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Creative Futures Fund

Delivery Investment

About the program

The Creative Futures Fund will support the creation and sharing of Australian stories and new ways for people to engage with them.

Creative Futures Fund: Delivery Investment will bring new Australian stories to life so people can engage with and experience them.

It is for works in their final stages of development that are ready for presentation. Investment can be used to adapt existing works that have already had a public outcome, develop and deepen partnerships, secure co-investment, realise and share the work, and capture the impact this has had for you, your collaborators and those experiencing the work.

If your project is not at this stage, you may wish to consider the Development Investment stream.

We are seeking great ideas that are ambitious, unexpected and innovative. This includes new works and projects that may leverage existing intellectual property. The innovation could be in the story, the artforms or mediums used, the partners and artists you work with, or the way you will present or share the work.

The investment available is significant, so we want to know what that investment may help you do that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Funding business as usual activity is not a priority.

The fund will only support Australian stories, for example the intellectual property must be majority owned by Australian creatives, be an Australian concept, with subject matter that is relevant to contemporary Australia.

Investment of between $250,000 and $1,500,000 will be negotiated with successful recipients.

Applications will be accepted and assessed in two stages:

  • Stage 1: an initial Expression of Interest (EOI) where you propose the story you want to bring to life, who you plan to work with and the level of investment you are seeking
  • Stage 2: a small number of organisations will be invited to develop their EOI into a full application, which will provide detail on how the work will be realised, your partners, how people will engage with the work, the budget, milestones and risk management. Organisations invited to Stage 2 will be advised what level of investment to pitch for.

The final amount of investment and any deliverables will be negotiated directly with successful applicants. This may include the recoupment of funds where appropriate. The investment we provide may vary (higher and lower) from the amount requested at Stage 2.

Supported activity can commence from March 2025 onwards and must be completed within three years.

Further background on this fund can be found here.

Applications will open soon.

The closing date for EOIs is Tuesday 6 August 2024, 3pm AEST.

Who can apply

  • Australian organisations working in the arts and culture sector who are carrying on business in Australia and have their central management and control in Australia
  • Organisations in receipt of Multi-Year Investment from Creative Australia can apply, however they must demonstrate the delivery or presentation activity is not already supported by their existing funding
  • Organisations can only submit one application to the Delivery Investment stream in this closing date.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply to this fund if:

  • you are an individual or group
  • your organisation is based outside of Australia
  • your organisation does not work in the arts and culture sector
  • you have already applied to this closing date of Delivery Investment
  • you have an overdue report for another Creative Australia grant
  • you owe money to Creative Australia.

What can be applied for

We will support the delivery or presentation of intellectual property that is owned by Australian citizens/permanent residents and/or an Australian company. This includes a wide range of delivery activities such as:

  • final creative developments that build on previous public outcomes
  • adapting existing Australian work and intellectual property into new formats and media
  • presentation based activities such as exhibitions, performances, publishing, recording, streaming, touring
  • professional skills development and capacity building
  • specialist advice and consultancies
  • establishing new partnerships, collaborations, investors, or income streams
  • community engagement and consultation
  • market and audience development
  • evaluation
  • a reasonable contribution to staffing or operational costs in support of this activity.

Activities can take place nationally, internationally, online, or a combination of in-person and online (hybrid activities).

Access costs are legitimate expenses and may be included in your application. We encourage applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Budgets may include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. presentation or delivery activities using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).

If you are working with d/Deaf people or people with disability in your application, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer or support worker assistance. Please contact Artist Services to discuss your specific needs.

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for:

  • funds to develop new works that have not already has some form of public outcome, including works in progress or pilots
  • activities that create or leverage intellectual property that is majority owned by international individuals or entities
  • activities that do not have a clearly defined artistic, creative or cultural component
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, creative workers, or audiences
  • activities that could be considered a part of ‘business as usual’ for your organisation, and do not demonstrate innovation
  • activities that have already taken place
  • the same activities that have already been funded by Creative Australia (for example, through your multi-year investment)
  • activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content
  • activities that could be supported by Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents
  • activities that could be supported by Games Investment steams in the same jurisdictions
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to our First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.

Your application must comply with the following protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Industry advisors with diverse and relevant experience will assess the EOIs against the assessment criteria listed below and advise Creative Australia on which applicants to prioritise.

Assessment Criteria

Your EOI will be assessed against three assessment criteria. The bullet points underneath each criterion indicate what industry advisors may consider if relevant. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

  1. Quality

Industry advisors will assess the quality of the artistic and/or cultural development proposed in your EOI.

Advisors may consider:

  • the quality and vision of the concept, story or work
  • evidence of the quality and impact of the work in earlier stages of development or presentations or in its original medium or format
  • the calibre and track record of your organisation, partners, and collaborators
  • who the final work is being made for, and how those people will engage with it
  • the impact this presentation activity may have for your organisation, collaborators and people
  • where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to.
  1. Viability

Industry advisors will assess your capacity to undertake ambitious and innovative projects.

Advisors may consider:

  • the calibre and track record of your organisation, partners, and collaborators
  • your previous experience delivering other ambitious and innovative projects
  • the financial stability of your organisation
  • evidence that the initial development of your proposed work for delivery has been informed by appropriate consultation and evaluation.
  1. Alignment

Industry advisors will assess the extent to which your EOI aligns with the priorities of the fund – the telling of Australian stories, and innovation.

Advisors may consider:

  • who holds or will hold the intellectual property and rights to your story
  • the relevance of your story to contemporary Australia
  • the innovation demonstrated through your partners, the mediums or art forms you will work with, who will engage with the work and the experience they may have
  • how this work extends the usual practice of your organisation and collaborators
  • whether this work represents innovation for the Australian creative and cultural sector.

Moderation

Final decisions on which applicants to invite to submit a full application in stage two will be moderated and approved by Creative Australia staff to ensure a diverse investment portfolio across both investment streams, activities, art forms, geography, representation, audiences and risk.

Creative Australia will also determine the investment level that organisations can apply for in Stage 2, along with any specific feedback on issues to address or specific support material to provide.

Applications will open soon.

EOIs must be submitted via Creative Australia’s Application Management System.

If you are registering to use the System for the first time, make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

The application form includes the following questions.

Tell us about your organisation and your key partners:

  • describe your organisation and key partners for your application
  • describe your track record of realising and delivering ambitious, innovative artistic and creative works.

 

Tell us about the Australian story you want to deliver and who you aim to share it with:

  • describe your artistic work and vision
  • describe who you have developed the story for – your audience, market, communities, participants etc
  • describe what you have done to develop this story to date for delivery and presentation, the extent to which people have engaged with it and what their response was
  • describe the main activities you will undertake to finalise and deliver the work.

 

Tell us how your work aligns with the priorities of the Fund – innovation and the telling of Australian stories:

  • describe the innovation in your development and this subsequent delivery, for example your partners, the mediums or artforms you will work with, who will engage with the work and how
  • explain what makes your concept an Australian story, for example who holds or will hold the intellectual property and rights.

 

  • Amount requested ($250,000 to $1,500,000), likely expenditure and other sources of income.
  • Financial information from your recent audited accounts or equivalent.

You should submit support material with your EOI. The industry advisors may review this material to help them assess your proposed activity.

We strongly recommend you curate the support material you provide to be relevant, targeted and easily accessible.

We do not accept support material submitted via post. Support material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artist Services.

There are four types of support material you may submit with your EOI.

  1. Information about your organisation and collaborators

This could include background information on your organisation or collaborators on a website, your most recent annual report, an interview, or article.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

Our industry advisors will not view any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to applications or documents that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to sites or files that are private or password protected, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3, Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG, PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word, PDF).
  1. Creative and cultural support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your creative or cultural work. If you are seeking investment to adapt an existing work, please include examples of this work.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is targeted and relevant to your EOI.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application as above.

You can include a maximum of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording, or
  • 10 images, or
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of writing or scripts).

If you provide material that exceeds these limits it may not be reviewed by the industry advisors.

  1. Letters of permission or confirmation

If relevant to your application, evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities and Elders must be provided. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

You can include three letters, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. These can be combined into one document or PDF.

  1. Your audited accounts

Please upload your audited accounts from the previous year or equivalent.

If you cannot supply these documents via URLs, you may upload to your application as a Word or PDF.

The closing date for full applications is Tuesday 3 December 2024, 3pm AEDT. An initial overview of the guidelines is provided below; more detail will follow in the coming months.

Who can apply

Only organisations with a successful EOI at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full application.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply to Stage 2 if:

  • your EOI was unsuccessful in Stage 1
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to Creative Australia.

What can be applied for

We will support the creation or leveraging of intellectual property that is owned by Australian citizens/permanent residents and/or an Australian company. This includes a wide range of delivery activities such as:

  • final creative developments that build on previous public outcomes
  • adapting existing Australian work and intellectual property into new formats and media
  • presentation based activities such as exhibitions, performances, publishing, recording, streaming, touring
  • professional skills development and capacity building
  • specialist advice and consultancies
  • establishing new partnerships, collaborations, investors, or income streams
  • community engagement and consultation
  • market and audience development
  • evaluation
  • a reasonable contribution to staffing or operational costs in support of this activity.

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for:

  • activities where all the costs are funded through this investment; you must demonstrate other sources of income will be leveraged or contributed.
  • activities that create or leverage intellectual property that is majority owned by international individuals or entities
  • activities that do not have a clearly defined artistic, creative or cultural component
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, creative workers or audiences
  • activities that could be considered a part of ‘business as usual’ for your organisation, and do not demonstrate innovation
  • activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content
  • activities that could be supported by Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents
  • activities that could be supported by Games Investment steams in the same jurisdictions
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to our First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.

Your application must comply with the following protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Industry advisors with diverse and relevant experience will assess your application against the assessment criteria listed below and advise Creative Australia on which applicants to prioritise.

Assessment Criteria

Your application will be assessed against three assessment criteria. The bullet points underneath each criterion indicate what industry advisors may consider if relevant. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

  1. Quality

Industry advisors will assess the quality of the artistic and/or cultural presentation activities proposed in your EOI.

Advisors may consider:

  • the quality and vision of the concept, story or work
  • the calibre and track record of your organisation, partners, and collaborators
  • who the proposed work will be made for, and how they may engage with it
  • contribution to a diverse cultural expression in the context of the wider Australian arts sector.
  1. Viability

Industry advisors will assess the viability of your application, including your capacity to successfully complete

Advisors may consider:

  • your capacity to realise this new work
  • the role of partners or collaborators
  • whether your plan and use of resources is realistic and achievable, including contingencies and risk management
  • the timeliness and relevance of the work for your organisation and collaborators
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship, philanthropy, in-kind contributions
  • how you aim to evaluate the impact of this work.
  1. Impact

Industry advisors will assess the expected impact this presentation will have on your organisation, your collaborators and those engaging with the proposed work.

Advisors may consider:

  • new partnerships and collaborations established or deepened through the activity
  • how the delivery or presentation of your work will build the capacity and skills of you and your collaborators to work in new ways with new mediums, art forms or audiences
  • the level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking within this work, organisation and wider sector
  • how the work will reach and engage with new people in new ways, and evidence that there is demand for this
  • the potential for new revenue streams or markets for your work
  • the potential benefit and impact on careers, artistic or cultural practice in the wider sector.

Moderation

Final decisions on which applicants to invest in will be moderated and approved by Creative Australia staff to ensure a diverse investment portfolio across both investment streams, activities, art forms, geography, representation, audiences and risk.

Creative Australia will also determine the investment level that will be made, along with any special conditions and deliverables. Where appropriate, we make seek specialist advice from industry professionals.

Your full application must be submitted via Creative Australia’s Application Management System.

You will be asked to provide more detailed information than in your EOI, including but not limited to:

  • further detail on the artistic and creative vision for the delivery or presentation and/or adaptation of your Australian story
  • a detailed list of activities and a timeline
  • further details on key personnel and collaborators
  • a detailed budget, listing income and expenditure
  • further details on how royalties and other income will be distributed
  • your approach to audience development and marketing
  • your approach to risk management
  • your approach to evaluation
  • the likely impact of this presentation for your organisation, your collaborators and those engaging with the proposed work.

You should submit support material with your full application. The industry advisors may review this material to help them assess your proposed activity.

We strongly recommend you curate the support material you provide to make it relevant, targeted and easily accessible.

You will be asked to provide more detailed support material including, but not limited to:

  • evidence of the artistic and cultural quality of your proposed activities
  • bios of key members of your creative team and your collaborators
  • letters of support and confirmation from key partners.

We may request additional support material specific to your application, as recommended by the industry advisors and staff who reviewed your EOI.

If your application is successful, we will give you a draft investment agreement that specifies the amount of investment we will provide, the proposed payment schedule, milestones, deliverables, and any other conditions of investment. For commercial projects, this may include financial recoupment. We will negotiate the final version of this agreement with you.

We will pay you once you have accepted your investment agreement and any reports or deliverables you must provide us with have been approved.

You may be asked to participate in evaluation activities with Creative Australia staff and external evaluators at various times throughout your project.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, they can. They will need to demonstrate why public investment is required for this development, and explain how financial dividends, if any, will be distributed.

Creative Australia may negotiate the right to recoup a portion of its investment from commercially successful projects.

Yes, they can. We accept different business units, departments, divisions or trading names (listed under the one parent entity ABN) as separate entities.

If two different departments exist for one organisation, then both departments can register separately. However, they cannot use more than one registration to edit and submit the same grant application or grant acquittal report.

Yes, they can.

No, only organisations are eligible to apply under this investment fund. You may wish to work with an organisation to develop a work, however they must be the applicant.

Priority will be given to applicants where there is a genuine collaboration and partnership with a range of artists, groups, or partners.

While we can support screen-based art, we do not solely support activities associated with short film, feature film, television or documentary or electronic games.

As per the eligibility, activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content, that could be supported via Screen Australia, cannot apply to this investment fund.

Applicants should consider if there is funding overlap with Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents and Games Investment steams. Requests for the same activities supported by other funds are ineligible.

Applicants should also note that investment support may come in different stages and for different components of their activities. Applicants should carefully consider what aspects of their projects require investment support and at what times.

Yes, you can. Please note your submission would be competing within a very competitive field of applications from arts organisations, commercial entities and those that work solely in the arts and culture sector. Applications from schools that are based on projects that mainly benefit the school and its grounds would not be competitive.

The industry advisors understand that it’s not possible to confirm every activity, partnership, source of co-funding or venue at the time that you apply at this initial Expression of Interest stage. However, if the advisors are deciding between two submissions of equal artistic merit, the application that has more activities and partnerships confirmed, may be more competitive.

If there are too many unconfirmed elements of your proposal, the advisors may question its alignment to this fund. If the artistic concept behind your project is still not sufficiently developed, you may not be ready to apply. The process of drafting your application will help you determine this.

As the applicant, it is your responsibility to demonstrate how the proposed activity differs from your usual developments. This may be via new partnerships, collaborations and artistic practices. We are seeking to support innovative proposals that expand Australians access to arts experiences.

Creative Australia is seeking to support, invest in and champion innovation through the following means:

  • Creativity: This may explore innovation in the creative content to be explored and realised over the duration of the development.
  • Connection and experimentation: The applicant may, for example, address elements of entrepreneurship and new ways of working. This may include how they will engage with new partners not typical for the applicant or diversify their income streams through co-investment models (e.g. commercial investments, new partners in philanthropy to support their work).

Concepts, ideas, developments and stories are terms we use interchangeably to describe the project or idea you want to develop and refine. Story can be expressed through a range of art forms and is not restricted to narrative based projects.

We are interested in great ideas that are ambitious, unexpected and reflect contemporary Australia.

As the organisational applicant, it is your responsibility to demonstrate how this activity is not a part of your ‘business as usual’ activities and you are essentially, extending your practice and approach.

You may be engaging with collaborators and partners as they have highly refined and established skill sets or artistic approaches that are unique, important and relevant to this development. These collaborators may not need to extend their usual practice.

If you are applying as a consortium, we would expect collaborators to show innovation.

Yes, this will become more relevant if your submission is invited to Stage 2 – Full Application. This is where industry advisors are analysing and assessing your budget and expenditure activities.

If this is a part of your concept outlined in your EOI, you will need to demonstrate its relevance to the development of your work.

This will become more relevant if your submission is invited to Stage 2, to submit a full application (see below).

Other income will vary depending on the type of project you are proposing for development. It should reflect the nature of your project, who is involved and the area of practice. Please consider the more you request, the greater the expectation that our investment leverages other cash income (be it philanthropy, earned, sponsorship etc).

Creative Futures Fund

Development Investment

About the program

The Creative Futures Fund will support the creation and sharing of Australian stories and new ways for people to engage with them.

Creative Futures Fund: Development Investment can support the creation and testing of new ideas and works, the establishment of new partnerships, collaborations and skills to lay the foundations for future delivery. This stream is also suitable for applicants who are testing their work in the market.

If your idea is ready for presentation, Delivery Investment may be more suitable.

We are seeking great ideas that are ambitious, unexpected and innovative. This includes new works and projects that may leverage existing intellectual property. The innovation could be in the story, the artforms or mediums used, the partners and artists you work with, or the way you will present or share the work.

The investment available is significant. We want to know what that investment may help you do that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Funding ‘business as usual’ activity is not a priority.

The fund will only support Australian stories. The intellectual property must be majority owned by Australian creatives, be an Australian concept, and have subject matter that is relevant to contemporary Australia.

Investment of between $50,000 and $250,000 will be negotiated with successful recipients.

Applications will be accepted and assessed in two stages:

  • Stage 1: an initial Expression of Interest (EOI) where you propose the story or work you want to develop or adapt, and the level of investment you are seeking
  • Stage 2: a small number of organisations will be invited to develop their EOI into a full application, which will detail the development process, partners, budget, milestones and risk management. Organisations invited to Stage 2 will be advised what level of investment to pitch for.

The final amount of investment and any deliverables will be negotiated directly with successful applicants. The investment may vary (higher or lower) from the amount requested at Stage 2.

Supported activity can commence from March 2025 onwards and must be completed within two years.

Further background on this fund can be found here.

Applications will open soon.

The closing date for EOIs is Tuesday 6 August 2024, 3pm AEST.

Who can apply

  • Australian organisations working in the arts and culture sector who are carrying on business in Australia and have their central management and control in Australia.
  • Organisations in receipt of Multi-Year Investment from Creative Australia can apply, however they must demonstrate the development activity is not already supported by their existing funding.
  • Organisations can only submit one application to the Development Investment stream to this closing date.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply to this fund if:

  • you are an individual or group
  • your organisation is based outside of Australia
  • your organisation does not work in the arts and culture sector
  • you have already applied to this closing date of Development Investment
  • you have an overdue report for another Creative Australia grant
  • you owe money to Creative Australia.

What can be applied for

We will support the creation or leveraging of intellectual property that is owned by Australian citizens/permanent residents and/or an Australian company. This includes a wide range of development activities such as:

  • research and development
  • creative development and experimentation
  • adapting existing Australian work and intellectual property into new formats and mediums
  • work in progress showings, prototypes, pilots and other forms of market testing and evaluation
  • professional skills development and capacity building
  • establishing new partnerships, collaborations, investors, or income streams
  • community engagement and consultation
  • market and audience development
  • a reasonable contribution to staffing or operational costs in support of this activity.

Activities can take place nationally, internationally, online, or a combination of in-person and online (hybrid activities).

Access costs are legitimate expenses and may be included in your application. We encourage applicants to ensure that their work is accessible to everyone. Budgets may include costs associated with making activities accessible to a wide range of people (e.g. development activities using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).

If you are working with d/Deaf people or people with disability in your application, you may apply for access costs associated with the use of an interpreter, translation services, specific technical equipment, carer or support worker assistance. Please contact Artist Services to discuss your specific needs.

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for:

  • activities that create or leverage intellectual property that is majority owned by international individuals or entities
  • activities that do not have a clearly defined artistic, creative or cultural component
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, arts professionals or audiences
  • activities that could be considered a part of ‘business as usual’ for your organisation, and do not demonstrate innovation
  • activities that have already taken place
  • the same activities that have already been funded by Creative Australia (for example, through your multi-year investment)
  • activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content
  • activities that could be supported by Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents
  • activities that could be supported by Games Investment steams in the same jurisdictions
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to our First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.

Your application must comply with the following protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Industry advisors with diverse and relevant experience will assess the EOIs against the assessment criteria listed below and advise Creative Australia on which applicants to prioritise.

Assessment Criteria

Your EOI will be assessed against two assessment criteria. The bullet points underneath each criterion indicate what industry advisors may consider if relevant. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

  1. Quality

Industry advisors will assess the quality of the artistic and/or cultural development proposed in your EOI.

Advisors may consider:

  • the quality and vision of the concept, story or work
  • the calibre and track record of your organisation, partners, and collaborators
  • who the proposed work will be made for, and how they may engage with it
  • the impact the development activity may have for your organisation
  • where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to.
  1. Alignment

Industry advisors will assess the extent to which your EOI aligns with the priorities of the fund – the telling of Australian stories, and innovation.

Advisors may consider:

  • who holds or will hold the intellectual property and rights to your story
  • the relevance of your story to contemporary Australia
  • the innovation demonstrated through your partners, the mediums or art forms you will work with, who will engage with the work and the experience they may have
  • how this development extends the usual practice of your organisation and collaborators
  • whether this development represents innovation for the Australian creative and cultural sector.

Moderation

Final decisions on which applicants will be invited to to submit a full application in Stage 2 will be moderated and approved by Creative Australia staff to ensure a diverse investment portfolio across both investment streams, activities, art forms, geography, representation, audiences and risk.

Creative Australia will also determine the investment level that organisations can apply for in Stage 2, along with any specific feedback on issues to address or specific support material to provide.

Applications will open soon.

EOIs must be submitted via Creative Australia’s Application Management System.

If you are registering to use the System for the first time, make sure you register well before the closing date. It can take up to two business days to process your registration.

The application form includes the following questions:
 
Tell us about your organisation and your key partners:

  • describe your organisation and key partners for the development
  • describe your track record of developing other artistic and creative works

 

Tell us about the Australian idea you want to develop and who you aim to share it with:

  • describe your concept and vision
  • describe who you are developing it for – your likely audience, market, communities, participants etc
  • describe the main activities you will undertake to develop the idea.

 

Tell us how your development aligns with the purpose of the Fund – innovation and the telling of Australian stories:

  • describe the innovation in your development, for example the concept, your partners, the mediums or artforms you will work with, who will engage with the work and how
  • explain what makes your idea an Australian story, for example who holds or will hold the intellectual property and rights.

 

  • Amount requested ($50,000 to $250,000), likely expenditure and other sources of income.
    • Financial information from your recent audited accounts or equivalent.

You should submit support material with your EOI. The industry advisors may review this material to help them assess your proposed activity.

We strongly recommend you curate the support material you provide to be relevant, targeted and easily accessible.

We do not accept support material submitted via post. Support material received by post will not be assessed and will be returned to the sender. If you think you will have difficulty submitting your support material online or need advice on what type of material to submit, please contact Artist Services.

There are three types of support material you may submit.

  1. Information about your organisation and collaborators

This could include background information on your organisation or collaborators on a website, your most recent annual report, an interview, or article.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks).

Our industry advisors will not view any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to applications or documents that require users to log in or pay for access.

If you are linking to sites or files that are private or password protected, please provide the password in the password field on the application form.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application in the following formats:

  • video (MP4, Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3, Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG, PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word, PDF).
  1. Creative and cultural support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your creative or cultural work. If you are seeking investment to adapt an existing work, please include examples of this work.

Our preferred method of receiving support material is via URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is targeted and relevant to your EOI.

If you cannot supply support material via URLs, you may upload support material to your application as above.

You can include a maximum of:

  • 10 minutes of video and/or audio recording, or
  • 10 images, or
  • 10 pages of written material (for example, excerpts of writing or scripts).

If you provide material that exceeds these limits it may not be reviewed by the industry advisors.

  1. Letters of permission or confirmation

If relevant to your application, evidence of appropriate permissions and support from First Nations organisations, communities and Elders must be provided. Please refer to the First Nations Protocols for more information.

You can include three letters, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. These should be combined into one document or PDF.

  1. Your audited accounts

Please upload your most recent audited accounts or equivalent.

If you cannot supply these documents via URLs, you may upload to your application as a Word or PDF.

The closing date for full applications is Tuesday 3 December 2024, 3pm AEDT. An initial overview of the guidelines is provided below; more detail will follow in the coming months.

Who can apply

Only organisations with a successful EOI at Stage 1 will be invited to submit a full application.

Who can’t apply

You can’t apply to Stage 2 if:

  • your EOI was unsuccessful in Stage 1
  • you have an overdue report for another Creative Australia grant
  • You owe money to Creative Australia.

What can be applied for

We will support the creation or leveraging of intellectual property that is owned by Australian citizens/permanent residents and/or an Australian company. This includes a wide range of development activities such as:

  • research and development
  • creative development and experimentation
  • adapting existing Australian work and intellectual property into new formats and mediums
  • work in progress showings, prototypes, pilots and other forms of market testing and evaluation
  • professional skills development and capacity building
  • establishing new partnerships, collaborations, investors, or income streams
  • community engagement and consultation
  • market and audience development
  • a reasonable contribution to staffing or operational costs in support of this activity (for organisations not receiving multi-year investment from Creative Australia).

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for:

  • activities where all the costs are funded through this investment; you must demonstrate other sources of income will be leveraged or contributed
  • activities that create or leverage intellectual property that is majority owned by international individuals or entities
  • activities that do not have a clearly defined artistic, creative or cultural component
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, creative workers or audiences
  • activities that could be considered a part of ‘business as usual’ for your organisation, and do not demonstrate innovation
  • activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content
  • activities that could be supported by Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents
  • activities that could be supported by Games Investment steams in the same jurisdictions
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to our First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols.

Your application must comply with the following protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding.

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

Industry advisors with diverse and relevant experience will assess your application against the assessment criteria listed below and advise Creative Australia on which applicants to prioritise.

Assessment Criteria

Your application will be assessed against three assessment criteria. The bullet points underneath each criterion indicate what industry advisors may consider if relevant. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

  1. Quality

Industry advisors will assess the quality of the artistic and/or cultural development proposed in your EOI.

Advisors may consider:

  • the quality and vision of the concept, story or work
  • the calibre and track record of your organisation, partners, and collaborators
  • who the proposed work will be made for, and how they may engage with it
  • contribution to a diverse cultural expression in the context of the wider Australian arts sector.
  1. Viability

Industry advisors will assess the viability of your application, including your capacity to successfully complete the activities proposed.

Advisors may consider:

  • your capacity to undertake this development, including your organisational stability
  • the role of partners or collaborators
  • whether your plan and use of resources is realistic and achievable, including contingencies and risk management
  • the timeliness and relevance of this development for your organisation and collaborators
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship, philanthropy, in-kind contributions
  • how you aim to reflect on, respond to and potentially evaluate this work.
  1. Impact

Industry advisors will assess the expected impact this development will have on your organisation, your collaborators and those engaging with the proposed work.

Advisors may consider:

  • new partnerships and collaborations established or deepened through the activity
  • how the development will build the capacity and skills of you and your collaborators to work in new ways with new mediums, art forms or audiences
  • the level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking
  • how the work will reach and engage with new people in new ways, and evidence that there is demand for this
  • the potential for new revenue streams or markets for your work
  • the potential benefit and impact on careers, artistic or cultural practice in the wider sector.

Moderation

Final decisions on which applicants to invest in will be moderated and approved by Creative Australia staff to ensure a diverse investment portfolio across both investment streams, activities, art forms, geography, representation, audiences and risk.

Creative Australia will also determine the investment level that will be made, along with any special conditions and deliverables. Where appropriate, we make seek specialist advice from industry professionals.

Your full application must be submitted via Creative Australia’s Application Management System.

You will be asked to provide more detailed information than in your EOI, including but not limited to:

  • further detail on the artistic and creative vision for the development and / or adaptation of your Australian story
  • further details on the proposed public outcome for your work
  • a detailed list of activities and a timeline
  • further details on key personnel and collaborators
  • a detailed budget, listing income and expenditure
  • your approach to risk management
  • your approach to evaluation
  • the likely impact of this development for your organisation, your collaborators and those engaging with the proposed work.

You should submit support material with your full application. The industry advisors may review this material to help them assess your proposed activity.

We strongly recommend you curate the support material you provide to make it relevant, targeted and easily accessible.

You will be asked to provide more detailed support material including, but not limited to:

  • evidence of the artistic and cultural quality of your proposed activities
  • bios of key members of your creative team and your collaborators
  • your most recent audited accounts or equivalent.
  • letters of support and confirmation from key partners.

We may request additional support material specific to your application, as recommended by the industry advisors and staff who reviewed your EOI.

If your application is successful, we will give you a draft investment agreement that specifies the amount of investment we will provide, the proposed payment schedule, milestones, deliverables, and any other conditions of investment. We will negotiate the final version of this agreement with you.

We will pay you once you have accepted your investment agreement and any reports or deliverables you must provide us with have been approved.

You may be asked to participate in evaluation activities with Creative Australia staff and external evaluators at various times throughout your project.

Frequently asked questions

Yes, they can. They will need to demonstrate why public investment is required for this development, and explain how financial dividends, if any, will be distributed.

Creative Australia may negotiate the right to recoup a portion of its investment from commercially successful projects.

Yes, they can. We accept different business units, departments, divisions or trading names (listed under the one parent entity ABN) as separate entities.

If two different departments exist for one organisation, then both departments can register separately. However, they cannot use more than one registration to edit and submit the same grant application or grant acquittal report.

Yes, they can.

No, only organisations are eligible to apply under this investment fund. You may wish to work with an organisation to develop a work, however they must be the applicant.

Priority will be given to applicants where there is a genuine collaboration and partnership with a range of artists, groups, or partners.

While we can support screen-based art, we do not solely support activities associated with short film, feature film, television or documentary or electronic games.

As per the eligibility, activities that develop, produce, promote and distribute Australian narrative (drama) and documentary screen content, that could be supported via Screen Australia, cannot apply to this investment fund.

Applicants should consider if there is funding overlap with Screen Australia and its allied state and territory equivalents and Games Investment steams. Requests for the same activities supported by other funds are ineligible.

Applicants should also note that investment support may come in different stages and for different components of their activities. Applicants should carefully consider what aspects of their projects require investment support and at what times.

Yes, you can. Please note your submission would be competing within a very competitive field of applications from arts organisations, commercial entities and those that work solely in the arts and culture sector. Applications from schools that are based on projects that mainly benefit the school and its grounds would not be competitive.

The industry advisors understand that it’s not possible to confirm every activity, partnership, source of co-funding or venue at the time that you apply at this initial Expression of Interest stage. However, if the advisors are deciding between two submissions of equal artistic merit, the application that has more activities and partnerships confirmed, may be more competitive.

If there are too many unconfirmed elements of your proposal, the advisors may question its alignment to this fund. If the artistic concept behind your project is still not sufficiently developed, you may not be ready to apply. The process of drafting your application will help you determine this.

As the applicant, it is your responsibility to demonstrate how the proposed activity differs from your usual developments. This may be via new partnerships, collaborations and artistic practices. We are seeking to support innovative proposals that expand Australians access to arts experiences.

Creative Australia is seeking to support, invest in and champion innovation through the following means:

  • Creativity: This may explore innovation in the creative content to be explored and realised over the duration of the development.
  • Connection and experimentation: The applicant may, for example, address elements of entrepreneurship and new ways of working. This may include how they will engage with new partners not typical for the applicant or diversify their income streams through co-investment models (e.g. commercial investments, new partners in philanthropy to support their work).

Concepts, ideas, developments and stories are terms we use interchangeably to describe the project or idea you want to develop and refine. Story can be expressed through a range of art forms and is not restricted to narrative based projects.

We are interested in great ideas that are ambitious, unexpected and reflect contemporary Australia.

As the organisational applicant, it is your responsibility to demonstrate how this activity is not a part of your ‘business as usual’ activities and you are essentially, extending your practice and approach.

You may be engaging with collaborators and partners as they have highly refined and established skill sets or artistic approaches that are unique, important and relevant to this development. These collaborators may not need to extend their usual practice.

If you are applying as a consortium, we would expect collaborators to show innovation.

Yes, this will become more relevant if your submission is invited to Stage 2 – Full Application. This is where industry advisors are analysing and assessing your budget and expenditure activities.

If this is a part of your concept outlined in your EOI, you will need to demonstrate its relevance to the development of your work.

This will become more relevant if your submission is invited to Stage 2, to submit a full application (see below).

Other income will vary depending on the type of project you are proposing for development. It should reflect the nature of your project, who is involved and the area of practice. Please consider the more you request, the greater the expectation that our investment leverages other cash income (be it philanthropy, earned, sponsorship etc).

DELIVERY PARTNERS

Climate Action Services

About the Program  

As part of Creative Australia’s multi-year investment program, we have introduced a new stream of investment – Delivery Partners – to support the provision of services to the arts and creative industries. 

Creative Australia’s Delivery Partners are entities which provide services for artists, creative workers, organisations and enterprises, and which benefit our creative ecology, communities and audiences. 

Delivery Partners have separate, service-based investment agreements with Creative Australia.  

This ensures that clear expectations with Delivery Partners are set regarding the main services they will offer, enabling us to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of investment in these services.  

A video recording of these guidelines and service delivery statements with Auslan interpretation and live captioning is available here.

Webinar

On Tuesday 11 June 2024, we held an open Q&A Session for this opportunity. You can view the recording here and below.

To respond to this Delivery Partner opportunity please ensure you refer to service delivery statement below. 

We strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your proposal in the context of your circumstances. 

We also offer the following additional resources to these guidelines: 

  • frequently asked questions 
  • our  guide to preparing a business plan 

Delivery Partner proposals are reviewed and decided upon through a single stage process. 

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period.

Your Business Plan must cover the full four-year investment period of 2025-2028.  

Creative Australia invites organisations to submit a proposal to deliver national services that support a sustainable, climate responsive actions for the Australian arts sector and Australian communities.  

This provision of services can be delivered by a single organisation or by a consortium of organisations. Creative Australia is seeking proposals that respond to the below services evidencing: 

1.  how they will provide the services 

2. how the budget will be applied.  

If a consortium applies, we will require only one proposal be submitted from a nominated lead agency and that agency would agree to contract expertise to manage, collate or provide key elements (standards, website) and to service the devolvement of funds and manage data, acquittals and liaise with Creative Australia.  

Key information

Organisations responding to the open proposal request for the following services will need to address the approved Service Delivery Statement in their Business Plan. You can find the template here.

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period, 2025-28.

Aligning with pillars 2, 3 & 4 of the National Cultural Policy – A Place for Every Story; Centrality of the Artist; Strong Cultural Infrastructure.

Deliver the following national services to support a more sustainable, climate responsive Australian arts sector:

1. Industry resources

Develop, distribute, and support the maintenance of national resources and information that support climate action for the Australian artists, arts workers, and arts/cultural organisations.

Examples include:

  • Provide carbon accounting and carbon reduction information.
  • a services database
  • policies and principles templates
  • supporting resources

2. Connections between practitioners

Regularly coordinate and convene relevant stakeholders for sharing and collaboration, including but not limited to peak bodies, organisations and practitioners across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.

3. Advocacy

Promote the work of climate leadership and action led by organisations and individuals across the sector.

Provide holistic advocacy for the Australian arts sector (examples include response to government policy processes, responses to public consultation processes)

4. Leadership

The capacity to provide sector leadership to respond to high priority issues that may emerge and change across time.

Provide advice to artists to support their professional practice (examples include grant advice, general support for artists).

Keep alert and responsive to trends and industry disruption and development.

Who can submit a proposal 

Only organisations may apply to this category. A consortium of organisations may apply in certain circumstances, but the proposal must be funded and contracted through one member of the consortium. 

Creative Australia requires that organisations be registered under Australian law (for example, incorporated association or company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority). 

  • Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply. 
  • Organisations that are registered as Trusts are not eligible to apply. 

Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status. 

Who can’t submit a proposal 

You can’t submit a proposal if: 

  • you have an overdue grant report 
  • you owe money to Creative Australia 
  • your organisation is not registered in Australia 
  • you are an individual or group 

What you can submit a proposal for 

  • activities that respond to the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement for the opportunity for which we are seeking proposals  

What you can’t submit a proposal for 

You can’t submit a proposal for the following activities: 

  • activities outside of the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement.  
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, arts professionals, audiences or communities 
  • activities that have already taken place 
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols. 

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the review process, or if approved, as a condition of our investment. 

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts 

All proposals involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their proposal and any supporting material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here. 

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework 

All approved proposals must comply with Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Delivery Partners who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. 

Proposals are reviewed by expert industry representatives called Industry Advisors. 

Industry Advisors are experts in their field with relevant experience and knowledge of an arts practice or sector. Industry Advisors will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final decisions on which proposals to approve.  

  • Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for us to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations.  
  • The Industry Advisors will review proposals under arts practice areas relevant to their knowledge and experience. 
  • Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification. Further detail on Industry Advice can be found here. 

We will review your proposal against three selection criteria listed below. 

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what may be considered when reviewing your proposal. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed. 

First Criterion 

Quality 

We will review the quality of your organisation’s services, program and business plan. We may consider your organisation’s track record and vision to support: 

  • the potential quality of the services to be delivered as demonstrated in your response to the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the appropriateness of the submitted business plan as it relates to delivery of the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be involved in the delivery of services 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be beneficiaries of the services to be provided 

Second Criterion 

Viability 

We will review your organisation’s track record of delivery, and capacity to deliver its vision. We may consider: 

  • value for money as evidenced in your proposed business plan and budget to deliver the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the experience of the people leading and governing your organisation 
  • the financial health of your organisation, including the effective use of resources 
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding you generate and receive 
  • whether your work is supported by meaningful evaluation 
  • how you demonstrate cultural competencies and adherence to relevant cultural protocols, particularly if your organisation works with diverse artists, audiences or communities. Where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to 
  • factors that have impacted your organisation’s financial health, planning and priorities. 

You may wish to refer to our guide on Essential Governance Practices. 

Third Criterion 

Alignment 

We will review how your organisation’s vision and business plan align with one or more of the strategic objectives in the current Creative Australia  Corporate Plan  2022-2026. The objectives are: 

  • Australians are transformed by arts and creativity: We will enable more opportunities for Australians to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing arts and culture. 
  • Our arts reflect us: We will support equity of opportunity and access in our creative expression, workforce, leaders and audiences. 
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished: We will build on our long term commitment to First Nations arts and culture, recognising the importance of First Nations peoples’ self-determination, cultural authority and leadership to our collective prosperity. 
  • Arts and creativity are thriving: We will support the best circumstances for a thriving arts sector. 
  • Arts and creativity are valued: We will increase awareness of the value of public investment in arts and creativity. 

Delivery Partner proposals must be submitted through our application management system by the advertised closing date: Tuesday 6 August at 3pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 

To receive access the proposal form in our application management system please contact a member of our Multi-Year Investment Team: myi@creative.gov.au 

In the proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information: 

  • the annual and total amount of investment as directed by Creative Australia for the Delivery Partner opportunity. 
  • a brief summary of your organisation or consortium of organisations, including an outline of your core activity and the role you play in the arts sector (approx. 500 words) 
  • a list of key staff in your organisation, with information on their demographic attributes roles and tenure 
  • the members of your Board or governing committee (to whom the head of your organisation reports), with information on their demographic attributes, length of service and the structure and composition of the Board 
  • whether you report your financial information on a calendar or financial year basis 
  • a summary of your audited financial information for each of the previous two years, including assets, liabilities, total income and total expenditure* 
  • projected high level income and expenditure for each year of the funding period offered through the Delivery Partner opportunity. 

*Organisations who report on a calendar year basis: 2022 and 2023. Organisations who report on a financial year basis: 2021/22 and 2022/23 

You will be asked to provide the following support material: 

1. Delivery Partner support material  

  • Please provide up to 3 URLs (weblinks) that best demonstrate your organisation’s activity as it relates this Delivery Partner proposal. These URLS may include video, audio, images, audio and written material.  

2. Audited accounts or equivalent  

Please upload your latest two years of your audited accounts or equivalent. 

  • Audited Accounts 2022 (or equivalent) 
  • Audited Accounts 2023 (or equivalent) 

 3. Business Plan 

  • A business plan that details how you will realise the deliverables related to this Delivery Partner proposal. Please click this link for guidance on a Business Plan. This can be uploaded as a written document (Word, PDF). The plan should be no more than 20 pages. You can find a Business Plan template here. 

Reporting requirements for approved Delivery Partners 

Organisations that are approved as Delivery Partner for Creative Australia should be aware of the reporting requirements associated with this investment. These requirements are not negotiable and will be part of the conditions of the funding agreement, so be sure to include the resources required to do so in your future budget projections. 

Payments to organisations in receipt of a Delivery Partner Investment are dependent on the provision to Creative Australia of financial reporting three times a year, as well as annual reports against Key Performance Indicators and on statistical information relating to the delivery of services. 

You must provide your organisation’s annual financial statements audited in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards by an Approved Auditor, and discloses separately the Delivery Partner funding as both income or unexpended grants. An Approved Auditor means a person who is: (a) registered as a company auditor under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or of CPA Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and (b) not a principal, member, shareholder, officer or employee of the Organisation or of a related body corporate as defined in Section 50 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). 

Data and outcomes reporting provides Creative Australia with valuable information to monitor the performance and activity of each organisation and ensures accountability for the investment of public funds. It also informs research and communication by Creative Australia, allowing us to demonstrate the impact of our funded organisations. 

Frequently asked questions

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Yes, all proposals will need a Business Plan submitted. A template for this Business Plan is available within the proposal form in FLUXX and here.

In the proposal form we have requested information on the demographic characteristics and tenure of key staff and Board members. This assists in our review of applications to understand the diversity and experience of key staff and Board members. This is in alignment with our corporate objective that Australian arts organisations reflect the communities which they serve.

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

You need a director identification number (director ID) if you’re a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation. Refer to the ABRS websitefor detailed information on why this is required. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

In the proposal form we have included a section regarding a remuneration fee matrix.  information. This matrix is to assist us to clearly see remuneration (excluding superannuation) of people working directly on the Delivery Partnership activity. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy.

For the purposes of this matrix, please gross-up any part-time remuneration to the full-time equivalent amount. The Casual Hourly rate should be inclusive of loading.  

Types of organisations we can support include incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

Proposals can also be accepted from consortiums if the lead organisation is an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee or government statutory authority.

No, only organisations that are registered under Australian law can apply. Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Yes, if you can demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • there is a compelling financial rationale for subsidising these activities 
  • none of Creative Australia’s investment will be distributed to shareholders or directors. 

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website. 

Yes, multi-year investment organisations are eligible to apply and must demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • these services are distinct from your funded core activity 
  • As a multi-year investment organisation, you may be not eligible to apply for the Arts Projects for Organisations category. Eligibility will be determined based on the level of annual investment you receive.  
  • Other proposals you submit to Creative Australia will need to demonstrate the activities are outside the scope of your Delivery Partner Investment proposal or agreement. 
  • Eligibility for other investment opportunities will be published in the guidelines for each program. 

Yes. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation generates diverse income streams; however, those income streams can come from any source.

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Trustee companies and Trusts are not eligible to apply.

We will accept your eligibility to submit an application based on your intention to change the company structure prior to receiving our investment.

If you have an overdue acquittal or outstanding reporting with us, you are ineligible to submit a proposal.

Yes, if your organisation is registered under, or by, Australian law. If you do not have a board or governing committee, you will need to explain what mechanisms you do have in place to oversee the effective management and sustainability of your organisation.

Information on the funding level is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and can be found in the relevant service delivery statement available on our website.

Organisations that have proposals approved may be offered an investment amount lower than what was requested.

Delivery Partners proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations to Creative Australia. If approved, the Delivery Partner will enter into a negotiated investment agreement with Creative Australia. This agreement will include key performance indicators that measure the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations. The Industry Advisors will review proposals relevant to their knowledge and experience.

The full list of Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification.

Further detail on Industry Advice is available in the guidelines on Creative Australia website.

Industry Advisors will be people with relevant experience and knowledge.

We are using the Industry Advisor method of review so that we can take account of the recommendations of experts in the industry while also taking a strategic overview of the entire national landscape. Industry Advisors will make recommendations after reviewing proposals within an arts practice area. Creative Australia will then consider their recommendations within the context of a national investment portfolio.

Industry Advice involves a significant process of review, commentary, and deliberation by external experts. However, it also involves Creative Australia staff allowing for greater strategic oversight and capacity to shape the investment portfolio to meet the needs of the entire sector.

To ensure that our investment in the national landscape is effective, we need to take into consideration a range of investments including state and territory investments, the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF), Visual Arts, Craft and Design Framework (VACDF) and Four-Year Investment for Organisations (FYIO).

Importantly, this model of review and decision-making remains at arm’s length from government.

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for each financial year of the investment period, i.e., 2025/26, 2026/27, 2027/28, 2028/29. 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2021/22, 2022/23  

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next four years, i.e., 2025, 2026, 2027 & 2028 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2022, 2023  

Yes. However, to be competitive, you will need to demonstrate your organisational capacity and viability. Factors that will strengthen your organisation’s capacity and viability include confirmed future funding and the track record of your key staff and board.

Yes, please be sure to include the relevant support material and data with your proposal, so Industry Advisors can assess your proposal.

You can use the certified accounts that you do produce to complete the financial data in the proposal, and you can attach these accounts as support material.

If you are approved for Delivery Partner Investment you will be required to provide us with accounts verified by an external certified accountant as part of your regular reporting, so be sure to include the resources required to do so your future budget projections.

No late support material may be submitted.

The only support material we will accept after the closing date is audited accounts for the most recent financial year.

If you need to submit these accounts after the closing date, please send them to myi@creative.gov.au. Be sure to include your proposal reference number in the email.

Please note: late support material is not distributed to Industry Advisors with your proposal. We make a note of it on file and bring it to the attention of Industry Advisors at our discretion.

Although letters of support are not specifically requested, you may supply them if you wish. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. We encourage you to use one of the three URLs allocated for further Support Material to supply letters of support, but if you prefer you can upload a PDF document in the ‘uploaded support material’ section of the online form instead.

You will not be penalised for providing additional support material beyond the recommended limit of 3 URLs, but we do advise against overwhelming the assessors with material. Make the selection that best demonstrates the quality of your organisation’s artistic output.

Your Business Plan should address how your organisation plans to deliver the services and cover all of the investment period outlined in the relevant service delivery statement.

Please upload your Business Plan with your support material. A template for this Business Plan is available here and within the proposal form.

Delivery Partners

Disability Arts Services

About the Program  

As part of Creative Australia’s multi-year investment program, we have introduced a new stream of investment – Delivery Partners – to support the provision of services to the arts and creative industries. 

Creative Australia’s Delivery Partners are entities which provide services for artists, creative workers, organisations and enterprises, and which benefit our creative ecology, communities and audiences. 

Delivery Partners have separate, service-based investment agreements with Creative Australia.  

This ensures that clear expectations with Delivery Partners are set regarding the main services they will offer, enabling us to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of investment in these services.  

A video recording of these guidelines and service delivery statements with Auslan interpretation and live captioning is available here.

Webinar

On Tuesday 11 June 2024, we held an open Q&A Session for this opportunity. You can view the recording here and below.

To respond to this Delivery Partner opportunity please ensure you refer to service delivery statement below. A PDF version of this statement can be found here. 

We strongly encourage you to contact us to discuss your proposal in the context of your circumstances. 

We also offer the following additional resources to these guidelines: 

  • frequently asked questions 
  • our guide to preparing a business plan 

Delivery Partner proposals are reviewed and decided upon through a single stage process. 

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period. 

Your Business Plan must cover the full four-year investment period of 2025-2028. 

Creative Australia invites organisations to submit a proposal to support specific arts and disability arts services, drawing on those identified in the research on arts and disability needs and opportunities commissioned by Creative Australia in 2023. 

This provision of services can be delivered by a single organisation or by a consortium of organisations. Creative Australia is seeking proposals that respond to the below services evidencing: 

  1. how they will provide the services
  2. how the budget will be applied. 

If a consortium applies, we will require only one proposal be submitted from a nominated lead agency and that agency would agree to contract expertise to manage, collate or provide key elements (standards, website) and to service the devolvement of funds and manage data, acquittals and liaise with Creative Australia.  

Key information

Organisations responding to the open proposal request for the following services will need to address the approved Service Delivery Statement in their Business Plan.

Organisations are invited to apply for up to $200,000 per annum for a total of $800,000 over the four-year investment period.

Aligning with pillars 2, 3 & 4 of the National Cultural Policy – A Place for Every Story; Centrality of the Artist; Strong Cultural Infrastructure.

Deliver the following national services that support specific arts and disability arts services:

1. Industry resources

Develop, distribute, and support the maintenance of national resources and information that supports the work of d/Deaf and disabled artists, arts workers and arts/cultural organisations.

Examples include:

  • Language/Terminology Guides, templates such as Access Rider template
  • an artist database > (akin to that of Disability Arts International)
  • policies and principles templates
  • supporting resources

2. Connections between practitioners

Regularly coordinate and convene relevant stakeholders for sharing and collaboration, including but not limited to state/territory arts disability peak bodies, organisations, and practitioners across metropolitan, regional and remote Australia.

3. Advocacy

Promote the work of d/Deaf and disabled artists, disability-led organisations and inclusive arts/cultural organisations.

Provide holistic advocacy for the Australian arts and disability sector (examples include response to government policy processes, responses to public consultation processes)

4. Leadership

The capacity to provide sector leadership to respond to high priority issues that may emerge and change across time.

Provide advice to artists with disability to support their professional practice (examples include grant advice, general support for artists).

Keep alert and responsive to trends and industry disruption and development (examples include digital transformation and Artificial Intelligence).

Who can submit a proposal 

Only organisations may apply to this category. A consortium of organisations may apply in certain circumstances, but the proposal must be funded and contracted through one member of the consortium. 

Creative Australia requires that organisations be registered under Australian law (for example, incorporated association or company limited by guarantee) or created by law (for example, a government statutory authority). 

  • Organisations that are not legally constituted are not eligible to apply. 
  • Organisations that are registered as Trusts are not eligible to apply. 

Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status. 

Who can’t submit a proposal 

You can’t submit a proposal if: 

  • you have an overdue grant report 
  • you owe money to Creative Australia 
  • your organisation is not registered in Australia 
  • you are an individual or group 

What you can submit a proposal for 

  • activities that respond to the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement for the opportunity for which we are seeking proposals  

What you can’t submit a proposal for 

You can’t submit a proposal for the following activities: 

  • activities outside of the scope of the Delivery Partner service statement.  
  • activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists, arts professionals, audiences or communities 
  • activities that have already taken place 
  • activities engaging with First Nations content, artists and communities that do not adhere to the Australia Council First Nations Cultural & Intellectual Property Protocols. 

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the review process, or if approved, as a condition of our investment. 

Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts 

All proposals involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, provide evidence of this in their proposal and any supporting material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here. 

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework 

All approved proposals must comply with Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including working with children checks and mandatory reporting. Delivery Partners who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. 

Proposals are reviewed by expert industry representatives called Industry Advisors. 

Industry Advisors are experts in their field with relevant experience and knowledge of an arts practice or sector. Industry Advisors will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final decisions on which proposals to approve.  

  • Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for us to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations.  
  • The Industry Advisors will review proposals under arts practice areas relevant to their knowledge and experience. 
  • Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification. Further detail on Industry Advice can be found  here. 

We will review your proposal against three selection criteria listed below. 

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what may be considered when reviewing your proposal. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed. 

First Criterion 

Quality 

We will review the quality of your organisation’s services, program and business plan. We may consider your organisation’s track record and vision to support: 

  • the potential quality of the services to be delivered as demonstrated in your response to the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the appropriateness of the submitted business plan as it relates to delivery of the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be involved in the delivery of services 
  • the diversity of stakeholders that may be beneficiaries of the services to be provided 

Second Criterion 

Viability 

We will review your organisation’s track record of delivery, and capacity to deliver its vision. We may consider: 

  • value for money as evidenced in your proposed business plan and budget to deliver the services outlined in the Delivery Partner Service Statement 
  • the experience of the people leading and governing your organisation 
  • the financial health of your organisation, including the effective use of resources 
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding you generate and receive 
  • whether your work is supported by meaningful evaluation 
  • how you demonstrate cultural competencies and adherence to relevant cultural protocols, particularly if your organisation works with diverse artists, audiences or communities. Where relevant, evidence that the Protocols for First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to 
  • factors that have impacted your organisation’s financial health, planning and priorities. 

You may wish to refer to our guide on Essential Governance Practices. 

Third Criterion 

Alignment 

We will review how your organisation’s vision and business plan align with one or more of the strategic objectives in the current Creative Australia Corporate Plan 2022-2026. The objectives are: 

  • Australians are transformed by arts and creativity – We will enable more opportunities for Australians to be captivated by, and inspired through, experiencing arts and culture. 
  • Our arts reflect us – We will support equity of opportunity and access in our creative expression, workforce, leaders and audiences. 
  • First Nations arts and culture are cherished – We will build on our long term commitment to First Nations arts and culture, recognising the importance of First Nations peoples’ self-determination, cultural authority and leadership to our collective prosperity. 
  • Arts and creativity are thriving – We will support the best circumstances for a thriving arts sector. 
  • Arts and creativity are valued – We will increase awareness of the value of public investment in arts and creativity. 

Delivery Partner proposals must be submitted through our application management system by the advertised closing date: Tuesday 6 August at 3pm AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 

To receive access the proposal form in our application management system please contact a member of our Multi-Year Investment Team: myi@creative.gov.au 

In the proposal form, you will be asked to provide the following information: 

  • the annual and total amount of investment as directed by Creative Australia for the Delivery Partner opportunity. 
  • a brief summary of your organisation or consortium of organisations, including an outline of your core activity and the role you play in the arts sector (approx. 500 words) 
  • a list of key staff in your organisation, with information on their demographic attributes roles and tenure 
  • the members of your Board or governing committee (to whom the head of your organisation reports), with information on their demographic attributes, length of service and the structure and composition of the Board 
  • whether you report your financial information on a calendar or financial year basis 
  • a summary of your audited financial information for each of the previous two years, including assets, liabilities, total income and total expenditure* 
  • projected high level income and expenditure for each year of the funding period offered through the Delivery Partner opportunity 

*Organisations who report on a calendar year basis: 2022, 2023. Organisations who report on a financial year basis: 2021122, 2022/23

You will be asked to provide the following support material: 

1. Delivery Partner support material  

  • Please provide up to 3 URLs (weblinks) that best demonstrate your organisation’s activity as it relates this Delivery Partner proposal. These URLS may include video, audio, images, audio and written material.  

2. Audited accounts or equivalent  

Please upload your latest two years of your audited accounts or equivalent. 

  • Audited Accounts 2022 (or equivalent) 
  • Audited Accounts 2023 (or equivalent) 

 3. Business Plan 

  • A business plan that details how you will realise the deliverables related to this Delivery Partner proposal. Please click this link for guidance on a Business Plan. This can be uploaded as a written document (Word, PDF). The plan should be no more than 20 pages. You can find a Business Plan template here. 

Reporting requirements for approved Delivery Partners 

Organisations that are approved as Delivery Partner for Creative Australia should be aware of the reporting requirements associated with this investment. These requirements are not negotiable and will be part of the conditions of the funding agreement, so be sure to include the resources required to do so in your future budget projections. 

Payments to organisations in receipt of a Delivery Partner Investment are dependent on the provision to Creative Australia of financial reporting three times a year, as well as annual reports against Key Performance Indicators and on statistical information relating to the delivery of services. 

You must provide your organisation’s annual financial statements audited in accordance with Australian Auditing Standards by an Approved Auditor, and discloses separately the Delivery Partner funding as both income or unexpended grants. An Approved Auditor means a person who is: (a) registered as a company auditor under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), or a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, or of CPA Australia or the National Institute of Accountants; and (b) not a principal, member, shareholder, officer or employee of the Organisation or of a related body corporate as defined in Section 50 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). 

Data and outcomes reporting provides Creative Australia with valuable information to monitor the performance and activity of each organisation and ensures accountability for the investment of public funds. It also informs research and communication by Creative Australia, allowing us to demonstrate the impact of our funded organisations. 

Frequently asked questions

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Information on the proposal process and key dates is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and is available on our website.

Yes, all proposals will need a Business Plan submitted. A template for this Business Plan is available within the proposal form in FLUXX and here.

In the proposal form we have requested information on the demographic characteristics and tenure of key staff and Board members. This assists in our review of applications to understand the diversity and experience of key staff and Board members. This is in alignment with our corporate objective that Australian arts organisations reflect the communities which they serve.

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

You need a director identification number (director ID) if you’re a director of a company, registered Australian body, registered foreign company or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander corporation. Refer to the ABRS websitefor detailed information on why this is required. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy. 

In the proposal form we have included a section regarding a remuneration fee matrix.  information. This matrix is to assist us to clearly see remuneration (excluding superannuation) of people working directly on the Delivery Partnership activity. 

This data is used in accordance with our  privacy policy.

For the purposes of this matrix, please gross-up any part-time remuneration to the full-time equivalent amount. The Casual Hourly rate should be inclusive of loading.  

Types of organisations we can support include incorporated associations, companies limited by guarantee or government statutory authorities. Organisations may be required to provide a certificate of incorporation or evidence of their current legal status.

Proposals can also be accepted from consortiums if the lead organisation is an incorporated association, company limited by guarantee or government statutory authority.

No, only organisations that are registered under Australian law can apply. Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Yes, if you can demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • there is a compelling financial rationale for subsidising these activities 
  • none of Creative Australia’s investment will be distributed to shareholders or directors. 

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website. 

Yes, multi-year investment organisations are eligible to apply and must demonstrate that: 

  • the investment will support activities that address the service needs specified 
  • these services are distinct from your funded core activity 
  • As a multi-year investment organisation, you may be not eligible to apply for the Arts Projects for Organisations category. Eligibility will be determined based on the level of annual investment you receive.  
  • Other proposals you submit to Creative Australia will need to demonstrate the activities are outside the scope of your Delivery Partner Investment proposal or agreement. 
  • Eligibility for other investment opportunities will be published in the guidelines for each program. 

Yes. You will need to demonstrate that your organisation generates diverse income streams; however, those income streams can come from any source.

Further detail on who can apply to the program is available on our website.

Trustee companies and Trusts are not eligible to apply.

We will accept your eligibility to submit an application based on your intention to change the company structure prior to receiving our investment.

If you have an overdue acquittal or outstanding reporting with us, you are ineligible to submit a proposal.

Yes, if your organisation is registered under, or by, Australian law. If you do not have a board or governing committee, you will need to explain what mechanisms you do have in place to oversee the effective management and sustainability of your organisation.

Information on the funding level is specific to each Delivery Partner opportunity and can be found in the relevant service delivery statement available on our website.

Organisations that have proposals approved may be offered an investment amount lower than what was requested.

Delivery Partners proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations to Creative Australia. If approved, the Delivery Partner will enter into a negotiated investment agreement with Creative Australia. This agreement will include key performance indicators that measure the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery.

Proposals will be reviewed by Industry Advisors who will make recommendations for Creative Australia to consider when making the final investment decisions for organisations. The Industry Advisors will review proposals relevant to their knowledge and experience.

The full list of Industry Advisors will be published on our website following notification.

Further detail on Industry Advice is available in the guidelines on Creative Australia website.

Industry Advisors will be people with relevant experience and knowledge.

We are using the Industry Advisor method of review so that we can take account of the recommendations of experts in the industry while also taking a strategic overview of the entire national landscape. Industry Advisors will make recommendations after reviewing proposals within an arts practice area. Creative Australia will then consider their recommendations within the context of a national investment portfolio.

Industry Advice involves a significant process of review, commentary, and deliberation by external experts. However, it also involves Creative Australia staff allowing for greater strategic oversight and capacity to shape the investment portfolio to meet the needs of the entire sector.

To ensure that our investment in the national landscape is effective, we need to take into consideration a range of investments including state and territory investments, the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework (NPAPF), Visual Arts, Craft and Design Framework (VACDF) and Four-Year Investment for Organisations (FYIO).

Importantly, this model of review and decision-making remains at arm’s length from government.

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for each financial year of the investment period, i.e., 2025/26, 2026/27, 2027/28, 2028/29. 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2021/22, 2022/23  

The proposal requires you to supply: 

  • projected high level income and expenditure for the next four years, i.e., 2025, 2026, 2027 & 2028 
  • The latest two years of your audited accounts (or equivalent), i.e., 2022, 2023  

Yes. However, to be competitive, you will need to demonstrate your organisational capacity and viability. Factors that will strengthen your organisation’s capacity and viability include confirmed future funding and the track record of your key staff and board.

Yes, please be sure to include the relevant support material and data with your proposal, so Industry Advisors can assess your proposal.

You can use the certified accounts that you do produce to complete the financial data in the proposal, and you can attach these accounts as support material.

If you are approved for Delivery Partner Investment you will be required to provide us with accounts verified by an external certified accountant as part of your regular reporting, so be sure to include the resources required to do so your future budget projections.

No late support material may be submitted.

The only support material we will accept after the closing date is audited accounts for the most recent financial year.

If you need to submit these accounts after the closing date, please send them to myi@creative.gov.au. Be sure to include your proposal reference number in the email.

Please note: late support material is not distributed to Industry Advisors with your proposal. We make a note of it on file and bring it to the attention of Industry Advisors at our discretion.

Although letters of support are not specifically requested, you may supply them if you wish. You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page. We encourage you to use one of the three URLs allocated for further Support Material to supply letters of support, but if you prefer you can upload a PDF document in the ‘uploaded support material’ section of the online form instead.

You will not be penalised for providing additional support material beyond the recommended limit of 3 URLs, but we do advise against overwhelming the assessors with material. Make the selection that best demonstrates the quality of your organisation’s artistic output.

Your Business Plan should address how your organisation plans to deliver the services and cover all of the investment period outlined in the relevant service delivery statement.

Please upload your Business Plan with your support material. A template for this Business Plan is available here and within the proposal form.

Knowledge Series: LinkedIn for Fundraisers with Michelle Stein

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Creative Futures Fund

Us And All Of This by Liesel Zink. Photo by Mark Gambino

Applications will open soon. Please refer to the Investment Streams sections below and click on the relevant Applications sections.

A pre-recorded webinar information session with Executive Director Arts Investment Alice Nash and Director Project Investment Pip Wittenoom, will be available in early July.


About the Fund

The Creative Futures Fund is an initiative of the National Cultural Policy – Revive: a place for every story, a story for every place referenced in the Policy as “Works of Scale”.

The Fund will support the creation and sharing of Australian stories, and new ways for people to engage with them.

The Fund is not a traditional grant program. It is a new way for Creative Australia to invest to support artistic works that build partnerships, drive engagement, and attract other sources of revenue and investment.

We are seeking great ideas that are genuinely innovative and unexpected. This includes new works and projects that may leverage existing intellectual property. The investment available is significant, but scalable depending on your ambition and context. We want to know what that investment will help you do, that might not otherwise be possible.

The fund will only support stories that are uniquely Australian, for example the intellectual property must be majority owned by Australian creatives, be an Australian concept, with subject matter relevant to contemporary Australia.

We will ask you to articulate what engagement means to you, your context and your artform – who you are planning to reach and connect with through this new work and how you plan to do this.

The Fund will be adaptive, responsive, and flexible to meet the needs of the sector. This investment will support all art forms and may change its emphasis over time.

In the first year of the Fund (2024/25) we will prioritise applications:

  • from organisations that demonstrate genuine and robust partnerships with artists and creative workers of calibre
  • that demonstrate how Creative Australia’s investment will leverage other sources of income
  • that leverage existing Australian work and intellectual property, capitalising on previous investments
  • that create new connections and partnerships in and outside the creative industries, and the public, commercial and private sectors
  • that support genuine innovation for artists, audiences, and communities.

For updates on the Creative Futures Fund, sign up here.

In this first cycle of the investment in 2024/25, two streams of investment will be offered to Australian organisations only. Organisations must be legally constituted and registered or created by law. Sole traders, unincorporated groups, and partnerships cannot apply.

Applications will be prioritised for those organisations who are genuinely working in partnership with a range of collaborators and artistic individuals.

  • Development Investment: This stream will support the development of new ideas, the adaptation of existing works, and/or allow you to test the market. Individual investments of between $50,000 – $250,000 will be negotiated
  • Delivery Investment: This stream will support the delivery of new works, including adaptation, building partnerships, securing co-investment, realising and sharing the work, and achieving impact. Individual investments of between $250,000 – $1,500,000 will be negotiated.

Please note that this is not a pipeline fund. Support for the Development Phase does not necessarily indicate ongoing support for the Delivery Phase in later rounds.

Applications to both investment streams will be accepted and assessed in two stages – an initial Expression of Interest, with a small number of organisations invited to submit a full application.

In selecting the final cohort of recipients, Creative Australia will curate a portfolio of creative works that may be varied in art form, geography, level of investment, outcome type and risk.

Creative Australia will negotiate bespoke investment agreements with successful applicants, reflecting the context of each application. This will include the level and scheduling of investment, special conditions, and financial / non-financial deliverables.

 

 

Activity Dates
Stage 1: Expressions of Interest open June 2024
Stage 1: Expressions of Interest close 6 August 2024
Stage 1: Notifications of outcomes and invitations to Stage 2 October 2024
Stage 2: Full Application round opens (invitation only) October 2024
Stage 2: Full Application round closes 3 December 2024
Stage 2: Notification of outcomes February 2025

 

Fundamentals of Arts Fundraising (Yugambeh/Gold Coast)

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Uplift: Digital Skills Program

Supporting First Nations led digital capability and training initiatives.

Patrina Munuŋgurr, The Mulka Project, Warwuyun Gurra Wäŋawu (Sorrow For Home), 2020

 

About the program

Uplift provides grants of up to $50,000 to support professional development, training and mentoring to build digital capability for First Nations artists and creative workers. 

This opportunity is open to First Nations led organisations and businesses to deliver activities within local communities. Funding can support a range of digital development opportunities identified as priority areas for building capacity. 

Applicants will need to provide a detailed proposal outlining planned activities, timeline and intended outcomes. Activities must take place between July 1 2024 – June 30 2025. 

  • e-commerce training and development to support First Nations businesses in the digital economy  
  • formal training and hands on experience in the use of digital platforms for video, sound or game engines, e.g. Final Cut Pro, Touch Designer, Blendr, Pro Tools, Abelton Live, Unity, Unreal Engine, Premiere Pro (for VR) 
  • purchase of specialist equipment and accompanying workshops to support training, e.g. filming and post-production on 360 degree video 
  • mentorships between emerging and established digital artists  
  • workshops with First Nations digital entrepreneurs to support business development and viability for digital enterprises  
  • LAB models supporting practical experimentation and skills exchange in VR, AR, Immersive or interactive video  
  • placements, secondments or attachments to support emerging digital practitioners  
  • networking and delegation opportunities to attend technology and digital conferences 
  • training and mentoring for artists in game development   
  • on-the-job training for staff within an organisation to digitally upskill 
  • digital marketing and audience engagement coaching and strategy development.

This opportunity is only open to: 

  • First Nations organisations and businesses 

You cannot apply if: 

  • you are not a First Nations organisation or business
  • you are an individual or a group
  • you received a grant from Creative Australia in the past and that grant has not been satisfactorily acquitted
  • you owe money to Creative Australia. 

You can only submit one application. 

Information sessions  

Question and answer sessions 

We will host a question and answer session where you can anonymously submit questions about the fund, and we will answer them live. 

This session will be Auslan interpreted and live captioned. A recording of the session will be posted here after the event.  

Applications will be reviewed by Creative Australia staff and industry advisors. Your application will be assessed based on how well it addresses the selection criteria.  

The selection criteria are:  

Quality: The quality of the proposed activities to support the proposed area of digital skills development     

Viability: The viability of the proposed activities; planning; access; protocols; evaluation; budget  

Impact: The expected impact or outcome of the proposed activities for the targeted participants/audience.  

In the application form we ask you some questions to help you respond to these criteria.  

Your application must comply with the following Protocols. We may contact you to request further information during the assessment process, or if successful, as a condition of your funding. 

  • Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts 

All applications involving First Nations artists, communities or subject matter must adhere to these Protocols, and provide evidence of this in their application and support material. More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here. 

  • Commonwealth Child Safe Framework 

All successful applicants are required to comply with all Australian law relating to employing or engaging people who work or volunteer with children, including Working With Children checks and mandatory reporting. Successful organisations who provide services directly to children, or whose funded activities involve contact with children, will additionally be required to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. 

Click on the ‘Apply Now’ button at the top of this page to go to Fluxx, our system for managing applications.  

You will need an account to use Fluxx. It can take up to 2 business days for a new account to be approved. If you have an account already you can log in.  

Select ‘Apply for a Grant’ from the left panel menu. From the list of opportunities select “Uplift”. 

The application form will require you to fill in some details about your organisation, select from some options, respond to questions and submit support material. 

The types of questions we ask in the application form include a:  

  • title for your project 
  • biography of your organisation or business 
  • description and detailed outline of the planned activity and how it will address an area need in digital skills development 
  • project start and end dates 
  • a projected budget which details the expenses, income and in-kind support of the project 
  • support material/letters of support. 

Support material required:  

1. Letters of Support 

You must include one (1) and no more than three (3)  letters of support for your project, with each letter no longer than one A4 page. Where possible, combine your letters into a single document or link. 

Individuals, groups or organisations can write letters of support for your activity. These letters should explain: 

  • how the activity will benefit digital skills development for the intended participants 
  • how appropriate cultural protocols will be observed and relevant permissions obtained. 

 2. Evidence of your organisations experience in delivering professional development activities  

Provide recent examples of your work that is relevant to the activity. This could include, but is not limited to: 

  • a link to examples  of your work that may include video, audio, images or written material 
  • a link to examples of your proposed activity  that may include video, audio, images, written material or  links to websites and related social media sites. 

Our preferred way of receiving support material is via URLs (web links). You can submit up to three URLs, which may include your website, or links to video, audio, images, scanned documents and written material. 

If you cannot provide URLs, you  can  attach up to two documents to your application in either PDF or Word. 

We strongly recommend you link to existing, accessible examples of your work – there is no need to create new content for this application. 

We do not accept support material submitted via post. 

Please contact Georgia Mokak, Manager First Nations Development Programs via digital@creative.gov.au if:  

  • you would like these guidelines in another format. 
  • you want to submit your application in a language other than English. You can also read more on our Languages Other Than English page.  
  • you want to submit your application in a different format including video, audio, Auslan or other form. You can also read more about accessible application formats on our Accessibility page. 

We will not assess the quality of your chosen format, just what you tell us.  

We are available to assist you in understanding the program, application requirements and submitting your application. We do not review application drafts.  

If you need help to speak or listen use the National Relay Service.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This opportunity is for First Nations organisations and businesses who are committed to supporting digital development for First Nations artists and creative workers. Applicants will need to demonstrate impact of proposed activities in meeting specific skills need for the intended participants. 

Yes, provided the funding from Creative Australia is supporting activities to scale or increase access. This would need to be addressed specifically in your application. 

Yes, providing the business is First Nations led and activities are supporting First Nations artists and creative workers. 

Once you submit your application, we will send you an email acknowledging that we have received your application. 

You will be notified about the outcome of your application by email in late June 2024.  

Philanthropy Australia: National Conference Attendance Subsidy

We’re offering 20 mid-to-senior career arts fundraisers and/or CEOs the opportunity to attend and participate in Philanthropy Australia’s National Conference.

Creative Australia is offering 20 mid-to-senior career arts fundraisers and/or CEOs the opportunity to attend and participate in Philanthropy Australia’s National Conference.

The conference will be held between 5-7 August 2024 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Sessions will include masterclasses, breakout workshops and plenaries delivered by high-profile speakers from across Australia and around the world.

More than 700 delegates are expected to attend the event in person including philanthropists, senior philanthropy and not-for-profit professionals, and leaders from the business, academic, media and government sectors.

This opportunity is for mid-to-senior career arts fundraisers and/or CEOs with a fundraising role representing an arts organisation with an established fundraising program.

This opportunity includes:

  • A pass to the three-day conference (valued at $2,000)
  • A travel subsidy of $1,200, paid to successful applicants outside of Adelaide to contribute to travel and accommodation expenses. Any additional transport and accommodation costs will be the responsibility of the participant.

Applicants must be employed in a role that includes fundraising or development and have at least 3 years of experience as a fundraiser or CEO with a fundraising role.

Applicant organisations must:

  • Be based in Australia and carrying out most of their arts activity or practice within Australia
  • Be a legally constituted entity (with an ABN)
  • Be registered as a not-for-profit organisation, as defined by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO)1, and;
  • Be operating with the primary purpose of providing arts and cultural opportunities for Australian artists and audiences.

[1] Definitions of not-for-profit entities may be found on the ATO and ASIC websites.

Creative Australia is committed to increasing the diversity of leadership in our sector. We strongly encourage applications from First Nations peoples, people with disability and people who are d/Deaf, culturally and linguistically diverse people, LGBTQIA+ people, young people and older people, and those based in regional and remote Australia. We also acknowledge that identity is intersectional and encourage people at intersections of these identities to apply.

All expressions of interest (EOI) must outline:

  • Your organisation’s primary purpose
  • How attending the conference would support your fundraising goals
  • What are your top three reasons for wanting to attend
  • How do you imagine implementing your attendance into your future work
  • Your history of fundraising training.

Assessment of EOIs will be conducted by Creative Australia’s Development & Partnerships Division.

Before you submit your EOI, read these guidelines thoroughly and contact our programs staff with any questions, or if you require assistance with access. To start your EOI, click here.

Your EOI can be saved and edited at any time until the deadline. Once submitted, you cannot make further edits or amendments.

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