Grants for Organisations

Opens Closes Notified
Round One November 2020 1pm 26 April 2021 early July 2021
Round Two 2021 1pm 11 October 2021 early December 2021

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund offers grants to leading organisations for projects that deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, English and literacy teachers, visual artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

With these grants for organisations, our aim is to support our members and key industry stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and to offer significant professional development and career sustaining opportunities for writers, visual artists and publishers.

The Cultural Fund encourages potential applicants to create opportunities for writers and visual artists at all career stages.

Our priority is to support projects that will provide sustained and realistic support to writers and visual artists and to encourage greater audiences for their work.

We also offer grants to leading national writing organisations to build literacy skills for children and young adults and to encourage reading at all levels, and we are particularly interested in supporting partnerships with key industry organisations to raise the profile of writing and writers.

In most cases, the Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year; however, in some instances funding for three years may be approved.

Support for Australian publishers

Australian publishers may apply for grants to publish new works by debut Australian creative writers; works of poetry; and titles of exceptional cultural significance. These grants will be directed towards commissioning fees for writers and will not replace the publisher’s advance or royalties.

Support for visual arts organisations
Our priority is to support opportunities for Australian visual artists to create new work; for professional development and mentoring; and to raise the profile of the artist.

Project start dates

Grants for Round One will support projects to start after 15 July 2021.

Grants for Round Two will support projects to start after 1 January 2022.

Funding amounts

While there are no set minimum or maximum amounts, our grants range from $5,000 to $20,000 per project/year. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project with the Cultural Fund before applying.

We encourage all applicants to pay appropriate industry rates to writers and visual artists.

Visit our activities supported page for a full list of what the Cultural Fund will and won’t support. Please read specific information for organisations, as this differs to the criteria and projects supported for individuals.

Who can apply

  • Legally constituted organisations and incorporated associations may apply.
  • If applying as a University, only one application from the University may be submitted per round. You should confirm this before applying.
  • Individuals or sole traders are not eligible to apply for these grants. Please see our Grants for Individuals.
  • Applicants may submit only one application per round to the Cultural Fund.
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants to be eligible to apply for further funding.

How to apply

  • You must apply via the SmartyGrants online grants platform.
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date via the SmartyGrants online system.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Your application

All applicants must provide a clear outline of their intended project. Your application must include a project description, an itemised budget, and relevant support material.

Support Material

You may submit up to two files of support material with your application as a PDF via the online SmartyGrants system. Support material may include:

  • Information on your organisation and key staff.
  • A draft program of proposed activities.
  • Letters of support.
  • Biographical information on participating writers and visual artists.


Successful applicants must submit an online acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project via the SmartyGrants online system. This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted any outstanding completed grants cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.


More information and contact

Please contact us if you have any questions about the grants via email

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