Grants for Organisations

Opens Closes Notified
Round One 1 February 2024 1pm 15 April 2024 Mid-July 2024
Round Two 5 August 2024 1pm 16 September 2024 Mid-December 2024


The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund supports leading Australian creative organisations and key industry stakeholders with grants to create and deliver exceptional opportunities for Australian writers, journalists, editors, publishers, English and literacy teachers, and visual artists, and especially for those from First Nations and diverse backgrounds.

The Cultural Fund’s priorities have been updated for 2024/25 and these changes will come into place with the first round of funding for organisations in 2024.

For 2024/25 our priorities are:

  • Support commissions and paid opportunities for writers and visual artists through audience development projects
  • Support targeted sector development projects for the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

Projects for professional development programs (including mentorships, masterclasses, and workshops) are no longer eligible for support.

To complement the Copyright Agency’s Reading Australia initiative, we are interested in supporting targeted writers-in-schools programs for Australian writers whose work is featured on Reading Australia.

The Cultural Fund will consider applications for the following projects:

Audience Development

  • Audience and reader development projects
  • Commissions and payments to writers and visual artists through audience development projects
  • Reviews of new Australian books in national publications
  • Projects connecting teachers with Australian Literature
  • Writers/artists-in-residence/schools/universities
  • Literacy-based projects for children involving professional writers
  • Significant national writers’ awards for payments to writers (excluding prizes offered by publishers and literary journals)
  • Publishing commissions for work by First Nations and culturally diverse authors
  • Three national writers’ festivals will be supported each year through an invitation-only process

Sector Development

  • Sector development initiatives for the publishing industry and visual arts sector, including opportunities for First Nations and diverse editors, publishers and curators (excluding mentorships and professional development)

Projects not supported

  • Please refer to Projects not supported for a detailed list of what the Cultural Fund does not support. Please note this list has been extensively updated for 2024/25 to reflect the Cultural Fund’s priorities.

Publishers and visual arts organisations may apply for the following activities:

Support for Australian publishers   Support for visual arts organisations


The Cultural Fund’s grants for organisations are for a single project for up to a year. We strongly encourage all applicants to pay industry rates to writers and visual artists. This is a crucial component of your application.

Amount of grant

  • Minimum: $10,000
  • Maximum: $30,000

Before applying, 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.



  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time via the SmartyGrants online system
  • Applicants may submit only one application per round
  • Late applications will not be accepted
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed

More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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

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