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First Nations Commissioning Fund


The First Nations Commissioning Fund is focused on investing in opportunities that share First Nations stories and cultural knowledge and elevate awareness of Queensland’s exceptional First Nations arts and cultural products and experiences.

This fund is for First Nations applicants only.


The First Nations Commissioning Fund:

  • Supports the development and presentation of new work and cultural programs by individual First Nations artists, arts workers collectives and organisations.
  • Strengthens skills development and provides new employment opportunities for First Nations artists and arts workers.
  • Grows a pipeline of high-quality First Nations arts, cultural products, and experiences.


Single-year projects—up to $70,000 for projects and programs for up to 12 months.

Two-year projects—up to $150,000 for projects and programs that need a larger and/or longer scale of development of up to two years and include presentation and/or distribution.


Additional funding available

PLUS up to $10,000 towards fees for Queensland-based composers, musicians or librettists to support the commissioning of new live or recorded music as part of your project.

PLUS up to $60,000 towards a full-time industry placement for 12-months (or a pro rata equivalent for part-time) with a focus on arts management and/or arts production.

Applicants may only receive one FNCF grant per calendar year, and applicants who have already received an industry placement are not eligible to apply for further placements.


Important dates for the First Nations Commissioning Fund single year and 2-year project applications

 Funding rounds



Notification expected

Activity start date

Round 4
(Under new guidelines)
29 January 2024 2pm
11 March 2024
Late May 2024 From 17 June 2024

Round 5

1 July 2024 12 August 2024 Mid-October 2024 From 11 November 2024

Round 6

3 February 2025 17 March 2025 Late May 2025 From 23 June 2025

How to apply


1. Visit our supporting documents page to view the:

  • First Nations Commissioning Fund guidelines (Round 4)
  • Previous First Nations Commissioning Fund guidelines (Round 1-3)
  • General Funding guidelines

2. Complete the online application form. 

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