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, individual writers, visual artists, publishers 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 the Cultural Fund will also 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.

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

Type Opportunity Opens Closes Notified
Fellowships Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy Friday 6 December 2019 1pm Monday 20 April 2020 July 2020
Fellowships Publisher Fellowships closed closed 8 March 2019 May 2019
Individuals IGNITE Grants closed closed 8 March 2019 May 2019
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round One closed closed 13 May 2019 Mid-July 2019
Individuals CREATE Grants closed closed 19 August 2019 October 2019
Fellowships Author Fellowship closed closed 23 September 2019 Mid-November 2019
Fellowships Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing closed closed 23 September 2019 Mid-November 2019
Fellowships Fellowship for a Visual Artist closed closed 23 September 2019 Mid-November 2019
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round Two closed closed 30 September 2019 December 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.

If you or your organisation would like to receive a hard copy of our Cultural Fund brochure please contact

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