Your application

The Australia Council welcomes applications for our grant categories and initiatives. You can apply for the majority of Australia Council grant categories online, and this is recommended. Ensure you review all of the information below before you begin your application.

On this page you will find:

How to apply

Online grant applications

Printed application forms

Accessible application options

Eligibility

Application closing dates

Working with major performing
arts companies

Children in art protocols

National Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander Arts Policy

Payment of artists

Administered grants

Childcare costs

Freedom of information

Taxation and grants

Freedom of information

Privacy

Rights and responsibilities

Grants information in accessible
formats

First time applicants

About the online applications
system

How to apply

There are three steps to completing an Australia Council funding application:

 
  1. Select a grant or initiative
    • Read the relevant sections of our online guide and search our website for the grants on offer.
    • Decide which grant category is suitable for your project.
    • Review the information relevant to your grant category or initiative.
    • Be sure to check you meet the eligibility criteria and note the closing date for the grant or initiative.
  2. Register or login to apply online
    • If you are using our online system for the first time please register.
    • Login to apply online.
    • Is your internet access slow or unreliable? Contact us to obtain a grant information and application pack.
    • If necessary, discuss your proposal with an Australia Council team member from the relevant section.
  3. Lodge your application and support materials
    • Complete and lodge your application form online or by using a hard copy application form.
    • Make sure you include the required support material.

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Online grant applications

We recommend you apply for Australia Council grants using the online application system. Most grant rounds will open for online applications six weeks before the advertised closing date. When a grant round is open it will appear in the online system. For detailed information read the Online grant applications section.

Please note that a small number of grants only accept printed applications and cannot be applied for using the online system. Refer to the specific grant category guidelines to confirm.

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Printed application forms

If you cannot access the online system you can, in most instances, request a printed copy of the application form to be mailed to you. Please contact us:

Tel: (02) 9215 9000 (Sydney)
Toll-free: 1800 226 912 (outside Sydney)
Toll-free: 1800 659 291 (voicemail only)
Email: mail@australiacouncil.gov.au.

PO Box 788
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012

When your application form is completed, submit one copy only, along with the required support material specified in the grant category, by the closing date. You should also keep a copy of your application for your own records.

Printed applications must be submitted either on the standard application form or strictly conform to the style, format and length of the standard form. Applications must be typed or handwritten in black ink. We also accept applications for all our programs in accessible formats and/or languages other than English.

Please ensure that you sign the application form and where appropriate, ensure the application form is signed by the administering person or organisation.

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Accessible application options

While we prefer applications to be submitted using the Online System if possible, you are welcome to submit your application in any way that’s accessible to you (for example other formats can include Auslan, audio, video, printed, dictated, electronic and handwritten formats).

We recently conducted an accessibility audit of our Online System and have also sought feedback on this system from users, so are aware that there are currently some compatibility issues which make this system inaccessible to some screenreaders.  We are working to resolve these issues as quickly as possible and will be introducing a new version of the Online System within the next six months . If you find our Online System is not accessible, please contact us for an accessible application form (in word document).

If you choose to submit material in another format, please contact staff to discuss requirements. Please note that the method you choose for submitting your application will have no impact on how it is assessed.

Please note that All Australia Council grants information including guidelines and application forms are available in accessible formats, upon request. Formats include word documents, audio disk, Braille and large print. We also accept applications for all our programs in accessible formats. Please note that requests for translated materials will need to allow for a three week turnaround time. Contact our Communications and Marketing team to discuss your specific requirements.

Email: comms@australiacouncil.gov.au
Telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9199 or Toll Free 1800 226 912

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Eligibility

The Australia Council will assess all applications that meet both the general eligibility requirements described below and the specific eligibility requirements for each grant category. Please contact us if you are in doubt about your eligibility.

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply to the Australia Council for funding. Individuals must be Australian citizens or have permanent resident status in Australia. Proof of age, citizenship or residency may be required.

Applications may be accepted from non-Australian individuals or organisations for projects that meet the purpose of the category and mainly involve artists or artsworkers who are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Individuals and groups

Individual applicants must be practising artists or arts workers. While you may not regularly earn income from your practice, you must be identified and recognised by your peers as practising artists.

Individual applicants who will be under the age of 18 years at the notification date for a grant round must have their grant administered by an individual aged 18 or over or arrange for it to be administered by a legally constituted organisation (see below).

Groups of individual artists who join together informally to collaborate in the creation, development or presentation of work may apply for funding as a group, but only to grant categories open to individuals. Groups must either nominate a member of the group to take legal and financial responsibility for the grant (should one be offered) or arrange for it to be administered by a legally constituted organisation (see below).

The Australia Council requires that organisations be registered under law (for example, incorporated association, company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority). Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply for funding to grant categories open to organisations only. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are encouraged to apply to any relevant grant program offered by the Australia Council, as well as those offered by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board.

How often can you apply?

In general, individuals and organisations may submit five applications to grant categories per calendar year. However, there are some restrictions:

  • You can only submit two applications to the same artform section, committee or panel in one calendar year.
  • You can only submit one application per grant category closing date.
  • Some grant categories have restrictions that limit how often you can make an application (refer to individual artform sections).
  • If you received a Key Organisations grant, you can submit up to four other applications in any year for the period of your funding.
  • If you received a Key Organisations grant, you cannot submit another application for a Key Organisations grant during the period of your funding.
  • If you received a Fellowship from any board after 1995, you are not eligible to apply to this category again.
  • Universities and local governments may place two applications to the same grant category at the same closing date if these applications are from clearly distinct areas within the university or local government.

Ineligible applications

The Australia Council does not redress errors in applications. If they are eligible, applications are assessed as they have been submitted.

Your application will be considered ineligible, and returned to you, if:

  • You do not meet the eligibility criteria for the grant category to which you are applying.
  • You have not applied on the current application form for the relevant grant category or it does not strictly conform to the style, format or length of that application form. It is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the correct application form. Any pages exceeding the specified length will be removed and will not be assessed.
  • You have not included all the required information and support material specified for the category to which you are applying.
  • You received a grant, or administered a grant, from the Australia Council in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted.
  • You owe money to the Australia Council.
  • You are a member of the peer body making the grant decision.
  • You have listed a member of the peer body making the decision on your application as the sole or major beneficiary of your project.
  • It includes requests for funding for activities that have already occurred or will occur before the published start date for the category to which you have applied.
  • It is sent by fax or email.
  • It is postmarked or hand-delivered after the closing date (except when the closing date falls on a weekend or public holiday, in which case applications must be postmarked or hand-delivered by the next business day).
  • It is for one of the activities that the Australia Council does not fund (see below).

Activities not funded

The Australia Council’s budget represents a small percentage of all cultural funding in Australia. There are many activities that are beyond the scope of Australia Council funding, regardless of merit.

The Australia Council does not accept applications for the following:

  • Projects or activities that do not involve practising artists or artsworkers
  • Projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component
  • Major capital expenditure, including the purchase of real estate, the purchase and refurbishment of buildings, and purchase of major equipment and vehicles
  • Equipment (for example, musical instruments, computers, videos, photographic or printing equipment) except where such equipment is essential to artists creating new work as proposed in the application
  • Initial arts training or initial study in government or private institutions in Australia or overseas, and research or studio work that will be offered for assessment in such courses
  • Tertiary course costs or projects where participation in a tertiary course in Australia is the main focus of the proposal (for example, a thesis, artwork for assessment, payment of academic wages, creation of teaching resources). Some boards or sections may support travel and associated costs for professional artists to attend exceptional courses or programs not offered in Australia. For these proposals, applicants must speak to a program officer of the appropriate board or section to determine if the activity will be considered
  • Administration or infrastructure costs for academic conferences
  • The core costs of organising and running a competition, prize, award or fundraising event (for example, jurors’ expenses, administration and infrastructure costs)
  • Works and activities that are primarily for instructional or technical purposes.

Further restrictions may apply to specific categories. Please check grant category information before applying.

The Australia Council recognises that some Australian competitions have gained national and international reputations. They have played an enormous role in raising the profile of the arts and have offered significant career opportunities for artists. However, the Australia Council is currently unable to provide recurring core support to competitions. We will continue to consider support for competitions by access through project grants for particular activities and, where relevant, for strategic initiatives (which might include support for education programs).

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Application closing dates

Most grant categories have a closing date by which you must submit your grant application. Closing dates are advertised well in advance and it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure they are aware of the closing date for the grant they are applying to, and that they adhere to it.

  • Online applications and support material must be submitted by midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) on the closing date. Applications received after that will not be accepted. Applications may be submitted at any time once the grant round is open and up until the closing date. Important: please note that the online applications helpdesk is open between 9am and 5pm (AEST) Monday - Friday and there will be no one to assist you after hours.
  • Hand-delivered applications and support material will only be accepted at the reception desk and must be received at the Australia Council offices in Sydney no later than 5pm on the closing date (AEST) (If the closing date falls on a weekend or on a public holiday in Sydney, your application must be delivered no later than 5pm on the next working day.
  • Printed applications and support material must be POST-MARKED on or before the closing date (Australian Eastern Standard Time). If the closing date falls on a weekend or on a public holiday in any state or territory within Australia, your application must be post-marked on or before the next working day.

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Working with major performing arts companies

The following guidelines describe the relationship between the major performing arts companies funded by the Major Performing Arts Panel (MPAP) and the boards and divisions of the Australia Council.

These guidelines reflect implicit agreements arising from the establishment of the MPAP. The guidelines recognise that the major performing arts companies are currently operating subject to specific conditions introduced by the Major Performing Arts Inquiry and the injection of new resources resulting from that inquiry. The guidelines also recognise that there are desirable and potentially beneficial links between major performing arts companies and other bodies that seek support from the Australia Council.

Companies funded by the MPAP may not apply to another Australia Council artform or the Community Partnerships and Market Development section. However, they may be invited to participate in relevant industry initiatives and partnerships created by the Panels which are outside the grant categories. In such cases, the MPAP companies may receive support from the other Panels.

Companies funded by the MPAP may serve as administering or auspice bodies for project activity by other artists or groups that receive funding from the Australia Council's Panels. MPAP companies are advised to discuss possible auspice activities with staff of the MPAP.

Proposals from organisations or individuals that are to be submitted to other Panels of the Australia Council and which involve MPAP-funded companies must be discussed with MPAP staff well in advance of the relevant closing date, as MPAP companies cannot be major beneficiaries of applications submitted to other Panels of the Australia Council. The MPAP company will be deemed to be a major beneficiary if it has overall artistic control of the development or presentation of the work that is the subject of the funding application.

When proposals from organisations or individuals that involve MPAP-funded companies are submitted to other Australia Council Panels, a letter of agreement between the applicant and the MPAP-funded company must be provided to both the MPAP and the Panel considering the application. This letter should include:

  • A statement to the effect that artistic control of the work that is the subject of the funding application lies wholly with the non-MPAP applicant or company.
  • Confirmation that the non-MPAP applicant or company will be appropriately credited in the publicity material for the production.
  • Confirmation that the key artists do not work on a regular basis with the MPAP company. This refers mainly to the director and writer in the case of theatre, the choreographer in the case of dance and the composer in the case of music.

None of the above precludes the MPAP company providing advice, expertise and mentorship to the non-MPAP company or individual in the development of the new work in question.

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Children in art protocols

The Australia Council has released a set of protocols for artists working with children.

The protocols address the depiction and employment of children in artworks, exhibitions and publications that receive Australia Council funding. They apply to all Australia Council grants from 1 January 2009.

The protocols include an overview of applicable state and territory laws, which form the basis for a set of reasonable minimum standards to help artists and organisations who work with children do so with proper care and responsibility.

They will have no impact on the Australia Council's assessment of artistic excellence through the peer review process. Applicants will tick a box on the application form to indicate whether they plan to work with children. If successful, their contract will confirm that the applicants are to comply with the protocols.

Click here for more information and to download the protocols.

Read the legal information sheets (from Arts Law Centre of Australia)
National  ACT  NSW  NT  Qld  SA  Tas  Vic  WA

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National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Policy 

In line with the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Policy and its underpinning principles, the Australia Council requires that applications for the projects containing representations of artistic/cultural practice or intended outcomes relating to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artists or communities must provide letters from relevant communities or artists. Letters must show clear evidence of support and agreement for the activities undertaken.

In preparing your application, you may wish to consult the Indigenous protocol guides:

You must submit relevant letters with your application to be eligible for consideration. You can read more about the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Policy or contact the Australia Council staff.

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Payment of artists

The Australia Council aims to ensure that artists employed as a result of a grant receive pay and conditions appropriate for their work and professional skills. Pay scales and conditions may be prescribed by legally binding industrial awards and agreements, such as those monitored by the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). In other cases, arts industry organisations such as the Australian Writers’ Guild, the Australian Society of Authors and the National Association for the Visual Arts have recommended appropriate industry standards. Where an industry standard clearly applies, applicants are expected to meet those rates of pay.

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Administered grants

Groups/ensembles, unincorporated associations and other bodies with no legal status are required to nominate either a member of the group/ensemble or a legally constituted organisation to take legal and financial responsibility for the grant should one be given.

An administering body is responsible for providing a financial report once the project is completed. It is not responsible for the artistic direction or the artistic quality of the funded project.

Examples of legally constituted organisations are incorporated associations, incorporated Aboriginal associations and companies limited by guarantee. An individual must be 18 years of age or older to administer a grant.

Grant applicants must enter into a written agreement with their administering body, setting out the respective rights and responsibilities of both parties in relation to the grant’s administration and financial acquittal. The agreement should also contain a dispute resolution clause setting out procedures to be followed in the event of a disagreement between the parties.

An organisation may be the administering body for as many Australia Council grants as they see fit. Administering bodies may make grant applications in their own right, and the grants they administer on behalf of others do not count as part of the two applications that may be submitted in a given year.

Please note: Both the applicant and the administering body will be considered responsible for unsatisfactorily acquitted grants and neither will be eligible to lodge further applications until all grants have been satisfactorily acquitted.

An administered or auspiced grant is one where a third party takes responsibility for financial management of a grant. For all administered grants the Australia Council’s primary relationship is with the grant recipient, not the administering body.

 

When should a grant be administered?

Individual recipients of Australia Council grants who will be under the age of 18 years old at the time of notification of their grant must nominate an administering body to take responsibility for management of their grant. 

Recipients with no legal status must nominate an administering body to take responsibility for management of their grant. An unincorporated association or a group of artists who form together to work on a project are examples of bodies that have no legal status. Grant recipients who do have a legal status may also choose to have their grants administered if they do not wish to manage the grant themselves.

 

Who can administer a grant?

Any legally recognised entity can administer a grant. A legally recognised entity is one that can enter into contracts, acquire property and can sue or be sued in its own right. Examples of such entities are:

  • Incorporated associations
  • Incorporated Aboriginal associations
  • Companies limited by guarantee
  • An Individual. 

An individual can administer a grant as long as they are aged 18 years or older and have an ABN. The administering body must have an ABN in its legal name. An individual can also administer the grant. This means an individual can administer another individual’s project. It also means an individual who is a member of a funded group can administer that group’s grants. To do so, individuals must supply an ABN, or the group’s ABN if listed as a member of that group.

Example: a member of a musical group can administer the grant for the group.

 

What are administering bodies responsible for?

Administering bodies are responsible for:

  • counter-signing the Administered Grant Agreement sent by the Australia Council to the grant recipient
  • agreeing to administer the grant on behalf of the grant recipient
  • paying funds to the grant recipient (usually in instalments over the course of the project)
  • ensuring, to the best of their ability, that the grant is used for the purpose for which it was provided
  • providing the grant recipient with an itemised financial statement at the end of the project, which clearly shows how the grant was spent
  • ensuring that funding of $50,000 or more is audited and certified by a qualified accountant in public practice.
An administering body is not responsible for the artistic direction or the artistic quality of the project for which the grant was provided.

What is the grant recipient responsible for?

The grant recipient is responsible for:

  • negotiating the level of service the administering body will provide
  • signing the Administered Grant Agreement, which is sent by the Australia Council, ensuring it is counter-signed by the administering body and returning the signed copy to the Australia Council
  • overall management and artistic direction of the project
  • advising the Australia Council of any proposed changes to the purpose of the funding or artistic or other personnel, the timing of the project or major changes to the budget during the course of the project
  • providing the administering body with the necessary information to allow them to complete an accurate financial report at the end of the project
  • completing and submitting an artistic or acquittal report that meets Australia Council guidelines, at the end of the project
  • making sure that the financial report is completed by the administering body and is submitted to the Australia Council, along with the artistic or acquittal report, as part of the formal funding acquittal procedures.

Choosing an administering body

If your grant is to be administered, you should choose an administering body before submitting an application or proposal to the Australia Council, as the name and details of the administering body must be included on the application or proposal.

If you are submitting your application online you must submit signed written confirmation from your nominated Administering Body verifying its willingness to administer this grant. This can be in the form of a PDF submitted electronically with this application; or a printed confirmation submitted by mail and postmarked on or before the closing date. Or, if you are submitting your application in hardcopy, the appropriate page of the application form must be signed by the Administering Body.

When choosing the person or organisation to administer the funding, you should discuss and agree upon:

  • the level of involvement the administering body will have in the project (ie is it only the management of finances or will their involvement be broader?)
  • the roles and responsibilities of other people involved in the project
  • whether a fee is to be charged for their services, and if so, what that fee will be
  • what services will be provided.

These might include:

  • payment of wages to professional artists and other personnel through the administering body’s payroll system
  • arrangement of insurance and other legal requirements for the project
  • use of office space and equipment
  • financial and budget advice during the project, and
  • marketing, promotion and publicity expertise for the project.

If the grant application or proposal is approved, you should draw up a written agreement listing the services the administering body will provide. This agreement should be signed by the grant recipient and the administering body before the project starts. This helps to avoid misunderstandings and disagreements developing during the project.

 

What happens if something goes wrong?

During the project:

  • If an administering body has concerns that the Council grant is not being spent for the purpose for which it was provided, it should notify the grant recipient and try to resolve the problem.
  • If an administering body is unreasonably withholding payment of the grant to the grant recipient, the grant recipient should notify the administering body and try to resolve the problem.
  • If the problem cannot be resolved, both parties should contact the relevant contact officer at the Australia Council to discuss the situation.

After the project:

The grant recipient is responsible for providing the Australia Council with the artistic/project and financial reports (which together make up the Acquittal Report) at the completion of the project. If both the financial and artistic/project reports are not received within 20 weeks of the project’s completion, the grant recipient automatically receives an ‘unsatisfactorily acquitted’ status with the Australia Council. This means that the grant recipient is not eligible to apply for further funding until such time as this matter is satisfactorily resolved.

 

Other issues

An individual or organisation may be the administering body for as many Australia Council grants as they see fit. Administering bodies may submit project funding proposals in their own right. In these instances, the grant(s) they administer on behalf of others do not count as part of the two applications which may be submitted in a year.

Both the grant recipient and the administering body will be ineligible to apply for further funding if the grant is not satisfactorily acquitted.

If you, your group or your organisation has been a grant recipient in the past, but you have not satisfactorily acquitted that grant, neither you, your group or your organisation can administer another recipient’s grant until your own grant has been satisfactorily acquitted.

 

Further information

For further information on administering a grant please contact Australia Council staff directly. Further information relating to contractual issues between the grant recipient and the administering body may be sought from the Arts Law Centre on 1800 221 457 (toll-free) or (02) 9356 2566.

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Childcare costs

The Australia Council recognises that childcare needs may impede access to employment in the arts. Accordingly, childcare is a legitimate expense in an applicant’s budget.

 

Volunteer costs

Out-of-pocket expenses for volunteers in regional and remote areas, such as telephone calls or petrol for travel, are recognised as legitimate expenses and may be included in an applicant’s budget.

 

Costs for activities in regional locations

The Australia Council encourages applicants whose projects will take place in regional and remote locations to budget accurately and realistically, as it is recognised that costs may differ between regions and major cities.

 

Access costs

Access costs are viewed as legitimate expenses and may be included in an applicant’s budget. The Australia Council recognises that funding may be required for access costs incurred by applicants who experience a disability, or for costs associated with working with artists with disability, who may have particular access needs (e.g. use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, support worker/carer assistance). The Australia Council encourages applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Therefore, budgets may also include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. performances using Auslan, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, materials in other formats such as Braille or CD).

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Taxation and grants

Grants paid by the Australia Council may be considered part of your income in a financial year and may be subject to tax. You must determine your own taxation liabilities. We suggest you consult your financial adviser or contact the Australian Taxation Office on 13 28 66. If you are GST-registered when you receive an Australia Council grant, the Australia Council will pay the grant amount plus GST (where required). The budget given in your application should be exclusive of GST. If you are not GST registered, your budget should include GST as this is part of the cost of the project.

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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 (FOI Act) enables applicants to request documents held by the Australia Council. We do not release documents that would harm the personal or business activities of any applicant, person or organisation. If you want access to documents under the FOI Act you must make a formal application in writing to the Australia Council. Charges may apply.

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Privacy

The information provided in grant applications is used when processing and assessing applications. Some of the information from applications may be used for training and system testing by Australia Council staff.

To help promote Australian arts, the Australia Council distributes information concerning successful grant applications to the Australian and state and territory governments, media representatives and the general public. This information is also published in the Annual Report and on the website.

We treat all personal information provided in support of an application in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

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Rights and responsibilities

In accordance with the Australia Council Act 2013, the Australia Council upholds the right of people to freedom in the practice of the arts. In so doing, we provide grant support to a large number of individuals, groups and organisations working in and with a range of communities. Our support does not imply or determine that we endorse the views of the artists or participants involved in funded activity. Australia Council grant recipients are required to comply with all applicable laws and their activity should not have the effect of bringing the Australia Council into disrepute.

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Grants information in accessible formats

All Australia Council grants information, including guidelines and application forms, is available in accessible formats, upon request. Formats include word documents, audio disk, Braille and large print. We also accept applications for all our programs in accessible formats.

Please note that requests for translated materials will need to allow for a three week turnaround time. Contact Communications team to discuss your specific requirements.

Email: comms@australiacouncil.gov.au
Telephone: +61 (0)2 9215 9199 or Toll Free 1800 226 912

For more information about the Australia Council's Accessibility services please see the Accessibility Statement.

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First time applicants

If you are applying to the Australia Council for the first time it is important you are aware of some common pitfalls for first-time applicants:

  • Be sure you understand the purpose of the grant or initiative. It’s really useful to have a quick conversation with one of our artform team members to make sure that what you are proposing is suitable for the category – there’s nothing worse than finding out your project was never going to get supported because it didn’t even meet the guidelines for the category.
  • Check and double-check that you are eligible for the grant category you're interested in – the most common error for first-time applicants is that their application is ineligible. Talk to one of our team members if you're unsure.
  • Carefully read the support material requirements for the grant category – some categories require more supporting material than others, so it's important to know what's expected. Again, if you're unsure, talk to a team member here at the Australia Council.
  • If you are required to complete a budget in your application, make sure that it balances – your income and expenditure must be equal. If your expenses are greater than your income the assessors are unsure whether you have enough resources to successfully complete the project. On the other hand if your income is greater than your expenditure, assessors will wonder whether you actually need the Australia Council grant to complete the project!

It's also really useful to do some research before you apply. Our website has a number of resources you may find useful – particularly in getting a sense of the sort of projects we've supported in the past.

You can find videos of successful applicants talking about their work, with useful tips on submitting a good application. View videos here.

From time – to – time, each funding area of the Council publishes stories about projects and organisations they've supported. You can find this information here and links to the grants they offer can be found here

Once you do think you know, we encourage you to give us a call. If you are outside of Sydney, we have a toll-free phone number. Just dial 1800 226 912 and have a chat to any of us for the cost of a local call. We can provide you with information about our funding programs and give you an insight into the sorts of things we support. This can help you to put in the best application possible.

Doing some of this basic research will give you a better sense of what might be the best grant category for your project.

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About the online applications system

Getting a user identification number

The first time you log into the system you will be given a user identification number. This number means you can revisit your application as many times as you like before you submit it.

If you’re applying for a grant as an individual, register as yourself. If you’re applying for a grant as a group or organisation register on behalf of the organisation or the group of artists.

Your user identification number will be emailed to you. Keep it and the password you choose somewhere safe so that you can login to the site next time. Your user number will also allow you to keep track of any previous applications you’ve lodged.

 

Completing your application

Once you’ve logged into the system and chosen the grant you want to apply for, follow the prompts to work your way through the application. It is important to read all the information on each page. You can save your application at any time and return to it later.

You may have to complete up to 10 pages to apply and include a variety of information such as your personal details, an outline of your project, details on other participants, financial information, statistical data and support material.

 

Help in completing your application

There is a ‘Help’ icon in the top right-hand corner of each page of the online grant application, with additional information to help you answer questions. You can call or email Australia Council staff to get extra assistance.



After you submit your application

Once you’ve submitted your application you will receive an auto-generated confirmation email with an application number. You should keep this email – it is proof that your application was received on the date you sent it.

If you want to withdraw your application after you’ve submitted it, notify the relevant artform section of the Australia Council by letter or email. You cannot withdraw your grant application via the online system.

Technical notes

The online grant system has been tested on both Mac and PC. It works best using Internet Explorer 7 or 8 or Firefox as your browser.

An important message about using Safari as your browser: some users are experiencing difficulties using our online grants system when they are using Safari as their browser. These difficulties include timing out and an inability to upload support material files. This is particularly so if you are using a newer version of Safari (5.0.4 and up). To avoid experiencing these difficulties you are advised to use an alternative browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer, when using this online grants system.

And where possible, avoid using portable media such as iPhone and iPads and other wifi connections as you are more likely to experience time-outs, connection drop-outs and other access issues.


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