This grant supports professional development opportunities for individual artists and arts workers who are deaf or identify as a person with disability to undertake skills development and training that is relevant to their arts practice or professional practice as an arts or cultural worker.

Applicants can apply for 2 types of Professional Development grants:

First-step grants support first-time Deaf and disabled applicants in the early stages of their professional arts practice (up to $3,000).

Individual grants assist with professional development for professional practicing deaf and disabled artists and arts workers (up to $10,000).

Important note:

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

May 2023 round  (annual round)
 First stepIndividual
Grant amountUp to $3,000 Up to $10,000
Open date 5 April 2023 5 April 2023
Closing date 15 May 2023 at 5pm15 May 2023 at 5pm
Notification date 30 June 2023 30 June 2023
Funded activity commencement date 17 July 2023 17 July 2023

Who can apply

  • Individual artists who are Deaf or identify as a person with disability
  • Individual arts and cultural workers who are deaf or identify as a person with disability
  • Arts and cultural organisations may submit and/or auspice grants on behalf of artists and arts and cultural workers who are deaf or identify as a person with disability.

We use the definition of disability included in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992

Who is ineligible

  • Groups and organisations (unless auspicing artists and arts and cultural workers)
  • Individuals who are not Deaf or do not identify as a person with disability

You can apply for:

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

This category funds:

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

Please note, in the case of a residency, the host organisation is expected to make a significant contribution towards your placement. If your professional development features appearances at writers’ festivals, the publisher or festival should be contributing substantially towards your costs of attending.

How to apply

Read How to Apply before you begin preparing your application.

Disability-led organisation, Access2Arts, can assist individual applicants in writing an application, contact

We can pay your grant to an organisation that will manage the funds on your behalf. This is called auspicing. The auspicing organisation can pay costs on your behalf and assist with the financial reporting in your grant acquittal.

If you intend to have your grant auspiced, you must include a letter of confirmation from the auspicing organisation with your application and include the auspicing fee in your budget.

First-Step (Up to $3,000)
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Individual (Up to $10,000)
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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 Description (up to 500 words)
Refer to the Assessment Criteria and include:

  • who is involved
  • when will it happen
  • how long will it take
  • what you hope to achieve.


Upload your CV (up to two pages) and enter a short biography (up to 300 words) or upload a CV for others involved.

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 materials to the Support Material section.

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.


For more information or assistance contact