2020 Resilience Fund: Adapt

The 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 more than $5M to the Resilience Fund to provide immediate relief to the Australian arts sector. 

Notifications: Expected by 14 August 2020.  Due to extremely high numbers of applications the assessment and notification will continue into the coming months. 


  • Individuals and groups can apply for up to $10,000.
  • Organisations can apply for up to $20,000.

 If you are using the Application Management System for the first time you will need to register your details before filling out an application form. We will work quickly to process your registration. We expect a high volume of applications and it may take up to 48 hours for your registration to be processed. 

Note: If you are using the Application Management System for the first time you will need to register your details before filling out an application form. We will work quickly to process your registration. We expect a high volume of applications and it may take up to 48 hours for your registration to be processed. 

About Adapt

Adapt grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their practice and explore new ways of working. This could include skills and career development, business development, developing artistic practice, exploring new ways of connecting and collaborating inclusively, and increasing your digital capability.

Applications to the Adapt stream that address longer term strategies for sustainable practice and ways of working may be prioritised over short term or immediate measures.

Applications should be considerate of COVID-19 gathering restrictions put in place by state and federal governments.

Your activity should last no longer than two years from the proposed start date.

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Who can apply

Individuals, groups and organisations can apply to this category. 

Individuals can apply for themselves or on behalf of a group. You must be a practising artist or arts worker, and an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Australian organisations that create artistic work or provide a service to the arts sector can apply.

We strongly encourage applications from diverse artists and organisations including First Nations peoples, people with disability, people based in regional and remote Australia, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

The Australia Council supports artists and organisations working across all areas of artistic practice, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts, Community Arts and Cultural Development, Dance, Emerging and Experimental Arts, Literature, Multi-arts, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply for an Adapt grant if:

  • you have already received an Adapt grant
  • you received 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 currently receive Four Year Funding from the Australia Council
  • you currently receive Visual Arts and Craft Strategy funding from the Australia Council
  • you are a National Performing Arts Partnership organisation
  • you are an organisation based outside Australia.

What you can apply for

  • Skills and career development – remote professional mentoring and mentor fees; digital residencies; coordinator and collaborator fees; course fees and online learning.
  • Business and practice development – adapting existing practice and operations; exploring alternative models and platforms for creation, collaboration, mobility or distribution; advisor fees; coordinator and collaborator fees; other expenses to research and develop new markets and income streams. 
  • Developing collaborations and connections – knowledge exchange; other expenses to explore and develop collaborative networks, communities of practice and platforms for community cohesion; advisor fees; coordinator and collaborator fees.
  • Digital capability – expenses to strengthen digital infrastructure; accessing the appropriate software and advice; making content accessible to diverse and underrepresented audiences, artists and arts practitioners; advisor fees; subscriptions; equipment and infrastructure.

What you cannot apply for

  • Projects or activities that do not involve or benefit practising artists, arts workers or the arts sector.
  • Projects or activities that have already taken place.


Australia Council staff will review applications against the assessment criteria. We may seek the advice of industry experts to support our deliberations.

In allocating funding, we will moderate decisions to ensure equity for artists and organisations by geography, arts practice, cultural background and ability.

Assessment criteria

We will assess applications against two criteria:


We will consider: 

    • Does the activity make a good case for adaptation?
    • Does the activity or project address an identified need?


We will consider:

    • What is the impact of the activity on the intended beneficiaries in the short term?
    • What is the impact of the activity on the intended beneficiaries and/or the arts sector in the long term? 

Application form

The application asks you for:

  1. A brief description of your artistic practice or services 
  2. An outline of the proposed project or activity
  3. The artists and/or partner organisations involved in your activity
  4. A simple budget that shows how you will spend the funding
  5. An outline describing the impact your project or activity will have on the intended beneficiaries in the short and long term 
  6. Support material

We accept applications in a range of accessible formats, for example by video, in Auslan or other languages. If you have any questions about the application form, please contact us.

Support material

You can submit two types of support material with your application.

1. Evidence of your practice

Provide recent examples of your artistic work or services that are relevant to the activity you are seeking funding for. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • A link to examples of your work that may include video, audio, images or written material.
  • A link to examples of your proposed activity that may include video, audio, images or written material.
  • A link to your website.

2. Letters of support

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of support for your activity if appropriate. These letters should explain:

  • How the activity will benefit the intended beneficiaries
  • If relevant to your proposed activity, how appropriate cultural protocols have been observed and permissions obtained
  • Industry support for your practice and your proposed activity.

You can include up to three letters of support, with each letter no longer than one A4 page. Where possible, combine your letters into a single document or link. 

Our preferred way of receiving support material is via URLs (web links). You can submit up to three URLs, which may include your website, or links to video, audio, images, scanned documents and written material. 

If you cannot provide URLs, you can attach up to three documents to your application in either PDF or Word formats.

We strongly recommend you link to existing, accessible examples of your work – there is no need to create new content for this application.

We do not accept support material submitted via post.

If you have difficulty submitting material online, or need advice on what type of support material to submit, please contact us.

Download the RTF version of these guidelines.


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance. If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact us

We acknowledge the distress, hardship and isolation felt by artists and arts workers at this time. For support contact Lifeline on 13 11 14, Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636 or Support Act on 1800 959 500

Learn more about the Resilience Fund.

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