This grant supports the development, production and presentation of new works by independent artists and groups across all art forms.

Development of new work might involve periods in the studio or rehearsal room or working with other artists. Applicants may seek assistance towards various stages of the work’s development, with or without a public outcome. Research projects are eligible if the applicant has a track record of achievement.

Independent artists may apply to tour an established work or exhibition through this category.

Funded activity may include playwriting, dramaturgy, creative development, manuscript draft and development and making work in the studio.

Important note:

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

August 2020 RoundOctober 2020 RoundFebruary 2021 Round
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Open date3 August 202021 September 202011 January 2021
Closing date26 August 20205pm 19 October 20205pm 8 February 2021
Notification date4 October 202018 December 202023 April 2021
Funded activity commencement date11 October 20201 January 202130 April 2021

Who can apply:

  • independent artists and groups
  • groups of professional practicing artists (who may or may not be incorporated) and who are not in receipt of annual or multi-year government funding.

Who is ineligible:

  • funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations
  • organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies
  • Statutory Authorities.

What you can apply for:

  • administration
  • commissioning fees
  • creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, curators)
  • 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.

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:

Project Summary (up to 300 words, Arial 11pt)

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 1000 words, Arial 11pt)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

  • objectives of your activity
  • professional benefits.



  • their role in the activity
  • short biography (up to 300 words) or CV for each.

Project Plan and Timeline

Table format is recommended. Include detail of:

  • 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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Past recipients

Artform Area: Performing Arts

Clara Solly-SladeCommission and development of new Australian work, ‘Speculative Fiction’$13,728
Hannah RohrlachEating Tomorrow: Debut at the Adelaide Fringe$32,743
Jason SweeneyDecades: A sound art and experimental music retrospective (2001-2021)$7,000
Gabrielle NankivellFuture Histor: Documentation and presentation$17,610
Dylan CrismaniUtter: Stories told by a ghost, a book and a room$23,477
Lewis MajorTraffic: Drive-in performance for isolated times$25,795
Erin FowlerEGG Development: New solo work $15,300
Jo StoneKafka’s Breath: Creative development$25,583
Annabel MathesonHow to Kill Your Hampser, by Eliza Oliver at RUMPUS$22,841
Dylan PhillipsInevitable$16,762
Martha LottThat Boy: A contemporary, new theatre production for performance in Adelaide Fringe 2021 about the impact of inherited toxic parenting and a mother's battle to break the cycle.$37,550.50
Petter NæssanVetter og villskap album recording project$12,175

Artform  Area:  Visual Art, Craft and Design

Catherine TrumanShared Reckonings – Stage 2$21,375
Roy AnandaDevelopment of new work for a solo exhibition$10,560
Sarra TzijanModern Dhorka: A new body of sculptural work in collaboration with JamFactory glass studio$15,200
Bridget CurrieDevelopment of major new body of sculptural and sound work$20,570
Grace MarlowHot body second phase development$17,584
Anna HorneDevelopment of new work$7,524
Nancy DownesLife Forms: Group exhibition at Praxis Arts$12,736
Sophie ArmstrongRegret:  Durational live performance$6,451

Artform  Area: Literature

Aidan ColemanThin Ice: A life of John Forbes$27,298
Deb StewartOne Night (Working Title)$4,327
Ben BrookerUntitled creative non-fiction book research and mentorship$7,400
Derek PedleyChild 36112: A memoir of Australian adoption$10,975


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