Sector Capacity Building


Currently open - Capacity Building for Non-funded Arts Organisations opens 6 May 2019, closing 5pm 6 June 2019. Please read below for full details.

artsACT will offer a one hour public information session on 14 May 2019, at 12:30pm at artsACT, Canberra Nara Centre, to discuss the process.

Sector Capacity Building

In addition to funding, there are other areas of support that can benefit the arts sector. This has been raised by the sector through consultation on the arts funding plan and the ACT Arts Policy. Other areas of support includes skills and professional development for artists, and support for continuous improvement of arts organisations including for governance, strategic capacity and planning, change and risk management and diversity.

Capacity Building for individual artists

Capacity building activities are being provided through targeted assistance in grant writing and project development, particularly for those members of the community who have not traditionally accessed support. The first stage of this program was provided through the Ainslie + Gorman Arts Centres. Further development opportunities will be available in the future and will be advertised on this website and through artsACT’s enews.

Capacity building for non-funded arts organisations

Many ACT arts organisations are comparatively small and do not receive ongoing government funding. These organisations may benefit from assistance with strategic planning, business development, incorporation, and financial and administrative management to improve sustainability and viability.

Capacity Building for Non-funded Arts Organisations is being offered to assist arts organisations to increase their business capacity. Funding of $5,000 to $20,000 is available through an EOI process. At this stage, this funding round is offered as a one-off and there is no commitment for any future funding.

Proposed activities must focus on business and strategic development. Funding is not for any artistic skills/development or programming activities, the purchase of equipment or for educational courses.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via the online artsACT grants portalhttps://www.arts.act.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0011/182000/externallink.png Deadline for EOIs is 5pm 6 June2019.

Applicants are encouraged to read the Capacity Building for Non-funded Arts Organisations info sheet:

Non-funded Arts Organisations Information Sheet (PDF 296KB) PDF

Non-funded Arts Organisations Information Sheet (Word 24KB) Word

Capacity building for funded arts organisations

Support for organisations currently receiving ongoing arts funding is being provided to build capacity in governance, strategic capacity and planning, change and risk management, diversity representation, and cultural awareness. Capacity building is being delivered through workshops and one-on-one sessions by Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, and through a previous workshop hosted by the Canberra Innovation Network.

Capacity Building for Live Music

MusicACThttps://www.arts.act.gov.au/__data/assets/image/0011/182000/externallink.png has been funded to support capacity building programs for the live contemporary music sector including in artist management, recording, touring, and promoting. This funding will also facilitate the creation of more opportunities for Canberra all-ages shows.

MusicACT will engage with the National Live Music Office, The Australasian Performing Right Association, national live music promoters, managers and record labels to assist the careers of Canberra musicians.

Arts Capacity Building Strategy

Following these initial programs, artsACT will develop an Arts Capacity Building Strategy; informed by ongoing evaluation of activities for ACT artists and organisations. The Strategy will assist in determining the future needs and priorities for arts development in Canberra, to enhance vibrancy, professionalism and inclusion in the arts landscape.