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Welcome to the Leadership Program Alumni Collaborations Fund

Amount available – up to $3,000/ project 

Collaboration funding is available for projects involving two or more alumni and/or participants from the Arts Leaders, Future Leaders and International Leaders program.

Proposals can be sent any time. Processing time is approximately 8 weeks from date of application.

An acquittal report must be submitted within 12 weeks of the completion of the project.

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Participants and alumni of the Leadership Program are invited to apply for targeted support to collaborate on projects and further group development during and following the conclusion of their formal program. Eligible programs include the Arts Leaders Program, Future Leaders Program and International Leadership Program in any cohort year.

The purpose is to provide seed funding to add substance to ideas that are generated through discussions and interactions over the course of the program, and that will contribute to the development of arts leadership in Australia. Activities may involve artistic, cultural or capacity building elements, and must be linked to defined leadership goals.

Collaborations are self-managed and you will need to negotiate and arrange all logistics with your fellow members. We expect most funds to be directed towards travel and meetings, for project research and development, and is not to be used for project outcomes. 

There are further opportunities for funding through the International Arts Strategy Outcomes Fund for International Leadership Program alumni who have received collaboration funding.

Your proposal

Your proposal should include details of the project, the collaborators and the proposed activity. Your proposal requires a brief budget and schedule.

  • What is the project? A brief outline of the aims of the project in line with leadership goals
  • Who are the collaborators? Name, leadership program and cohort year.
  • What will you be doing? An outline of proposed activities, travel, meetings, etc.
  • What do you hope to achieve? An indication of the goals of the project, and longer-term vision.
  • How is it related to the group’s leadership goals?

We do not require any support material but may ask for additional information depending on the nature of the project and activity.


Please include a brief timeline for your project in your proposal. There is no restriction on the duration of your project, but the proposal must be feasible within the budget. Timelines may coincide with key arts events or availability of collaborators.


Please include a simple budget to allocate the $3,000 collaboration funding. The budget should include travel and accommodation costs, per diems, venue hire or artist fees. Quotes are not required, but an estimate of budget breakdown is required. Additional funding may be available for large groups or large projects – please contact us for advice.


The Capacity Building team will review proposals and process applications within 8 weeks of submission. We are looking for collaboration proposals that are:

  • feasible
  • realistic
  • aligned with your future leadership goals
  • drawing on the skills and experience of the collaborators
  • potential impact for Arts Leadership

Strong proposals are those which demonstrate the potential of a project to develop through the support of seed funding.

One person in the collaboration team will be responsible for administration, payment and acquittal of the project funding. Once your proposal has been approved, you will be required to approve the funding agreement and bank details. For participants working in an organisation, payments can be linked through your organisation.

You may only access funding once per project group. If projects develop further, you will need to seek funding via the general grants program or other sources.


On the completion of your project, an online acquittal is required to reflect and report on the project outcomes. This report must be completed within 12 weeks of project end date.

Your report must include:

  • What did you do? A project summary and detailed description
  • Project outcomes? Details of the impact of this collaboration
  • Details of any changes to your original plans
  • Future of the project (if applicable)
  • Images of your collaboration – please upload in report attachments.

How to apply

To apply for collaboration funding, you will submit your proposal via our online application management system by clicking on the "Apply now" button below. The collaboration funding opportunity is listed under ‘Leadership Alumni Programs’, in the ‘Apply for a grant’ section of our grants system.

If you have applied for a grant or opportunity with the Australia Council before, you will already have an account with us. Your username is your firstname_surname, and your password remains the same.

If you have not applied for a grant or opportunity with the Australia Council before, you will need to set up a new login with your personal details, and the account validation process can take up to two days.

Collaborations are only open to program participants and alumni.

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If you have any questions about your collaboration funding proposal, please contact us: or 02 9215 9036.

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