Key Arts Organisation Funding

This category is closed.

2017 Funding

The Key Arts Organisations funding category will not be open for new entrants this year, for 2017 funding. 

artsACT is currently undertaking a review of funding arrangements and developing a new Arts Funding Plan, aligned with the 2015 ACT Arts Policy, which will set out the ACT Government’s arts funding priorities.

artsACT commenced community consultation on the Arts Funding Plan through the CBRarts Forum ‘Making CBRarts Happen’ held on 17 March 2016. Discussions on the development of the Plan will continue during 2016 and we welcome any submissions by 13 May 2016. 

We anticipate that a new Arts Funding Plan will be considered by government at the end of 2016, and that it will inform a revised ACT Arts Fund, including possible changes to funding categories and delivery mechanisms. Following the ACT Government's approval of a new Arts Funding Plan, artsACT will launch the revised ACT Arts Fund, anticipated to commence in 2018.

As a consequence of developing the Arts Funding Plan, artsACT has implemented a number of interim arrangements across the ACT Arts Fund, including not opening the Key Arts Organisations category in 2016. All Key Arts Organisations will continue to be funded at their current levels during 2016 and 2017. 

Any questions about Key Arts Organisations funding should be directed to Lynton Sheehan, Program Manager, on 62076423. 

Key Arts Organisation (KAO) funding supports leading ACT arts organisations that provide substantial programs, services, expertise and infrastructure to support and develop the arts in the ACT, as well as activities that strongly engage with the ACT community.
KAOs are expected to provide ongoing sector development, career pathways for artists and arts workers, and support a diversity of activity and access opportunities for the ACT community.

KAOs are expected to have strong and strategic governance, management and artistic leadership through dynamic and vibrant artistic programs that are evaluated on a regular basis.

While organisations may also have national, international or other reach or growth aspirations, support for funding in this category is provided on the basis of clear benefits and value to the ACT.


Organisations applying for Key Arts Organisation Funding must be ACT-based not-for-profit incorporated arts organisations.

ACT Key Arts Organisations

For more information about the category, please refer to the following guidelines:

Key Arts Organisation Funding Guidelines

Part 1. About the Category; Eligibility; and Period of Funding

Part 2. Assessment Criteria

Part 3. Business Plan Framework

Part 4. Assessment Process; and Funding Decision Timeline

Part 5. Funding Request; and Access to Other artsACT Funding

Part 6. Financial Position

Part 7. Operations; and Arts Facilities

Part 8. Collaborations and Partnerships

Part 9. Governance; and Conflicts of Interest

Part 10. Accessibility and Diversity; Reporting Requirements; and Acknowledgment of Funding

Part 11. Special Funding Conditions; On-Notice Provisions; Revocation of Funding; and Referral of Applications

Key Arts Organisation Funding Guidelines (PDF 436KB) PDF

Follow this link for the Australia Council for the Arts Business Plan Framework Word

For further information on the ACT Arts Fund, please contact artsACT on (02) 6207 2384 or email

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