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 2021 RoundJuly 2021 RoundOctober 2021 RoundFebruary 2022 Round
Grant amountup to $15,000up to $15,000up to $15,000up to $15,000
Open date11 January 202117 May 20216 September 202120 December 2021
Closing date5 pm
8 February 2021
5 pm
2 July 2021
5 pm
11 October 2021
5 pm
7 February 2022
Notification date23 April 20213 September 202117 December 202114 April 2022
Funded activity commencement date30 April 20216 September 202120 December 202118 April 2022

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

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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