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First Nations Arts Business Grants



First Nations Arts Business Grants focus on strengthening business skills and capacity of First Nations artists, artsworkers and arts and cultural organisations. 

This fund is is for First Nations applicants only. 



Supports Queensland-based First Nations arts and cultural practitioners, organisations and businesses to access business development services that: 

  • strengthen cultural governance, business and strategic planning
  • increase corporate and commercial capacity to grow new revenue and market opportunities
  • enable professional upskilling and development for board and/or staff.


  • One-off grant of up to $10,000 (excluding GST) are available to fund the purchase of the following eligible services:

    • strategic and business planning
    • governance planning and related training
    • data and digital platforms and related training
    • financial processes including e-commerce and related training
    • human resources advice including succession planning.

You must provide quotes to support the amount of funding requested. 

You can provide quotes for multiple services, however if the quotes exceed a total of $10,000, you will only receive a maximum of $10,000 and will be responsible for the payment of any related expenses in the excess of the $10,000 grant funding. 

Need more information about how building capacity across these areas can support you to grow your business? Please visit the new First Nations Arts Business Hub


Applications can be submitted at any time. Successful applicants will be notified no more than 6 weeks from the date of submission.  The fund will close on 30 June 2024 or when funds for this grants program are expended.

Key eligibility 

To be eligible, all applicants must:

  • be a Queensland based First Nations artist, artsworker or a First Nations arts organisation/arts business
  • have an active ABN – with a business location in Queensland
  • have a bank account in the name of the applicant
  • not be a recipient of any of the following Arts Queensland funding:
    • First Nations Pathways Fund;
    • Organisations Fund prior to 1 July 2022;
    • annual funding of $500,000 or more per financial year (from Arts Queensland)
  • attach a supplier quote for the activity the funding will support.

Other eligibility conditions apply, please read the fund guidelines for all eligibility criteria and compulsory support material.

How to apply

1. Visit our supporting documents page to view the fund guidelines.

2. Complete the online application form - telling us about your business and and how the funding will be used. 

3. Attach the supplier quote/s (if seeking funding for more than one service) which includes the description of the service, costs and planned delivery date

4. Make sure your Australian Business Register profile for your business is up to date (check your ABN status, GST status and Main Business location).

Arts Queensland uses Smartygrants, an online grant application system. For support with technical issues related to the online application, please contact an Arts Queensland Grants Officer on telephone (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 531 or email

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