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Strategic Partnerships Fund


The Strategic Partnerships Fund is focused on leveraging Queensland Government investment into the state’s arts sector through co-investment, partnerships and collaboration, strengthening creative business growth, and creating inclusive, high-quality, creative experiences that will drive positive change for Queenslanders.


This fund will:

  • Grow new investment into Queensland’s arts sector through co-investment and partnerships with all levels of government, business, community, and philanthropic sectors.
  • Incentivise arts sector collaboration to drive sustainable arts business models and strengthen communities.
  • Invest in Queensland arts companies to underwrite risk, encourage innovation, and increase access to new markets and audiences with a focus on driving business model growth.
  • Drive positive social and economic outcomes for Queenslanders and expand revenue streams for Queensland’s arts sector through partnership and co-investment in arts-led programs.
  • Grow new employment and career development opportunities for Queensland artists, arts workers and organisations.

.  The Fund has 2 streams:

  • Arts Business Growth supporting activities that:
    • Generate new co-investment opportunities into Queensland’s arts sector.
    • Grow sustainability outcomes for Queensland arts organisations by developing new business models and shareable resources, audiences, and markets.
    • Increase the skills, business, and employment capacity of Queensland arts organisations.
  • Arts Wellbeing and Impact supporting activities that:
    • Significantly leverage and extend the reach and impact of arts and cultural programs and initiatives in partnership with other sectors, in response to social and community priorities.
    • Increase community access to arts and cultural participation opportunities that strengthen inclusion, wellbeing, belonging and connectedness.
    • Increase employment opportunities for professional artists and artsworkers and grows revenue streams for arts organisations.


  • Up to $200,000 per annum for each stream, for projects and initiatives of up to three years’ duration.
  • Funding of more than $100,000 per annum will only be approved for exceptional, large-scale initiatives with significant impact and co-investment. 

Additional funding available

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.


Due to high interest in the Strategic Partnerships Fund, Arts Queensland will pause the fund from 31 July 2023 to consider the current pipeline.

How to apply

  1. Read the General Funding Guidelines and Fund specific guidelines before speaking to Arts Queensland.
  2. All applicants to this fund must contact Arts Queensland before starting an application to discuss their proposal to receive a link to the application form. Please call the Director, Partnerships and Investment on 07 3034 4018 to start the conversation or email  

Successful Strategic Partnership Fund recipients