ACT sector welcomes overhaul of funding programs

Minister for the Arts Gordon Ramsay recently announced changes to the funding process, which have been largely welcomed by organisations in the national capital.

The 2018 Enlighten Festival, Canberra. Photo credit: katacarix /

With over $1 million in funding available from artsACT in the 2018-2019 calendar year, the ACT government has simplified the application process and overhauled several funding streams.  

ACT artists can now apply for funding up to $5,000 at any time of the year, giving them access to support for their arts practice when they need it.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts