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Funding to support artists, arts and cultural workers and organisations is available through Arts Queensland and via many other sources including other government agencies, not-for-profit organisations, philanthropic foundations and online through crowd sourcing sites.

This information will help you connect to possible funding sources including information on how to apply and how applications are assessed.

Arts Queensland Officers can provide assistance with funding enquiries. Please phone 07 3034 4016 to speak with an officer.

Arts and Cultural Investment Framework

  • Organisations Fund - For outstanding arts and cultural organisations. (Closing 31 Jul 2013 for Jan 2014 to Dec 2016)
  • Projects and Programs Funds - Projects or programs of arts and cultural activities by an individual, organisation or collective. (From March 2015, this will be a rolling fund with applications accepted at any time.)
  • Individuals Fund - Professional and career development for individual artists and cultural workers - emerging and established. (Closing 27 April 2015, for activities starting on or after 6 July 2015)
  • Innovation Fund - Funding for innovative and transformative ideas programs and practices. (Dates to be confirmed)
  • Arts Leverage Fund - Dollar for dollar matched funding. (Rolling - applications accepted anytime)
  • Playing Queensland Fund - support for touring. (Rolling - applications accepted anytime)

Other awards for individuals:

Also for organisations:

  • Billy Thorpe Scholarship - $10,000 prize for Queensland based contemporary bands or solo artists.
  • Backing Indigenous Arts - Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world.
  • Queensland Government Exhibitions Indemnification Scheme - The Queensland Government indemnifies significant exhibitions of art work and cultural property to offset the cost of commercial insurance cover which would otherwise be required for the transport and display of works of cultural and historical importance.

Other projects funding:

  • Backing Indigenous Arts - Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world

Funding through strategic partnerships:

Funding sources for specific art form areas

Where else is assistance available?

Service organisations give information and assistance in identifying funding sources and providing assistance in completing funding applications:

Creative Partnerships Australia (formerly the Australia Business and Arts Foundation and Australia Council's Artsupport) promotes private sector support for the arts through partnering, volunteering and giving programs and assists organisations to access philanthropic funding:

The Funding Centre provides free help sheets, services, newsletters, books and training to help community groups improve their funding abilities and become healthier and more viable:

There are also private providers who may be able to assist on a fee for service basis. If you or your organisation provides grants/funding assistance and would like to register your interest to be included on a list of fee for service providers, please complete this form.

Other funding sources

There are many government and not-for-profit agencies that support the art and culture. Here is a list of some possible funding sources:

Local Councils RADF programs - contact your local council for information.

Foundations funding arts and culture

There are a number of philanthropic foundations which have supported the arts. You should check the guidelines for each foundation. This is not an exhaustive list.

Crowd funding

Funding results