Community Outreach Program

Community Outreach Arts Funding

The Community Outreach Arts funding round closed on 31 July 2018.

The aim of the Community Outreach Arts funding round is to increase participation in the arts, promote collaboration between organisations, artists and the community and establish relationships and/or programs which contribute to long term arts engagement outcomes. The funding will have an emphasis on engaging sectors of the community that otherwise may experience barriers or disadvantage that inhibit their participation in the arts.

The funding will be on a one-off basis through an open round and will be available to incorporated organisations, and to individual artists and groups through an auspice arrangement with a not-for-profit organisation. $325,000 will be available for this funding round.

Australian National University Community Outreach Program

artsACT has finalised a new three-year funding agreement for the ANU Community Outreach Program for 2018 to 2020. In line with the ACT Arts Policy, new and dynamic programs will provide significant opportunities for all members of the Canberra community to engage with the School of Music and the School of Art and Design.

The School of Music will deliver a range of new programs including Girls Rock for young girls, Girls Jazz for women and girls, the Community School of Rock for any member of the community to further develop their music skills, My Song mentorship program with Gugan Gulwan Aboriginal Youth, and the Developing Musicians program, which will provide non-auditioned music tuition, workshops and ensemble performances for Year 7 to 12 students.

The Music for Colleges program will be transitioned off arts funding after 2019. The program will receive funding for 2018 and 2019 to enable Year 11 and 12 students currently enrolled in this program to complete the course at the end of 2019.

The Music Engagement Program is no longer funded as part of the Community Outreach Program. Canberra students wishing to engage with music development programs through the ANU will have access to the Developing Musicians program, as described above.

The School of Art and Design will also deliver a range of new community outreach programs. These are Jacks and Punties glassblowing for disadvantaged community members, Bundian Way - an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander program, College program for ACT students to experience visual art courses, and a Professional Development program for graduating ANU students.

Total funding for the ANU Community Outreach Program over the next three years is $2,093,271.

Canberra Symphony Orchestra Community Outreach Program

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra receives funding under the Community Outreach Program to increase accessibility and engagement in music across the community including those experiencing disadvantage, and for the Orchestra to access Llewellyn Hall for its concerts.

Belconnen and Tuggeranong Art Centres

The Belconnen and Tuggeranong Arts Centres receive funding to support access and engagement in the arts across the community including those experiencing disadvantage, through the Community Arts and Cultural Development program.

Capacity Building for Screen and Film

Screen Canberra Ltd is the ACT’s film, television and digital media office, and is the main delivery of ACT Government support to the local screen and digital sector. Screen Canberra receives arts funding to build the skills and capacity of screen/digital artists and to assist the development of their projects.

For further information on the Community Outreach Program, please contact artsACT on (02) 6207 2384 or email