What we fund FAQs

All grant applications are submitted through our online system. 

We have anticipated a few of the questions about the application process below.

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Do you fund creative research and development?

    Yes. Creative research and development is a key component of the creative process and can be funded through our Arts Projects grants. You can apply for funding for activity that will benefit your career as an artist or arts worker through Development Grants for Individuals and Groups.

  • Do you fund artists working in languages other than English (LOTE)?

    Yes. We accept applications in languages other than English, including Auslan.

    If any part of your application requires translation into English, please contact the Grants Enquiry Team at least four weeks before the closing date of the round to which you intend to apply. We will use our best and all reasonable endeavours to assist in having some or all of the material translated. However we reserve the right to refuse an application in a language other than English if we believe there is no genuine reason to accept such an application, or if the time-frame for translation precludes us from making the materials available for assessment in the round to which it was submitted.

    If you wish to request an application form in a language other than English, please contact the Grants Enquiry Team at least 12 weeks before the closing date of the round to which you intend to apply.

    We reserve the right to refuse an application form translation request if we believe there is no genuine reason for the request. We also reserve the right to refuse an application form translation if the time-frame for translation prevents us from providing a translated form in time for assessment in the round to which it was submitted.

    Where you have supplied creative content in a language other than English, we may engage an industry expert to provide the peers with an evaluation of the artistic merit of that creative content.

    You can speak with staff at the Australia Council in your first language. Please telephone the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (local call anywhere in Australia) and ask to be connected with the Australia Council.

  • Do you fund study?

    Applications that focus solely on academic studies, or are for activities that are part of assessable coursework are unlikely to be successful with our assessment panels. Assessment panels are also unlikely to support applications requesting the costs of academic fees or courses.

    If you wish to apply for study costs, explain to the panel how your project extends, or supplements, the course’s standard curriculum requirements. Also, bear in mind that your project will be assessed on artistic merit of the work.

    If you are applying for a Career Development Grant for funding to complete a training program, course, workshop or diploma, explain how doing so will impact positively on your career or practice.

  • Do you fund feature film, television or documentary?

    While we can support screen-based art, we do not generally support activities associated with feature film, television or documentary. See Screen Australia, the Federal Government’s primary agency for production of Australian screen activity. http://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/

  • Do you offer quick response grants?

    No, we do not offer quick response grants. Outside of our regular grants program, we do offer a number of other grants and opportunities.

  • Do you fund early career artists?

    Yes. Early career artists are eligible to apply for funding through Development Grants for Individuals and Groups and through Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups.

  • Can we apply for a program of projects or activities under ‘Arts Projects – Organisations’?

    Yes. Organisations can propose a program of projects and/or activities. This could be an organisation’s full artistic program for a given calendar year or more, for example.

    We encourage applicants to be mindful of the following considerations:

    • The activities should each contribute toward a clear, unifying overall objective –  for example,  the organisation's artistic vision.  It is important to demonstrate the rationale for the inclusion of these activities and how the overall program will align with the organisation's vision.
    • In proposing a program consisting of multiple projects or activities, it is possible that some individual projects may be less compelling than others. If you are submitting an application proposing multiple activities or projects, we encourage you to ensure that a similar level of consideration, planning, and artistic merit is common to each to avoid one component of your program potentially letting down the others.
    • You may wish to consider using one of the 3 URLs you can provide as support material to link to a document that provides more detail about each individual project or activity in your program.
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