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.


Arts South Australia’s new Arts and Culture Grants Program was released in late August 2020, spanning art forms and areas of practice for professional artists and arts organisation to develop, make work and engage with audiences. Investment in the sector also assists in building partnerships and creative collaborations which enhance South Australia’s longstanding reputation as a place for arts and culture.

A review of the Arts Organisations Program that provides funding to vibrant small-to-medium arts and culture organisations that contribute to a sustainable and thriving arts culture in South Australia has been completed, with an implementation plan in development.

Inclusion of $1 million per annum in funds allocated through the government’s budget measure from 2018-19, has aligned with the intent of the Arts Plan, and government’s commitment to build sustainable artist careers and organisations.

The review of Arts South Australia’s grants program included extensive research, national and international benchmarking and targeted sector engagement. As COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on the arts and culture sector, the grants funding model supports a flexible, streamlined grants program that has been informed by, and is responsive to, sector activity and needs.

Government’s response to this recommendation is now complete.

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


This recommendation is now complete following the launch of Arts South Australia’s new Arts and Culture Grants Program in August 2020. The program includes increased opportunities for fellowship funding to support individual artists, creatives and cultural leaders to undertake a sustained period of creative development that will strengthen and extend their professional practice and contribute to the arts and cultural ecology in South Australia.

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


This recommendation is now complete following the activity undertaken as part of the review of Arts South Australia’s grants funding model in recommendation 2.1.

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.


This recommendation is now complete following the activity undertaken as part of the review of Arts South Australia’s grants funding model in recommendation 2.1. Where possible, opportunities in Arts South Australia’s Arts and Culture Grants Program align with the Federal Government and the Australia Council for the Arts, supporting applicants to leverage additional funding opportunities and reduce administrative work.

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


The COVID-19 Arts Grants Support funding program delivered in early 2020 included a pilot Arts Organisations Collaboration grants category – 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.

The findings of this pilot grant category have informed the Major Projects - Collaboration grants category included in the new grants funding model launched in August 2020.

This recommendation is now complete.