Arts & Communications Grants

Support Act

The charity, Support Act, has $10 million to provide immediate crisis relief to artists, crew and music and live performance workers who have lost employment or are experiencing hardship following the cancellation of gigs, music festivals and other performances across the country.  For funding from Support Act, please click here.

Free, confidential counselling support is available for individuals in the music or performing arts industries through Support Act on 1300 731 303 or by contacting their Wellbeing Helpline on 1800 959 500. For more information visit the Support Act website.

If you are experiencing a personal crisis, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.


RISE - Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand Fund

The RISE Fund will provide $75 million worth of funding assistance for cultural and creative organisations seeking to restart, re-imagine or create new activities and events including festivals, concerts and tours.

To be eligible, organisations must have, as their primary purpose, the arts and entertainment.

The Fund commences 31 August 2020 and will close to applications on 31 May 2021, subject to allocation of funds. RISE will provide various grants for varying amounts between $75,000 to $2 million (in total per grant, broken down into smaller application amounts).

The maximum grant period for the activity is two years, from the date of execution of the funding agreement. Funding is available in the 2020-21 financial year only.

For more information on RISE, please click here.

RISE will work in conjunction with a new $35 million Arts Sustainability fund, which will help arts organisations who are key employers of Australian artists and art workers.  This fund will focus on areas such as theatre, dance, circus, music and other fields that are facing immediate threats to their continuing financial viability.

For more information on the Arts Sustainability Fund, please click here.


Live Music Australia Program (GO4161)

The Live Music Australia program will provide funding to the live music sector, with a focus on small to medium venues that support high quality original Australian live music that is professionally staged. It aims to revive business ventures in local suburbs, building the capacity for a sustainable live music scene with strong community roots. The first year of funding is aimed at preparing live music venues to become operational following the impacts of COVID-19. 

The program will:

  • support Australian contemporary live music by increasing performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australian artists
  • support a sustainable venue-based live music industry by building professional capacity within venues
  • support partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.

The intended outcomes of this grant are:

  • in the first funding round in 2020-21, building or rebuilding a venue’s capacity for programming events for when venues re-open following COVID-19
  • increased Australian live music performances of original Australian music that create a stronger and growing Australian music industry, well-positioned for the future
  • more live music venues, that are agile and sustainable, and employ skilled venue professionals
  • stronger touring circuits across Australia, creating new domestic markets for Australian music.

To receive funding under the Live Music Australia program you will need to demonstrate your commitment to hosting original Australian live music.

Grants may support activities including, but not limited to:

  • purchasing essential equipment for staging performances (such as PA, lighting)
  • carrying out small building alteration work to enable live music performance (such as sound attenuation, disability access)
  • live music programming and promotion, including artist fees
  • professional development, including upskilling venue staff
  • capacity building that supports venues to host more live music and improve regional touring

You cannot use the grant for the following activities:

  • tours by individual bands
  • performances by covers and tribute bands
  • purchase of land
  • major capital expenditure
  • the covering of retrospective costs
  • costs incurred in the preparation of a grant application or related documentation
  • subsidy of general ongoing administration of an organisation such as electricity, phone and rent
  • overseas travel
  • activities for which other Commonwealth, state, territory or local government bodies have primary

The grant program will run from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2024 with two funding rounds per year. There will be $2.5 million available per round. It is anticipated that most grants will be between $5,000 to $100,000, depending on the scope of the grant activity and its complexity. Grants for equipment and/or infrastructure will generally be no more than $25,000. Grants for other eligible activities will be a maximum of $100,000.

You are required to contribute towards the grant activities. The first year of funding in 2020-21 will take into consideration the severe impact of measures to control COVID-19 that have affected businesses ability to derive income. There is no minimum or maximum amount of co-contribution, but the level of contribution is expected to be relative to the nature and scale of the support activity.

Closes 13 September 2020.

If you have questions, you can email

For frequently asked questions and grant guidelines, please click here.


Australia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council is offering grants to individuals, groups, organisations and fellowships ranging from $10, 000 to $100, 000.

In addition, nominations for the National Arts & Disability Awards are now open with prize money of $20, 000-$50, 000.

Both close 1 September 2020

For grant guidelines or nominations, please click here.


Screen Australia

Screen Australia recently announced $8.5 million in production funding for 10 new projects, which will generate over $50 million of production expenditure, and more projects have been approved that are yet to be announced. The latest funding round for scripted drama has closed but there was a large volume of applications.

The Premium Plus Story Development fund is now open, as are Generate Development applications.

In addition, the Federal Government has announced $75 million in support for the arts during COVID-19.

For more information on COVID-19 from Screen Australia, please click here.


Small Project Grants (Quick Response)

This grant supports the creation, development and presentation of new work and professional development or promotion for NSW-based professional artists and arts and cultural workers. This quick response grant mechanism offers grants from $500 to $5,000 towards projects.

Eligible activities include projects that must be clearly defined as arts and cultural activities.  The project must start at least three weeks after the date the application is submitted.

This grant is for individuals rather than organisations.

Closes 30 June 2021

For grant guidelines, please click here.


With One Voice Choir Grant

To make it easier for communities to start their own choir, Creativity Australia is offering a limited number of start-up funding grants of up to $10,000. Successful applicants will receive the start-up grant and join a 12-month intensive mentoring program to guide them through the process of building their own With One Voice Social Franchise choir.

The choirs will create new social connections and extend opportunities for residents in these multi-cultural communities to participate, celebrate diversity and develop social cohesion.

Local community groups, social businesses and not-for-profits wanting to promote social inclusion and tackle loneliness, isolation, depression and disadvantage in their community are invited to apply.

With One Voice is about strengthening communities and inspiring individuals to find their voice.  It's more than just singing with a local community choir. It’s an opportunity to create real connections between people. It’s about building bridges between those who are experiencing disadvantage and those who are more fortunate and creating opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds and situations to learn from one another and help each other.

Closes 31 August 2020

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Creative Kids Digital Small Business Grants

This program supports small businesses or non-profit organisations that are Creative Kids Providers and directly affected by the COVID-19 emergency to expand their digital programs.

This grant funds the transition of programs and business models from in-person to online and digital delivery, while continuing to meet the objectives of the Creative Kids Program.

Providers can apply for up to $5,000 for project expenses, including equipment, to support digital and online skills development and the delivery of online arts and cultural program/s for which Creative Kids vouchers are accepted.

Closes Friday 6 November 2020 (or before this date if funds are expended). Grant activities must commence at least three weeks from the date you submit your application and be completed by 31 December 2020.

For an application form and grant guidelines, please click here.


Location Incentive (GO4180)

The objective of the Location Incentive is to ensure that Australia remains competitive in attracting large budget international film and television productions, thereby providing opportunities for Australian cast, crew, post-production companies and other screen production service providers to participate in production. It will contribute to the development of the Australian screen production industry’s capabilities and help ensure its future viability.

Grants will be provided to large budget international screen productions undertaking filming in Australia.

The grant amount is $540m for eight years from 2019-20.

Closing date 30 June 2027. 

For grant guidelines, please click here.


Arts Industry Support Package for COVID-19—supporting Indigenous visual arts centres

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The $7 million contribution to the Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support (IVAIS) Program will support Indigenous Art Centres and Indigenous Art Fairs during the COVID-19 crisis. Payments will be made directly to IVAIS-funded Indigenous Art Centres and IVAIS-funded Art Fairs to maintain operations and employment levels, ensuring that they continue to support artists and their communities.


Indigenous Program

Funds are available through Screen Australia to invest in outstanding television drama projects which are based on strong, original ideas and can demonstrate the potential to reach an audience.

Production investment is intended primarily to assist in the professional development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander key creatives, as well as to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander filmmakers to extend their vision and skills.

For more information, please click here.


National Cultural Heritage Account

This grant helps Australian public cultural institutions buy significant objects that they could not otherwise afford. These institutions include museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, historic buildings, national trusts, local history museums and galleries, and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander keeping places for sacred/secret material.

This grant ensures that Australian protected objects are kept in Australia, preserved and made accessible to the public.

Applications can be made at any time. Funding is approved on a case-by-case basis.

$500,000 is available each year.

For more information on cultural heritage grants, please click here.


Screen NSW

Slate Development Program

This program aims to provide significant development opportunities for all eligible screen content that is produced and/or post-produced in NSW for any eligible NSW production company that is significantly affected by COVID-19.

Grants of up to $100,000 are available for a slate of three or more projects.

This grant is open on an ongoing basis.


Made in NSW - International Footloose Production

This grant is a $55 million fund over four years (2019/20 and 2022/23) to support the attraction to NSW of significant international and domestic feature films and major TV drama productions.

The objective of the program is to focus its investment in new film and TV projects that:
- Significantly contribute to the NSW economy.
- Create high-value jobs.
- Create new opportunities in western Sydney and regional NSW.
- Build the skills and capacity of established and emerging practitioners.
- Grow audiences.
- Contribute to NSW’s reputation as the leading State in business and film.

The level of any financial assistance offered is discretionary and determined on a case-by-case basis from limited funds.

Applicants must discuss their application with the Director of Production Attraction & Incentives prior to applying.

Closes 30 June 2021

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Advanced Development

This grant aims to contribute towards later stage draft and non-draft costs to complete financing where a strong interest has already been established in the marketplace.

Grants of up to 50,000 are available, but it is anticipated that most requests will be about $20,000. Only outstanding market-ready projects with a highly credentialed team will be considered at the upper level.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Closes 30 June 2021


Location Scouts and Inbounds Program

This program aims to provide location and production support to encourage screen projects to film in Sydney and NSW.

The objectives of the program are to:
- Market NSW as Australia’s premier screen production destination.
- Increase the State’s market share of film and television production by attracting potential projects to film in NSW.
- Familiarise practitioners with NSW locations for their projects.
- Provide an opportunity to connect local and international practitioners with local technical and creative talent, studio and post-production and visual effects facilities for their projects and to support new and sustainable partnerships between organisations of International significance and local practitioners and facilities.

The program offers long-form footloose productions scouting assistance for location surveys for eligible projects and may include covering some of the costs associated with on-ground travel including accommodation, domestic flights, vehicle hire and location manager services.

Applicants are advised to contact the program administrator prior to the submission of applications.

Closes 30 June 2021


Early Development

This program offers support for both pre-draft and early draft costs. It provides funding for business consultants and for the development of business or enterprise plans for the company.

Grants of up to $50,000 are available, but it is expected that most requests are between $2,000 and $20,000.

Potential applicants are advised to call the Development & Production team to discuss the application process.

Eligible applicants must be a NSW-based key creative, individual or company.

Non-NSW-based applicants may apply and must be able to:
- Provide evidence of a genuine co-production partnership with a NSW-based company or producer.
- Have at least one NSW based key creative (writer, producer or director) attached.
- Satisfy Screen NSW that the project offers outstanding benefits to the NSW screen industry.

Closes 30 June 2021