Four Year Funding program FAQs

All grant applications are submitted through our online system. 

We have anticipated a few of the questions about the application process below.

The Australia Council’s Four Year Funding program provides multi-year funding for arts organisations. The next round of Four Year Funding will support organisations from 1 January 2021 until 31 December 2024.

Read the frequently asked questions for information on assessment criteria, the selection process, support material, and how to submit an application. 

Find a list of the current Four Year Funded organisations here.

Eligibility

  • We are an international organisation, can we apply?

    No, only organisations that are registered under Australian law can apply.

  • Can we apply if we are a commercial / for profit organisation?

    Yes, as long as you can demonstrate that:

    -  the funding will support services or activities with a clearly defined arts component

    -  there is a compelling financial rationale for subsidising these services or activities

    -  none of the Australia Council funds will be distributed to shareholders.

  • Will we still be eligible to apply for other Australia Council grants if our Four Year Funding application is successful?

    Yes, you will be able to apply for other Australia Council grants. This includes the Arts Projects for Organisations category, opportunities offered through our International team, and government programs like Playing Australia. Other applications you submit to the Australia Council will need to demonstrate that the funds are for activities outside the scope of your Four Year Funding application or agreement.

    We will clarify the exact number of applications you can submit to the Australia Council while in receipt of Four Year Funding later in 2019. 

  • Does the Stage 1 Expression of Interest count as one of the applications I can submit in a calendar year?

    An Expression of Interestdoes not count towards your application total. However, if you are invited to submit an application to Stage 2, the Stage 2 application will count as one of your applications for the 2019 calendar year. You will be advised of the outcome of your EOI in July 2019.

    Organisations currently receiving Four Year Funding should not submit any applications to the Arts Projects – Organisations category until they know the outcome of their Expression of Interest in July 2019.

    Organisations that do not currently receive Four Year Funding should submit no more than two applications to the Arts Projects – Organisations category until they know the outcome of their Expression of Interest in July 2019.

Application Process

  • When will Stage 1 Expressions of Interest open?

    Online applications for Stage 1 Expressions of Interest will open in mid-February 2019.

  • Do I need to submit an application to a particular arts practice panel?

    Yes, you will need to submit your application to one of the following panels: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts; Community Arts and Cultural Development; Dance; Emerging and Experimental Arts; Literature; Multi-arts; Music; Theatre; Visual Arts.

  • Why is it a two-stage application process?

    The Australia Council expects to receive a high volume of applications to the Four Year Funding program. The two-stage application process will:

    -  minimise the work required from organisations that are less competitive, and maximise their notice period

    -  allow time for organisations to respond to the Australia Council’s new strategic plan (due to be published in August 2019) in their Stage 2 application.

  • When will we know the outcome of our application?

    We will notify applicants of the outcome of their Stage 1 Expression of Interest in July 2019.

    We will notify applicants of the outcome of their Stage 2 application in March 2020.

  • When will I need to provide a strategic plan?

    Strategic plans will form part the Stage 2 application, closing 12 November 2019. We will provide further guidance on the strategic plan later in 2019.

Organisation Type

Funding Request

  • How much funding can we apply for?

    You can apply for a minimum of $100,000 per year ($400,000 over the four years) up to a maximum of $500,000 per year ($2,000,000 over the four years).

Assessment Process

  • Who will assess my application?

    Applications to each arts practice panel will be assessed by experienced and representative peers from the relevant arts sector. The names of peers are only released once decisions have been made public.

  • Why don’t you assess service organisations separately from artistic organisations?

    Assessing service and artistic organisations together is consistent with how the previous Four Year Funding program and our Arts Projects for Organisations category are assessed.

    We believe it is necessary for peers to have an overview of the full range of organisations in their area of arts practice when ranking and making recommendations.

    Service organisations with a strong track record of service delivery, and a compelling four year vision, are likely to be competitive – as was the case in the previous Four Year Funding round.

Support Material

  • Our organisation reports on a calendar year basis – what time period should I provide financial data for?

    The Stage 1 Expression of Interest requires you to supply:

    -  a summary of your financial information for each of the previous two years, i.e., 2017 and 2018 (if you have certified accounts for 2018 by the time you submit your application)

    -  projected high level income and expenditure for the next three years, i.e., 2019, 2020 and 2021

    -  your audited accounts for 2017 and 2018 if certified by the time you submit your application (otherwise, supply 2016 audited accounts).

    The Stage 2 application requires you to supply:

    -  projected financial information for the next three years, i.e., 2020, 2021 and 2022.

  • Our organisation reports on a financial year basis – what time period should I provide financial data for?

    The Stage 1 Expression of Interest requires you to supply:

    -  a summary of your financial information for each of the previous two years, i.e.,  2016/17 and 2017/18

    -  projected high level income and expenditure for the next three years, i.e., 2018/19, 2019/20 and 2020/21

    -  The latest two years of your audited accounts, i.e., 2016/17 and 2017/18.

    The Stage 2 application requires you to supply:

    -  projected financial information for the next three years, i.e., 2019/20, 2020/21 and 2021/22.

Current Four Year Funding


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