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 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.

Type Opportunity Opens Closes Notified
Fellowships Reading Australia Fellowship for Teachers of English and Literacy Now 1pm, 1 March 2019 Late-May 2019
Fellowships Publisher Fellowships January 2019 1pm, 8 March 2019 May 2019
Individuals IGNITE Grants January 2019 1pm, 8 March 2019 May 2019
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round One January 2019 1pm, 13 May 2019 Mid-July 2019
Individuals CREATE Grants January 2019 1pm, 19 August 2019 October 2019
Fellowships Author Fellowship May 2019 September 2019 December 2019
Fellowships Fellowship for Non-Fiction Writing May 2019 September 2019 December 2019
Fellowships Fellowship for a Visual Artist May 2019 September 2019 December 2019
Organisations Cultural Fund – Round Two Late July 2019 1pm, 1 October 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.


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