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.

February 2023 roundJuly 2023 roundOctober 2023 roundFebruary 2024 round
Grant amountup to $15,000up to $15,000up to $15,000up to $15,000
Open date21 December 202222 May 20231 September 202320 December 2023
Closing date6 February 2023 at 5pm3 July 2023 at 5pm9 October 2023 at 5pm5 February 2024 at 5pm
Notification date19 April 202315 September 202315 December 202319 April 2024
Funded activity commencement date24 April 20232 October 20238 January 202429 April 2024

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.

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

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

In the case of arts residency, the host organisation is expected to make a significant contribution towards your placement.

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

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 the How to Apply guidelines before you begin preparing your application.

Application information

There are 4 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 1000 words)

Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

  • objectives of your activity
  • professional benefits.


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 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 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.

Apply now

Past recipients

October 2022

Applicant Project title Amount approved
Jamie Harding BEYOND (Mentorship) $15 000
Jesse Budel WFAE 2023 International Conference + San Francisco PD Tour $6905
Clementine Benson A structured program of overseas professional development $6568
Noriko Tadano Yasha’s Lullaby - Script Development $4765
Penny Bonney First Nations Cultural Advisor to Fringe Mount Gambier $4000


Project title Amount approved
Kate O’Boyle Mentorship $12 800
Sally Craven International Artist Residency at GlogauAIR in Berlin $10 000
Kate Bohunnis International Professional Development Program $9973

July 2022


Project Title


South Australian India Delegation

South Australian Delegation for APWT Showcase and Bangalore Literature Festival


Georgina Chadderton

Attendance at 2022 Comic Art Workshop



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Zhao Liang

Residency in Singapore


Gabriella Smart

Gabriella Smart, Jesse Budel and Stuart Patterson to undertake a Professional Development with Lorna Wilson, learning Pitjantjatjara culture and language


February 2022


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Lauren Fuge

2022 Dr Eric Dark Flagship Fellowship at Varuna, the National Writers' House


Celeste Martin

Faber Writing A Novel Program Stage 2


Kate Larsen

Bundanon residency (research and creative development of The Art of Arts Governance)



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Samuel Hall

Course to become Countertechnique Teacher


October 2021




Laura Wills

The Artists' Cottage Residency, Salamanca Art Centre, Hobart


Patrice Sharkey

2022 Bundanon Artist in Residence Program





Phoebe Paterson de Heer

Replenish: Mentorship and manuscript development


February 2021

Gabriella Smart Professional mentorship to develop a five-year career and business strategy $9,800
Edwin Kemp Attrill New career development through mentorship, courses and work placements $13,530
Jasmin McWatters New Play Development (Weight) $9,181
Lucy Haas-Hennessy Zen Zen Zo Creative Entrepreneur Internship $9,006

Richard Parker Media Mentorship $3,300

October 2020

Penelope Cashman Pianistic and pedagogical specialisation in the Taubman Approach $12,574
Matthew Lang Professional career and community engagement development $7,360
Callan Fleming Mentorship with Gabrielle Nankivell $2,688

August 2020

Corey McMahon Arts Leadership Professional Development $14,160

Steven Bellosquardo Mentorship $4,591
Alexandra Hirst Glass casting mentorship and residency $5,800


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