Information for Applicants

How to Apply

For information about the types of funding available, see the individual categories.

All funding applications are completed and lodged online using the SmartyGrants grant management system. Visit the artsACT online grants portal External Link to view and apply to current funding rounds.


Applicants must reside in Canberra.

For applicants who do not reside in Canberra, an exception can be made where the applicant's practice is clearly based in Canberra

Individual applicants must also be Australian citizens, have permanent resident status in Australia, or, if not a permanent resident, be on a temporary Australian VISA, which expires no less than two years from the date of application.

ACT-based practice

Non-resident applicants must specifically and strongly demonstrate that their practice is primarily based in Canberra. Generally, this is only available to people living in the immediate Canberra region.

Applicants must provide a statement addressing the below six points on demonstrating a Canberra-based practice, with a clear focus on the last two years.

  • Being recognised as an ACT artist by peers.
  • Evidence of consistently promoting yourself as an ACT artist.
  • Regularity of making and/or presenting work in the ACT.
  • Employment in the ACT arts sector.
  • Collaboration and active engagement with the ACT arts sector.
  • Formal training or education in the arts in the ACT.

This information will be used to assess eligibility and therefore needs to be thorough and relevant. 
artsACT reserves the right to not accept an application from non-Canberra residents.

If you are an Aboriginal person that is a traditional custodian to Ngunnawal Country, you are eligible to apply regardless of your residential address.

artsACT does not fund:

  • individuals or organisations with overdue unacquitted funding from artsACT. A history of late acquittals without due cause will be taken into consideration when assessing applications.
  • activities associated with a course of study or that form part of any requirements or assessment at an educational or training institution.
  • fundraising activities.
  • retrospective activities.

Please refer to individual category guidelines for specific eligibility requirements. 

Artists and Arts Workers fees and salaries

artsACT expects artists professionally employed or engaged on artsACT-funded activities will be remunerated for their work in line with industry standards.

artsACT supports the fair payment of artists and arts workers through its Key Arts Organisation, Program and Arts Activities funding categories. Application budgets should reflect appropriate fees and salaries for artists and arts workers commensurate with their level of skill and experience, role and responsibility.

Ultimately, appropriate fees and salaries are the responsibility of the employer, and must be in compliance with Australian workplace laws and National Employment Standards.

The following organisations may be of assistance in obtaining information about appropriate fees, salaries and conditions of employment:


Find information about ACT Arts Fund assessment panels.

It is important applicants submit a well-thought out and well-developed application that answers all questions, addresses all the criteria and provides the documentary evidence and support documents required. Applicants should also read the ACT Arts Policy, including its priorities.

The ACT Government reserves the right not to assess an application if it does not meet the eligibility criteria or if it does not provide all of the requested information.

Public Liability Insurance

If any aspect of your project is to be undertaken on ACT Government premises or public land, you will need to hold an appropriate level of public liability insurance. Under normal circumstances, the appropriate level of public liability insurance is $20 million unless specified otherwise by the Territory.

artsACT strongly advises all arts organisations and artists to seek their own advice regarding insurance.

Confidentiality, Privacy and Freedom of Information

The information provided in funding submissions is used when processing and assessing applications. The ACT Government respects all personal and confidential information you provide and will take all reasonable steps to prevent any unauthorised access, loss or misuse of information provided in your application. Information provided by all applicants will be stored centrally and may be used by ACT Government officers to better understand community needs and improve service delivery. Details of successful applicants (limited to applicant name, funding amount and grant purpose) will be publicly announced, and artsACT may promote the activity of funded applicants.

artsACT will only use and/or disclose personal information in accordance with relevant legislation, including the Information Privacy Act 2014. External Link Applicants should be aware that the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1989 External Link apply to documents in artsACT’s possession.

More Information

For further information on arts funding, please contact artsACT on (02) 6207 2384 or email

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