grants and funding
This page features a list of government bodies, foundations and trusts that provide funding to the arts and creative industries, community and education sectors. For easy navigation, we’ve divided them into three sections:
This list is a good starting point for you to find the right funding for your next project, initiative or event. It’s by no means a complete list; you will find additional funding sources using the Queensland Government grant finding wizard, the Community Funding Centre on the OurCommunity website, or the Arts Grants Finder.
It is important to note that all grants listed here have specific eligibility criteria, guidelines and submission deadlines. If you are interested in a particular grant, please research it thoroughly. Some grants run throughout the year, others are available as a one-off. Allow for enough time to plan and prepare your grant application.
If you are looking for support, contact us. YAQ members are eligible for letters of support and auspicing agreements. We also offer consultation or career pathways sessions. Make sure to also check our Ten Quick Grant Writing Tips fact sheet.
To keep up to date with upcoming grants, sign up to our email list [anchor to email sign up template] and check our upcoming section – we regularly update this page with the latest funding opportunities and application deadlines.
- Lord Mayor’s Creative City Initiative MicroGrants
The Lord Mayor’s Creative City MicroGrants help young people aged 17 to 26 showcase their particular artform or creative cultural activity in Brisbane. The grant can be used for activities, events, materials, accessing facilities and developing arts activities in your community.
- Creative Sparks
This grant program aims to implement creative projects that enrich Brisbane communities and develop the professional practice of local artists and cultural workers.
- Lord Mayor’s Young and Emerging Artists Fellowships
This program supports young and emerging Brisbane artists and artsworkers aged between 17 and 30. The program aims to develop artists who wish to join national or international training and development programs, complete a mentorship and or any other structured experiences.
- Community Grants Program
Brisbane City Council’s Community Grants Program provides funding to local non-profit community groups to improve and develop services in Brisbane.
Other local councils may have their own grants and funding programs. To find your local council website, please visit the Local Government Directory.
Arts Queensland is the Queensland Government’s arts funding and advisory body. Arts Queensland is part of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
6 major categories
- Organisations Fund - For outstanding arts and cultural organisations. (Closing 31 Jul 2013 for Jan 2014 to Dec 2016)
- Projects and Programs Funds - Projects or programs of arts and cultural activities by an individual, organisation or collective. (Closing 15 Aug 2013 for projects starting after 1 Dec 2013)
- Individuals Fund - Professional and career development for individual artists and cultural workers – emerging and established. (Rounds closing 15 Jul 2013 and 1 Oct 2013)
- Innovation Fund - Funding for innovative and transformative ideas programs and practices. (Dates to be confirmed)
- Super Star Fund - Investment in performing arts productions that feature internationally renowned artists. (Rolling – applications accepted anytime)
- Playing Queensland Fund - support for touring. (Rolling – applications accepted anytime)
Other partnership grants and funding initiatives:
- Artist in Residence (AIR) program - a joint initiative of the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, Education Queensland and the Australia Council for the Arts for innovative education and arts projects.
- Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) - a partnership between the Queensland Government and regional councils to support local arts and culture.
- Creative Sparks - a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland.
- Indigenous Regional Arts Development Fund (IRADF) - a partnership program between the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Councils, Communities.
- Grant McLennan Memorial Fellowship - $25,000 prize for Queensland songwriters.
- Arts Queensland Regional Arts and Culture Awards - Biennial awards to honour creative spirit in Queensland communities.
- Billy Thorpe Scholarship - $10,000 prize for Queensland based contemporary bands or solo artists.
- Backing Indigenous Arts - Bringing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts and cultures of Queensland to the world.
- Queensland Government Exhibitions Indemnification Scheme - The Queensland Government indemnifies significant exhibitions of art work and cultural property to offset the cost of commercial insurance cover which would otherwise be required for the transport and display of works of cultural and historical importance.
Queensland Government – various Departments
- Gambling Community Benefit Fund
The Gambling Community Benefit Fund (GCBF) aims to provide funding to community groups in Queensland. GCBF and three related casino benefit funds are very flexible grant programs.
- Multicultural Affairs Queensland
The Multicultural Assistance Program grants are allocated to events and projects that strengthen multiculturalism, foster harmonious community relations and participation, and build community capacity, including improved access to services in Queensland.
- Queensland Events Corporation (QEC)
Events Queensland secures and invests in events that deliver economic and social returns for all Queenslanders. QEC’s diverse portfolio ranges from major, world-class events through to community-based, regional events.
Australia Council for the Arts
The Australia Council for the Arts is the Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body.
A selection of current Australia Council grants and funding initiatives:
The ArtStart program provides financial assistance to recent creative arts graduates who are committed to establishing a career as a professional artist. Grants are provided to fund services, resources, skills development and equipment that help graduate artists to build an income-generating career in the arts practice they have studied.
- Going Global – Market Development
The Australia Council’s market development section aims to create more demand for Australian contemporary arts through supporting the promotion of Australian contemporary arts and developing new markets and audiences, in Australia and internationally.
- Partnership Development – Community Partnerships
Partnership development provides funding of up to $5,000 to assist artists, groups, or organisations to undertake further development and/or extension of effective community partnerships.
- Program – Youth Arts – Theatre
Program – Youth Arts grants provide three-year funding to youth theatre companies which develop and present the voices and stories of young people, and which offer professional development pathways with the potential to help young people become artists or artsworkers.
- Key Organisations – Multi-year– Theatre
Key Organisations – Multi-year grants provide funding to a limited number of outstanding organisations to make high quality theatre works themselves or to create opportunities for others to do so.
- Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Office for the Arts
The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet: Office for the Arts administers programs and policies that encourage excellence in artistic effort, support for cultural heritage and public access to arts and culture.
- Contemporary Music Touring Program
The Contemporary Music Touring Program provides funding support for touring activities to the contemporary music sector. The Program prioritises regional and remote area touring, which may include the movement of artists to, from or around those regions.
- Festivals Australia
Festivals Australia is an Australian Government program which funds Australian regional and community festivals to present quality cultural projects. Funding is available to add a new or special sort of cultural activity.
- Visions of Australia
Visions of Australia aims to enable more Australians to enjoy our diverse culture by accessing exhibitions of cultural material. It provides funding to eligible organisations to develop and tour exhibitions of Australian cultural material across Australia.
- Playing Australia
Playing Australia is the Australian Government’s national touring program for the performing arts. It is designed to assist the touring of performing arts across state and territory boundaries where this is currently not commercially viable and there is a demonstrated public demand. A principal objective of Playing Australia is to support tours to regional and remote Australia.
- National Arts and Crafts Industry Support Program
The National Arts and Crafts Industry Support (NACIS) program provides direct funding support to Indigenous art centres and industry support and advocacy organisations. The program’s overall objectives are to assist art centres to become stronger and to build a more sustainable Indigenous visual arts industry.
- Screen Australia
Screen Australia’s funding programs aim to support the development of a highly creative, culturally relevant, innovative and commercially sustainable Australian screen production industry. Screen Australia offers significant support for production costs.
- Pozible: Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding for individuals, groups and organisations. YAQ has an existing partnership with Pozible which makes it easy for YAQ members to access a discounted 5% service fee. Join YAQ as a member and then request a discount code from us.
- Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation makes grants for general charitable purposes in Australia that advance knowledge and benefit the community in the areas of the arts, community wellbeing, education, environment and conservation, health, medical research and science.
- Sidney Myer Foundation
The Sidney Myer Fund offers large and small grant programs in the areas of arts and humanities, education, poverty and disadvantage. The Sidney Myer Foundation contains two large grant programs: ‘Beyond Australia’ and ‘Sustainability and the Environment’. There are also occasional special grants programs.
- Nelson Meers Foundation
The Nelson Meers Foundation is a private philanthropic arts foundation supporting organisations that create innovative cultural programs and those that utilise creative expression to promote individual wellbeing or to create positive social change.
- Macquarie Group Foundation
The Foundation supports arts organisations across a broad range of activities, focussing on initiatives which help young people build their skills, knowledge and appreciation of the arts. In particular supporting programs that help young people from disadvantaged communities access arts education and training.
- Anna Wearne Trust
By ensuring funds are provided to appropriate charitable institutions, the Anna Wearne Trust creates opportunities for young people to reach their potential where such potential is hampered due to disadvantage or inequality.
- The Besen Family Foundation
The foundation seeks to encourage, nurture and assist in both the maintaining and also developing of important programs and projects. Grants for arts and culture are given to not-for-profit organisations throughout Australia. The foundation will support projects both in performing and visual arts. Preference will be given to projects that are innovative and challenging.
- Churchill Fellowships
Churchill Fellowships are for young people who are passionate about their chosen field and wish to conduct research overseas before returning to Australia to share their knowledge and experience with their community.
- Scanlon Foundation
The aim of the foundation is ‘to support the creation of a larger cohesive Australian society’ through the promotion of cultural diversity and social cohesion.
- Schools First
Schools First is brought to life by NAB in partnership with the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) and Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). Schools First brings together students, teachers, parents and community members to help young people grow. The program provides financial recognition of success in establishing effective school-community partnerships, and financial support to build stronger school-community partnerships.
- Coca-Cola (Australia) Foundation
CCAF is an independent charitable trust funded by Coca-Cola System in Australia and devoted to improving the lives of marginalised youth. It distributes $1 million annually to fund three to four major national projects and a number of smaller local community programs.