Australian Government

COVID 19 Arts Sustainability Fund

The COVID-19 Arts Sustainability Fund aims to provide ‘last resort’ funding assistance to significant Australian Government funded arts organisations that are assessed to be at imminent risk of insolvency as a direct result of COVID-19, having taken all reasonable action to maintain their financial position.

The program is intended to assist by providing the necessary finance to plan a pathway for recovery from the effects of COVID?19. This will support employment of workers (including in interdependent industries such as hospitality, retail, accommodation, transport and freight) and contribute to rebuilding Australia’s economy, as well as enhancing community wellbeing and access to cultural experiences across Australia.

The intended outcomes of the program are:

•significant Commonwealth-funded performing arts and culture organisations remain solvent; and

•Australian communities continue to benefit from the work of significant Commonwealth-funded organisations as the key employers of Australian artists and art workers, leading presenters of high-quality work and as the trainers of Australia’s upcoming performing artists.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for funding, applicants must be:

•currently party to, or due to enter into, a multi-year funding agreement with the Australian Government, either through the Australia Council or the Office for the Arts in the Departmentunder one or more of the following programs:

•National Performing Arts Partnership Framework

•Four Year Funding Program 2021-24

•Four Year Funding Program 2017-20

•Visual Arts and Craft Strategy 2016-21

•Cultural Development Program for the National Performing Arts Training Organisations

An organisation is not eligible to apply if it is:

•a statutory body under Commonwealth, state or territory legislation, including but not limited to national cultural institutions and performing arts companies;

•an arts organisation with a one-off, project, annual or multi-year funding agreement with the Australian Government, either through the Australia Council or the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications, under any program or initiative not listed above.

Grant Activity Timeframe:

Grant agreements will be entered into for the period to 30 June 2021. 

Total Amount Available (AUD):
$35,000,000.00
Estimated Grant Value (AUD):
From $100,000.00 to $5,000,000.00
Instructions for Application Submission:

For further information on how to apply please go to https://arts.smartygrants.com.au/CASF.

Applications close
31 Mar 2021
Amount
Amount Upon Application
Artform
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander arts
Arts organisation
Design
Experimental arts
Music
Performing Arts
Public art
Visual arts
Writing & Publishing
Grant Type
Artists with Disability
Audience development
Awards
Community Partnership
Early Career Artists
Fellowships
Festivals
Infrastructure
Major Project
Market development
New work
Presentation & Promotion
Residencies
Skills development
Touring
Travel
Youth Arts
Applicant Type
Organisation
Region
National
Website
Australian Government (opens in new window)
Contact
Australian Government
Email
SustainabilityFund@arts.gov.au