Arts Activities funding

Arts Activities Up to $5k funding round 

For administrative reasons, the 2018 Arts Activities Up to $5k form will close 31 December 2018. If you have started but not submitted an application by this date, you will need to start a 2019 application form, which will be available from 1 January 2019. There will be no changes to the funding guidelines and you will still be able to view your previous application form.

Arts Activities $5-50k funding round opening 1 December 2018, closing 28 February 2019

Arts Activities funding can be used for a range of activities across a number of artforms. If you are not sure this funding is right for your activity or want to know more about what to put in an application, you can watch an information session recorded earlier this year or book in for a one-on-one session.

One-on-one session
When: 12 - 2 pm, Thursday, 31 January 2019
Where: Ainslie Arts Centre
Booking: email or call 6207 2384 to make a time

Arts Activities funding is available to ACT-based artists at all stages of their careers and to organisations providing the Canberra community with opportunities to engage in the arts. It aims to be flexible, responsive and more frequent, with fewer restrictions on eligible activities and more opportunities to apply. It will support artists, groups and arts organisations to undertake a broader range of activities including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts.

Activities can relate to artforms including dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and arts based festivals. Government support for the screen sector is provided through Screen Canberra and all activities relating to screen or film should apply to Screen Canberra.

There are two categories available:

Applications to both categories must be submitted via the online artsACT grants portal

Applicants are encouraged to read the Arts Activities Handbook. For further assistance, please call artsACT on 6207 2384.

We also have two videos about Arts Activities Funding:

Funding Aims

Funded activities must strongly meet one or more of the following aims:


Arts Activities Funding is available through two categories:

Up to $5k for smaller projects, available all year round.

$5-50k for larger projects, available twice a year.

The Government has committed to $775,000 being available for Arts Activities across the two categories. At least $175,000 will be available for the Up to $5k category over the calendar year, and at least $600,000 will be available for the two $5-50k rounds .


Applications will be assessed against the following three criteria:

Applicants may also now include a short video statement to support their responses to the assessment questions, in addition to the written application. The content, not the quality, of videos will be considered by assessors.

Unsuccessful applicants can seek feedback and reapply to the immediate next round.

The Government will review the Up to $5k category after six months and review the $5-50k after 12 months.