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Arts & Cultural

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. 

Funding Categories

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program has four funding categories: 

1. Artistic Development Grants (Open 16 March - 20 April 2018)

Agreements available for 1 to 3 years, up to $20,000 in total (not per year)

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

2. Public Art Grants (Open 7 September – 26 October 2018)

Up to $8,000

Funding will be provided for creative practitioners to deliver temporary public artworks within the public realm.

3. Community Programs and Events Grants (Open 7 September – 26 October 2018)

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) 

Up to $2,000

Funding across all of the above categories 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 category is open year round until funds expended.

Please note that all quick response grants received during September & October will not be able to be assessed until mid-November 2018 due to Council’s Caretaker period.  

5. Live Music Enterprise Grants - (Open 7 September – 26 October 2018)

Up to $5,000

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 City 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)

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.

Please note that all cultural promotion grants received during September & October will not be able to be assessed until mid-November 2018 due to Council’s Caretaker period.  

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.

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