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First Nations Commissioning Fund

The First Nations Commissioning Fund is for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander arts and cultural practitioners, organisations, collectives or communities to commission and deliver uniquely Queensland Indigenous stories, arts and cultural experiences, products and celebrations.



  • commissioning of high-quality visual arts, mixed media or performance works by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and organisations
  • creative development of emerging Indigenous works 
  • professional fees for key First Nations creatives including cultural consultants, writers, designers, artists, directors, choreographers, dramaturgs, performers and other lead artists and arts workers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander emerging festivals or events in Queensland communities 
  • costs towards artistic collaboration between Indigenous arts practitioners and a nationally or internationally significant artist or company


Funding available

  • up to $100,000 towards large scale commissions. This may include large scale creative projects, development, festivals or presentations and must involve other partners and collaborators.  Projects can take place at multiple venues or in communities across Queensland. Applicants cannot apply for 100% of project costs through this funding stream. 
  • up to $30,000 towards small scale commissions. Applicants can apply for 100% of project costs through this funding stream.


Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be based in Queensland.

Additional eligibility criteria apply. See guidelines for a full list of eligibility requirements.


How to apply

Applications open: 20 July 2020

Applications close: 20 August 2020

  1. Read the First Nations Commissioning Fund guidelines (DOCX) (1.04 MB) and Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX) (416.25 KB) (DOCX) (416.25 KB)
  2. Apply online. If you cannot apply online, please contact Arts Queensland.

Online submission through SmartyGrants is Arts Queensland's preferred method for receiving application forms and outcome reports for our funding programs.

If circumstances prevent you from providing your application or outcome report in this format please contact an Arts Investment Officer on (07) 3034 4016 or toll free 1800 175 53, or email


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