The Australia Council is announcing details of its investment opportunities for individuals and organisations 

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You are encouraged to speak with your contract manager about options that can provide flexible support during these difficult times. If you’re not sure who that is, please email and we will direct you to the right person. 

Contact us

Phone: 02 9215 9000

Toll-free: 1800 226 912

NRS: 1800 555 677


We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Artists and from Artists with Disability.
We accept applications in Languages Other Than English (LOTE).

The Australia Council for the Arts issues SCAM ALERTS to provide information and protect the public from scams using our name. 

Australia Council Grant Programs

  • Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups - $10,000 - $50,000

    Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

    The next closing date is: Tuesday 1 September 2020 for projects starting after 1 December 2020

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  • Arts Projects – Organisations - $20,000 - $100,000

    Our Arts Projects program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences.

    The next closing date is: Tuesday 1 September 2020 for projects starting after 1 December 2020

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  • Fellowships - $80,000

    Australia Council Fellowships support outstanding, established artists’ creative activity and professional development for a period of up to two years. 

    The next closing date is: Tuesday 1 September 2020 for proposals starting after 1 December 2020

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Other Grants and Opportunities

  • National Arts and Disability Awards 2019-21 - $20,000 - $50,000

    The Council’s research has highlighted the importance of profiling, celebrating and acknowledging the achievements of trail blazers and leading lights at all stages of career development. These prestigious national awards are one of the ways we do that.

    Nominations close: Tuesday 1 September 2020 (3pm AEST)

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  • Australia Council Awards 2021 - $10,000 - $25,000

    These prestigious national awards recognise outstanding and sustained contributions by Australian artists in music, literature, community arts and cultural development (CACD), emerging and experimental arts (EEA), visual arts, theatre, and dance. They are awarded by the Board of the Australia Council, informed by key industry advisors.

    Nominations close: Tuesday 1 September 2020 (3pm AEST)

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  • Translation Fund for Literature - $5,000

    International publishers may apply for a contribution towards the translation of Australian works of creative writing such as fiction, poetry, writing for children and young people, graphic novels, and narrative non-fiction (defined as autobiography, biography, essays, histories, literary criticism or analytical prose). 

    Applications close: Tuesday 24 November (3pm AEST)

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  • 2020 Cherish Fund

    The Cherish Fund is in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the disruption experienced by the First Nations arts and cultural sector and community. The Cherish Fund has been informed by the First Nations Roundtables and the sector discussions and consultations in which the emergent themes have focused on the priorities and needs analysis through the COVID-19 phases of disruption, recovery, rebuild, reimagine and reignite.

    Applications are now closed

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  • Contemporary Music Touring Program - $5,000-$50,000

    The Contemporary Music Touring Program (CMTP) supports national touring activity undertaken by Australian musicians performing original contemporary music.

    Applications are now closed.

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  • Playing Australia: Regional Performing Arts Touring Fund

    The Regional Performing Arts Touring program supports performing arts to reach regional and remote communities across Australia. Grants are available to support the net touring costs associated with a national tour. There is no limit on the amount that can be requested. 

    Applications are now closed.

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  • 2020 Resilience Fund

    The 2020 Resilience Fund is designed to provide emergency relief to support the livelihoods, practice and operations of Australian artists, groups and organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    We are directing approximately $5M to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector.

    Applications to the Resilience Fund have now closed.

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  • Arts and Disability Mentoring Initiative 2019-21 - $30,000

    Applications are now closed.

    If you are an individual artist or arts worker with disability, these grants can provide support to extend your arts practice, networks, skills and ambition.

    Applications to this initiative do not count as one of your three permissible applications to the Australia Council Grants Program in a calendar year.

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  • International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund - $5,000 - $30,000

    The Australia Council is announcing its first Response Package to support artists, arts practitioners, arts groups and arts organisations coping with the impact of COVID-19.

    With immediate effect, we have suspended many of our investment programs currently or due to open. Suspending programs will allow Council to concentrate our efforts on responding to the crisis situation faced by our artists and arts organisations. 

    If you have submitted an application we will be in touch in the coming days.

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  • Leadership Program

    The Leadership Program offers a dynamic suite of development opportunities for arts leaders at all career stages. The Program is made up of five components including the Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program, Governance Program, Mentoring & Secondments and Scholarships & Partnerships.

    Applications are now closed.

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  • International residencies

    International residencies provide a unique opportunity for artists to immerse themselves in a new arts context, market, community and culture. The experience enables artists to articulate their practice within a global context and build knowledge, networks and partnerships that support future international arts activity. 

    Applications are now closed.

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  • Co-investment opportunities

    The Australia Council has a long and proud history of partnering with philanthropic foundations, corporations and individual donors to co-invest in the arts. Learn about the co-investment opportunities.

    Applications are now closed.

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  • Opportunities for First Nations Artists

    Aside from our core grants program, which is open to individuals, artists and organisations on an ongoing basis, the Australia Council also offers opportunities are open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander artists.

    Applications are now closed.

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  • International development opportunities

    Our international activity supports artistic, market and audience development and grows the international profile of Australian arts and artists. 

    Applications are now closed.

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

Assessment of artistic merit and excellence by peers with experience in the arts sector is central to our grant decision making process.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts

The arts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reflect the unique cultural heritage of the world’s oldest living culture.

The new grants program maintains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander decision making on applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, groups and organisations.

Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

We accept applications in any language, for projects and activities in any language (including Auslan).

If any aspect of your application requires translation, please contact the Grants Enquiry Team at least four weeks before the closing dateof the round to which you intend to apply.

Please be aware that if you do not contact us before the closing date we may not have sufficient time to meet your translation needs.


The Australia Council for the Arts is warning people about a scam involving callers who claim to be from the Council offering grant money. The caller tells people they have grant money for them and they quote an application number, but to access the funds they must provide bank account details and personal information. The phone number the scammers are calling from is answered by a voice identifying as the "Australia Council".

The Australia Council is also aware of several businesses purporting to offer information on government grants for a fee. This information is freely available from our website. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission provides further details on relevant companies operating these scams through its SCAM Watch website. Clients should check the SCAM Watch website to avoid paying for publicly available information. The SCAM Watch website is found at please also see this link for further details 

These are scams. The Australia Council does not seek people’s bank details over the phone.  Any calls of this nature should be reported to the police and to the Australia Council on (02) 9215 9000 or toll-free 1800 226 912.

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