Create Grants

Opens Closes Notified Project start date
Create Grants 12pm 21 December 2023 1pm 25 March 2024 end June 2024 after 1 August 2024

ABOUT Create Grants

The Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund offers grants to Australian creative writers and visual artists to create new work.

Create Grants provide a living allowance for writers and visual artists at key stages of their career.

Creative writers can apply to write their second book in the following literary genres: fiction, poetry, children’s literature, young adult literature, picture book illustration, graphic novels, playwriting, literary non-fiction and writing for performance (plays only).

Visual artists with no more than three solo exhibitions can apply to create a new work for exhibition.

Amount of grant: $20,000

Please note, there are new eligibility requirements for 2024.


  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants

For specific eligibility criteria please refer to the options below:

Creative writers   Visual artists  

Projects should start after 1 August 2024

Up to four grants will be awarded in 2024.


  • 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


Your application will be assessed for its literary and artistic merit. This includes:

  • A project description
  • Details of your publication, performance, or exhibition history
  • Samples of your work
  • An agreement or letter of interest/intent to publish, present or exhibit your work

Please note: CVs are not required.


  • Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing, and visual arts sectors with broad experience
  • Peers will assess all applications for their literary or artistic merit


  • Successful applicants must submit an 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.


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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