This grant is a partnership opportunity, with a focus on employment for South Australian independent professional artists. It encourages strategic and innovative collaborations across the arts sector to enable risk-taking as well as knowledge and resource sharing.

Funding may be sought for creative development, art making and presentation across art forms, where the primary financial beneficiaries are independent artists and/or small-to-medium arts and cultural organisations.

Partnerships may involve independent artists and groups, State Government funded arts and cultural organisations and Statutory Authorities. Applicants may also partner with for-profit arts and cultural organisations and organisations and businesses from outside the arts and culture sector.

Grant activity should promote courageous experimentation while contributing to the sustainability of the arts and culture sector by proposing new ways of working, new outcomes for audiences and employment outcomes for independent artists and production personnel.

Organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) and Statutory Authorities who apply or are a partner in a Collaboration grant proposal are expected to make a contribution (cash or in-kind) to the project budget. For-profit and non-arts partners are also expected to make a contribution (cash or in-kind) to the project budget.

Assessment Criteria

Artistic Merit

  • innovation, originality, quality, creativity and ambition
  • the track record, creative achievement and skill of the artist or artists involved
  • the context in which the work is being undertaken
  • the potential contribution to the development of the art form
  • evidence of experimentation, risk taking and bravery.


  • the planning and resources required to achieve the potential of the proposal
  • the ability of the applicant to meet the logistical challenges of the proposal
  • evidence of strong financial and operational management, including a realistic budget and timeline
  • evidence of additional resources and support, including other sources of income
  • in-kind contributions.


  • the potential to grow audiences and their critical understanding of the art form
  • the development of new markets, locally, nationally and/or internationally
  • the development of new ways to engage with those markets
  • the potential to provide a broader range of people with opportunities to participate in arts experiences through strategies that increase access, social inclusion and cultural diversity
  • evidence of deeper engagement with, and the involvement of, particular communities and/or audiences and the delivery of artistic benefits to them.


  • the extent to which the activity aligns with and contributes to community recovery
  • strength of employment outcomes for professional practicing artists.

Who can apply?

  • Independent groups
  • Small-to-medium and major funded arts and cultural organisations
  • Statutory Authorities

You can apply for:

  • Administration
  • Commissioning fees
  • Creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, etc.)
  • Producer fees
  • Technical personnel and production costs
  • Travel, living allowance
  • Marketing costs
  • Materials
  • Hire of studio, venue and equipment
  • Freight
  • Curatorial cost, catalogue essay writer’s fees, catalogue design and printing costs
  • Photography and documentation
  • Exhibition costs.

What this category doesn't fund:

  • Projects without professional outcomes, such as amateur productions, fundraising, competitions, awards and prizes
  • Costs for study for a tertiary education qualification (undergraduate, postgraduate), including projects forming part of a course of study or graduation ceremonies
  • Design projects with a purely commercial outcome
  • Screen-based projects aimed at the cinema, film festivals or television; media and gaming projects with a purely commercial outcome. Some activity will be eligible when incorporated into projects in other art form areas
  • Start-up business costs and the purchase of basic equipment
  • Manuscripts aimed at the education sector
  • Framing costs
  • Costs associated with self-publishing (e.g. printing costs). The preparation of work intended for self-publishing may be supported where a compelling case can be made. This would include evidence of a strong track record of published work and a viable marketing/distribution plan.

How to apply:

Read the How to Apply guidelines before you begin preparing your application.

Application information

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Project Summary (up to 300 words)

Provide basic information about your project.

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 2000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria above and include:

  • objectives of your activity
  • rationale for the choice of collaborators
  • proposed new ways of working and audience outcomes
  • professional benefits and employment outcomes for the independent sector.

Employment Measures

Complete the table in the application form.


Provide a short biography for each.

Project Plan and Timeline

Complete the table in the application form, including:

  • dates/stages of your activity (highlighting the period of funded activity)
  • how and where you will undertake or deliver the activity
  • who will be involved at each stage
  • expected outcomes at each stage.

Please Note: Project proposals must include information about how appropriate protocols (Aboriginal and Torres Strait IslanderWorking with Children in ArtCOVID-19) will be followed.

Upload letters of support (up to five) and confirmations to the application form. Combine documents where possible.

Upload Support Material to the application form.

Refer to How to Apply for information about Support Material.

Complete the consolidated budget template in the application form.

Upload a detailed budget and notes to budget (including quotes to support major expenses) to the application form.

Refer to How to Apply for information about application budgets.

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Collaboration Grants Key Dates

February 2022 Round

Grant Amount

$100 000

Open Date

3 November 2021

Closing Date

7 February 2022

Notification Date

27 April 2022

Funded activity commencement date

29 April 2022