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What Grants are Open for Applications Now?

Posted by APATA | Aug 6, 2020

OK, so lets get a low down of arts and development grants that are currently available and taking applications because right now, all we can do is work towards a change in direction, a change in the way we deliver and present our work and a change in how we as humans interact, share and inspire each other.



Applications close 31 August 2020

Community Grants Program – Key Documents

Community Grant Guidelines

Community Grant Application Guide

There are five grant streams available for eligible community groups and organisations:



Grants of up to $15,000 to sustain creative practices in Regional WA.

Resilience Grants are designed to assist regional artists, arts organisations and communities to sustain creative practices and participate in the regional economy during the immediate period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Project may include creative development, community engagement and capacity-building activities (such as professional development and business development) that abide with COVID-19 restrictions.

Guidance Materials

Please read through the Guidance Materials for eligibility and grant criteria.

Download Guidance Materials

The Resilience Grants will operate as competitive funding rounds.

The first round of the Regional Arts Resilience Grants program will open 13 July and rounds will continue to December 2020 (or until the funds are exhausted). All Resilience projects must be complete by 30 June 2021.

Regional Eligibility

Applicants must reside in regional WA as determined by Regional Development Commission boundaries. The applicant’s physical address must be within a Local Government area identified as regional, to check your address visit www.drd.wa.gov.au/regions.

Grant Categories

Applicants can choose from two categories. The same eligibility will apply across all categories.

  • Community Engagement for projects involving regional artists that significantly engage the community in which they are based and/or the broader regional WA community.
  • Development for projects that provide skills, business and/or creative development opportunities for regional artists, arts groups or community organisations.
How to apply

All applications are to be submitted online using the SmartyGrants system. Applicants who require support to access the online application process should contact the Regional Arts WA Project Officer.


Are you aged 12 – 26 and looking to develop skills and experience in your creative field? You can make new contacts, work with people in the industry and learn more about arts management by challenging yourself to build your own project from the ground up. Apply for a Drug Aware YCulture Metro Grant, secure up to $3000 and make your project idea a reality.

Applying for funding through the Drug Aware YCulture Metro program is a three-step process. Before you begin your project it’s extremely important that you read through the below information sheet, fill in the expression of interest form, and then our Project Manager Cecile will help guide you through the application form. If you have any questions in advance feel free to email Cecile Vuaillat at cecile@propel.org.au or phone the Propel office on 08 9328 5855.




Funded activities could include but are not limited to gigs/live music events, Arts workshops, Professional development forums, Performances, Development and publishing of magazines, zines, graphic novels or comics.

As an entry level grants program for young and emerging artists, Propel Youth Arts WA supports applicants through the application process, providing advice and feedback throughout the process.

The program is supported by Healthway to promote the Drug Aware message.



Country Arts SA’s Shows on the Road program supports a network of regional presenter groups in their efforts to independently present high quality, professional performances in their community.

This program aims to increase access to the arts in smaller regional communities. Registered Presenter Groups have access to a Guarantee Against Loss (GAL) grant to enable increased live performance activities and reduce financial risk. Presenter Groups interested in applying for a GAL should first discuss their project with their local Arts and Cultural Facilitator or Country Arts SA’s Shows on the Road and Community Engagement Producer, Tammy Hall tammy.hall@countryarts.org.au before starting an application.

Any new GAL applications must be submitted through the online Smartygrants program.

When you make an enquiry you will be supported throughout the new online process.

Applications close:
December 17, 2020 – for any enquiries email Tammy Hall – tammy.hall@countryarts.org.au 

Eligibility: To apply for a Guarantee Against Loss, you need to be registered as a Presenter Group – CLICK HERE for Shows on the Road & Guarantee Against Loss Overview.




CASP funding is dependent on Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW expects to be informed about details for the 2021 grant round in June 2020.

About CASP

CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW (RANSW) on behalf of Create NSW and is guided by the ACDP’s three major objectives:

  • A creative and vibrant NSW arts and cultural sector renowned for excellence and innovation (Quality).
  • State-wide engagement with diverse audiences and communities (Reach).
  • A resilient NSW arts and cultural sector (Health) and cultural activities.

The aim of the Country Arts Support Program is to support community arts and cultural development in regional NSW through small grants that:

  • Assist locally determined community arts and cultural activities.
  • Increase opportunities for regionally-based groups to access a diverse range of arts programs.
  • Enable communities to explore and express their cultural identities.
  • Bring social and economic benefits to the community through training, employment and promotional opportunities.
  • Lead to greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity.
  • Increase the sustainability and resilience of regionally based community arts organisations.
2020 CASP Guidelines

The 2020 CASP Guidelines are available here. Please note that applicants must contact their local Regional Arts Development Organisation (RADO) prior to submission.

Find your local RADO here. Those in non-contributing regional areas are encouraged to contact Regional Arts NSW.

Applying via Smartygrants

If you have not used SmartyGrants before, you will need to set up an account. This account and password can be used to go back to your application at any time and will be the same for any other grants you might apply for in the future using the Smartygrants system.  Your application will be available to you until you click SUBMIT, or the closing date is reached.

APPLY HEREhttps://artsnsw.smartygrants.com.au/2020CASP


If you have any enquiries about CASP contact your local RADO or the Manager, Grants & Projects at Regional Arts NSW Tel 02 9270 2502 Email funding@regionalartsnsw.com.au.



The Playing Queensland Fund (PQF) supports the delivery of performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and confirmed demand.

PQF includes support for touring arts and education activities, and artists in residence projects targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.

A component of the fund delivers outcomes under the Queensland Government’s Backing Indigenous Arts Initiative (BIA).

  • Ensure all Queenslanders have access to the arts by supporting high quality performing and visual arts tours taking place in communities across Queensland
  • Support tours with a strong demonstration of demand
  • Create employment and training opportunities for Queensland artists and arts workers
Funding available

Up to $20,000 for an artist in residence component of any application.

Up to $150,000 total per application.

Major Performing Arts Organisations can apply for up to $150,000 per year or up to $300,000 over two years.


PQF is a rolling fund. Applications are open for activity commencing after 1 January 2021

Applicants must apply at least 12 weeks before their tour commences.

Funding streams

Funding is administered across four funding streams to ensure investment is balanced across all art forms and types of applicants, from independent artists and small-to-medium organisations to major performing arts companies.

  • Performing Arts Touring – Individuals and Small-to-Medium sector
  • Performing Arts Touring – Major Performing Arts Organisations (MPAOs)
  • Visual Arts Touring
  • Arts and Education (new stream for touring to schools and regional artists in residence projects)
Eligibility criteria

PQF applicants must:

  • be based in Queensland
  • demonstrate that the touring product is from Queensland
  • include at least two regional Queensland communities in their touring proposal (or at least one regional location if applying for artists in residence only).

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See PQF guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.

How to apply
  1. Read the Playing Queensland Fund documents: guidelines, application form, frequently asked questions (FAQs) and important information for applicants.
  2. Apply online



If you are a Northern Territory (NT) artist or arts worker, you can apply for professional development and showcasing opportunities.

This funding is offered under the Arts Grants Program for projects that:

  • increase access to development and training opportunities for NT artists or arts workers.
  • increase skills, knowledge, capacity of artists and arts workers.
  • showcase and profile NT arts and culture.
  • employ of NT artists and arts workers.
  • contribute to NT arts sector development.
What you can apply for

You can apply for a grant of up to $2,000 per applicant per year.

Professional development opportunities may include participation and showcasing at:

  • specialist arts workshops
  • arts industry forums
  • or national markets and showcasing events.
Who can apply

You can apply for this grant if you are an individual and meet the Arts Grants Program guidelines.

When to apply

Grants are open all year round.

You will be notified of the outcome 30 days after your submission.

Your funded activities must not start before the notification date.

How to apply

Apply online at GrantsNT.



Funding to support projects commencing after 31 December 2020:

Grant round opens: August 2020
Grant Round Closes: September 2020
Notification of results: November 2020

Small Creative Hobart Grants – Amount: $1000 – $5000

Small Creative Hobart Grants guidelines(PDF, 717KB)

Apply online

Medium Creative Hobart Grants – Amount: $7000 – $15 000

Medium Creative Hobart Grants guidelines(PDF, 717KB)

Apply online



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