Your application 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:

  • How competitive are your grant rounds?

    As a national arts funding body, all Australia Council grant rounds are competitive. Success rates are usually between 15% and 20%.

  • Does my project have to start by a specific date?

    Yes. Projects must have a start date that falls after we notify you of the outcome of your application, and no later than one year from that date. We will notify you of the outcome of your application approximately 12 weeks after the closing date.

  • Should I apply to the Multi-art form assessment panel?

    You can have your application assessed by the multi-art form peer panel if your project involves multiple separate art form-specific activities. This could include, for example: a festival that incorporates music, literature and theatre, or a project that has no one specific arts practice focus.  However, if your project does involve more than one area of arts practice, you still have the option to choose one of the single art form panels, which you think will best relate to your work, to assess your application.

    Our multi-art form assessment panels are made up of artists and arts workers from a range of art form areas. Peers may include those from specific art form areas (e.g. music or visual arts), peers who work across a number of art forms, and/or peers who work in interdisciplinary practice. 

  • Should I apply to the Community Arts and Cultural Development assessment panel?

    Community Arts and Cultural Development practice is a community-based arts practice and can engage any art form. There are many variations of how community arts and cultural development works are made, developed and shared, and as such, there is no one model. What is at the core of this practice, however, is the collaboration between professional artists and communities to create art. The activity must be undertaken by with and for the communities involved. The artists and arts working facilitating the project should be highly skilled in these processes, and the activities should reflect the energy and qualities of the community.

    For more information, we suggest you refer to the Community Arts and Cultural Development Practice page of our website.

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

    No. However, applications involving venues and partners are likely to be more competitive if their involvement is confirmed.

  • Should I apply to the Emerging and Experimental Arts assessment panel?

    In this context, the term ‘emerging’, refers to emerging art forms, not artists who are at the emerging stage of their careers.

    Emerging and experimental arts practice is characterised by the exploration of challenging new concepts in the creation and experience of arts and culture. It plays with or invents new forms, methodologies, technologies or explores non-material ideas.  These sometimes include art/science research collaborations, bio art, live art, socially engaged practices and new technologies. For more information about how we define Emerging and Experimental Arts read the EEA - Frequently Asked Questions.

    If you’re unsure about which art form panel best fits with your project, we recommend you contact the Grants Enquiry Team to discuss further.

  • How are applications to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts assessment panel assessed?

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts assessment panel consists entirely of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander industry professionals across art forms and across states and territories.

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants are also welcome to apply to other art form assessment panels (for example visual arts, music and literature).

  • How can I get assistance with my application?

    Australia Council staff are available to assist you in understanding the purpose of the grant, application requirements, and submitting your application. Staff can assist over email, phone and using Skype. We cannot review application drafts.

    Additional support can be discussed where needed. Where the additional support required is beyond the scope of what our staff can provide, we may recommend speaking to an appropriate organisation for further assistance.

  • I am an artist working with a manager or producer. Should I or my manager be the applicant for my application?

    The best applications are those where the voice of the artist comes through. Where possible you, ‘the artist’, should write your application. Your manager may administer the grant on your behalf to undertake the financial and reporting requirements.

  • Can I apply more than once in the same grant round?

    No. You can only submit one application to the round.

  • Does my application for a group need an administrator?

    If you are applying as an unincorporated entity, unincorporated association or partnership you do not need to have an administrator for your grant. However, you must be able to provide an ABN and bank account that are in the group’s name. If you cannot do this you must nominate an administrator. For more information about this, please contact us.

  • Do I need an ABN to apply for a grant?

    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. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor).

    Furthermore, the name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account into which we pay the funds. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant, you will need to nominate an administrator for your grant.

    For more information about this, please contact us 

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