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 for vital grants to enhance the profile of Australian creators and to support our dynamic writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

We support our members and key stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences. We champion industry-led research and encourage new partnerships with the education and cultural sectors.

The Cultural Fund provides invaluable CREATE and IGNITE grants to individual creators to pursue professional development and career enhancing opportunities, and to create work. It also provides career-sustaining Fellowships for established authors, visual artists, publishers and teachers.

We offer two rounds of funding to organisations and, from 2018, the Cultural Fund will highlight opportunities for industry partnerships and support for key national writers’ festivals.

Our priority is to ensure that 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.

Intending applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Cultural Fund before applying.

Type Opportunity Opens Closes Notified
Fellowships Publisher Fellowships January 12 March 2018 May 2018
Individuals IGNITE Grants January 20 April 2018 June 2018
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round One January 7 May 2018 July 2018
Individuals CREATE Grants January 18 June 2018 August 2018
Fellowships Author Fellowship January 24 September 2018 November 2018
Fellowships Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing January 24 September 2018 November 2018
Fellowships Fellowship for a Visual Artist January 24 September 2018 November 2018
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round Two July 5 October 2018 December 2018
Fellowships Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy July 1 March 2019 Mid-May 2019


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.


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