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Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups

Up to $50,000 for a range of activities and projects, both national and international, across all art forms.


About the program

This program funds a range of activities that deliver benefits to the arts sector and wider public, including national and international audiences and communities.

Grants are available from $10,000 to $50,000. Supported activities must not last longer than two years from the proposed start date.

Please note: The International Engagement Fund will be offered as a separate category, closing on Tuesday 19 September 2023.

Please note: Your project must consider the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.

Please read through the following grant guidelines.

If you need advice about applying, contact an Artists Services Officer.

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Who can apply

You can only submit one application to each closing date for Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups.

Only individuals and groups may apply to this category. You must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, and a practicing artist or arts professional.

Applications for funding to the First Nations panel must come from First Nations individuals or groups.

Who cannot apply

You cannot apply for this grant if:

  • you have already applied to this closing date for Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
  • you are applying to the International Engagement opportunities closing Tuesday 19 September 2023 for the same activities
  • you have an overdue grant report
  • you owe money to Creative Australia
  • you are an organisation.

What can be applied for

We fund a range of activities, for example:

  • professional skills development, including mentoring and residencies
  • the creation of new work
  • practice based research
  • creative development
  • experimentation
  • collaborations and exchanges
  • touring
  • festivals
  • productions
  • exhibitions
  • performances
  • publishing
  • recording
  • promotion and marketing
  • market development activity
  • activities that creatively engage communities.

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

If your project involves a partnership or collaboration with organisations in the National Performing Arts Partnership Framework you must discuss your application with us before applying. The Partnership Organisation must make a significant contribution to the activity, and the outcome must not be already programmed in the mainstage season of the company.

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. performances using Auslan, translation to other languages, captioning, audio description, temporary building adjustments, and materials in other formats).

If you are a d/Deaf applicant, an applicant with disability, or are working with d/Deaf artists or artists with disability, 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 Artists Services to discuss your specific needs.

What can’t be applied for

You can’t apply for:

  • projects or activities that do not involve or benefit Australian practicing artists or arts professionals
  • projects or activities that do not have a clearly defined arts component
  • projects that have already taken place
  • the same projects or activities for which you are applying to the International Engagement Fund closing 19 September 2023
  • 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 ask for 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

If your application involves First Nations artists, communities or subject matter, you must:

  • follow these Protocols, and
  • provide evidence of this in your application and support material.

More information on the First Nations Protocols is available here.

Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

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

You must choose which peer assessment panel you wish to apply to. The panels are:

Learn more about assessment panels.

If you are unsure which peer assessment panel to choose, contact Artists Services.

Learn more about how we assess your application.

You must address three assessment criteria in this category. For the third criterion, you will be asked to choose the main outcome your project will deliver.

Under each criterion are bullet points indicating what peers may consider when assessing your application. You do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

First criterion


Peers will assess the quality of the artistic and cultural activities at the centre of your proposal. They may consider:

  • vision, ideas and artistic rationale
  • benefit and impact on career, artistic and cultural practice
  • level of innovation, ambition, experimentation or risk-taking
  • rigour and clear articulation of creative, engagement or development processes
  • significance of the work within the relevant area of practice and/or community
  • contribution to diverse cultural expression
  • timeliness and relevance of work
  • quality of previous work
  • responses to previous work from artistic or cultural peers, or the public.

Second criterion


Peers will assess the viability of your proposal. They may consider:

  • capacity to deliver the proposed activities or services
  • relevance and timeliness of proposed activity
  • skills and ability of artists, arts professionals, collaborators, or partners involved, and relevance to activity
  • realistic and achievable planning and resource use, including contingency and COVID-safe plans for activities involving public presentations, national or international travel
  • appropriate payments to participating artists, arts professionals, collaborators, participants, or cultural consultants
  • the safety and wellbeing of people involved in the project
  • role of partners or collaborators, including confirmation of involvement
  • the diversity and scale of income and co-funding, including earned income, grants, sponsorship, and in-kind contributions
  • where relevant to the project, evidence that the Protocols for using First Nations Cultural and Intellectual Property in the Arts have been adhered to
  • evidence of appropriate consultation with participants, audiences, or communities
  • where relevant, evidence that you have considered and addressed any access issues associated with your project
  • where relevant, evidence of an environmental impact plan which may include cost-benefits.

Third criterion

The third criterion tells us how the outcome of your proposal meet our strategic objectives, as described in our Corporate Plan.

You must choose one of the four options that best reflects the primary outcome of your proposal. Please contact Artists Services if you are unsure which strategic objective to select.

Peers will consider how your proposal contributes to the outcome you select. Remember, you do not need to respond to every bullet point listed.

Australians are transformed by arts and creativity

This strategic objective is about Australian audiences and experiences. For example, your project may:

  • create and share new work with Australians
  • create engaging cultural experiences
  • provide opportunities for communities to come together, celebrate and connect
  • provide creative and accessible experiences in unexpected places and ways
  • increase and diversify participation in arts and culture, particularly among diverse cultural groups and regional / remote communities
  • increase the experience of First Nations arts and culture by Australians
  • explore emerging mediums and digital technologies to create, share and experience art, creating connections with new audiences
  • demonstrate strong audience development and engagement strategies
  • foster international opportunities that benefit Australian audiences.


Our arts reflect us

This strategic objective is about diversity, access and equity. For example, your project may:

  • enhance, strengthen, and celebrate community and social connections
  • address barriers to participating in or experiencing arts and culture
  • support artistic and creative work that reflects the diversity of contemporary Australia
  • support artists and arts professionals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those in regional and remote Australia, to make work
  • supports artists and arts professionals with disability to extend their arts practice, networks, or skills
  • support First Nations people’s artistic and cultural expression
  • engage young people in the creation of work
  • promote the diversity of Australian arts and creativity internationally.


First Nations arts and culture are cherished

This strategic objective is about First Nations self-determination and artistic and cultural expression. For example, your project may:

  • strengthen and embed First Nations arts and culture within arts and cultural organisations, leadership roles and sectors
  • grow experiences of First Nations arts and culture by supporting artists and organisations to create and present work locally and/or internationally
  • promote greater access and participation in First Nations arts experiences
  • support international opportunities for First Nations arts and cultural practitioners
  • support First Nations young people’s artistic and cultural expression
  • uphold First Nations cultural rights through self-determination and recognition of cultural and intellectual property.


Arts and creativity are thriving

This strategic objective is about creation, capabilities, distribution, and reach. For example, your project may:

  • enable Australian artists to create new works
  • enable risk taking, experimentation and freedom of expression in the creation and realisation of new works
  • develop the skills and capabilities of artists and arts professionals
  • develop sustainable and viable artists careers, including diverse income streams or business models
  • support a safe environment and wellbeing for people working in the arts
  • enable national or international opportunities for Australian artists and arts professionals
  • engage international audiences and communities with Australian work
  • use emerging technologies to experiment with content, format, delivery, or business models
  • develop strong partnerships and collaborations.

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

  • a title for your project
  • a summary of your project
  • a brief bio of the artist or group applying
  • an outline of your project and what you want to do
  • a timetable or itinerary for your activities
  • a description of the outcome your project delivers
  • a projected budget which details the expenses, income, and in-kind support of the project
  • supporting material as relevant to your project, including examples of your work, bios of additional artists, and letters of support or permission from participants, communities First Nations Elders or organisations.

You should submit support material with your application. The peer assessors may review this support material to help them gain a better sense of your project.

We do not accept application-related support material submitted via post. Application-related 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 Artists Services.

There are four types of support material you may submit:

1. Artistic support material

This should include relevant, recent examples of your artistic or cultural work.

Types of support material we accept

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

You can provide up to three URLs (weblinks) that link to content that is relevant to your proposal. This may include video, audio, images, or written material.

These URLs can include a total of:

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

Please note: Our peer assessors will not access any URLs that require them to log in or sign up to a platform. Please do not provide links to Spotify or other applications that require users to log in or pay for access.

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

Other accepted file formats

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

  • video (MP4, QuickTime, and Windows Media)
  • audio (MP3 and Windows Media)
  • images (JPEG and PowerPoint)
  • written material (Word and PDF).

2. Biographies and CVs

You can include a brief bio or curriculum vitae (CV) for key artists, personnel or other collaborators involved in your project.

Brief bios or CV information should be presented as a single document no longer than two A4 pages in total.

3. Letters of support

Individuals, groups, or organisations can write letters in support of your project. A support letter should explain how the project or activity will benefit you, other artists or arts professionals, participants, or the broader community. It can also detail the support or involvement of key project partners, or evidence of consultation.

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

You can include up to five letters of support, with each letter not exceeding one A4 page.

4.  Travel risk management

Your project must consider the latest government advice regarding COVID-19.

If your application is successful, you will be responsible for your own COVID-19 safety planning and risk management.

If your project involves international travel, you must consider the costs and impact of quarantine and/or any additional travel and accommodation costs for all project participants. For the Australian Government’s latest travel advice, go to Smartraveller.

You are strongly encouraged to submit a one-page risk management and/or COVID-safe plan (in any format) with your application if it involves travel. If you require a template, you can download one here.

Download the Accessible RTF guidelines

Frequently asked questions

Over the past decade, the National Arts Participation Survey, the arts landscape it examines, and the ways in which the sector needs to understand audiences, have evolved.

To support these evolving needs, Creative Australia and Lonergan Research developed new and interactive ways to explore the data from the 2022 National Arts Participation Survey, <em>Creating Value</em>.

This is the second time this method of analysis has been used with the results from the National Arts Participation Survey, with the first set of tools analysing the 2019 National Arts Participation Survey data. In this 2022 update, the audience data and advocacy tools have been expanded. This second edition includes personas based on the population segments, and allows data from the population segments to be interactively explored alongside the Behavioural Index and the Attitudinal Index.

The Audience Data and Advocacy Tools can be used to better understand Australians’ engagement with and attitudes towards the arts.

Knowing and Growing your Audience: Guide to the 2022 audience data and advocacy provides an indication of how the tools may be used. While specific uses of the tools are presented throughout the guide, these examples are not exhaustive and there are multiple ways the tools can be used to explore the data. Users may explore the tools in any way they like.

Insights from the Audience Data and Advocacy Tools can be used for strategic planning and advocacy. Depending on your strategy and goals, the dashboards can be used to identify more information on target audiences.

For example, if your organisation’s target audience is parents of children under 16 in South Australia, you can apply the location filter on the demographics dashboard page and test each quintile or population segment to see which holds the largest proportion of your target demographic. You can then use the other dashboard pages to understand more about the quintile(s) which hold this audience – from understanding their key motivations and barriers to how often they engage with the arts.

This audience may also behave differently depending on whether you are looking at them via Population Segment, Behavioural Index or the Attitudinal Index. These insights may inform your organisation’s strategy in reaching this audience. For example, you may be able to tailor specific communication to this group or remove certain barriers that affect their participation.

Benchmarks can be set by choosing a measure, or measures, of interest to you or your organisation and recording the relevant data points.

A benchmark can be as simple as looking at the percentage of those in a particular segment who are in an age category of interest to you and who give to the arts. This percentage can be used as an initial benchmark measure and revisited in future years.

The dashboards cannot be filtered by artform at this stage. Art form filters may be explored in future versions of the tools.

These are currently the only available demographic filters. Additional demographic filters may be explored in future versions of the tools.

No, only one segment can be selected at a time.

At this stage it is not possible to save your settings or findings within the dashboards.  However, you can download a dashboard view to PDF which will provide a snapshot of the data you’ve created in the dashboards.

A full report is available on our website which details the methods used to develop the Behavioural Index, Attitudinal Index and Population Segmentation Model.

To reset the dashboard, remove all applied filters by clicking on the highlighted filters.  To remove the demographic filters, select ‘All’ in the dropdown menu to apply all categories.

Four filters can be selected at the same time. When using the dashboards, the three demographic filters at the top of the page can be selected at the same time, as well as the index filter.

Applying multiple filters can reduce the available sample size to low numbers. We recommend caution when the sample size (n) reaches 30 or below. Results should then be used indicatively only.

A dashboard is a moving and interactive on-screen graphical summary of information. Within the dashboard there are tabs that hold certain categories of information. Each tab shows various relevant charts. There are five tabs: Types of engagement, Motivations & barriers, Value of the arts, Diversity, Demographics. Each of these tabs illustrate various charts based on their topic.

A persona is a character profile based on the data from the survey. In this guide, personas are based on grouping people together according to their levels of arts engagement and on age, gender, life stage, education and cultural background.

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

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

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

A segment is a grouping of people who are similar in characteristics of interest. Population segments may be different in size and there is no limit to the number of segments there can be in a population or market.

A quintile is one of five equal, or roughly equal, segments of a population, divided based on a selected variable.

Additional information

When choosing the artform assessment panel for your application, consider which group of assessors will have the experience and background to best appreciate its merits.  

If you are not sure which panel to choose, contact us. 

Use this section to introduce yourself, your project partners and your project aims. 

  • Introduce yourself or your organisation in more detail. Don’t assume the assessors are familiar with your work. Talk about your background, how you work, and what you value. 
  • Don’t use this section to simply list key achievements. You can attach a CV/bio that provides this information in the support material section. 
  • Speak in your own voice, using the first person. 
  • Be concise, clear, and succinct. Avoid jargon. Talk about the project in the way that you would with your peers and colleagues. 
  • Use bullet points and subheadings where appropriate. 
  • Avoid generalisations, repetition, and hyperbolic or unsubstantiated claims. 
  • If you are applying on behalf of a group or organisation, use this section to talk about your key collaborators and partners. How does the group or organisation function creatively? What do each of its members bring to the whole? How do you work together? What drew you to working with each other? 
  • If your project involves a major project partner, provide information about them and how they will be involved. 
  • Describe the project clearly in terms of ‘what,’ ‘why’ and ‘how’. 
  • Provide the context and background of your project. 
  • Focus on what makes your project distinctive, original, and innovative. How is it different from your past work? What do you expect the impact of your project to be for you, the arts sector and Australian culture? 
  • Make it easy for assessors to understand the creative rationale behind your project.  
  • Describe your expected outcomes. 
  • What are the ideas at the centre of your project? Why are those ideas exciting? 
  • How will the public experience the project? 
  • Explain the steps you are going to take to deliver your project.  
  • Provide a clear, detailed, well-planned timetable in the ‘Activity Details’ section. Use this section to show the major milestones, events, and stages in your project. 
  • Explain how your proposal is timely and time sensitive. 
  • Situate the project within the context of your career progression, or your organisation’s long-term objectives. Explain where you have come from, where you are going, and why this project will help take you there. 
  • Think about any questions and concerns that the assessors might have regarding your application. Try to answer these pre-emptively. 
  • Leave as little room for doubt or ambiguity as possible. 
  • Show that you have considered and planned for any risks associated with pandemic, flood, fire, or other force majeure events. 
  • Choose the elective third assessment criterion that relates most directly to your project’s strengths. Your choice should reflect the main outcome of your project.  
  • If your proposal involves working with First Nations artists, communities, or subject matter, you must provide evidence of genuine consultation and consent. It is essential to implement adhere to our First Nations Protocols and demonstrate the practical application of these in your budget by including appropriate fees for Elders and/or consultants. You can find the Protocols here. 
  • If your project involves community engagement and participation, provide evidence of genuine community consultation and support. Be sure to outline your community engagement strategy and show that the community supports the project.  
  • If you have any questions about your project, contact us. 
  • Ask for what you need. Don’t underestimate the cost of delivering your project. 
  • Pay all artists, including yourself, fairly. Where possible, use relevant industry awards and rates of pay. Show how you have calculated the wages and fees for those involved in the description field. 
  • Be detailed and transparent.  
  • Break down large budget items and show your calculations in the description field.  
  • Where possible, diversify your income sources. 
  • Include the value of in-kind contributions that are being offered to your project. In-kind contributions are goods or services that are offered free of charge or at a discounted rate. 
  • Consider how you will provide accessibility assistance for audience members and project participants. Include those costs in your budget.  
  • If you have any questions about your completing your budget, contact us. 
  • Follow the limits set for support material in the published guidelines. 
  • Use the ‘Support Material’ section to include CVs and bios from your key collaborators and partners. 
  • Check your URLs to ensure that they work.
  • Assessors will not access any URLs that require them to log in to, or sign up to, an online platform. 
  • If you use a file hosting system such as Dropbox or WeTransfer, make sure your links are public and have not expired. 
  • Supply high-quality, relevant support material. It should demonstrate the merit and ideas of your project. Where you have collaborators, include examples of their work. 
  • Ensure your support material corroborates the claims you have made in the written component of your application. 
  • Provide letters of support. These should demonstrate that your work is held in high regard by others, especially those involved in the project. 
  • If you have any questions about your support material, contact us. 
  • Reread your application carefully before you submit it, checking for errors. 
  • Consider asking friends or colleagues who are familiar with your work to review your draft application. 
  • If you are having trouble submitting your application, contact us well before the closing date and time. 

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

After we receive your application, we first check it meets the eligibility criteria for the grant or opportunity to which you are applying.

Applications to our grant programs are assessed by arts practice peer panels using the published assessment criteria for the relevant grant program.

We aim to notify you of the outcome of your application no later than 12 weeks after the published closing date for the grant round.

Once all applications have been assessed, you will be contacted about the outcome of your application.

If you have been successful, you will also be sent a funding agreement. This outlines the conditions of funding, how you will be paid and your grant reporting requirements.

The following accordion items outline these stages in more detail.

If your application is successful, you will receive an email telling you a grant is offered. You must then agree to the conditions of your grant, which represents our contract with you – this can be done online, by email or by letter. Payment of a grant will not be made until the grant conditions have been agreed and accepted by all the relevant parties.

You should not start a project that depends on a grant until all relevant parties have agreed and accepted the grant conditions and we have evidence of this acceptance on file.

Standard grant conditions require you to, among other things:

  • seek approval before making a change to a funded project (for example, changes in the activity budget; changes to key creative personnel; or changes to start or end dates)
  • respond to our requests for information about the project or grant
  • satisfactorily account for how the grant is spent (if you do not you will be required to return all the money which you cannot satisfactorily account for)
  • comply with all relevant laws
  • acknowledge our support in all promotional material associated with the project, including use of the Creative Australia logo and a standard text of acknowledgement
  • provide artistic and financial acquittal reports at the end of the project
  • return any unspent grant funds at the completion of your project or on notice from us to return such unspent funds.

Grant agreements must be signed by a legal entity – either a legally constituted organisation or an individual. For unincorporated groups, see the section on administered grants.

All individual or organisation grant applicants based in Australia must have an ABN. Individual applicants without an ABN may have their grant administered by an individual or organisation with an ABN. Organisations operating outside of Australia do not need an ABN to apply. Individuals based outside of Australia may not need an ABN to apply, depending on their circumstances (please check with your accountant or tax advisor).

The name of the applicant must match the name of the ABN and the name of the bank account we pay the funds into. There are no exceptions to this rule. If applicants cannot provide an ABN and bank account that are in the same name as the applicant’s name, they will need to nominate an administrator for their grant.

Groups/ensembles/collectives, unincorporated associations/ unincorporated entities and other bodies with no legal status do not need an administrator if they have an active Australian Business Number (ABN) and bank account in their name. If they are unable to provide an active ABN and bank account that matches the name of the applicant, they must nominate an administrator. The name of the administrator must match the name of the ABN and bank account into which we pay the funds  if the application is successful.

If we approve your application you will need to accept the conditions of the grant in a funding agreement.

After you accept your funding agreement online, we will automatically generate a payment for the grant on your behalf. You do not need to send us an invoice.

After you accept the funding agreement, we will pay the grant directly into your nominated bank account within two weeks. Grant payments cannot be postponed.

If you do not wish to have the grant funds paid directly into your bank account, you can choose to have your grant administered by another individual or legally constituted organization. Please note this does not apply to Arts Projects – Organisations.

When you apply, you will be asked to provide an active Australian Business Number or ‘ABN’. The ABN that you provide must match the name of the applicant (or the administering body, if you have nominated one). When you accept your funding agreement, you will be asked to enter the details of the bank account you wish the grant to be paid into. The name associated with that bank account must match the name in which the ABN has been registered.

When you have completed your project, you must acquit your grant by providing a grant report. The grant report provides detail on your funded activities and how the  funding was spent.

Please read your funding agreement to check details of the grant acquittal material you should provide.

The grant report is where you tell us:

  • how you spent your grant
  • what the artistic outcomes of your funded activity were.

If you do not provide a satisfactory grant report, we will not make any further payments that may be due to you, and you will not be eligible  to apply for further grants. We may also ask you to pay back all or part of the funding provided to you.

We use grant reports to fulfil obligations of accountability to the Australian Government. They are also essential to the development work of Creative Australia. The reports help us evaluate the achievements of funded activities, monitor the effectiveness of grant categories and ensure our policy development is consistent with the experience of artists in the field.

Reporting for Multi-year Funded Organisations

Organisations that receive multi-year funding are required to submit financial, statistical, and artistic reporting on an annual basis.

All reporting is submitted online via our arts organisations reporting system.

If you are not sure what reporting you need to submit as part of your annual reporting, or what information to provide, please get in touch.

All recipients must acknowledge that Creative Australia provided funding for their activities. When you acquit your grant, we will ask you how you acknowledged us.

For printed or online material use our logo and this phrase:

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body. OR,

(Company Name) is assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.

Logos for download.

Where projects do not have a public outcome, or do not produce any printed or online material, you will need to think about how best to acknowledge Creative Australia funding.