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Financial support

The following resources may be useful in finding financial support for your arts business or practice.

Major funding bodies

Australia Council for the Arts
The Australian Government’s arts funding and advisory body. It offers grants and initiatives in all major areas of arts practice.

Arts Tasmania
Arts Tasmania provides funding through a number of programs to assist artists and arts organisations.

Arts Access Australia
The peak national body for arts and disability, which works to increase opportunities and access for people with disability in an arts context.

Assists Australian companies to export goods and services to overseas markets. They offer a range of programs and services to help with exporting Australian products.

Australia International Culture Council - grant program
Australia’s key cultural diplomacy body, which provides funding for international arts and cultural projects.

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet – Office for the Arts
Administers programs and policies that encourage excellence in artistic effort, support for cultural heritage and public access to arts and culture.

Department of Health and Human Community Support Levy
Under provisions in the Gaming Control Act 1993 Section 151, a percentage of the gross profits from gaming machines in hotels and clubs are paid into a trust account known as the ‘Community Support Levy’. Monies in the Community Support Levy are available to Tasmanian community organisations through a yearly grant program.

Events Tasmania Grants Program
Offers a range of funding and development opportunities to encourage and assist event organisers to stage their event in Tasmania.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs - grants
Information on current grants available through this department.

Local Government Association of Tasmania
Many local councils in Tasmania have community cultural development policies and many have small grants programs. This link provides a list of all councils within Tasmania and their websites.

National Association for the Visual Arts – Grants
A program of grants, awards and scholarships to support and develop the work of visual arts, craft and design practitioners

Regional Arts Fund
The Regional Arts Fund is a Regional Arts Australia initiative supporting the arts in regional and remote Australia. It offers Quick Response grants as well as other small and major grant programs. From 1 July 2017, Arts Tasmania is the program administrator of the Regional Arts Fund (RAF) in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Community Fund
Provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by enhancing well-being and improving social, environmental and economic outcomes for the Tasmanian community.

Tasmanian Government - Micro Business Loans Program
Available to Tasmanian’s on low incomes (Health Care Card holders) and provides business mentoring support and small interest-free loans. Loans of up to $3 000 are available to assist, start or grow a small business.

University of Tasmania Scholarships
There are over 900 awards to the value of almost $7 million available through the Scholarship Program at  the University of Tasmania.

Funding directories

A subscription-based service that lists funding sources offered by all levels of government, universities, foundations, the private sector or overseas sources.

Easy Grants
A subscription-based service that lists hundreds of Australian and State Government, philanthropic and corporate grant funds.


Gordon Darling Foundation
Provides funding for a range of Visual Arts projects to public institutions Australia wide.

Harold Mitchell Foundation
Invests in initiatives and projects that increase the capacity of communities and individuals to advance their arts and health activities.

The Ian Potter Cultural Trust
Offers grants up to $7 000 to assist early career artists to undertake professional development opportunities overseas and within Australia.

The Ian Potter Foundation
Seeks to support Australian cultural institutions and organisations which are distinctive in artistic achrievement, imagination and innovation.

Macquarie Group Foundation
Supports arts programs with a strong community focus.

The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund
Provides Creative Fellowships of $80 000 per year to individual artists, arts managers and leaders in the humanities.

MyState Financial Foundation
Supports charitable organisations dedicated to helping our young people.

Philanthropy Australia funding links
Lists grants for individuals and organisations seeking funding.

The Westpac Foundation
A charitable trust which invests to create and sustain social enterprise in disadvantaged communities.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Churchill Fellowships allow you to design your own research project, travel the world and further your knowledge in your chosen field.