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.

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

Please note:

  • Arts and Cultural grants are for projects occurring in the city of Adelaide (including North Adelaide) only
  • business as usual (BAU) activities, ongoing programs and core business including salaries are ineligible for funding, even if the activities are project based. The Arts and Cultural grants do fund pilot projects to trial activities or projects that are new and different to an organisation’s core business. If however, this project was successful and became part of core business or an ongoing program, it would no longer be eligible to receive funding.
  • applications taking place on private property must include written evidence of approval as venue confirmation from the landlord or owner. This includes spaces owned by the City of Adelaide such as libraries and community centres.
  • if the project is taking place in a public space such as Adelaide’s Park Lands and squares or roads applicants need to provide proof of submitting a City of Adelaide Events in the City booking form application. 
  • ineligible applications will not advance to the assessment stage and applicants will be notified.

All applicants are encouraged to discuss their application prior to applying with the relevant Arts and Cultural grants Case Management Officers:

Public Art

Sarita Burnett

8203 7417

 Or

For all other creative and cultural practices

Malia Wearn

8203 7807

All applicants must complete and submit an electronic (online) application. Applications can be lodged until midnight on the closing date. Late, faxed or posted applications will not be accepted. 

Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged within two (2) weeks of the closing date. Applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application.

Once submitted, applications will be assessed according to eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and available funding. 

Please note: The Arts and Cultural Grants Program is highly competitive, and the City of Adelaide receives more funding applications than it can support. Successful applications are those that best satisfy the assessment criteria, however even applications that meet the assessment criteria may not be competitive against other applications.

    Prior to payment, all successful applicants will be required to:

    • sign a funding agreement detailing the grant terms and conditions
    • provide a copy of their public liability insurance Certificate of Currency for a minimum of $20 million
    • if paid staff are employed, provide a copy of their Return to Work SA certificate of registration, or similar employee insurance policy
    • provide a tax compliant invoice for the agreed funding amount (plus GST if applicable)

    All successful applicants will be required to complete an acquittal report of the project within six weeks of the project completion date, or annually for multi-year funding applicants. Applicants who do not complete and return an acquittal report will be ineligible for any future applications and funding.

    Funding categories

    The Arts and Cultural Grants Program has six funding categories detailed below.

    Choose the category that suits you best. 

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

    Please note:

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

    Please use the following templates as part of your application:

    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 – Open – (for projects taking place March to July 2020)

    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. Applicant’s financial contribution must match or exceed the amount sought from the City of Adelaide.

    Note: if your application is for a grant of under $2,000 then please use the Quick Response grant below. 

    Applications open 28 October and close midnight on 8 December 2019.

    Apply now

    3. Community Programs and Events Grants – Open – (for projects taking place March to July 2020)

    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.

    Applicant’s financial contribution must match or exceed the amount sought from the City of Adelaide.

    Note: if your application is for a grant of under $2,000 then please use the Quick Response grant below.

    Applications open 28 October and close midnight 8 December 2019.

    Apply now

    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. 

    Apply now

    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.

    Apply now

    A final note

    If you intend to run a *medium sized event or **major event you may be interested in applying for up to five year event licences with the City of Adelaide. Long term licences can bring many great benefits.

    Please note that expressions of interest for Adelaide Park Lands multi-year event licences are currently closed

    Find out more

    *Medium sized - an event of 1,501 to 9,999 people and/or over 1,000 and less than 20,000 square metres.

    **Major event - an event of 10,000 plus people and/or over 20,000 square metres.