty Ltd
Project date: 17-20 Oct 2013
Description: The Oceania Pan-Hellenic Games, a mini Olympic Games, is an initiative of the World Council of Helenes Abroad Oceania and brings together youth of Hellenic background and promotes the Greek civilisation and cultural legacies to the local society. There were a number of early Greek settlers in and around Canberra region just after 1913 and the Greek community have been a prominent voice and influence since the late 40’s and 50’s.
Project: AABC 2013 National Convention Public Exhibitions
Organisation: Canberra Bonsai Society Inc
Project date: 17-20 May 2013
Description: A public exhibition of bonsai, under the umbrella of the Association of Australian Bonsai Clubs (AABC) Limited, to coincide with the official opening of the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection of Australia within the National Arboretum Canberra. To be held in association with the national AABC convention, the public exhibition showcases the work of local bonsai artists. The funding will enable free public entry to the bonsai exhibition.
Project: 2013 Rowing Australian Masters Regatta
Organisation: Rowing ACT
Project date: 24-28 Apr 2013
Description: Lake Burley Griffin’s first sporting event was the National Club Rowing Regatta and selection regatta for the Australian team at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964, the year of the lake’s completion. The National Regatta has not returned to the ACT until the Centenary of Canberra Masters Championships in 2013.
Project: Centenary of Canberra 24hr Relay Challenge
Organisation: Burley Griffin Canoe Club
Project date: Nov 2013
Description: The Centenary of Canberra 24Hour Relay Challenge will be held on the river at Molonglo Reach and involves paddlers forming teams and paddling in a relay format non-stop for 24 hours. The aim is to raise money for a nominated charity.
Project: ACT Centenary Masters Golf Tournament
Organisation: ACT-Monaro District Golf Association
Project date: Apr 2013
Description: The ACT Centenary Masters Golf Tournament is open to all male and female golfers over the age of 35 who have an official golf handicap.
Project: Centenary of Canberra National Women’s Sporting Congress
Project date: Feb 2013
Description: Canberra currently has three very successful national women’s teams that do not have male team counterparts and this makes Canberra unique in women’s sport. The Congress will involve an examination of the success of women’s sport in Canberra and the ability to transplant aspects of that success to other centres. The day will include a Schoolgirls Breakfast with the Stars, biggest women’s run/cycle/row/walk around Lake Burley Griffin, a symposium and a formal dinner.
Project: Australian Little Athletics Championships
Organisation: Little Athletics ACT
Project date: Feb 2013
Description: Little Athletics ACT will be hosting the annual athletics championship event with teams for NSW, VIC, QLD, WA, SA and Tasmania.
Project: Centenary of Canberra 2013 International Open Judo Championships
Organisation: Judo Federation of Australia (ACT)
Project date: 9-10 Feb 2013
Description: The Championships will be the first major Judo event in Australia in 2013 and is expected to attract a large number of participants to Canberra. The competition provides high level competition for local, interstate and international participants for all age groups and genders.
Project: Centenary Ride
Organisation: ACT Equestrian Association
Project date: Spring 2013 – date TBC
Description: The Ride will be single day event, traversing Canberra on the Bicentennial National Trail from Hall Showground to Kambah Pony Club with a lunch stop at Equestrian Park in Curtin. The event is expected to attract a large number of local riders and many would be riding the full length of the Trail for the first time.
Project: Bowls Centenary Celebration
Organisation: Bowls ACT
Project date: TBC
Description: The Centenary Celebration is a participatory lawn bowls event be held at 10 clubs throughout Canberra and Queanbeyan, including Canberra’s first Bowls Club. Invited guests and players will wear period costumes.
Project: Capital O
Organisation: Orienteering ACT
Project date: throughout 2013 and 12 Oct 2013
Description: Capital O is a project to stimulate greater interest in the national institutions and attractions within the parliamentary triangle. The concept is to produce a map with a series of 24 numbered sites and a strip of 24 lettered photographs of obscure features at key cultural, historical and national sites, buildings and features within the identified area. The activity is to visit each of the photographed sites and match the lettered photographs to the numbered sites.
Project: Vision Splendid: History Teacher’s Association of Australia Annual Conference Canberra 2013
Organisation: History Teachers Association of the ACT
Project date: 22-25 April 2013
Description: The History Teachers’ Association of Australia conducts a conference each year in a different state. In 2013 this conference will be held in Canberra for the first time in 8 years and will be specifically aimed at celebrating Canberra’s Centenary. The unique component to this conference will incorporate the National Capital Attractions and will explore the themes and resources of these institutions, highlighting the idea of the National Capital, its role and importance.
Project: Peace in the Pacific
Organisation: Fred Smith and the Musicians
Project date: Jan – May 2013
Description: A series of concerts focused on celebrating the involvement of Canberrans in peace monitoring operations in the Pacific coinciding with the 10th anniversary of RAMSI and the completion of the Bougainville Peace Monitoring Group.
Project: Festival of Squash – Australian Open, U21, Masters and Juniors Championships and Centenary of Squash
Organisation: Squash ACT
Project date: 17 Aug – 6 Oct 2013
Description: 2013 coincides with the construction of the first squash court in Australia in 1913 at the Melbourne Club in Victoria. This festival celebrates the centenary of squash in Australia and will involve all levels of competition.
Project: Expo 2013
Organisation: Canberra Model Shipwrights Society
Project date: 15-16 Sep 2013
Description: The emphasis of the Canberra Model Shipwrights’s Expo 2013 will placed on vessels which helped to shape the Nation, vessels such as Cook’s Endeavour, vessels of the first fleet and early Dutch and English explorers. The centenary of the Royal Australian Navy will also be celebrated.
Project: Past Present Future
Organisation: Scope Mount Stromlo
Project date: 18 Jan – 18 Feb 2013
Description: The Centenary of Canberra in 2013 coincides with ten year anniversary of the 2003 bushfires that devastated the Mount Stromlo and Weston Creek area and the Canberra community on 18 January 2003. The Past, Present, Future exhibition will seek artefacts and works from the Canberra community to recognise this event.
Project: 2013 Asia Pacific Championships
Organisation: Sailability ACT
Project date: 29 Mar- 1 Apr 2013
Description: The Access Class Asia-Pacific and Australian Championships is an international and Australian Championship race series involving competition between sailors both able bodied and with a disability.