These guidelines relate to the Arts Recovery Fund.

Selection Criteria

Applications to the Fund will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • artistic merit
  • collaboration: to encourage cooperation and additional investment, including in-kind support
  • experimentation: to encourage new ways of thinking and working, and to harness digital transformation and future technologies
  • diversity: to encourage inclusion, new voices and approaches
  • leadership: to encourage sector growth and support change.

Please note: these criteria differ from those used in the Arts and Culture Grants Program.

Please contact us to discuss your application if you need further assistance.

To assist you with your application, read the General Conditions before you apply.

October 2020 Round

March 2021 Round

Grant amount

Up to $20,000 for individuals

Up to $100,000 for groups and organisations

Up to $20,000 for individuals

Up to $100,000 for groups and organisations

Open date

1 October 2020

1 March 2021

Closing date

5pm 15 October 2020

5pm 15 March 2021

Notification date

30 November 2020

30 April 2021

Funded activity commencement date

From December 2020

From May 2021

Who is eligible

The following applicants are eligible to apply, where the primary beneficiaries of proposed activity are professional practicing artists:

  • individual artists
  • independent groups
  • small-to-medium arts organisations*
  • major arts organisations*
  • arts and cultural venues, theatres and festivals
  • local government, including for cultural tourism activity.

*includes arts and cultural organisations funded through the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Department for Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education.

Who is ineligible

  • Statutory Authorities and organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework formerly known as Major Performing Arts Companies (but can partner with an eligible applicant)
  • Contemporary music and screen sectors (this is also covered below in ‘what this package does not fund’).

What you can apply for

  • creation, curation, development and production of new work, which may be presented live or in hybrid and digital platforms
  • remounts of existing work, reimagined for presentation in a new way
  • costs contributing towards COVID-safe presentation, including compliance and administration
  • engagement of digital expertise to assist in developing online strategies, collaborations and presentations
  • creative, commissioning and production fees and costs
  • engagement of arts workers, technical and production crew to deliver activity
  • purchase of equipment and materials directly related to digital production and presentation
  • hire of studio, gallery, venue, facilities and equipment.

What you can't apply for

The Arts Recovery Fund does not support:

  • projects already completed, or due to be completed, before the commencement of the funding period - funding will not be provided retrospectively
  • group or organisational 'business as usual' activity
  • projects without professional outcomes, such as amateur productions, the self-publication of literary works, fundraising, competitions, awards and prizes
  • contemporary music projects – funding is available through the Music Development Office
  • activities associated with feature film, television or documentary production and distribution (you should contact the South Australian Film Corporation).
  • costs for study for a tertiary education qualification (undergraduate, postgraduate), including projects forming part of a course of study or graduation ceremonies
  • start-up business costs (you should contact the Department for Innovation and Skills about business start-up support).

If you’re not sure about whether your project fits the Arts South Australia’s Arts Recovery Fund, contact

How to apply

Read How to Apply before you begin preparing your application.

Key Application Information

There are four key elements to your application as listed below.

Please create one document (only) that provides your response to the six questions below. When you are ready to submit your application, log into the Grants Portal and upload that document under ‘Key Application Attachments’ (please consider the Selection Criteria in your responses).

1. Tell us about your activity and how it demonstrates new thinking, new ways of working, and/or new ways of engaging (up to 300 words, Arial 11pt).

2. Tell us how your activity responds to one or more focus areas of the Arts Recovery Fund: collaboration and partnerships; theatre and festival re-opening; and digital innovation (up to 500 words, Arial 11pt).

3. Please include a table (similar to the example below) that shows the employment created for professional practicing artists, arts workers, and others:

Number paid employment hours* Number individuals employed*
Professional practicing artists   
Arts workers   

* if not applicable, please write zero ‘0’.

4. Tell us about the key artists involved in your activity, and include short biographies (up to 500 words, Arial 11pt).

5. In one or two sentences, please tell us how your activity helps to address the financial implications of constraints caused by COVID-19 restrictions and/or manages risks arising from potential future disruption as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Refer to COVID 19 Protocols.

6. Please include a summary project plan (similar to the example below) that identifies dates/stages, locations, activities and partners:


Please Note: Where relevant, you must include information about how you will follow appropriate protocols (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Working with Children in Art).

Upload letters of support (up to five) and confirmations to the Key Application Attachments section. Combine documents where possible.

Upload materials to the Support Material section. Refer to How to Apply for information about Support Material.

Use the online template to provide a consolidated budget.

Upload a detailed budget (if required) to the File Upload section of the template. Upload notes to budget (including quotes to support major expenses) to the File Upload section of the template.

Refer to How to Apply for information about application budgets.


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