2020 Resilience Fund: Survive

The 2020 Resilience Fund - Applications are now closed

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 July 2020. You will be notified of the outcome and, if successful, you will receive funding within four weeks of submitting your application. 


  • Individuals and groups can apply for up to $2,000.
  • Organisations can apply for up to $5,000.

About Survive

Survive grants are available to individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity. These grants provide stop-gap funding until relief offered by other funding agencies, government departments and support services can be accessed.

Read our FAQ's

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 a Survive grant if:

  • you have already received a Survive grant
  • 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

  • Income or fees lost from cancelled work, including but not limited to: 
    • fees
    • commissions
    • presentations
    • speaking opportunities 
    • tours
    • residencies 
    • workshops 
    • collaborations
  • Other costs incurred due to cancellation, including but not limited to: 
    • travel 
    • venue hire
    • equipment and material costs 
    • freight
    • accommodation 
    • rent 
    • labour 
    • other fees

What you cannot apply for

  • Activities that do not involve or benefit practising artists or arts workers.
  • Activities that occurred prior to 1 February 2020.
  • Postponed activities that have been or will be rescheduled, and where income, fees or other costs have not been forfeited.


Australia Council staff will review applications against the assessment criteria.

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

Due to anticipated demand for the Survive stream, applicants who have not received funding from the Australia Council for the cancelled activity will be prioritised for funding.

Assessment criteria

We will assess applications against two criteria:

  • Significance of the opportunity lost
  • Impact on livelihood and/or operations.

Application form

The application form asks you to briefly describe:

  1. Your artistic practice or services.
  2. The opportunity lost, and what you are seeking to recoup or offset.
  3. The impact of this loss on your livelihood and/or operations.
  4. 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 a recent example of your artistic work or services that is relevant to the opportunity you lost. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • a link to an example of your work online that may include video, audio, images or written material
  • a link to your website.

2. Evidence of the opportunity lost

Provide evidence of the opportunity lost. Where possible, combine this material into a single document or link. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • a contract or agreement document
  • an offer and/or cancellation by email
  • the published program you were included in and notification that it has been cancelled
  • a website listing your event and notification that it has been cancelled.

Our preferred way of receiving support material is via URLs (web links). You can submit up to two 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 two 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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