Arts & cultural grants

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Providing funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver creative arts and cultural projects for the city.

The City of Adelaide 2016-2020 Strategic Plan states that our culture infuses creativity and the arts in everything we do and commits to a multicultural city with a passion to create authentic and internationally renowned experiences.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program is intended to assist in the delivery of the Strategic Plan by providing funding to eligible groups, organisations and individuals to deliver creative arts and cultural projects that contribute to a welcoming and dynamic city full of rich and diverse experiences.

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program has six funding categories:

1. Artistic Development Grants – currently closed

Agreements available for 1 to 3 years, up to $20,000 over three years – no more than $8,000 per year

Funding will be provided for projects that offer skill development opportunities for young, emerging and established artists and musicians in the city, while also delivering a public outcome.

2. Public Art Grants- currently closed

Up to $8,000

Funding will be provided for creative practitioners to deliver temporary public artworks within the public realm across the city centre and North Adelaide.

3. Community Programs and Events Grants- currently closed

Up to $8,000

Funding will be provided for events, performances and exhibitions which contribute to the city as a welcoming and dynamic place for people to live, work and visit.

Funding in this category will also be provided for projects which engage people with the city’s unique built heritage or small community based events that promote and celebrate multiculturalism. Applicants must also demonstrate that the project fosters multicultural understanding and integration with the wider community.

4. Quick Response Grants - (Open year round until funds are expended)

Up to $2,000

Funding for categories 2, 3 and 5 will be provided for applicants delivering projects which require a quick turn-around time and a small financial contribution. This could include events, activities, performances, public artworks and workshops.

The Quick Response grant is open all year round until funds are expended. 

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5. Live Music Enterprise Grants – currently closed

Up to $5,000

One off funding will be provided for live music enterprises and new music ventures which increase opportunities for musicians to play in city venues and in the public realm and contribute to the district as a welcoming and dynamic place for people to live, work and visit. Funding may also be provided to support the development of a live music venture or start-up.

What type of project might be funded?

Festivals, live music performances and new music ventures of all genres. We are seeking applications from live music small to medium enterprises and early career entrepreneurs to start-up and trial new music ventures.

6. Cultural Promotion Grants - (Open year round until funds are expended)

Up to $2,000

Funding will be provided for marketing and promotions to showcase cultural activities of all modalities that surprise, delight and attract people to the City. The fund has been developed specifically to enable cultural enterprises to thrive and to promote activities and cultural enterprise.

What type of project might be funded?

Promotional and marketing activities for arts and cultural projects, festivals, performances, events, exhibitions, public art or workshops that include any modality of creative output including theatre, music, dance, food, visual arts, original film and writing. The grant can be utilised for the purchase of marketing and promotional goods and services including social media boosting, film development, website development, photography and media engagement.

Before you apply

Before applying for any of the above grants, please read the Arts and Cultural Grants Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

Please note:

  • late, faxed or posted applications will not be accepted.
  • applicants must also keep a copy of their application for future reference.

Please submit your completed application by email to: 

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