Cultural Fund

2024 application closing dates Organisations Copyright Agency Partnerships Fellowships Individuals Projects Supported

About the Cultural Fund

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

Each year we commit 1.5% of revenue raised from the use of our members’ work to support significant projects to benefit Australian writers, visual artists, publishers, and creative organisations.

Our aim is to ensure Australian writers and visual artists are better supported and paid appropriately for their creative endeavours. We encourage all applicants to pay appropriate industry rates to writers and artists.

Our priorities for 2024/25 have changed and the Cultural Fund will offer grants to support the following:

  • Fellowships and grants to support the creation of new work by writers and artists;
  • Audience development grants for Australian organisations for projects to increase readership and audiences for new work, writing and visual arts;
  • Sector development grants for Australian organisations for projects in the writing, publishing, and visual arts sectors

In addition, we offer a commission for a visual artist through the Copyright Agency Partnerships (CAP) initiative, in partnership with leading galleries in Australia.

Projects to support professional development through mentorships, masterclasses and workshops will not be funded.

The Cultural Fund manages Reading Australia to encourage the teaching of Australian literature in schools by creating and publishing freely-available resources for teachers, by teachers. There are now almost 300 resources to books by Australian writers mapped to the curriculum priorities for teachers to use in schools.

We encourage writers and visual artists to become members of the Copyright Agency. More information on how to join and the benefits of membership are here.

For specific grants information for organisations and individuals please refer to these links below:

Grants for Australian Organisations Grants for Individuals  

Cultural Fund Grants and Fellowships: closing dates for 2024

Type Opportunity Closes Notified
Individuals Create Grants 1pm 25 March 2024 End June 2024
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round One 1pm 15 April 2024 Mid-July 2024
Fellowship Reading Australia Fellowship 1pm 27 May 2024 Early July 2024
Individual/Partnership Copyright Agency Partnerships 1pm (AEST) 11 June 2024 Mid-July 2024
Fellowship Copyright Agency Frank Moorhouse Fellowship for Young Writers 1pm 24 June 2024 September 2024
Fellowship Author Fellowship 1pm 22 July 2024 October 2024
Fellowship Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing 1pm 22 July 2024 October 2024
Individuals Publishing Industry Career Development grants tbc tbc
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round Two 1pm 16 September 2024 Mid-December 2024