New arts funding opens 1 June

Over a million dollars in arts grants funding is available over the next year and the ACT Government is making it easier for artists to apply.

Artists can now apply for funding up to $5,000 at any time of the year, giving them access to support for their arts practice when they need it.

Artists can apply for funding of up to $50,000, twice a year, and if they are unsuccessful in the first round, they can apply again in six months, instead of waiting a whole year. The total available budget for 2018-19 for what will now be called Arts Activities Funding is $775,000.

The ACT Government also has $325,000 available as a one-off funding round for Community Outreach arts projects, as a result of underspends in this funding category. The aim of this funding is to increase participation in and access to the arts and promote collaboration between organisations, artists and the community.

The Government is also calling for more artists to be part of the peer assessment process. Peers play a crucial role in ensuring applicants are fairly assessed when applying for funding and we need them across all artforms including dance, circus, music, literature, theatre and visual arts and crafts. Those interested should nominate via the Peer Assessment page

In addition to funding, the ACT Government will support the arts sector by hosting workshops and one-on-one sessions to help improve grant application and planning processes. This is the start of ongoing capacity building work by artsACT which will continue through to needs assessment and development of a strategy. This capacity building activity will support artists and arts organisations in enhancing vibrancy, professionalism and inclusion in the ACT arts landscape.

All funding rounds, including nominations for ACT Book of the Year, open on 1 June 2018. The ACT Book of the Year recognises excellence in literature, and is valued at $10,000 for the winner, $2,000 for any highly commended book, and $1,000 for each shortlisted book.