2020 Resilience Fund

The 2020 Resilience Fund

Thank you for your patience. The technical issues have now been resolved and applications to the Resilience Fund have now closed.


Updated: 28 May 2020

Due to technical issues we have extended the deadline for Resilience Fund applications to midday AEST Monday 1 June.

New registrations received before midday Friday 29 May 2020 will be processed by Sunday 31 May 2020. 

New registrations received after midday Friday 29 May 2020 will be processed after midday AEST Monday 1 June.

As previously advised, it can take up to two business days to process your registration. 

Thank you for your patience.


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. 

This funding can be combined with relief offered by other arts funding agencies, government departments, support services and philanthropy.

We have developed this program using input and ideas from the arts sector. We gathered this input through various sector roundtables and discussions, feedback and ideas provided to us by artists and organisations we fund and people who have participated in our sector development programs.

There are three streams you can apply for: 

Survive 

Small grants for individuals, groups and organisations to offset or recoup money lost due to cancelled activity.

Adapt 

Grants for individuals, groups and organisations to adapt their arts practice and explore new ways of working.

Create 

Grants for individuals, groups and organisations to continue to create artistic work and/or develop creative responses in this time of disruption.

Read our FAQ's 

If you need help with your application, contact a Grants Officer now


Australia Council response to COVID-19

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.

Reporting and other grant conditions relief 

  • For organisations and individuals who have current Australia Council arrangements, we are adopting a flexible approach. This includes: 
  • Removing requirements on meeting audience KPIs 
  • Bringing forward payments 
  • Delaying or simplifying reporting requirements 
  • Varying the purposes and outcomes of funding 
  • Extending timelines for projects 
  • Allowing organisations to use money provided for a deliverable to be repurposed to pay essential bills such as wages, rent or utilities. 

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 enquiries@australiacouncil.gov.au and we will direct you to the right person. 

Learn More 


Other relief funding available during COVID-19

All artists, arts workers, and arts organisations should also be looking at the Australian Government’s measures to provide hardship support.

Information for individuals

  • The Government has temporarily waived the asset test and waiting periods for the Jobseeker allowance.
  • A new, time-limited Coronavirus supplement of $550 per fortnight will be paid to both existing and new recipients.

For information and services provided by the Commonwealth Government visit Services Australia.

The Department of Social Services has a hotline 1300 653 227 and web advice on support for workers who lose income because of COVID-19 health measures.

Information for organisations

  • The Government is allowing businesses and not-for-profits impacted by the Coronavirus to access a subsidy to continue paying their employees. The JobKeeper payment allows affected employers to claim $1,500 a fortnight per eligible employee for a maximum period of six months. Creative and cultural businesses are eligible.
  • The Government is providing payments of $20,000 – $100,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses, and not-for-profits (including charities) that employ people. Creative and cultural businesses are eligible. These payments provide cash flow support to help eligible businesses and not-for-profits keep operating and retain staff.
  • The Government is providing a loan guarantee scheme to support small and medium sized businesses. There are no charges to access the scheme, and the loans are repayment-free for six months. The maximum loan is $250,000, for a term of up to three years. Creative and cultural businesses are eligible to apply.
  • Australian banks are also supporting small businesses by deferring small business loan repayments for six months.  

Further details about the Australian Government’s payments and loans can be found at: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus

The Treasury Business Unit also has advice on financial measures for small business.

State, territory and local government support

Many state, territory and local governments have released support packages for artists within their jurisdictions. For further information, please contact the arts agency in your state and territory or local council.


Mental health support

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

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