Cultural Fund

Supporting Australian Creativity

The Cultural Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Copyright Agency.

Our members commit 1.5% of revenue every year towards vital grants to enhance the profile of Australian writers and visual artists and to support our dynamic writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

With an annual budget of approximately $2m, we support our members, writers, visual artists, publishers and key industry stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian writers and visual artists that connects with audiences.

We champion industry-led research and encourage new partnerships with the education and cultural sectors.

The Cultural Fund provides invaluable Publishing Industry Career Development Grants to Australian publishers and literary agents and offers Create Grants to individual writers and visual artists to create new work. We also offer career-sustaining Fellowships for mid-career and established authors, visual artists and English and literacy teachers.

Each year we offer two rounds of funding to significant organisations to support Australian writers, journalists, editors, English and literacy teachers and visual artists. We are also keen to support industry collaborations to benefit writers and visual artists and which raise the profile of reading, writing, publishing or the visual arts in general.

Our priority is to ensure that writers and visual artists are better supported and are paid appropriately for their creative endeavours. We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

As our funding priorities and grant programs change regularly, intending applicants are encouraged to visit our website and discuss their project with the Cultural Fund before applying.

For more information on activities supported, please see Activities Supported – Organisations and Activities Supported – Individuals. 

Type Opportunity Opens Closes Notified
Fellowship Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy Friday 6 December 2019 1pm Monday 20 April 2020 July 2020
Individuals Publishing Industry Career Development Grants 15 January 2020 1pm Monday 30 March 2020 May 2020
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round One 24 January 2020 1pm Monday 11 May 2020 Mid-July 2020
Fellowships Author Fellowship 24 January 2020 1pm Monday 29 June 2020 September 2020
Fellowships Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing 24 January 2020 1pm Monday 29 June 2020 September 2020
Fellowships Fellowship for a Visual Artist 24 January 2020 1pm Monday 29 June 2020 September 2020
Individuals Create Grants 24 January 2020 1pm Monday 14 September 2020 November 2020
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round Two Mid-July 2020 1pm Monday 28 September 2020 Mid-December 2020

 

Through the Copyright Agency’s initiative, Reading Australia, the Cultural Fund advocates for the study and enjoyment of Australian literature for students. Reading Australia provides curriculum-linked resources to help teachers introduce students of all ages to Australian books.

If you or your organisation would like to receive a hard copy of our Cultural Fund brochure please contact culturalfund@copyright.com.au

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