This grant supports the creative development, production and presentation of new work. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual artists and arts and cultural workers, groups and arts and cultural organisations can apply for projects across all art forms.

Important note:

To assist you with your application, read the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines before you apply.

 October 2020February 2021
Grant amountUp to $25 000Up to $25 000
Open date21 September 202011 January 2021
Closing date5pm 19 October 20205pm 8 February 2021
Notification date18 December 202023 April 2021
Funded activity commencement date1 January 202130 April 2021

Who can apply:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individual artists, groups, arts and cultural organisations
  • non-Aboriginal led organisations that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, culture and practice may apply and will need to demonstrate and reference that appropriate consultation and protocols are in place
  • funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations and Statutory Authorities
  • organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies
  • arts and cultural organisations and Aboriginal arts centres may submit and/or auspice grants on behalf of individual Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and arts and cultural workers.

Who is ineligible:

  • non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals.

What you can apply for:

  • creative development and/or production or making of work, including research and planning
  • exhibitions and touring costs regionally, nationally and internationally
  • presentation opportunities to enhance your profile locally, nationally and internationally
  • performance opportunities
  • research projects.

What this category funds:

  • administration
  • commissioning fees
  • creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, producers, curators etc)
  • technical personnel and production costs
  • travel, living allowance
  • marketing costs
  • materials
  • hire of studio, venue and equipment
  • freight
  • curatorial collateral, catalogue essay writer’s fees, catalogue design and printing costs
  • documentation (eg, photography and videography)
  • exhibition costs.

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.

Upload one document to the Key Application Attachments section which includes the following items:

  • Project Summary (up to 300 words, Arial 11pt)
  • Project Detail and Rationale (up to 1500 words, Arial 11pt)
    Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:
    • objectives of your activity
    • professional benefits.
  • Artists/Creatives
    • their role in the activity
    • short biography (up to 300 words) or CV for each.
  • Project Plan and Timeline
    Table format is recommended. Include:
    • 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 Islander; Working with Children in Art; COVID-19) will be followed.

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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