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Recovery Funding - Sustain

This package of four funding programs works to help stabilise arts organisations and major festivals, support future sustainability, employment opportunities, encourage innovation and agility, and enable the continued delivery of COVID-safe arts experiences to Queensland audiences. Funding will specifically support:

  • Independent arts organisations
  • Organisations Fund 2017-2020 arts organisations
  • Key festivals
  • Major Performing Arts Organisations


Sustain: Recovery Support for Independent Arts Organisations

Funding will provide one-off grants to assist independent and emerging arts organisations that do not currently receive regular, operational funding from AQ, towards recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Eligible applicants could apply for grants of up to $30,000
  • Applications opened: 7 October 2020. Closed - 6 November 2020
  • Recovery Support for Independent Arts Organisations guidelines (DOCX) (332.2 KB)  and frequently asked questions (DOCX) (321.78 KB). 


Sustain: Organisations Fund 2017 - 2020 Recovery Support

Funding will provide one-off grants to organisations funded through the Organisations Fund 2017–2020 to stabilise businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • Organisations Fund 2017-2020 recipient organisations can apply for grants of up to $100,000
  • Applications open 7 October 2020. Close 9am, 2 November 2020.
  • Read the Organisations Fund 2017- 2020 Recovery Support guidelines  (DOCX) (329.68 KB).


Sustain: Festival Recovery Support

Funding aims to provide time limited support to organisations significantly impacted as a result of the COVID-19 restrictions, whose primary operational focus is delivering a large scale festival with a turnover exceeding $10 million in 2019.

  • Applications to this fund are by invitation only - extended to eligible arts organisations already receiving multi-year Organisations Funding 2017-2020 through Arts Queensland
  • Read the Festival Recovery Support guidelines (DOCX) (325.55 KB).


Sustain: Major Performing Arts Recovery Support

Funding is designed to assist organisations with additional financial support across the remainder of 2020 calendar year and into 2021, with priority given to organisations facing insolvency or unplanned employment losses.

  • Applications to the fund are by invitation only, and will be extended to eligible Major Performing Arts companies
  •  Read the Major Performing Arts organisations guidelines (DOCX) (325.35 KB)