Arts and disability funding

Artists with disability funding

Artists with disability funding provides support for artists and groups who identify with disability. For 2016, applications close on 2 February 2016. There is only one closing date for this funding round in 2016. Applications will be available again in 2017. 

Applying for artists with disability funding

Individuals and groups may apply for artists with disability funding for activities supported through:

Groups applying for this funding need to be disability led. This means you must demonstrate that the artistic process within the group is led by artists with disability.

To apply, select ‘Arts and Disability’ as your preferred assessment panel and proceed with your application.

While we encourage the submission of applications using our Online System, applicants to this program are welcome to submit their proposals in an accessible format (for example, other formats may include Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated or handwritten). Please speak with one of our Grants Officers for further information.

Watch our Arts and disability funding informative video here.


For information and any questions relating to this funding, please contact our Grants Enquiry Team:

Phone (voice): 02 9215 9000 or Toll Free 1800 226 912

National Relay Service: 1800 555 677  

The National Relay Service offers a range of options for making a call, all of which are welcome. Visit the NRS .


Skype: please email us and arrangements will be made for a Skype call.

An Auslan Interpreter Service is available. If you require the use of this service when meeting with our staff, please email us and we will arrange an interpreter. To ensure an interpreter is available we will need to receive your request at least two weeks prior to the meeting.

Social Model of disability

The Australia Council embraces the Social Model of disability:

‘Disability’ results from the interaction between persons with impairment, conditions or illnesses and the environmental and attitudinal barriers they face. Such impairments, conditions or illnesses may be permanent, temporary, intermittent or imputed, and include those that are physical, sensory, psychosocial, neurological, medical or intellectual.

UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, 2006
The Social Model of disability distinguishes between the impairment of the person (the condition, illness or loss/lack of function) and disability (the barriers present in society). These barriers are seen as being the disabling factors which prevent or limit opportunities. Disability may be permanent or temporary, and is often not visible. Mental health is included in this definition.

The term ‘disability’ can also include deaf or hard of hearing people. The Deaf community may not always identify as having disability or impairment, and may define themselves as a culturally and linguistically diverse group due to their use of Auslan (Australian Sign Language).


This information is also available for download in docrtf and pdf formats. This information will also form the basis of a captioned video with Auslan interpretation.

Useful Links



Our grants program supports a diverse range of artists, organisations, artistic practice and arts activity.

International Opportunities

International Opportunities

Our international projects are a key market development activity which facilitate and build on the global engagement capability of the Australian arts sector. 



Council has forged partnerships with some of the best residency providers in the world to deliver a suite of residencies that enable the development of individual artists, arts mediators, groups and organisations.

Resources Useful


Learn more through viewing our list of useful links and resources about arts and disability.

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