Key Arts Organisation Funding Guidelines - part 1

About the Category

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.


KAOs must:

  • be ACT based or registered not-for-profit incorporated arts organisations or limited by guarantee; and 
  • deliver an ongoing program of activity for each of the full calendar years of a five-year funding cycle. 

In addition, KAO applicants must meet with artsACT prior to lodging an application. Please call artsACT on (02) 6207 2384 to arrange online access to the application form and a suitable time to meet, at least four weeks prior to the closing date for applications.

Period of Funding

The Government provides KAOs with funding for up to five years. This allows organisations to plan and operate strategically, build long term relationships, and attract and retain staff. 

Should the Government consider five years of funding is not appropriate, one to four years of funding may be provided, with appropriate conditions attached, depending on the strength of the application and the organisation’s position in the arts sector.