This grant supports the development and presentation of arts projects by organisations and groups of artists who are deaf or identify as people with disability across all art forms. Applicants must show that artists who are deaf or disabled have initiated and will benefit from the project.

Repeat applications from organisations for access initiatives are not encouraged. Applications should demonstrate an evolving approach to access, aligned with strategic/business planning in a way that positions access as a core element of programmed activity.

Read the Arts and Culture Grants Program General Guidelines before you apply to help you with your application.

  May 2023 round
Grant amount Up to $25,000
Open date5 April 2023
Closing date 15 May 2023 at 5pm
Notification date 30 June 2023
Funded activity commencement date 17 July 2023

Who can apply

  • Groups of artists who are deaf or identify as people with disability.
  • Arts and cultural organisations that work with and for deaf and disabled artists (including funded organisations: small-to-medium organisations, major organisations).
  • Non-deaf and disability-led arts and cultural organisations and groups may apply for projects to work with deaf and disabled artists, demonstrating appropriate consultation and support are in place.

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

Who is ineligible

  • Individuals
  • Non-arts and cultural organisations
  • Local government
  • Organisations funded through the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF) formerly known as Major Performing Arts (MPA) Companies
  • Statutory Authorities

Non-arts and cultural organisations, local government, Statutory Authorities and NPAPF organisations are encouraged to partner with arts and cultural organisations and groups on projects.

You can apply for:

  • administration
  • creative fees (such as performers, composers, choreographers, designers, etc.)
  • technical personnel and production costs
  • living allowance
  • marketing costs
  • materials
  • hire of studio, venue and equipment
  • travel
  • freight
  • curatorial cost, catalogue essay writer’s fees, catalogue design and printing costs
  • photography and documentation
  • exhibition costs
  • auspicing fees.

How to apply

Read How to Apply before you begin preparing your application.

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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 Summary (up to 300 words)

Project Detail and Rationale (up to 1500 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.


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