Grants for Organisations

Opens Closes Notified
Round One 24 January 2020 closed 11 May 2020 28 May 2020
Round Two * 17 April 2020 closed 12 June 2020 6 July 2020

*An additional $60,000 of Emergency Action Funding will support significant creative organisations that have been impacted by COVID-19. This funding will be for organisations applying to the Cultural Fund’s Round Two, closing on 12 June, and will be assessed by the Copyright Agency in July.

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, 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 and visual artists.

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.

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

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.

Project start dates

Grants for Round One will support projects that start after 1 July 2020.

Grants for Round Two will support projects that start after 6 July 2020.

Funding amounts

While we have 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.

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.
  • 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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