Objective: review grant programs, to ensure that existing funds and increased grant allocations are focused on supporting independent artists and organisations and a successful and sustainable ecosystem for creative enterprise.

Recommendation and response

Accepted - We will review arts funding models and consider any proposed changes in 2021.

January 2020 update

Arts South Australia has aligned $1 million in additional grant funding for 2020 allocated as an election commitment by the Marshall Government with the intent of the Arts Plan, including increased funds for their Fellowship funding program in 2020 in response to recommendation 2.2.

Arts South Australia has commenced a review of national grant structures to inform development of a new grant funding model. Gap analysis and benchmarking will occur ahead of sector engagement.

March 2020 update

A review of national grant structures and benchmarking is complete. Targeted sector engagement has started, following which a new grant funding model will be developed and communicated to the sector mid-May 2020.

June 2020 update

Arts South Australia has developed a grants funding model for contestable professional development and project funding. The grants program will be available to applicants from mid July 2020. COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the arts and cultural sector and the grants funding model supports a flexible, streamlined grants program that has been informed by, and is responsive to, sector activity and needs.

A review of the Arts Organisations funding program is still ongoing, and takes into account analysis of the current model and other jurisdictional models, sector consultation, recent changes to federal agency funding opportunities and the ongoing impact of COVID-19. An updated Arts Organisations funding program will be tested with the sector in June and implemented from July 2020.

Communication activities for the new grants programs will be implemented, and information will be available on this website. Arts South Australia staff will be available to answer questions and provide information.

Supported in-principle - We will establish a pilot Creative Fellowship Program and evaluate the outcomes of this program.

January 2020 update

Arts South Australia is offering increased funds for their fellowship funding program in 2020 as a pilot, with details of the next round available on the Arts South Australia website in early January. The outcomes of this program will inform future programs and the review of grant funding in recommendation 2.1.

Supported in-principle - We will review arts funding models and consider any proposed changes in 2021.

January 2020 update

The review of grant programs in recommendation 2.1 will inform government’s response to this recommendation.

Accepted - In conjunction with the Federal Government and Australia Council for the Arts, we will progress harmonisation of application, assessment and funding timelines, as well as grant management practices for small, medium and major companies.

January 2020 update

This recommendation will be considered as part of the review of grant programs in recommendation 2.1.

Supported in-principle - An arts organisations collaboration funding model will be developed for consideration by government as part of the State Budget process.

January 2020 update

The review of grant programs in recommendation 2.1 will inform government’s response to this recommendation.

June 2020 update

The COVID-19 Arts Grants Support funding program delivered earlier this year included Arts Organisations Collaboration grants – for major arts and cultural organisations, the small-to-medium sector and independent artists to collaborate with the intent to support the development of new work in new ways and explore true cross sector collaboration as resources and knowledge are shared for mutual benefit.

Learnings from this grant stream will inform the development of the new grant funding model in recommendation 2.1.