Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives FAQ's

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  • Who will assess my application?

    Australia Council staff will review applications against the assessment criteria. For stage 2 of the assessment, we will seek the advice of industry advisors.

  • How will applications be assessed?

    Assessment will occur in two stages:

    • ·  Stage 1: Eligible applications will be reviewed against the assessment criteria and shortlisted for Stage 2.
    • ·  Stage 2: Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their initiative to a panel.

  • When will I be notified about the outcome of my application?

    Successfully shortlisted applicants will be notified on the outcome of their application by:

    • ·  Stage 1 shortlist notification mid March 2021
    • ·  Stage 2 successful applicants by late April 2021

  • Does my initiative have to be completed by a specific date?

    Yes. Initiatives must start after 1 May 2021 and must be completed by 30 June 2022. 

  • Can I submit video or audio instead of a written application?

    Yes. We will accept applications in written format, audio and video format, including in Auslan. If you are submitting a video or audio application please follow the order of questions in the application form as closely as possible. 

    Video and audio applications must not be longer than six minutes. Please submit your application video or audio as part of the support material and note in the application form “refer to application video/audio.”

  • Can I apply in a language other than English, including Auslan?

    You may submit your application and support materials in a language other than English including Auslan.

    We can arrange translation or captioning. Please contact at least four weeks before the closing date of the program to which you are intending to make an application. If you do not contact us at least four weeks before the closing date, we may not have sufficient time to meet your translation needs.

    Our online application form also has a checkbox at the top which you can tick if you have attached materials in a language other than English. This alerts the Sector Development Team that you have submitted these materials.

  • How can I get assistance with my application?

    We want to ensure we provide an accessible application process. Australia Council staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the grant, application requirements, and submitting your application. Please also refer to our Accessibility page here for further information including utilising the NRS service.

    We encourage applicants to contact an Artist Services Officer in the first instance on (02) 9215 9000 or email:

    Where additional support required is beyond the scope of what our staff can provide, we may recommend speaking to an appropriate organisation for further assistance. We cannot review application drafts.

  • If I am successful in my application when will the funds be paid by Australia Council?

    We expect to pay successful applicants within eight weeks from the formal date of notification of their successful application. 

  • Will feedback be provided to unsuccessful applicants?

    Individual feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants in Stage 1.  High-level feedback will be provided to shortlisted applicants who have been unsuccessful in Stage 2. 

  • Does my application to the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives count as one of my allowable applications? 

    No. Applications to the Re-imagine: Sector Recovery Initiatives funding streams are exempt from the Australia Council’s limit on allowable applications in a calendar year. Please note that this allowable limit only applies to Arts Projects for Individuals, Groups and Organisations and Fellowships.

  • Can I apply to both streams?

    Yes, however you can only be successful in receiving funding for one of your applications. You cannot receive funding from both streams. 

  • Can I submit more than one application to both streams?

    No, you can only submit once to each stream. 

  • If my application is successful how will the Sector Development team be involved?

    A member of the sector development team will be paired with successful applicants for the term of the awarded fund. The engagement with successful applicants can include but is not limited to:

    • -  Guidance on the design and development of the idea or initiative
    • -  Request for bi-monthly progress reports
    • -  Determination of appropriate acquittal format in consultation with successful applicants.

    Further information will be provided to applicants who have been shortlisted to Stage 2 of the assessment process.

    If you are successful, you will need to document your outcomes, sharing the lessons you learned and tools you developed. If applying to this funding stream, you acknowledge that this is a core acquittal requirement. 

    All successful applicants grant the Australia Council a perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive licence to the acquittal documentation you submit. This is so we can develop shared resources for Australia’s cultural and creative industries.


  • Who is included in the cultural and creative industries?

    While there is no universally accepted definition, the terms ‘cultural’ and ‘creative’ are often used to describe activities connected with the arts, media, heritage, design, fashion, and information technology.

    The arts are both cultural and creative and are at the heart of the cultural and creative industries.

  • Can Local Government apply for the fund?

    Local Government can apply on behalf of Council owned arts centres, venues, galleries, and theatres and standalone programs (such as festivals). For all other applications, they can partner with eligible applicants to deliver their initiative. 

  • Can an arts and cultural organisation within a larger (non-arts) not-for-profit organisation apply for the fund?

    Not-for-profit organisations can apply on behalf of an arts and cultural organisation.

  • Can international organisations apply for the fund?

    International organisations cannot apply as the primary applicant. An eligible applicant can partner with an international organisation for either stream. These partnerships must be strategic in nature in order to be competitive.

  • Can I apply to support fees for international artists from this fund?

    The two funding streams are designed for the benefit of Australian artists and arts organisations. If you make a strong case that the primary nature of funds paid to international artists is to benefit Australian artists; for example, in a mentoring role, then the costs are eligible. If travel is required, you will need to demonstrate consideration for the current travel restrictions in place and how this affects the viability of your project or activity. 

  • Are non-arts individuals, groups or organisations eligible to apply?

    Non-arts individuals, groups or organisations cannot apply as the primary applicant. An eligible applicant can partner with a non-arts individual, group or organisation for either stream. These partnerships must be strategic in nature in order to be competitive.

  • My organisation receives over $500,000 in multi-year funding annually from the Council, am I eligible to apply?

    No, you are not eligible to apply. However, an eligible applicant can partner with you for either stream. These partnerships must be strategic in nature in order to be competitive.

  • Do I need an ABN to apply?

    All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an active Australian Business Number (ABN). Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN.

    Arts and cultural organisations can have the same ABN as the parent organisation (e.g. Council or a not-for-profit) – and will be eligible to apply. We will monitor the outcome, and should the applicant be successful, we will be in contact with them to ensure there is no impact with regards to payment of the grant through the parent organisation.

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  • Do I need to have confirmed partners in order to apply?

    If you are applying to the Re-imagine: Cultural and Creative Solutions stream you do not need to have confirmed partners. However, applications involving confirmed partners are likely to be more competitive.

    If you are applying to the Re-imagine: Industry Collaborations stream, you need to confirm partners by submitting either a memorandum of understanding (MOU) or letter of confirmation as letters of support. Confirmation from partners indicates their commitment to the project and provides strong evidence of viability. 

  • I would like to collaborate with a community, what support materials do I need to ensure my application is competitive?

    Evidence of their willingness to participate is essential. You should also describe your track record of working with this community, and explain what the community’s role will be, your process of working with them and what the artistic, creative or cultural benefits will be. 

  • Can I apply for this funding to make new work?

    Yes, but the activity must address the selection criteria in order to be competitive. We encourage you to consider the Arts Projects categories for new work applications.

  • Can I apply for an existing activity?

    Yes, provided you are able to make a compelling case against the selection criteria for the relevant opportunity. You will need to demonstrate how the activity goes beyond ‘business-as-usual’ in order to be competitive. You cannot apply for activity that has already taken place.

  • Can I apply for a project or activity with a multi-year approach?

    Yes, however your application must clearly demonstrate an outward facing outcome in support of the recovery and continued sustainability of the cultural and creative industries within the specified period. 

  • Can my application be updated once it has been submitted?

    We do not amend, correct, update or change any part of your application once it has been submitted.

    If you wish to update your application once it has been submitted, and before the closing date, you can submit a new, updated application and request to withdraw the original one by emailing

    If you receive additional confirmations for activities or artists after the closing date you may alert us to these, and we can bring them to the attention of assessors ahead of assessment. These updates could include confirmation that a proposed activity will take place, a partnership has been secured, or funding from another source has been received.

    You can update us about such confirmations by emailing us at Briefly describe the nature of the confirmation and cite your application reference number.  You do not need to send us copies of confirmation emails from third parties – if we need to see evidence of the confirmation we will request it. 

  • Budgeting FAQs

    We have anticipated a few of the questions about the application process in our Budgeting FAQs page. 

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