Grants for Organisations

Opens Closes Notified
Round One January 7 May 2018 July 2018
Round Two July 5 October 2018 December 2018

The Cultural Fund provides support to organisations for projects that deliver opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and key industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors.

Our aim is to support our members and stakeholders to create, award, present, publish, and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences.

We also offer grants to leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

From 2018, the Cultural Fund will enhance opportunities for industry partnerships and support for key national writers’ festivals.

The Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations can be for a single project or for up to three years. Please contact the Cultural Fund to discuss a potential proposal.

Visit our activities supported page for a full list of what the Cultural Fund will and won’t support.

Who can apply

  • Legally constituted organisations and incorporated associations may apply.
  • Individuals or sole traders are not eligible to apply for these grants. Please see our Grants for Individuals.
  • Applicants may only submit one application per round to the Cultural Fund.
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants to be eligible 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.



Successful applicants must submit an online acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project. 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

To contact the Cultural Fund, call 02 9394 7600 or email

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