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Funding programs and partners

The Queensland Government's approach to investing in arts and culture is outlined in the Arts Queensland Arts and Cultural Investment Framework (DOCX) (2.69 MB).

We encourage you to download and review this document, read investment case studies, and explore your funding options below.

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Youth And Arts Pathways

Youth And Arts Pathways helps to attract and retain young people within the arts and cultural sector, and focuses on activities which support ongoing employment and career development.

Digital Adaptation

Digital Adaptation recognises that the creation and delivery of digital programming is anticipated to become increasingly important for the arts and cultural sector in a post-COVID-19 recovery phase and beyond.


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.

Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund

The Indigenous Art Centre Launch Fund is a new two-year funding program available to Queensland based established Indigenous Art Centres that are already engaged in supporting First Nations artists and arts workers in professional visual arts practice.

Queensland Arts Showcase Program (QASP)

Supporting vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for Queensland by individuals, organisations or collectives across three categories: Arts Accelerate, Arts Activate and Arts Advantage. 

View QASP case studies or download QASP Successful Recipients (XLSX) (1.32 MB). Find out more about QASP.

Spaces and Places

Arts and cultural activation and programming that enlivens spaces and promotes cultural vitality, attracts new visitors and generates opportunities for regional Queensland.

First Night Showcase Bulmba-ja (closed)

Supporting independent artists and organisations based in Queensland to develop and present new works at Bulmba-ja arts centre (Cairns).

Creative to Go

Enabling regional communities to reengage with live, local and high quality arts experiences that COVID -19 restrictions made unviable for artists and venues to deliver.

Play Local (closed)

Supporting live music and performing arts venues to program Queensland artists, and support the employment of artists, organisations and arts workers.

Play Local is designed to support Queensland’s performance venues to program Queensland artists and arts organisations while social distancing restrictions are in place and during the subsequent recovery phase. This includes live music venues and performing arts venues. 

Live Music Venue Support

Supporting Queensland-based live music venues with a track record in presenting original live music that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

It will assist music venues to reopen with grants of up to $15,000 for small venues (up to 499 pax) and up to $25,000 for large venues (over 500 pax).

stART grant program (closed)

The stART Grant Program was established by Arts Queensland to support Queensland independent creative practitioners including artists, artist collaborators, producers, designers, technicians, freelance and other arts workers impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Eligible creative practitioners applied for $3000 to support ideation, preparation, planning and collaboration activities focussed on future creative opportunities during COVID recovery phase.

Organisations Fund 2021 - 2024

Arts Queensland is suspending applications for the Organisations Fund 2021-2024 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Read more about this announcement here.

View Organisations Fund case studies or download Organisations Fund recipients list in Excel format.


Individuals Fund

Supporting individual artists and cultural workers (emerging and established) to participate in transformational professional and career development opportunities.

NOTE: Boosted funding, expanded criteria

View Individuals Fund case studies or download previous Individuals Fund recipients (83.04 KB) list in Excel format. Find out more about Individuals Fund.

Playing Queensland Fund (PQF)

Supporting performing and visual arts projects by Queensland artists and organisations that are ready to tour and have demonstrated community interest and demand. Includes activities targeted at schools and kindergartens in regional Queensland.


View PQF case studies or download current and previous PQF recipients list in Excel format. Read the fact sheets for schools, sector and for artist in residence projects. Find out more about PQF.

Backing Indigenous Arts (BIA)

Building a stronger, more sustainable and ethical Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts industry in Queensland. 

View BIA case studies or download BIA – Performing Arts recipients list (Excel).

Find out more about BIA programs and funding recipients.

Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF)

Supporting innovative and transformative arts business ideas.  

View ABIF case studies or download current ABIF recipients list in Excel format.

Find out more about ABIF

Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF)

Partnering with local government to invest in the local development of quality arts and arts practice for and with regional communities. View RADF case studies.

Find out more about RADF.

Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF)

Partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure Indigenous communities in regional and remote areas of Queensland have access to arts and cultural services.  

View IRADF case studies or download previous IRADF recipients list (XLSX) (31.35 KB)  in Excel format. 

Find out more about IRADF.

Artists in Residence Fund (AIR)

Artists in Residence funding supports regional Queensland schools and kindergartens to partner with artists and arts organisations to deliver innovative projects.  Funding for artists in residence projects is now available through the new Arts and Education stream of the Playing Queensland Fund which is open year round.

The standalone Artists in Residence Fund (AIR) has now closed.

View AIR case studies and historic fund guidelines and other documents, or download the AIR 2016-19 recipients list in Excel format.

Creative Sparks

Partnering with Brisbane City Council to support creative projects that enrich Brisbane's communities and develop the professional practice of local artists and cultural workers.  

Find out more about Creative Sparks.

Regional Arts Fund (RAF)

An Australian Government initiative to benefit regional and remote arts practitioners, arts workers, audiences and communities through Community Project Grants and Quick Response Grants. Flying Arts Alliance Inc administers the Queensland Regional Arts Fund.

​Find out more about the Regional Arts Fund.

Billy Thorpe Scholarship

Supporting emerging musicians to establish a professional career.  

Find out more about the Billy Thorpe Scholarship.

Grant McLennan Fellowship

Providing an opportunity to travel to New York, London or Berlin to further develop artistic skills in an immersive music culture.  

Find out more about the Grant McLennan Fellowship.

Arts Infrastructure Fund (AIF)

Supporting arts and cultural organisations to upgrade and improve the infrastructure that supports their work and practice. The Arts Infrastructure Fund concluded in March 2018.

Find out more about AIF.

Arts Leverage Fund

Promoting private sector giving by matching eligible cash sponsorship and philanthropy dollar for dollar, while leveraging government investment in Queensland-based arts and cultural organisations. The Arts Leverage Fund concluded in 2017 and is closed for new applicants.

Download previous Arts Leverage Fund recipients list in Excel format.

Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS)

Partnering with the Australia Council for the Arts to increase the viability and vitality of Australia’s contemporary visual arts and craft sector in Queensland.  

Find out more about VACS.

Ministry for the Arts

The Australian Government's arts and culture policy body.  Find out more about the Ministry for the Arts.

Australia Council for the Arts

The Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.  Find out more about the Australia Council for the Arts.

Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ)

A statutory body of the Queensland Government and the state's marketing, destination and experience development and major events agency.  

Find out more about the TEQ.

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

Supporting rural, regional and remote communities in Queensland and the Northern Territory to address the particular challenges they face due to their geographic location.  

Check out the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation.