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.
To assist you with your application, read the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines before you apply.
|August 2020 Round||October 2020 Round||February 2021 Round|
|Grant amount||Discuss with a grants officer||Discuss with a grants officer||Discuss with a grants officer|
|Open date||3 August 2020||21 September 2020||11 January 2021|
|Closing date||26 August 2020||5pm 19 October 2020||5pm 8 February 2021|
|Notification date||4 October 2020||18 December 2020||23 April 2021|
|Funded activity commencement date||11 October 2020||1 January 2021||30 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:
- commissioning fees
- creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, curators)
- producer fees
- technical personnel and production costs
- travel, living allowance
- marketing costs
- hire of studio, venue and equipment
- 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.
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.