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Strategic Infrastructure Fund - funding outcomes

The Strategic Infrastructure Fund is a limited-life matched funding program to support not for profit arts and cultural organisations with shovel-ready facility upgrades and infrastructure projects that have broad benefits .

The Strategic Infrastructure Fund is part of the Queensland Government's Arts and Cultural Recovery Package of $22.5 million over two years to stabilise Queensland’s arts companies, secure employment for artists and arts workers and deliver COVID-safe cultural experiences for Queensland audiences.


Strategic Infrastructure will fund five infrastructure projects for a total of $755,544

  • Flipside Circus $290,000 - Stage 1 construction of a unique circus space that supports communities, training and professional circus artists
  • Placemakers Gold Coast $220,000 - contemporary, safe and accessible multi-use arts space for local community, artists and arts sector
  • Metro Arts $200,000 - theatre space, green room, gallery, office and rehearsal space
  • Kilcoy Art Society $5544 - extension to existing roof so that workshops and events can proceed in any weather, and in a COVID-safe environment
  • Chinchilla Historical Society $40,000 - transform interior of existing building into a new Fire Towers Interpretation centre. Supports history, culture and community.

Information about the fund


This fund will support Queensland-based not for profit arts and cultural organisations to finance infrastructure works and upgrades that will strengthen their resilience and capacity to deliver arts experiences to audiences and communities.

Funding available - up to $300,000 with AQ funding is at most 50% of the total cash expenditure of the project (excluding any inkind works).  Applicants must demonstrate secured matched cash contribution. 

Funding requests must be evidenced by detailed project budgets accompanied by the relevant design drawings and plans, approval of building activity to occur from land owner or building owner, relevant local council or approval authority.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible, organisations must:

  • be a Queensland based not for profit organisation that is recognised as primarily delivering arts and cultural products and services, including recognised Indigenous Arts Centres funded through the multi-year Backing Indigenous Arts funding program.
  • have an active Queensland-registered Australian Business Number (ABN) that is in the name of the applicant
  • have satisfied the reporting requirements of any previous Arts Queensland funding
  • have an infrastructure project that is either;
    • shovel ready - in the latter stages of project planning, design and approvals
    • currently being delivered with scope for enhanced community or arts and cultural sector access
    • seeking funding to finalise an infrastructure project to enhance sector and community access to performances or exhibitions.

Applications will be deemed ineligible if:

  • they are submitted after the published application closing date
  • they are incomplete or do not contain all compulsory support material including relevant development or building approvals
  • the application seeks more than 50% of total cash expenditure of the project.
  • the application does not demonstrate secured matched cash contribution.
  • the project budget includes requests for costs such as businesses cases, feasibility studies, in-kind works, routine maintenance, operational costs, art supplies, consumables, office supplies or office equipment and loose furniture.
  • the applicant is recognised as a Major Performing Arts Organisation by the state government.
  • the applicant is a current Arts Queensland employee or previous employee who ceased employment less than six months prior to the application closing date
  • the applicant is a state government entity or state owned entity, a local council or a local council owned or controlled entity or a federal government entity (except for recognised Indigenous Arts Centres as described in the eligible section).
  • the applicant is an employee of an Arts Statutory Body or the Department of Environment and Science, unless the application includes a covering letter from the applicant’s employee detailing the applicant’s role and employment details, a statement that the application does not relate to carrying out duties of their role and how any potential conflict of interest will be addressed.


Strategic Infrastructure support documents

Support documents: guidelines (DOCX) (327.96 KB) and frequently asked questions (DOCX) (320.72 KB)