Arts Activities funding

The current Arts Activities $5-50k round opened on 1 June 2020 and will close at 5pm Friday 31 July 2020.

There will be an online information session for this round 12:30 Friday 3 July - email to register

Alternatively, you can chat one-on-one with a member of our funding team at a time that suits you - to book phone 6207 2384 or email

Funding Aims

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 supports artists, groups and arts organisations to undertake a broad range of activities including artform-based projects, mentorships, residencies, professional or skills development and opportunities for the community to actively engage in the arts.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic you will need to speak to artsACT staff prior to applying for a project involving interstate or international travel.

Activities can relate to dance, literature, music, theatre, visual arts and cross-arts activities. Please note government support for the screen sector is provided through Screen Canberra and all activities relating to screen or film should apply to Screen Canberra.

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


Arts Activities Funding is available through two categories:

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 .

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

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

How to Apply

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

Applicants are encouraged to read the Arts Activities Handbook.

We encourage all applicants to speak with artsACT staff before making an application. Please also contact us to discuss any accessibility requirements you may have. You can either phone us on 6207 2384 or email

We also have two videos about Arts Activities Funding: