Arts Activities funding

The Up to $5k arts category is closed for any further applications.
It will reopen on 20 May 2024 for activities commencing from 1 July 2024.

Find all current recipients on our website.

Arts Activities Funding

Arts Activities Funding provides support for Canberra artists, groups and organisations to undertake arts activities including creating new work, professional or skills development, mentoring, residencies, and community arts and cultural development and engagement.

Activities can be across a range of artforms including dance, digital games, literature, music, new media, screen, theatre, visual arts, and arts-based festivals.

Funding categories

Arts Activities Funding is available through two categories:

For 2023-24, there is budget of approximately $900,000 available for Arts Activities across the two categories. Some $180,000 will be available for the Up to $5k category over the year, and some $720,000 will be available for the two $5-50k rounds. These amounts may vary depending on demand and the number of successful applications.

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

*The 2023-2024 Up to $5k arts activity round is closed for any further applications. Applications for the Up to $5k category will reopen on 20 May 2024 for activities starting from 1 July 2024. Applications that have already been submitted will continue to be assessed and applicants will be informed of the outcome within six weeks of the date of applying.

Please contact artsACT on if you have any questions.

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

Funding Strategies

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

How to Apply

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

Arts Activities Guidelines

We encourage all applicants to thoroughly read the Arts Activities Guidelines and then 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

Online information session

An online information session about Arts Activities $5-$50k funding for applications closing 28 February 2024 will be held from 4:00pm - 5:00pm on Wednesday 14 February 2024. Click here to join the meeting.

A copy of the PowerPoint presentation from the previous information session is available here.