Key Arts Organisation Funding

The Key Arts Organisation funding category is closed.

The ACT Government is undertaking a review of funding arrangements and is developing a new Arts Funding Plan. The Plan aims to include an overview of funding categories, support mechanisms and priorities, and aligns funding with the 2015 ACT Arts Policy. The following link provides more information on the Arts Funding Plan.

Any questions about Key Arts Organisation funding or the Arts Funding Plan should be directed to Lynton Sheehan, Program Manager, on (02) 62076423.

Funding for one-off activities in 2018 is available through the Project Funding category, which closes on Monday 7 August 2017.

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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