This grant provides a significant investment in a major new work by a leading South Australian independent artist, group or arts and cultural organisation. Projects must have a significant public outcome and be launched/ presented/ premiered/ exhibited first in South Australia in a high-profile setting.

Funding may be sought for project costs at every stage, including development, production and presentation.

Individual artists, artist groups and arts and cultural organisations (funded and un-funded) can apply. Applications must show how the commission will represent a scale of production and presentation that builds the applicant’s profile and extends their creative aspirations.

Applications must include a commissioning partner, such as a production house, independent producer, festival, publisher, gallery, arts organisation or high-profile venue. Partners must have a track record of producing projects of a similar scale and commit to securing at least 30% of the project’s budget (cash or in-kind) from sources other than Arts South Australia.

In the case of an arts organisation commissioning work by an independent artist or artists, the organisation would be required to meet the 30% co-investment benchmark.

Important note:

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

 October 2021 Round
Grant amount$100,000
Open date6 September 2021
Closing date5 pm 11 October 2021
Notification date17 December 2021
Funded activity commencement date20 December 2021

Who can apply:

  • Independent artists and groups
  • Funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations

Who is ineligible:

  • Statutory Authorities (but may be a commissioning partner)
  • Organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies

What you can apply for:

  • Administration
  • Commissioning fees
  • Creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, etc.)
  • Producer fees
  • Technical personnel and production costs
  • Marketing costs
  • Materials
  • Hire of studio, venue and equipment
  • Travel, living allowance
  • 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.

Application Information

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

Click the ‘Apply Now’ button below to commence an application. Type/copy text into the provided fields.

Project Summary (up to 300 words)

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 2000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

  • objectives of your activity
  • artistic rationale, including how the proposal will build your profile and extend your creative aspirations.


Enter a short biography (up to 300 words) or upload a CV for each.

Project Plan and Timeline

Complete the table in the application form, including:

  • dates/stages of your activity (highlighting periods 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 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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Past recipients

October 2020

Artform Area: Performing Arts




Feast Festival

Dr Duncan Project



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