Grants for practice-based research and experimentation related to making and presenting work in a living-with-COVID environment.

Proposals which explore new ways to collaborate and make work as well as new COVID-safe audience engagement models are encouraged.

Funding will support redevelopment of existing work for a living-with-COVID environment.

Funded activity/outcomes may include:

  • studio-based research and experimentation
  • residency-based research and experimentation
  • consultation
  • proof of concept through trial collaborations and development showings.

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 extent to which research and experimentation is likely to initiate change in art form practice and the broader sector.


  • outcomes which promote inclusivity and accessibility.

Who can apply?

  • Independent artists and groups
  • Small to medium and major State Government funded organisations employing independent artists to undertake research and experimentation.

You can apply for:

  • Administration
  • Creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, curators)
  • Producer fees
  • Technical personnel and production costs
  • Travel, living allowance
  • Materials
  • Hire of studio, venue and equipment
  • Photography and documentation
  • Exhibition costs
  • The preparation of work intended for self-publishing, such as mentorship, editing and design costs (applicants must make a compelling case for self-publishing, which includes a strong track record of published work and a viable marketing/distribution plan).

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 1000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria above and include:

  • detail of objectives and anticipated outcomes of your activity
  • rationale for the choice of collaborators.

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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Practice Research and Development Grants Key Dates

December 2021 Round

February 2022 Round

Grant Amount

Up to $20 000

Up to $20 000

Open Date

3 November 2021

17 January 2022

Closing Date

6 December 2021

28 February 2022

Notification Date

28 January 2022

27 April 2022

Funded activity commencement date

31 January 2022

29 April 2022