Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

Applications are now closed

Applications open: Tuesday 24 November 2020

Applications close: Tuesday 23 February 2021 (5pm AEDT) 

Please note: Closing time in WA is 2pm AWDT


  • Stage 1 shortlisted applicants: mid-March 2021
  • Stage 2 successful applicants: mid-April 2021.

Duration: Initiatives can start after 1 May 2021 and must finish by 30 June 2022

Read the frequently asked questions.

About Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives

$2m will be invested in sector-led initiatives to support the recovery of Australia’s cultural and creative industries.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives fund is offered in acknowledgement of the significant forces of change and evolution facing the cultural and creative industries. This investment will support the sector to re-imagine practice and operations, and test ideas and models for a more resilient, equitable and thriving future.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are a direct response to the disruptions and challenges experienced by the cultural and creative industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been informed by conversations throughout the Re-imagine: What next? consultation (September to October 2020).

Successful applicants will work with a member of the Australia Council’s Sector Development team in the design and development of ideas and projects. Final outcomes of the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives will be shared with Australia’s cultural and creative industries. This is in recognition of the collective commitment that is needed to ensure the strength, vibrancy and sustainability of Australia’s arts and culture into the future.

The Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are generously supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.

Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives are offered in two streams:

Cultural and Creative Solutions

Industry Collaborations

Individuals, groups and organisations are invited to propose future-focused strategic initiatives that respond to the following priorities:

  • Equity and justice - structural transformation that contributes to cultural equity, embedded accessibility, social inclusion and sustainability.
  • Mobility and exchange – building and activating local, national and international networks for the future.
  • Resilience – ensuring a sustainable and healthy creative economy that can weather future disruptions.
  • Health and wellbeing – promoting and nurturing health and wellbeing of artists, communities, cultural practitioners and organisations, and climate responsibility.
  • Leadership – nurturing the next generation of creative and cultural leaders ensuring diversity and self-determination.
  • Digital – skills and capability building, and creation, sharing and dissemination of arts and culture.

The initiatives aim to:

  • ask hard questions and seek practical solutions to new and existing issues
  • provide space and time to reflect, re-imagine and act for change
  • establish new cross-industry partnerships that support sector recovery and deliver and highlight public value
  • create an industry that is accessible, inclusive and equitable
  • articulate and test how culture and creativity will play a significant role in the nation’s recovery.

Learn more about the initiative 

View an excerpt from our Information Session

View the on-demand FAQ video

View the on-demand FAQ video with Auslan


Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for further guidance. 

If you have any questions or need help with your application, please contact us at or 02 9215 9000 to speak to an Artist Services Officer.

We acknowledge the distress, hardship and isolation felt by artists and cultural and creative 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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