Apply for an arts grant

The Arts Grant is a category of the Community Grant Program. The grant allows not-for-profit groups and organisations to deliver arts, cultural and heritage activities reflecting the diversity of the community.


What type of applicants does the grant support

The arts category supports applications that:

  • contributes to the vibrancy and liveability of the area
  • supports the delivery of community arts and cultural activities
  • encourages partnerships between groups, organisations and businesses to benefit all
  • encourages innovation.


What the grant hopes to achieve

The aim of the grant is to:

  • allow diverse arts and cultural expression that includes digital arts, literary arts, participatory arts, performing arts and visual arts
  • provide participants with a sense of belonging and inclusion
  • give artists and participants a sense of feeling valued
  • support the local creative industry by involving local artists.


When does the funding round begin

There is one grant funding round per year and is available in February.

Applications closed. 


How much funding is available for the grant

Funding is between $3,001 and $20,000. Allocations are for 1 financial year. There’s no repeat funding.

The estimated allocation for the arts category is $50,000 per annum.

How to apply

1. Before you start an application, get familiar with the guidelines:

Arts Grant Guidelines
Arts Grant Guidelines
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You will have to agree to the terms and conditions of the Community Grant Program too.

2. Make sure you are eligible to apply

Before starting your application, make sure your organisation is eligible to apply.

3. Confirm grant category and put together your proposal

Confirm that you are applying for the right grant category.

After checking you have got the right category, develop a project proposal that includes:

  • a brief project description
  • the objectives
  • timelines
  • budget identifying the appropriate category to submit your application.


4. Discuss your application with us before you submit

Before finishing your application, make sure you discuss your proposal with us. Although, you won’t need to speak with us beforehand if you’re applying for the Small Grants category.

We can help you with your application. We can also give advice on how to apply online.

To discuss your application, contact us.


5. Review the assessment criteria

Refer to the guidelines and review the assessment criteria for the relevant category before you finish.

6. Prepare supporting information to include with your application

Use the application checklist to help you to prepare your application to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

Community Grants Application Checklist
Community Grants Application Checklist
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7. Start your application

Create an account or login to SmartyGrants to start.

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