This grant supports the professional development of individual, independent artists and arts workers to undertake skills development and training that is relevant to their arts practice or professional practice.

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
Grant amountup to $15 000up to $15 000up to $15 000
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 arts workers* (individuals and groups)
  • small-to-medium organisations and major organisations can only apply to host an artist-in-residence to benefit a cohort of artists.

*Please note: Artists and arts workers employed (at least 0.6 FTE) by funded organisations require a financial contribution of a minimum of 30% of total activity cost to be made by the organisation if the activity relates to their employment.

Who is ineligible:

  • funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations (except for proposals which support an artist-in-residence program)
  • 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:

  • mentoring
  • short courses, including arts related business courses
  • work placement
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • attendance at conferences
  • arts residencies~
  • attachment to festivals or arts organisations, internships.

What this category funds:

  • accommodation
  • artists’ fees
  • conference/workshop/masterclass fees
  • travel, living allowance
  • mentoring fees
  • materials (directly related to the development opportunity)
  • hire of studio, venue, equipment
  • short course fees.

~ Please note, in the case of a residency, the host organisation is expected to make a significant contribution towards your placement.

What this category does not fund:

  • building your reputation through public appearances or developing future work opportunities at festivals and events. You can apply for these activities through the Market Development category.

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.

Artists/Creatives/ Arts workers


  • 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

Corey McMahonArts Leadership Professional Development$14,160

Artform Area: Visual Arts, Craft and Design

Steven BellosquardoMentorship$4,591
Alexandra HirstGlass casting mentorship and residency$5,800


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