Copyright Agency Limited

Create Grants

CREATE grants offer opportunities for mid-career and established creative writers and visual artists to create and develop new work by providing time to write and create.

These grants are not intended to support academics with scholarly or academic works.

Applications are assessed by a panel of independent peers from the writing, publishing and visual arts sectors.

Amount of grant: $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000

Visit our activities supported page for a full list of what the Cultural Fund will and won’t support.

Who can apply

  • Authors must have previously published at least two full-length books of their own work (including professionally presented plays), or have a substantial publication record with shorter work, in the following genres: fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young adult literature, poetry, and writing for performance.
  • Visual artists must have at least five years of professional experience with a minimum of three exhibitions in public and commercial galleries
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents.
  • Applicants must have acquitted any overdue Cultural Fund grants to be eligible for further funding.

How to apply

  • You must apply via the SmartyGrants online grants platform.
  • Applications must be submitted by the closing date via the SmartyGrants online system.
  • Late applications will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete applications will not be assessed.

Your application

All applicants must provide a clear and compelling outline of their creative project. Your application must include a project description, evidence that you have commenced work on the intended project, an estimated publication or exhibition date, and a list of previously published books, or, for artists, a list of solo and significant curated exhibitions.

Support Material

You must submit the following support material with your application as a PDF via the online system:


  • A sample of your writing and an overview or synopsis
  • A letter of endorsement from a publisher


  • A sample of your work
  • A letter of endorsement from a gallerist


Successful applicants must submit an online acquittal report on their funded activities within eight weeks of the completion of the project.  This report should include a description of the funded activities and detail the success or otherwise of the activity.

Applicants who have not acquitted any outstanding completed grants cannot apply until they have successfully acquitted their previous grant.

More information and contact

For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

To contact the Cultural Fund, call 02 9394 7623 or email

Applications close
19 Aug 2019
Amount Upon Application
Visual arts
Writing & Publishing
Grant Type
Major Project
New work
Applicant Type
Copyright Agency Limited (opens in new window)
Cultural Fund
02 9394 7623